Victor Victoria (1982)



Critic Consensus: Driven by a fantastic lead turn from Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards' musical gender-bender is sharp, funny and all-round entertaining.

Movie Info

On the verge of starvation in 1930s Paris, erstwhile entertainer Julie Andrews is rescued by gay cabaret performer Robert Preston. What Julie needs to succeed, opines Preston, is a gimmick. So, Andrews becomes a male impersonator, pretending to be a female impersonator, and soon becomes the toast of Paris.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Blake Edwards
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 4, 2000
MGM Home Entertainment


as Victoria Grant

as King Marchand

as Carole "Toddy" Todd

as Norma Cassady

as Squash

as Andre Cassell

as Waiter

as Labisse

as Bovin, the Detectiv...

as Hotel Manager

as Sal Andratti

as Cassell's Receptioni...

as Restaurant Manager

as Madame President

as Stage Manager

as Cassell's Receptioni...

as Guy Langois

as Langois's Companion

as Concierge

as Fat Man Eating Eclai...

as Large Lady in Restau...

as Deviant Husband

as Simone Kallisto

as Boy Friend to Actres...

as Police Inspector

as Chorus Boy

as Nightclub Master of ...

as Chambermaid

as LeClou

as Balancing Man

as Opera Singer

as Photographer

as Hotel Desk Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Victor Victoria

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5)

Victor/Victoria is a sparkling, ultra-sophisticated entertainment from Blake Edwards.

Full Review… | August 27, 2008
Top Critic

Don't miss this one. It sends sparks.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Not only a funny movie, but, unexpectedly, a warm and friendly one.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Victor/Victoria is so good, so exhilarating, that the only depressing thing about it is the suspicion that Mr. Edwards is going to have a terrible time trying to top it.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Blake Edwards's 1982 sex comedy has the most beautiful range of tones of any American film of its period: it is a work of dry wit, high slapstick, black despair, romantic warmth, and penetrating intelligence.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Robert Preston is marvelous.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Victor Victoria

Exceptionally enjoyable singing by Andrews. Wonderful presence by Preston and Andrews. Great, Oscar award winning music. Remarkably affirming attitudes for the early 1980s. I think I may have a new favorite comedy!

Christian C

Super Reviewer

A woman impersonating a man impersonating a woman falls for a gangster in Paris of 1934.
This film is not only delightful entertainment, there's also a feminist/gay rights point subtly at play. At one point, Victoria actually suggests that the degradation homosexuals are subjected to, which is seen in the gangsters' homophobia as well as King Marchan's reaction to publicizing his relationship with Victor(ia), is less of a hardship than what women must endure.
I thought some of the musical numbers went on a little too long, and I didn't think Norma needed a song to advance her character's part of the story; also, the weakest number is the one that was repeated. But this is Julie Andrews we're talking about, so obviously she has a legendary voice, and the songs here are great for her.
The performances by Andrews and Robert Preston are great. James Garner plays the straight man, no pun intended, and he does so well. Lesley Ann Warren over-acts as Norma, King's ditzy girlfriend, but it all fits with the camp atmosphere created by director Blake Edwards.
I especially like the exposition. Victoria watching a fat man grossly eating and fainting at the sight was an excellent way to communicate a lot about her character's situation.
Overall, Victor/Victoria is a fantastic film both on the level of sheer enjoyment and on a deeper, intellectual level.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Talking about our Beloved Julie Andrews, playing a man that is playing a woman --- She was awesome

Tom Ericksen

Super Reviewer

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