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Victor Victoria

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Victor Victoria

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Victoria Grant (Julie Andrews) is a struggling English chanteuse trying to make ends meet after being abandoned in Paris. With eviction looming she meets enterprising cabaret owner Toddy (Robert Preston) who intriguingly reinvents her as a male impersonator posing as a female impersonator: Count Victor Grazinski is born and quickly becomes the toast of Parisian nightlife.

"His" success attracts the attention of big-time Chicago mobster and night-club owner King Marchan (James Garner) who becomes captivated, confused and fascinated by Victor/Victoria - and is determined to find out why, with hilarious and potentially disastrous consequences!

Victor/Victoria is a charming, witty cross-dressing comedy from director Blake Edwards.

Review

Blake Edwards's delightful Victor/Victoria may be one of the last of the great, old-style movie musical comedies--it is so good, it was turned into a hit Broadway stage musical years later. And both versions starred Edwards's wife Julie Andrews (the former Mary Poppins) in the title role--as Victor and Victoria. She's a down-and-out singer who hooks up with a flamboyantly gay theatrical veteran (Robert Preston), and together they become the toast of 1934 Paris by dreaming up a provocative nightclub act in which Victoria assumes the identity of a man in drag. So, in other words, Andrews plays a woman playing a man playing a woman … and that's only the beginning of the sexual identity confusions that provide the fuel for this splendidly classy slapstick musical farce. (Yes, it's all those things.) James Garner, as a Chicago club owner, finds himself strangely besotted with this stylish, androgynous creature--even though he thinks Victor/Victoria is a man. Legendary Hollywood composer Henry Mancini (a longtime collaborator with Edwards) won his last Oscar for the score; Andrews, Preston, and Lesley Ann Warren, as Garner's cheeky girlfriend, were also nominated. Musical highlights include Victor/Victoria's sizzling "Le Jazz Hot" (in which Andrews shows off her incredible vocal range); another showstopper for Victor/Victoria, "The Shady Dame from Seville"; Preston's witty ode to "Gay Paree"; Warren's hilarious burlesque number, "King's Can-Can"; and a charmingly casual yet elegant side-by-side number, "You and Me," done in a small club by Preston and Andrews in tuxedos. --Jim Emerson
Re-released on
March 1st, 2003
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English, French, Italian
Length (Minutes)
129
Studio
Subtitles
English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, English - HI, Italian - HI
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Genre
  • Drama
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9325336012819
Product ID
1459851

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