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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 a journey. Bring an open mind. 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, 1 June 2006

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

Many scenes involve improvisation. The scene where the characters are riding in the car towards sunset is one of them: the director (Duncan Tucker) asked Felicity Huffman to start poking Kevin Zegers in the stomach and shoulder. Kevin Zegers stayed in character, and the director liked the result. See more »

Goofs

When Bree is shown coming around after having had her final surgery, her fingernails still have polish on them. Nail polish is always removed prior to surgery, so that any changes in coloring (nails turning blue due to lack of oxygen) are detected by medical personnel. See more »

Quotes

Wayne: School's gonna be closing in about fifteen minutes.
Toby: Wayne, this is really hard. Do you think you could give me a hand?
Wayne: Sure - what subject?
Toby: [Toby stands, pushes down his surfer shorts] Sex education.
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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 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Odessa Yodel
Performed by Wylie & the Wild West
Written by Wylie Gustafson
Published by Two Medicine Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Excellent real-life comedy/drama from a different point of view
27 April 2005 | by lrapoportSee 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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