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Transamerica (2005)

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A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Director:

Duncan Tucker

Writer:

Duncan Tucker
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea James ... Voice Coach
Felicity Huffman ... Bree
Danny Burstein ... Dr. Spikowsky
Maurice Orozco Maurice Orozco ... Fernando
Elizabeth Peña ... Margaret
Craig Bockhorn Craig Bockhorn ... Sergeant
Paul Borghese ... New York City Cop
Kevin Zegers ... Toby
Jon Budinoff ... Alex
Venida Evans ... Arletty
Raynor Scheine ... Bobby Jensen
Kate Bayley Kate Bayley ... Tennessee Waitress
Stella Maeve ... Taylor
Teala Dunn ... Little Girl
Jim Frangione ... Taylor's Father
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Storyline

Southern Californian Bree Osbourne, formerly Stanley Chupak, has finally received the news for which she has been waiting: she has been approved for male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery. But before Margaret, her therapist, will allow her to go through with the surgery scheduled in a week's time, Bree has to deal with an unresolved problem from her past. Bree gets a telephone call from a seventeen year old man named Toby Wilkins, who is looking for Stanley, his biological father. Toby is in a New York jail, having been supporting himself by petty crime and hustling. Stanley/Bree knew nothing about Toby before the telephone call. Toby apparently is all alone in the world, with his mother having committed suicide and being estranged from his stepfather in Tennessee. Masquerading as a Christian social worker, Bree, not telling him either of her true identity or her transgender status, bails Toby out of jail and tells him she will take him to Los Angeles, where Toby has aspirations ... Written by Huggo

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Life is more than the sum of its parts. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France] | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transamerika See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,908, 4 December 2005

Gross USA:

$9,015,303, 1 June 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,151,744
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Belladonna Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Not knowing the film would be such a success, most of the wardrobe and props were donated to charity and thrift stores after production wrapped. See more »

Goofs

When Bree is shown coming around after having had her final surgery, her fingernails still have polish on them. Nail polish is always removed prior to surgery, so that any changes in coloring (nails turning blue due to lack of oxygen) are detected by medical personnel. See more »

Quotes

Toby: And these shoes. Three dollars, a dollar fifty each. You know how much these things are worth in Japan?
Bree Osbourne: Three dollars?
Toby: Like 500 dollars. Japanese people kill for old Nikes.
Bree Osbourne: Then you probably should avoid wearing them in Japan.
Toby: Yeah, I'd probably be, like, disemboweled by a ninja.
Bree Osbourne: You don't have to say "like". "Probably disemboweled by a ninja" is sufficient. And please don't put your feet up on the dashboard.
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Crazy Credits

For all people of trans experience, For all people of any experience, and For my family. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Natalie Portman/Fall Out Boy (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

I May Want a Man
Written by Danielle Shenandoah and Joanne Shenandoah
Performed by Joanne Shenandoah
Published by DMG Arizona (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Canyon Records
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A REALLY good film. Its about humanity and bonding and people being themselves.
28 June 2005 | by mzveSee all my reviews

I was excited to be involved in a film concerning trans-gendering. I was particularly happy about the exquisite care taken by the writer/director, Duncan Tucker, and the stars Felicity Huffman and Kevin Zeger to NOT trivialize or titillate the issue. A very good film. The humor and relevance of this film seems, to me, to be self-explanatory in this global and interactive world. I think this film could be educational, entertaining and a calming influence in a world that is increasingly diverse.

As far as production values, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the film did not look "low budget". The settings, cinematography, acting and directing was as professional as anything I've EVER seen. Very Good Job by all involved. KUDOS!!!!


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