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No Ordinary Man (2021)



Critic Consensus: A strikingly nuanced documentary, No Ordinary Man pays moving tribute to its subject's remarkable life -- and lasting impact on the lives of others.

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American jazz musician Billy Tipton developed a reputable touring and recording career in the mid-twentieth century, along with his band The Billy Tipton Trio. After his death in the late 80s, it was revealed that Tipton was assigned female at birth, and his life was swiftly reframed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man in pursuit of a music career. The genre-defying documentary NO ORDINARY MAN seeks to correct that misrepresentation by collaborating with trans artists. As they collectively celebrate Tipton's story as a musician living his life according to his own terms, they paint a portrait of a trans culture icon. NO ORDINARY MAN features leading voices and breakout stars in the trans community, including Marquise Vilsón, Scott Turner Schofield, Susan Stryker, C. Riley Snorton, and Thomas Page McBee, among others.

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Kitty Kelly
as Self(archive footage)
Diane Middlebrook
as Self(archive footage)
Sally Jessy Raphael
as Self(archive footage)
Billy Tipton
as Self(archive footage)
Hennessy Winkler
as Self - Billy Tipton auditioner(as Hennessy)
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Critic Reviews for No Ordinary Man

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (12)

There's one big problem about "No Ordinary Man: The Billy Tipton Documentary": It's not really about Billy Tipton.

July 26, 2021 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

I think what this movie does really well is figure out how to look at the past through our present lens without disregarding or dishonoring the past.

July 23, 2021 | Full Review…

This is a compelling, often profound film, one that creatively surmounts its inherent limitations and shines a vital and heartfelt light on being transgender.

July 22, 2021 | Full Review…

Billy's saga is thus the foundation for No Ordinary Man's grander, nuanced investigation of the historical and contemporary plight of trans men and women...

July 22, 2021 | Full Review…

"No Ordinary Man" challenges the very basis of cultural production, eschewing the familiar accumulation of biographical and historical information and instead questioning the process by which such information is gathered.

July 17, 2021 | Full Review…

A fascinating deconstruction of history, culture, and identity, No Ordinary Man raises so many crucial questions - and answers them so thoughtfully - that it moves beyond entertainment into the realm of essential text.

July 16, 2021 | Full Review…

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