Heaven's a Drag (1994)
"To Die For" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  2 December 1994 (USA)
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A twenty-something drag queen dies of AIDS, but when his adoring ghost returns to the side of his surviving lover, he finds his lover doesn't exactly miss him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Williams ...
Thomas Arklie ...
Drop Dead Gorgeous (as Gordon Milne)
Dillie Keane ...
Nicholas Harrison ...
Siobhan's First Lover
Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
Sinitta ...
Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
Mrs. Pignon
John Altman ...
Paul Cottingham ...
1st Poxy Shirt Lifter
Lloyd T. Williams ...
Bodybuilder (as Lloyd Williams)
Robert Sturtz ...
Benjamin Sterz ...
Man in Gym
Brian Carter ...
Leather Man


Simon and Mark live together in London. When Mark dies of AIDS, Simon gets on with his life rather quickly - too quickly to suit Mark, whose ghost reappears to disrupt Simon's cruising, moving back into their flat to prompt Simon to experience and express feelings. Simon is adamant that feelings, especially love, are not for him. Subplots develop as Mark and Simon observe their neighbor Siobhan's love life and as Simon spends his days as a satellite-TV installer partnered with Dogger, a homophobe ignorant that Simon is gay. Is there any key that can unlock Simon's feelings and allow Mark to rest in peace? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Hit British Gay Comedy About Cruising... In The Afterlife!


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, and for language | See all certifications »




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2 December 1994 (USA)  »

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Heaven's a Drag  »

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Did You Know?


Netflix has it in their list of films as "To Die For", but when you watch the film it has the new title "Heaven's A Drag". See more »


Mark: You don't love me. You never really did. I might as well be dead for all you care.
Simon: Mark, you ARE dead.
Mark: Trust you to nitpick!
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Crazy Credits

The producers would like to express their gratitude to all the cast, crew and many suppliers whose financial support made this production possible. See more »


Keep On Pushing
performed by MBD
written by L. Parry/D. Laudat
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An Awkward, Maudlin Mess
1 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had read a few positive reviews of this film, and was truly surprised at how dreadful the whole thing was. Positioned as some cross between an AIDS-related story and some kind of "Ghost"/"Blithe Spirit" tale, this film can't always make it's mind up what it wants to be.

Simon and Mark are a gay couple who have an "open" relationship - Simon is able to have anonymous (though safe) sex on the side when he wants. Mark is HIV+ and he and Simon don't seem to have a sex life anymore. When Mark dies, Simon - who has made a habit of shutting off his emotions after being rejected years ago by his father - tries to erase his memory and just get on with being a bachelor. Not that his behavior before Mark's death was much different. But Mark returns in ghostly form and foils his various trysts, while getting Simon to open up and admit his true feelings.

Unfortunately, Simon is such a selfish SOB, it's impossible to feel any empathy toward him for most of the film. By the time he is supposed to be more sympathetic, it's too late to care. Mark, on the other hand, follows in Demi Moore's footsteps from "Ghost," by crying profusely throughout the movie.

There is a bizarre switch in tone after Mark returns. Suddenly we get some lame attempts at humor, a la the TV show "Bewitched." But that doesn't last long. Once Simon's emotional health is at stake, the whole thing becomes increasingly mawkish, with amateurish attempts to jerk at your heartstrings. The finale, with a gold-plated muscle-boy angel guiding a tearful Mark to heaven while a chastened, grief-stricken Simon waves goodbye is just stupefying, chiefly because it isn't intentionally funny.

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