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Victor Victoria (1982)

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A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

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Blake Edwards

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Victoria Grant
James Garner ... King Marchand
Robert Preston ... Carole "Toddy" Todd
Lesley Ann Warren ... Norma Cassady
Alex Karras ... 'Squash' Bernstein
John Rhys-Davies ... Andre Cassell
Graham Stark ... Waiter
Peter Arne ... Labisse
Herb Tanney Herb Tanney ... Charles Bovin (as Sherloque Tanney)
Michael Robbins ... Manager of Victoria's Hotel
Norman Chancer Norman Chancer ... Sal Andratti
David Gant ... Restaurant Manager
Maria Charles Maria Charles ... Madame President
Malcolm Jamieson ... Richard DiNardo
John Cassady ... Juke
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Storyline

In 1934 Paris, trained coloratura soprano Victoria Grant, a native Brit, can't get a job as a singer and is having trouble making ends meet. She doesn't even have enough money for the basics of food and shelter. Gay cabaret singer Carole 'Toddy' Todd may befall the same fate as Victoria as he was just fired from his singing gig at a second rate club named Chez Lui. To solve both their problems, Toddy comes up with what he considers an inspired idea: with Toddy as her manager, Victoria, pretending to be a man, get a job singing as a female impersonator. If they pull this scheme off, Toddy vows Victoria, as her male alter ego, will be the toast of Paris and as such be extremely wealthy. That alter ego they decide is Polish Count Victor Grazinski, Toddy's ex-lover who was disowned by his family when they found out he was gay. The Count auditions for the city's leading agent, Andre Cassell, who, impressed, gets him a gig performing in the city's best nightclub. In the audience on the ... Written by Huggo

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The disguise surprise comedy of the year!


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Victor Victoria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$139,634, 21 March 1982

Gross USA:

$28,215,453

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,229,046
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

The song Norma sings in the nightclub, "Chicago, Illinois," includes the line "maybe some day we'll have an airport." The movie is set in 1933. Midway Airport began operations in 1927 and by 1929 was considered "the world's busiest airport" with over 100,000 passengers annually. See more »

Quotes

Toddy: Oh, god... there's nothing more inconvenient than an old queen with a head cold.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are a montage of Art Deco illustrations, with most of them reflecting the functions of the credited persons. See more »

Connections

Remake of First a Girl (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Jazz Hot
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Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Julie Andrews
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25 July 2002 | by viridianstarSee all my reviews

First of all, let me just say that I am slightly obsessed with Julie Andrews and her work. With that out of the way... I love her in this movie because it's not your typical Julie Andrews movie. Most people see her in The Sound of Music or Mary Poppins or (if you know this far back in her career) Cinderella. However, she delivers a flawless performance as Victor/Victoria. The only skepticism I have about this movie is seeing her as a man. She's so feminine (in her mannerisms, voice, appearance, etc.) that it's almost impossible to think that she's a man. Robert Preston is wonderfully funny, and I always love James Garner. The movie probably could have done without Lesley Ann Warren's song and dance number (why ruin Julie and Robert's wonderful score?)... On a side note, Warren's character reminded me a bit of Jean Hagen's Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain; they each had their characters down perfectly, and you got just annoyed with them enough to hate them but like them at the same time...

Of course, Andrews does a beautiful job with all the songs- my favorite being her first jazz number. All in all, an impossibly wonderful performance by all involved.

DEFINITELY ten out of ten!


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