Victor/Victoria

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On the verge of starvation in 1930s Paris, erstwhile entertainer Victoria Julie Andrews is rescued by gay cabaret performer Toddy Robert Preston. What she needs to succeed, opines Toddy, is a gimmick. What if she becomes a male impersonator? Better still: what if she becomes a male impersonator, pretending to be a female impersonator? As "Victor/Victoria," s/he becomes the toast of Paree, and an object of fascination for big-time Chicago gangster King Marchan James Garner, who can't quite understand the teasing ...
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On the verge of starvation in 1930s Paris, erstwhile entertainer Victoria Julie Andrews is rescued by gay cabaret performer Toddy Robert Preston. What she needs to succeed, opines Toddy, is a gimmick. What if she becomes a male impersonator? Better still: what if she becomes a male impersonator, pretending to be a female impersonator? As "Victor/Victoria," s/he becomes the toast of Paree, and an object of fascination for big-time Chicago gangster King Marchan James Garner, who can't quite understand the teasing sensations he experiences whenever watching her in action-especially since he, like everyone else, assumes that she is a he. Enjoyable though the stars of Blake Edwards' comedy may be, the film is stolen by Lesley Ann Warren, who won an Oscar nomination as King's screechy-voiced moll, and Alex Karras as King's chief henchman, who, assuming that his boss is "that way," literally comes out of the closet. Victor/Victoria was a remake of the 1931 German film Viktor und Viktoria, which had previously be reworked in 1937 as the Jessie Mathews vehicle First a Girl. In 1996, Victor/Victoria was transformed into a Broadway musical, again directed by Edwards and starring Andrews.
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This witty, energetic film is one of the best and most memorable efforts in the accomplished career of Blake Edwards. The story's fusion of screwball comedy and musical review is a potentially unwieldy combination, but Blake Edwards manages to make it work with a thoughtful script that weaves rich characterizations into a carefully-constructed but sprawling plot that gives them room to breathe. Victor/Victoria is lengthy but never feels overlong thanks to Edwards' stylish work behind the camera: he excels at crafting complex slapstick setpieces but shows equal skill with the film's many rousing musical numbers (the highlight is a stunning cabaret number called "Le Jazz Hot"). His work is ably supported by the film's handsome production values, which include a dazzling Henry Mancini score full of memorable cabaret tunes and excellent cinematography by Dick Bush that adds just the right veneer of Hollywood glamour. However, the true appeal of Victor/Victoria lies in the magnificent performances that add heart to its combination of style and wit. Julie Andrews finds the right combination of vulnerability and cynicism to make her demanding double role work, Robert Preston brings warmth and razor-sharp verbal wit in equal measure to his role as her protector, and James Garner is a subtle delight as the mobster who is forced to reevaluate his concept of masculinity. The film also features plenty of scene-stealing supporting performances, especially Lesley Ann Warren's turn as King's oversexed mistress and Alex Karras' deadpan work as King's surprisingly sensitive and perceptive bodyguard. All these elements jell together beautifully to create a film that manages to work as a valentine to the screwball comedy and musical genres while also adding thoroughly modern theme of social and sexual tolerance into the mix. As a result, Victor/Victoria manages to feel classic and progressive all at once and this duality makes it one of Blake Edward's finest cinematic achievements.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/1997
  • UPC: 027616589934
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Andrews Victor/Victoria
James Garner King Marchan
Robert Preston Toddy
Lesley Ann Warren Norma
Alex Karras Squash
John Rhys-Davies Cassell
Graham Stark Waiter
Peter Arne Labisse
Sherloque Tanney Bovin
Geoffrey Beevers Police Inspector
Jay Benedict Guy Langois
John Cassady Juke
Norman Chancer Sal
Simon Chandler Chorus Boy
Vivienne Chandler Chambermaid
Maria Charles Madame President
Neil Cunningham Nightclub Master of Ceremonies
Joanna Dickens Large Lady in Restaurant
David Gant Restaurant Manager
Matyelock Gibbs Cassell's Receptionist
Christopher Good Stage Manager
Malcolm Jamieson Richard
Bill Monks LeClou
Olivier Pierre Langois' Companion
Michael Robbins Hotel Manager
George Silver Fat Man with Eclair
Tim Stern Desk Clerk Third Rate Hotel
Stuart Craig Turton Boy Friend to Actress
Elizabeth Vaughan Opera Singer
Elizabeth Vaughan Opera Singer
Paddy Ward Photographer
Sam Williams Chorus Boy
Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Tony Adams Producer
Leslie Bricusse Score Composer, Songwriter
Dick Bush Cinematographer
Roy Charman Sound Mixer
Harry Cordwell Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Paul Engelen Makeup
Peter Frampton Makeup
Harry Frampton Makeup
Tim Hutchinson Art Director
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Rodger Maus Production Designer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Selway Casting
William Craig Smith Art Director
Paddy Stone Choreography
Ralph Winters Editor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    So funny

    I wonder what took me so long to see this movie. Loved it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Victorious! Victor/Victoria.

    I have watched this movie many times, and I see something I may have missed the last time. It is a spirit lifting, laugh out loud movie. Good cast, script, plot, costumes, etc. As you can tell I love this movie. Thanks!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An absolute delight from beginning to end, Blake Edwards at his finest with a stellar cast.

    Set in 1920's Paris, Victor/Victoria does what most musical comedies never do--it delivers in both categories. The story is that of a struggling female vocalist who pretends to be a male transvgestite to become the sensation of the gay music scene. Great songs give Julie Andrews ample opportunity to demonstrate her tremendous vocal gifts, which is reason enough to see this movie. The script is smart, funny, and is full of insight into the relationships between men and women. V/V came out at about the same time as Tootsie. While the latter movie received much more acclaim and attention, V/V goes deeper and makes its points much more artfully. Robert Preston gives a wonderful, nuanced performance; James Garner is in top form; and Alex Karras gets the movie's best one-liner. Lesley Ann Warren is a sensation, and her musical number is a knock-out. Blake Edwards is at his very best, with favorite composer Henry Mancini delivering a sumptuous score. This movie delivers on all levels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Brilliant Most Underated Movie!

    This 1982 movie first received fairly low-key reviews, indeed some were damning! Later reviewers began to change their minds and quite rightly so. Not enough superlatives are available to describe Victor Victoria. As near 'Perfect' as a movie can be, hilarious, brilliantly acted, beautifully directed with stunning choreography by the genius Paddy Stone - breathtaking - in the various numbers. To cap it all, the Great Robert Preston reigns supreme, wow what an actor and with James Garner proving to be a smashing light comic performer and Julie Andrews arguably producing her very best performance ever, you have the perfect combination. No movie collection would be complete without this sensational movie. A film that can be viewed over and over again and should you have missed out and not seen it? Go get it NOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An awesome unknown movie!

    I only came across this film when researching my favorite actress/singer/etc Julie Andrews. This is an absolutely hilarious movie with wonderful musical numbers to complement it! Just a fun/ny movie! I highly recommend it to all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    Hilarious, Romantic,Entertaining!

    The films theme are always the kind of themes that attracts me. Plus the fact that Julie Andrews is on it. I love her. She has a golden voice. I am intriugued by woman's exploration of her own sexuality. Regardless of her motives. It is the absurdities of human ideas that has been put to action. Turns out well and ends well. Love it!

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