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Transamerica (2005)

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A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Director:

Duncan Tucker

Writer:

Duncan Tucker
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrea James ... Voice Coach
Felicity Huffman ... Bree
Danny Burstein ... Dr. Spikowsky
Maurice Orozco Maurice Orozco ... Fernando
Elizabeth Peña ... Margaret
Craig Bockhorn Craig Bockhorn ... Sergeant
Paul Borghese ... New York City Cop
Kevin Zegers ... Toby
Jon Budinoff ... Alex
Venida Evans ... Arletty
Raynor Scheine ... Bobby Jensen
Kate Bayley Kate Bayley ... Tennessee Waitress
Stella Maeve ... Taylor
Teala Dunn ... Little Girl
Jim Frangione ... Taylor's Father
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Storyline

Southern Californian Bree Osbourne, formerly Stanley Chupak, has finally received the news for which she has been waiting: she has been approved for male-to-female sexual reassignment surgery. But before Margaret, her therapist, will allow her to go through with the surgery scheduled in a week's time, Bree has to deal with an unresolved problem from her past. Bree gets a telephone call from a seventeen year old man named Toby Wilkins, who is looking for Stanley, his biological father. Toby is in a New York jail, having been supporting himself by petty crime and hustling. Stanley/Bree knew nothing about Toby before the telephone call. Toby apparently is all alone in the world, with his mother having committed suicide and being estranged from his stepfather in Tennessee. Masquerading as a Christian social worker, Bree, not telling him either of her true identity or her transgender status, bails Toby out of jail and tells him she will take him to Los Angeles, where Toby has aspirations ... Written by Huggo

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Life is more than the sum of its parts. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France] | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transamerika See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,908, 4 December 2005

Gross USA:

$9,015,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,151,744
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Belladonna Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The initial idea for the screenplay occurred in a conversation between screenwriter/director Duncan Tucker and intersex actress Katherine Connella. While discussing male/female perceptions, Connella shocked Tucker (they had been sharing a house for about four months at the time) with the revelation that she had been raised as a male. See more »

Goofs

When Toby shows up at Bree's apartment and is smoking, the plate Bree gives him to use as an ashtray moves around between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sydney: There's this scruffy looking kid outside. If he's your boyfriend, I'm totally going to slit my wrists.
Elizabeth Osbourne: That dirty-looking boy who came to the door a second ago is your boyfriend? How old is he?
Bree Osbourne: 17.
Elizabeth Osbourne: Oh, my God, Murray, he's underage!
Bree Osbourne: Mom, he's my son.
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Crazy Credits

For all people of trans experience, For all people of any experience, and For my family. See more »

Connections

Featured in 'Transamerica': Travelin' Thru (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Maldito Cabaret
Words and Music by Luis Bernardo Saldarriaga
Performed by Los Pamperos
Published by Edimusica USA (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Discos Fuentes
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Incredible movie - Great performances
24 October 2005 | by ryan-605See all my reviews

Huffman did a terrific job of making me forget a "star" was doing the title role. Her performance was incredibly authentic. You could just feel the uncomfortableness of Bree as we see her start her journey (both figuratively and literally) and gets to know the son she never knew she had.

Moments of this movie had me laughing out loud. Others brought me near tears. If you see one movie this year, this should be it. It is movies like this that give me hope that some people still care about quality film-making.

A little gossip: the director said that Huffman enthusiastically agreed to do this film and then when it was almost time to start shooting, he found out she had to go to Hollywood in 3 months to shoot "some stupid pilot." Yes, THAT stupid pilot.


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