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I Want What I Want (1972)

R | | Drama | 2 June 1972 (Ireland)
A 20-something son of a military officer feels like a woman trapped in a man's body. When he can't hide it anymore he has a fallout with his ladies man father and leaves home. Now what?


John Dexter


Geoff Brown (novel), Gillian Freeman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Anne Heywood ... Roy / Wendy
Harry Andrews ... Roy's Father
Jill Bennett ... Margaret Stevenson
Paul Rogers ... Mr. Waites
Michael Coles ... Frank
Sheila Reid ... June
Virginia Stride Virginia Stride ... Shirley
Jill Melford Jill Melford ... Lorna
Philip Bond Philip Bond ... Philip
Rachel Gurney ... Mrs. Parkhurst
Robin Hawdon ... Tony
Anthony Sharp ... Mr. Parkhurst
Deborah Grant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daphne Anderson
John Baskcomb John Baskcomb


A 20-something son of a military officer feels like a woman trapped in a man's body. When he can't hide it anymore he has a fallout with his ladies man father and leaves home. Now what?

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...to be a woman




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Release Date:

2 June 1972 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

I Want What I Want: To Be a Woman See more »

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Marayan See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Roy's Father: I've heard about people like you. But God knows I never thought my own son... You mad? You mad? Where did you get that awful thing that you're wearing? Hmm? Wasn't this one of your mother's? You crazy little bugger!
[her shoe comes off]
Roy's Father: Pick it up. Go on, pick it up. Pick up your little girl shoe. Go on!
[he knocks her down]
Roy's Father: Look at me. Go on, look at me. Hold your head up like a man, even if you're aren't one. What are you, for Christ's sake? Have you no pride? Go on, get up. Get up, you little ...
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She Got What He Wanted
27 August 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

The British cinema's response to 'The Christine Jorgensen Story' (1970). Five years after casting his wife Anne Heywood as a butch lesbian in 'The Fox' (1967), producer Raymond Stross showcased her as a troubled young male transsexual in this film of Geoff Brown's 1966 novel which bites off considerably more than it can chew.

Ms Heywood is sympathetic in the lead as conflicted young Roy - who would already have enough hang ups without his macho, ex-army father Harry Andrews - but receives little help from her makeup and costumes which make her look like a marionette from 'Joe 90' as 'Roy'. (Christine Jorgensen herself thought John Hansen made a more convincing girl in the former than Heywood did a boy). As 'Wendy' both his father and sister tell him he looks ridiculous in drag; but to me Heywood looks absolutely fab, and only too convincing as the seriously hot 40 year-old woman she actually was at the time. (As 'Roy' she looks more like a schoolboy than a grown man; a common side effect of female-to-male cross-dressing. I believe it's known as the 'Peter Pan Effect'.) Today's feminists would also rightly take issue with the notion that only a woman would manifest Roy's preference to discussing shoes and fabrics to politics.

The film abandons 'Roy' surprisingly early on to concentrate for most of the running time on his efforts to pass as 'Wendy', and ends very abruptly. But it certainly makes you think about 'her' loneliness, her efforts to find work and build a new life without references from her former employer or a birth certificate; and the daily balancing act 'she' has to perform to pass as a woman without men getting too interested in 'her'.

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