Victor Victoria (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 Victoria (Julie Andrews) is rescued by gay cabaret performer Toddy (Robert Preston). What she needs to succeed, opines Toddy, is a gimmick. What if she becomes a male impersonator? Better still: what if she becomes a male impersonator, pretending to be a female impersonator? As "Victor/Victoria," s/he becomes the toast of Paree, and an object of fascination for big-time Chicago gangster King Marchan (James Garner), who can't quite understand the teasing sensations he experiences whenever watching her in action-especially since he, like everyone else, assumes that she is a he. Enjoyable though the stars of Blake Edwards' comedy may be, the film is stolen by Lesley Ann Warren, who won an Oscar nomination as King's screechy-voiced moll, and Alex Karras as King's chief henchman, who, assuming that his boss is "that way," literally comes out of the closet. Victor/Victoria was a remake of the 1931 German film Viktor und Viktoria, which had previously be reworked in 1937 as the Jessie Mathews vehicle First a Girl. In 1996, Victor/Victoria was transformed into a Broadway musical, again directed by Edwards and starring Andrews.more
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


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 Detectiv...
Michael Robbins
as Hotel Manager
Norman Chancer
as Sal Andratti
Matyelock Gibbs
as Cassell's Receptioni...
David Gant
as Restaurant Manager
Maria Charlès
as Madame President
Christopher Good
as Stage Manager
Matyelok Gibbs
as Cassell's Receptioni...
Jay Benedict
as Guy Langois
Pierre Olivier Barde...
as Langois's Companion
Martin Rayner
as Concierge
George Silver
as Fat Man Eating Eclai...
Joanna Dickens
as Large Lady in Restau...
Terence Skelton
as Deviant Husband
Ina Skriver
as Simone Kallisto
Stuart Craig Turton
as Boy Friend to Actres...
Geoffrey Beevers
as Police Inspector
Simon Chandler
as Chorus Boy
Neil Cunningham
as Nightclub Master of ...
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

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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