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The Queen of Versailles (2012)

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A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

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Herself - Miss New York 2009 (as Alyse Zwick)
Lorraine Barrett ...
Herself - Real Estate Agent
June Downs ...
Herself - Next Door Neighbor
Phillip Froehlich ...
Himself - Vice President, West Resorts
Marissa Gaspay ...
Herself - Nanny
Jonquil ...
Herself - Niece
Tina Martinez ...
Herself - High School Friend
Virginia Nebab ...
Herself - Nanny
Wendy Ponce ...
Herself - Housekeeper
David Siegel ...
Himself
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Herself (as Jackie Siegel)
Richard Siegel ...
Himself - Son
Victoria Siegel ...
Herself - Daughter
Katie Stam ...
Herself - Miss America
Terry Vaughn ...
Himself - Westgate Employee
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In 2008, the Siegel family was top of the heap with the wealthy and politically influential David Siegel running the successful Westgate Resorts time-share business. To enjoy their good life, he and his engineer turned beauty queen trophy wife, Jackie, were building the largest single family private home in America. Suddenly, both the US economy and Westgate were rocked by the devastating sub-prime mortgage collapse. In the new economic reality with the business teetering on ruin, we follow the Siegels as they struggle to scale down their grotesquely ostentatious lifestyle. For this overprivileged family, accepting that situation proved a dispiriting struggle even as their unfinished dream home became a monument of their superficial values. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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16 August 2014 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A Rainha de Versalhes  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$51,326 (USA) (20 July 2012)

Gross:

$2,401,652 (USA) (16 November 2012)
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Lauren Greenfield: How are you personally responsible for the re-election of George Bush?
David Siegel: I'd rather not say because it may not necessarily have been legal.
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Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #8.67 (2012) See more »

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Marissa Gaspay
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American Dream Indeed!
26 April 2012 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Lauren Greenfield's documentary "Queen of Versailles" is beautiful on many levels. I have not seen a movie with such epic proportion lessons in a while. At the end of the day it affirms my belief, American dream is just that-"A Dream". What happens when you wake up?

The themes of Love, riches, fame,greed,beauty, family,choices,economic crisis and business failure makes it a viewers delight. Viewers are welcomed into billionaires Jackie and David's rags-to-riches story only as thing progress it turns out to be riches-to-rags.

I almost dismissed the movie because I thought it will be too much like an episode of reality TV but it surpassed my expectation. The situation was real and so was the pain for the Siegel's.


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