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Transamerica (2005)

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.

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Voice Coach
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Dr. Spikowsky
Maurice Orozco ...
Fernando
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Margaret
Craig Bockhorn ...
Sergeant
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New York City Cop
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Alex
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Arletty
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Bobby Jensen
Kate Bayley ...
Tennessee Waitress
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Taylor
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Little Girl
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Taylor's Father
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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 a journey. Bring an open mind. See more »


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

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3 March 2006 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,452,303 (USA) (5 March 2006)

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$9,015,303 (USA) (1 June 2006)
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Felicity Huffman had to finish shooting her scenes earlier than scheduled when she secured a role on Desperate Housewives (2004). See more »

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Bree's sister, half Jewish, misuses the Yiddish phrase "kin-ahora" when she hears about Toby's mother's suicide. The phrase means "may the evil eye be averted" and is roughly equivalent to "knock on wood". It is used when you say something GOOD, to avert a spell cast by a jealous person or a demon. It would NEVER be used with respect to something bad. See more »

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Toby: I'm out of cigarettes.
Bree Osbourne: Quel dommage.
Toby: What's quel dommage mean?
Bree Osbourne: It means you're not getting any cigarettes.
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For all people of trans experience, For all people of any experience, and For my family. See more »

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Featured in Empire: The World's Best Movie Quiz (2006) See more »

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So Beautiful
Written by David Poe
Performed by David Poe
Published by Charming Martyr Music (BMI) administered by Electric Pacific Songs
Courtesy of David Poe
By Arrangement with Pacific Electric Music Group
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Excellent real-life comedy/drama from a different point of view
27 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw Transamerica last night at the Tribeca Film Festival and absolutely loved it. I was concerned beforehand that I would not be able to relate to the characters, but that turned out not to be a problem. The acting of Felicity Huffman and Kevin Zegers is done with so much sincerity that I quickly came to care about their characters. Ms. Huffman's performance is one of the best I have seen. Having not seen any of her television or movies, I did not know anything about her. In fact, I thought that she was truly a man playing the part of the transsexual woman. The script was always believable and allowed Ms. Huffman to show some wry humor. The writer/director Duncan Tucker was there to make a few comments answer questions. The only problem is that the film has not yet been picked up by a distributor so if you want to see it (and you should) you may have to find a film festival somewhere.


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