A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.
Release Year: 1982
Rating: 7.4/10 (9,524 voted)
Stars: Julie Andrews, James Garner, Robert Preston
In 1934 Paris, trained coloratura soprano Victoria Grant, a native Brit, can't get a job as a singer and is having trouble making ends meet. She doesn't even have enough money for the basics of food and shelter. Gay cabaret singer Carole 'Toddy' Todd may befall the same fate as Victoria as he was just fired from his singing gig at a second rate club named Chez Lui. To solve both their problems, Toddy comes up with what he considers an inspired idea: with Toddy as her manager, Victoria, pretending to be a man, get a job singing as a female impersonator. If they pull this scheme off, Toddy vows Victoria, as her male alter ego, will be the toast of Paris and as such be extremely wealthy. That alter ego they decide is Polish Count Victor Grazinski, Toddy's ex-lover who was disowned by his family when they found out he was gay. The Count auditions for the city's leading agent…
Writers: Blake Edwards, Hans Hoemburg
Carole "Toddy" Todd
Lesley Ann Warren
(as Sherloque Tanney)
Manager of Victoria's hotel
The disguise surprise comedy of the year!
Release Date: 6 May 1982
Filming Locations: Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Opening Weekend: $139,634
(18 June 1982)
Did You Know?
Lorimar was originally supposed to produce the film, but after seeing that it would cost $20 million, they turned the rights over to MGM.
The term "gay" was NOT an acceptable term for gays in the 1930s Paris, or anywhere else for that matter.
You two-timing son of a bitch! He's a woman!
How do YOU describe "great?" I define it with this movie.
My God, the reviewer before me MUST be mad!!! Either that, or he/she
must be struggling with their own sexuality! THIS is one of my favorite
movies of ALL time. Julie Andrews is in fine musical form; James Garner
gives one of his greatest comedic performances since "The
Americanization of Emily" (also with Julie Andrews) and Lesley Ann
Warren just about steals the picture! This movie scores a solid "10"
for comedy, a sterling "10" for music and a rousing "10" for romance!
ANYONE that DOESN'T like this movie should suck an egg! HOW did Lesley
Ann Warren NOT win an Oscar? Ditto, Robert Preston? I consider myself a
guy's guy, but I confess I tear up every time I hear the opening
refrains of Julie singing "Crazy World," the film's theme song. Bravo,