The Christine Jorgensen Story


1h 29m 1970

Brief Synopsis

In this true story, a sexually frustrated veteran undergoes the world's first male-to-female surgical change.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Biography
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 17 Jun 1970
Production Company
Edprod Pictures
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the book Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography by Christine Jorgensen (New York, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Synopsis

Fascinated by all things feminine since childhood, George Jorgensen, Jr., secures a position as a fashion photographer for a top advertising agency. During an assignment in Southampton, however, the models dispute Jorgensen's masculinity, and his mentor, homosexual executive Jess Wanner, attempts to rape him. The photographer contemplates suicide, but instead participates in a series of hormone experiments conducted by Professor Estabrook and agrees to a sex change operation performed by Denmark's leading surgeon, Dr. Victor Dahlman. While recuperating from the successful operation, the first of its kind, Jorgensen remains in Copenhagen living with his supportive Aunt Thora and assuming the name of her dead daughter Christine. Dreading publicity, the photographer shuns all reporters except magazine writer Tom Crawford. During an extensive interview in a secluded mountain cabin the two fall in love, and Crawford persuades Jorgensen to return to New York and begin life anew.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Biography
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 17 Jun 1970
Production Company
Edprod Pictures
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the book Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography by Christine Jorgensen (New York, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)

Quotes

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!
- Dr. Victor Dahlmen
Remember, never throw away a chance for happiness too quickly...it can get to be a habit.
- Aunt Thora

Trivia

Notes

Prerelease title: Christine. Original running time: 98 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1970

Released in United States June 1996

Shown at New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 6-16, 1996.

Released in United States June 1996 (Shown at New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 6-16, 1996.)

Released in United States 1970