Victor Victoria

Victor Victoria

DVD - 2012
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A man impersonating a woman on stage? Piece of cake. But a woman whose livelihood depends on pretending to be a man who pretends to be a woman? Now you've got problems! An out-of-work singer conspires to pose as a female impersonator in order to get work on the Paris cabaret circuit.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2012]
Branch Call Number: BLAK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jan 03, 2017

VERY GOOD 1982 MGM British-American musical comedy film directed by Blake Edwards with music by Henry Mancini with several talented stars.
Julie Andrews never looks very much like a man (to me), but that was just part of the plot and there is LOTS of terrific singing/dancing, etc. which were a lot of fun.
I particularly enjoyed Lesley Ann Warren's whack Norma Cassidy character scenes.

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mswrite
Mar 01, 2016

Sparkling musical version of the 1930s drama, "Viktor und Viktoria." This 1982 collaboration between director Blake Edwards and his superstar wife, actress-singer Julie Andrews, continued their then-recent winning streak following successes "S.O.B." and especially the megahit "10." (Rescuing Andrews especially from clunkers like "Star!," "Darling Lili" and "The Tamarind Seed.")
"Victor/Victoria" is funny, snappy, and at times poignant. The musical numbers, especially "Le Jazz Hot," have the requisite charm and razzle-dazzle and Julie's legendary multi-octave soprano is in fine form.

Miss Andrews has terrific chemistry both with her handsome "The Americanization of Emily" costar James Garner (as King Marchand, the rugged American mobster whose instant attraction to Victoria--the toast of Paris as female impersonator Victor-- perplexes and infuriates him) and Hollywood veteran Robert Preston ("The Music Man") as her witty, nurturing mentor and confidante, Carole "Toddy" Todd.

Rounding out the expert cast is the lovely Lesley Ann Warren, channeling Jean Hagen's screechy Lina Lamont in her hilarious turn as King's uncouth showgirl mistress, Norma, and former Detroit Lions star Alex Karras (the humongous, monosyllabic Mongo in "Blazing Saddles") as Squash, King's loyal bodyguard, whose innocent misunderstanding of his boss's complicated romantic life inspires him to finally do something he's thought about for a long, long time...

The romantic tension between King and Victoria is nicely played; the frustrated tough guy can't prove the wary Victor is really a girl (not initially anyway, though it all comes out in the wash) but he can't help falling for him/her/him just the same-- to the consternation and sneering amusement of the offended Norma.

As for the similarly smitten Squash, it's a nice Edwards attempt, but no way is the burly bodyguard's romance with the debonair Toddy even remotely believable. This is the fault not of the characters or the story, I think, but the nervous actors, producers, executives, and perhaps even discomfited mainstream audiences as well. "Victor/Victoria" was made and released in an increasingly fearful and homophobic time; the dawn of the ultra-conservative Reagan era and the specter of AIDS. Backlash was on the rise. Preston and Karris are so awkward, so obviously uneasy and uncomfortable in their big reveal bedroom scene, they might as well be polite strangers seated together by chance on a passenger train. It's a rather glaring misstep, nevertheless it can't diminish the film's overall joie de vivre.

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robertg58
May 03, 2015

Grear nMovie...Robert Preston should have won a Oscar for his performance. he was superb

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Feb 26, 2015

Favorite movie quote - "Remember you're a drag queen."

Hey! Are you ready for a 1980's movie about a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman?? Well, kiddies, here's Victor/Victoria for you, in all of its gender-deception glory.

Containing plenty of bitchy remarks, sarcastic banter, and some very choice moments of zany, slapstick comedy, Victor/Victoria is a sexual charade of sorts that, for the most part, held up fairly well considering its subject matter.

Set in Gay Paree (Paris) in 1934, a couple of this film's absolute highlights were - (1) Watching Lesley Ann Warren chew up the scenery as the gold-digging, blond bimbo, Norma Cassady - and - (2) Julie Andrews, as the gay deceiver, Victoria Grant, really belting it out in the "Le Jazz Hot!" musical number.

On the down side - This Comedy/Farce ran on for far too long at 2 hours and 13 minutes. And the unwelcome, cornball romance that got inserted into the story was basically all fizzle and no spark.

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garycornell
Nov 10, 2014

A Blake Edwards masterpiece and probably outshines his work on "Pink Panther". His wife Julie Andrews sparkles in the lead role as both Victoria and Victor. I will leave you to discover how she can play two roles so different. Robert Preston is great as a costar, but he nearly takes over as the star of the movie. He is just that funny. Both as a play and as a movie, Victor/Victoria has entertained millions. It may last for many generations to come and Blake Edwards has left us a fine tribute to a great script and score. If your a fan of musicals, don't miss Victor/Victoria.

This is the 80's movie version with Robert Preston and James Garner. Will always love James Garner.

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HilarySquires
Sep 04, 2012

I was slightly disappointed that this was the Broadway version. I love the 80s movie and that's what I was really hoping for. The stage show was really great, too... just not what I was expecting.

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AA789
Feb 16, 2011

Great move! Love it! Can watch it again and again

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

A woman singer masquerades as a man impersonating a woman in Paris, circa 1934. This brings her success in her professional life but complicates her personal life.
Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras, John Rhys-Davies. .

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