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Victor/Victoria
- Julie Andrews

Overview - Blake Edwards tones down the broadly farcical style that is his signature with this sly musical comedy starring Julie Andrews as British entertainer Victoria Grant. She and an older friend, gay impresario Toddy (Robert Preston), are close to starvation in 1930s Paris.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Blake Edwards tones down the broadly farcical style that is his signature with this sly musical comedy starring Julie Andrews as British entertainer Victoria Grant. She and an older friend, gay impresario Toddy (Robert Preston), are close to starvation in 1930s Paris. Desperate for work, he changes her image, introducing her to the cabaret world as Polish female impersonator Victor/Victoria. Victoria, now a woman pretending to be a man in drag, becomes a huge success in the nightclub world. Chicago gangster King Marchan (James Garner) becomes especially intrigued by Victor/Victoria while visiting Paris with his dim-witted girlfriend, Norma (Lesley Anne Warren), and his ever-faithful bodyguard, Squash (Alex Karras), who's more than a little concerned by his boss's interest in a transvestite. As Marchan tries to get to the source of his attraction to the entertainer, trying to uncover the truth behind the rhinestone headdress, the farce commences, and the meaning of gender and sexual preference comes into question for all the characters. A director who often shows a willingness to let the seams in his work show for comic effect, Edwards has opted for stylish smoothness here while opening himself to questions of gender that his earlier films had anxiously mocked. Robert Preston steals the film as Victoria's graceful Svengali.

Awards:
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner

Cast List

Peter Arne - British Actor
Robert Preston - American Actor
Robert Preston Meservey - American Actor
Blake Edwards - American Director/Screenwriter, THE PINK PANTHER Films
William Blake McEdwards - American Director/Screenwriter, THE PINK PANTHER Films
Sam O. Brown - American Director/Screenwriter, THE PINK PANTHER Films
Lesley Ann Warren - American actress
James Garner - American actor, MURPHY'S ROMANCE
James Baumgarner - American actor, MURPHY'S ROMANCE
Alex Karras - Ex-Athlete/Actor
Julie Andrews - Oscar-winning actress/singer, MARY POPPINS
Julia Elizabeth Welles - Oscar-winning actress/singer, MARY POPPINS
John Rhys-Davies - British Actor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 133
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883316484241
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies
Movies > Musicals

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Synopsis:
A down-and-out female singer takes a job as a female impersonator and to her surprise becomes the toast of Paris cabarets in the 1930s, delighting her gay mentor and confusing an American admirer. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best (Adapted) Screenplay, Best Actress--Julie Andrews. Academy Awards: Best Original Song Score.

Reviews:
"...VICTOR/VICTORIA is a sparkling, ultra-sophisticated entertainment....This is undoubtedly Andrews' most rewarding role in years..." - 03/17/1982 Variety


"Get ready, get set and go -- IMMEDIATELY -- to [Blake Edwards's] chef d'oeuvre, his cockeyed, crowning achievement, his DUCK SOUP, his CHARLEY's AUNT, his HOTEL PARADISIO, his SOME LIKE IT HOT, his urban AS YOU LIKE IT, and maybe even his CITIZEN KANE....[Andrews is] at peak form..." - 03/19/1982 New York Times, p.C8

 
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