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At age 73, writer and melancholy master of the bon mot, Quentin Crisp (1908-1999), became an Englishman in New York... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Quentin Crisp ... Himself
Peter Walker ... The Bum
Gilbert Stafford ... Man on Street
Gus Rogerson ... Street Performer
Michaela Murphy ... Street Performer
Felicity Mason ... Herself - Dinner Hostess / Writer

Fran Lebowitz ... Herself - Writer
Guy Kettelhack ... Himself - Writer

John Hurt ... Himself - Actor
Richard Seiburth ... Himself - Professor
Hunter Madson ... Himself - Writer

Sting ... Himself - Singer

Michael Musto ... Himself - Gossip Columnist

Sally Jessy Raphael ... Herself - Talk Show Host (archive footage) (as Sally Jesse Raphael)
Shi Ringer ... Herself - Gay Activist
Tom Steele ... Himself - Publisher
Al Goldstein ... Himself - Pornographer
Lenny Dean ... Himself - Cabaret Performer

Robert Patrick ... Himself - Playwright
Penny Arcade ... Herself - Performance Artist
Patrick Angus ... Himself - Painter
Paul Bridgewater ... Himself - Gallery Owner
Orshi Drozdick ... Himself - Sculptor
Emile de Antonio ... Himself - Filmmaker
David McDermott ... Himself - Painter
Peter McGough ... Himself - Painter
Trey Spiegel ... Himself - Painters' Friend
Franco the Great ... Himself - Painter

Holly Woodlawn ... Himself - Performer / Actor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Hanlon ... Himself

Paul Morrissey ... Himself

Directed by
Jonathan Nossiter 
Produced by
Chantal Bernheim .... associate producer
Jonathan Nossiter .... producer
Stephen J. Ross .... line producer
Dean Silvers .... co-producer
Cinematography by
John Foster  (as John R. Foster)
Film Editing by
Jonathan Nossiter 
Production Management
Mary Sansevero .... production manager
Sound Department
John Purcell .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Prinzi .... additional photographer
Oren Rudavsky .... photography: second unit
Editorial Department
Ron Hershey .... associate editor
Other crew
Peter Barossi .... production assistant
Effie Samios .... production coordinator

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85 min
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The word "fuck" is used 20 times in the film, but only in a rap song played on the soundtrack called "Fuck Martinez"See more »
Quentin Crisp:I'm a sad person's idea of a gay person.See more »
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References The Presidio (1988)See more »
Englishman In New YorkSee more »


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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Author: ( from Los Feliz CA

I appear in this feature-length documentary about the daily New York life of the pioneer English gay activist, Quentin Crisp, and Quentin was my dear and valued friend, so I am not, perhaps fully objective about it. While the movie is unique and often very entertaining and informative, I have some regrets about it. Quentin was one of the most life-loving, life-giving people I ever met. After his horrible childhood, youth, and maturity in London, where he was scorned, beaten, and harassed for being "effeminate" (as beautifully depicted in the dramatic bio-film about him,"The Naked Civil Servant"), in his old age he became famous and beloved in his adopted home, New York City. He reveled in the attention, affection, and acceptance he achieved as a media celebrity. He accepted all of the many invitations he received, and enlivened them all with his lifetime supply of carefully-phrased, brightly-polished epigrams. All his great qualities are on display in "Resident Alien," and we who loved him are grateful that director Jonathan Nossiter has preserved them. However, Mister Nossiter is ambitious and heterosexual, and could not help seeing Quentin's uncritical contentment in his round of often rather trivial events, and his self-chosen solitary home life in a tiny one-room flat, as--how shall I put it?--sadder than his public life was glad. Mister Nossiter has, of course, the right to his own viewpoint, and he presents it extremely well. But he employs some "politically correct" commentators to reinforce his negative views, and, alas, gives equal time to none of us who might have given very different interpretations of our wonderful friend's activities and value. So, while I heartily recommend this educational and technically inventive movie-monument to a great person and great personality, I cannot but wish that all its viewers had experienced personally the much more positive person and personality I knew.

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