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Victor/Victoria
Victor/Victoria
Actors: Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, James Garner, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras
Director: Blake Edwards
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
PG     2002     2hr 12min

BLAKE EDWARD'S BRILLIANTLY BUBBLY GENDER-BENDING COMIC MUSICAL ABOUT A SINGER WHO PRETENDS TO BE A FEMALE IMPERSONATOR AND BECOMES THE TOAST OF THE 1934 PARIS CABARET SCENE. SPECIAL FEATUERS: SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH, FRENCH, ...  more »

     

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Actors: Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, James Garner, Lesley Ann Warren, Alex Karras
Director: Blake Edwards
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, British, Blake Edwards, Musicals
Studio: Turner Home Ent
Format: DVD - Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 06/04/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1982
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1982
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 12min
Screens: Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 63
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese Chinese
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Member Movie Reviews

Karen R. from SALISBURY, MD
Reviewed on 9/11/2012...
This is one of my favorite movies of all times. It has something for everyone: Julie Andrews singing, Robert Preston singing, dancing, vamping and dragging, men dressed as women, women dressed as men, women dressed as men dressed as women, laughs, tears, more laughs. Too good to miss!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jazmyn C.
Reviewed on 3/18/2010...
Amazing! Love Julie Andrews!!!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

One of Hollywood's Great Comedy Musicals
Jose R. Perez | Yonkers, NY USA | 08/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In the age of "Moulin Rouge" audiences would do far better by rediscovering this musical comedy gem, starring the incomparable Julie Andrews, Robert Preston, Leslie Ann Warren and James Garner. Rarely has Hollywood captured the essence of great music with outstanding performances as it has in "Victor/Victoria." There are literally a dozen or so scenes that will leave you hysterical, as in gasping-for-breath hysterical, something many films aspire to, but few ever deliver on. But more than funny, this is a poignant, character driven film where every principal is allowed to shine. Andrews permanently sheds her "Sound of Music" virginal skin in the title role, embodying the man-pretenting-to-be-a-woman-pretending-to-be-a-man part in a way noone has ever done before or since. Of course, the audience is in on the joke, but it never becomes tired or anything less than fresh. Robert Preston is the antithesis of his former "Music Man" personna, a gay-Paree emcee who discover's Victor's startling 8-octave vocal range and turns him/her into the rage of Paris. These two performances, along with Leslie Ann Warren's unforgettable floosy - all three Oscar-nominated - are drop dead fabulous. These are actors at the very height of their form....funny, passionate, real and endearing. The musical highlights are truly phenomenal, certainly better than other "best loved" musicals like "Singing In the Rain" or "An American In Paris." Andrews scores on "Le Jazz Hot" and shows an indelible comic flair few people knew she was capable of in the legendary cafeteria sequence, which literally had the audience I viewed this with ROLLING in the aisles. It's a movie where even the insects - cockroaches in this case - are memorable. But more so, its also a lesson in what Hollywood USED to do so well in its tradition of movie musicals....and what its forgotten to do over the past two decades since Victor/Victoria was released. In a nutshell, Hollywood forgot that the power of song and music is their ability to HUMANIZE a character and progress the plot, but also lend depth and color to the principals. For me, "Victor/Victoria" IS Hollywood's last great musical, and certainly one of the most visually stunning, fully realized films of our time. This ranks far and away as Blake Edward's crowning masterpiece - high above SOB or the Pink Panther flicks. And the supporting performances are some of the best ever caqptured. Just try and forget Warren's cooing to James Garner ("pooookie....I'm horny) or Alex Karras' gay gangster falling in love with Preston. From roaches to royalty, "Victor/Victoria" is quite simply one of the best films of the 80's or any other decade. I am anxiously awaiting its release on DVD, and secretly hoping that the currently available Broadway show version silently goes away as it cannot hold a candle to the film. Rent it, buy it, LOVE IT."
Blake Edwards - Musical Gender Bending At It's Best!
Sheila Chilcote-Collins | Collinswood, Van Wert, OH USA | 05/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is most definitely musical gender-bending at it's best! Not many musical/comedies are produced nowadays, let alone good ones like Rocky Horror Picture Show & Little Shop Of Horrors to name a few that come to my mind.This 80's musical/comedy is set in 1934 GAY and I DO MEAN GAY Paree! This film is quite unparalled in the fact that Victor/Victoria was a movie BEFORE it made it to The Great White Way. Julie Andrews played Victor/Victoria in both movie and on stage.Great songs in - Julie's "Le Jazz Hot" & Lesley Warren's bimboesque "Kings Can-Can". The sexual chemistry is A+++ between Andrews & a sexually confused James Garner who plays "King Marchand" a Chicago club owner, who is so TOTALLY out of his element in Paris, let alone being sexually frustrated and confused over his crush on the beautiful, stylish and gay, Victor.Great cast, great songs and a greater storyline with lots of slapstick comedy make Victor/Victoria a classic of it's time!Happy Watching!"
Enchanting, delighting musical
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 06/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Julie Andrews plays the gender-bending Victoria Grant in husband Blake Edwards' musical comedy gem VICTOR/VICTORIA.Victoria Grant is a penniless soprano in Paris circa 1934, when she meets Toddy (Robert Preston - THE MUSIC MAN), a gay nightclub entertainer. She spends the night at his flat. An unexpected caller triggers the accidental discovery that with the right clothes and voice, Victoria could become "Count Victor Grazinski", a gay Polish female impersonator!Soon Victoria (or "Victor") is the toast of Paris, when American impresario King (James Garner - MOVE OVER DARLING, THE THRILL OF IT ALL) and his moll Norma Cassidy (Lesley Ann Warren - THE HAPPIEST MILLIONAIRE), come close to blowing the ruse.Things become even more complicated when Victoria finds herself falling for King, and Toddy falls in love with King's bodyguard Squash!With Andrews, Preston and Warren in fine musical form, the story fairly brims over with delightful songs, hilarious quips and top-notch performances."