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The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970)

A sex-change operation that changed "George" into "Christine" in 1950s Denmark.

Director:

Irving Rapper

Writers:

Christine Jorgensen (autobiography), Robert E. Kent | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hansen ... George Jorgensen Jr / Christine Jorgensen
Joan Tompkins ... Aunt Thora
Quinn K. Redeker ... Tom Crawford (as Quinn Redeker)
John Himes John Himes ... George Jorgensen Sr. (as John W. Himes)
Ellen Clark Ellen Clark ... Mrs. Florence Jorgensen
Rod McCary ... Jess Warner
Will Kuluva ... Professor Estabrook
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Dr. Victor Dahlman (as Oscar Beregi)
Lynn Harper Lynn Harper ... Dolly
Trent Lehman Trent Lehman ... George at 7
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Dolly as a Child
Bill Erwin ... Pastor
Joyce Meadows ... Tani
Sondra Scott Sondra Scott ... Angela
Elaine Joyce ... Loretta
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A sex-change operation that changed "George" into "Christine" in 1950s Denmark.

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I couldn't live in a man's body! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christine See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$237,000
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the film's major advertising tag lines was the erroneous claim "The First Man To Become A Woman!" In truth, as the movie makes clear, others had undergone similar surgery earlier, but Jorgensen was simply the first well-publicized sex change case. See more »

Goofs

During a playground football game set during the Depression, a late-1960s car drives by in background. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Victor Dahlmen: Ah, you Americans, you're advanced in so many ways! But when it comes to sex, hmm! Childish! Operate on the brain! Perform a lobotomy, fine! But take a pair of testicles and *everybody* explodes!
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Featured in Homo Promo (1991) See more »

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I would love to see a non-fictionalized biography of Jorgensen.
1 November 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the early 1950s, George Jorgensen transitioned from a guy to a woman. I noticed some reviewers said he was the first to do so...but he was not, as some such surgeries were performed in Europe in the 1930s. Instead, he was the first to go public and openly admit they'd gone through the hormone replacement and operations. Now renamed 'Christine', she spent much of the rest of her live advocating for transsexual acceptance. Here in this 1970 film, Jorgensen's autobiography is brought to the big screen...with a caveat. The film was highly fictionalized according to several sources I read and I have no idea what was and what wasn't true. Sure, they wanted to make the film profitable and embellishing would make the project more cinematic...but it really calls for a more faithful film about her life. And, at this point, if you want the best version of Christine's life, try to find the book--and it is at Amazon (among other places).

As far as the film goes, it seemed from the beginning that the filmmakers really didn't try all that hard to get the look of the film right. Much of the movie is set in the 1940s...yet the hairstyles and clothes look like they're from 1970! In particular, the models George was photographing looked nothing like a 1940s or 50s woman. The guys in the film were dressed in clothes closer to the period...which seemed a bit odd. Also, the cars shown in 'Copenhagen' (circa 1950) are mid to late 50s American cars. As a retired history teacher, I tend to notice these things...perhaps most others won't. I can only assume they either didn't care to get it right or the project was so low budget they simply couldn't afford the extra cost of getting the details right.

The film stars John Hansen as George/Christine. He's not a particularly famous actor and only has a small number of film credits. But he was pretty good as the title character--rather feminine as a male but not campy or over the top. Once the transition's been made, Hansen does a fair job but looks more like a guy than Christine actually did-- modern makeup would have made the character more believable--but it was 1970 when they made the picture.

As far as the rest of the film goes, it worked pretty well because it did not come off as an exploitation film--something that could have happened very easily. Sensitively made, it is interesting to watch though I also know it's not a film for everyone! My only big regret is that I wanted the film to be a true biography...not a film with occasional embellishments and changes for the sake of marketing.


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