Victor Victoria

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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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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.

Cast

Julie Andrews
as Victoria Grant
James Garner
as King Marchand
Robert Preston
as Carole "Toddy" Todd
Lesley Ann Warren
as Norma Cassady
John Rhys-Davies
as Andre Cassell
Peter Arne
as Labisse
Sherloque Tanney
as Bovin, the Detective
Michael Robbins
as Hotel Manager
Matyelock Gibbs
as Cassell's Receptionist
Norman Chancer
as Sal Andratti
David Gant
as Restaurant Manager
Maria Charlès
as Madame President
Christopher Good
as Stage Manager
Matyelok Gibbs
as Cassell's Receptionist
Jay Benedict
as Guy Langois
Pierre Olivier Bardet
as Langois's Companion
Martin Rayner
as Concierge
George Silver
as Fat Man Eating Eclair
Joanna Dickens
as Large Lady in Restaurant
Terence Skelton
as Deviant Husband
Ina Skriver
as Simone Kallisto
Stuart Craig Turton
as Boy Friend to Actress
Geoffrey Beevers
as Police Inspector
Simon Chandler
as Chorus Boy
Neil Cunningham
as Nightclub Master of Ceremonies
Vivienne Chandler
as Chambermaid
Bill Monks
as LeClou
Perry Davey
as Balancing Man
Elizabeth Vaughan
as Opera Singer
Paddy Ward
as Photographer
Tim Stern
as Hotel Desk Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Victor Victoria

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Audience Reviews for Victor Victoria

  • May 21, 2014
    Julie Andrews is fantastic as a male impersonator and that would be enough to carry the film but you have to love confused James Garner who is attracted but wonders if he should be. A true mind bender. It's always nice to see Music Man Robert Preston on the big screen as well.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2014
    One of my favorite performances by Julie Andrews. Also its worth noting that the comedic bits don't get out of control, which can often happen in Blake Edwards' stuff . . . probably because there is an actual story happening here.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2014
    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
  • Jul 30, 2011
    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, <i>Victor/Victoria</i> is a fantastic film both on the level of sheer enjoyment and on a deeper, intellectual level.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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