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Julie Andrews stars as a struggling Paris cabaret singer who becomes the toast of the town when she goes on stage as female impersonator Victor/Victoria. 1930s. As the favorite of Paris' nightlife Victoria Grant's (Andrews) act as female impersonator Count Viktor Grezhinski brings her all the fame and fortune she could ever desire. Then tough-guy Chicago gangster/nightclub owner King Marchand (James Garner) walks into her cabaret. Sparks fly as the two are inexorably drawn to each other ... but Marchand doesn't realize that the object of his desire is a she, impersonating a he, impersonating a she. And Victoria cannot reveal her ruse without risking her celebrity and success. Now, as this screwball musical comedy from director Blake Edwards (Pink Panther films, 10) careens to a wild climax, genders will bend, secrets will be revealed, closets will open and hearts will melt!
© 1982 Ladbroke Entertainments Limited.
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Critics Consensus: Driven by a fantastic lead turn from Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards' musical gender-bender is sharp, funny and all-round entertaining.
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Common Sense Says
Gender-bending musical farce; sexual content, profanity.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Victor/Victoria is a musical-comedy-romance about a young woman who pretends to be a man working as a female impersonator. Set in a world of nightclubs, lavish hotels, and exhilarating music, the film looks at homosexuals, cross-dressing, women's roles, and all kinds of love. It's light in spirit, as well as both funny and earnest in its plea for acceptance of individual differences. It portrays gay men both in and out of the closet, drag queens, a smattering of homophobia, and, at its core, a heterosexual woman fighting for her personal rights. Slapstick violence (nightclub brawls, some solid punches, black eyes, and bloody noses) accompanies the wide-eyed picture of Paris at night in 1934. Though sexual roles are at the heart of every scene, actual sex is restricted to scenes of couples (gay and/or straight) in bed together, kisses, references to impotence and orgasms, and lots of revealing clothing -- both on and off stage. There is frequent profanity ("s--t," "ass," "piss off"), and there are insults ("old queen," "fairy," "queer, "faggot"). Alcoholic beverages are consumed in numerous scenes, in clubs, at home, in restaurants, and there's some cigar and cigarette smoking as well. Despite the fun, engaging characters and top-notch music, the subject matter makes this for older and mature kids only.
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- Release Date:March 19, 1983
- Audio Format:Stereo
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