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A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

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Jennie Livingston
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Xtravaganza Brooke Xtravaganza ... (as Carmen and Brooke)
André Christian André Christian
Dorian Corey
Paris Duprée
Pepper LaBeija ... Self
Junior Labeija Junior Labeija
Willi Ninja
Sandy Ninja Sandy Ninja
Kim Pendavis Kim Pendavis
Freddie Pendavis
Sol Pendavis
Avis Pendavis Avis Pendavis
Octavia St. Laurent ... (as Octavia Saint Laurent)
Stevie Saint Laurent Stevie Saint Laurent
Anji Xtravaganza Anji Xtravaganza ... (as Angie Xtravaganza)
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This is a documentary of 'drag nights' among New York's underclass. Queens are interviewed and observed preparing for and competing in many 'balls'. The people, the clothes, and the whole environment are outlandish. Written by Robbie Smith <robsmith@u.washington.edu>

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Having a ball...wish you were here

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Considered to be the first example of the now-common expression "throwing shade." See more »

Quotes

Dorian Corey: I always had hopes of being a big star. But as you get older, you aim a little lower. Everybody wants to make an impression, some mark upon the world. Then you think, you've made a mark on the world if you just get through it, and a few people remember your name. Then you've left a mark. You don't have to bend the whole world. I think it's better to just enjoy it. Pay your dues, and just enjoy it. If you shoot an arrow and it goes real high, hooray for you.
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Featured in Somewhere Over the Rainbow (2014) See more »

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Let No Man Put Asunda
Written by Bruce Gray (as B. Gray) and Bruce Hawes (as B. Hawes)
Performed by First Choice
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Really well made. Interesting. Sad, too.
17 November 2004 | by joeochoaesqSee all my reviews

I will confess that I had no idea what I was walking into when I saw it. At the time, I was between jobs and seeing every movie I could. It was either that-or look for a job!

Remember seeing the title and thinking it was about WW2, Hitler, etc. Of course, once the movie started, I was surprised.

It was a very cool movie. I don't think it matters if you're straight, gay, or somewhere in between. It opened my eyes to a whole new sub-culture I never knew existed. What I saw was a group of men very passionate about something in their lives. Fascinating to watch them transform their appearance.

Sad to see how their families didn't accept them or when there was a death of one of the principals. I remember they showed one of the actors truly depressed b/c his family (maybe his father) tossed all of the clothes he had collected. Outside of the monetary value, he really had pride in all that he had amassed over the years.

I left thinking I wouldn't want to try it, but I thought it would be very fun to attend one of these balls.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children Are See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$310,127, 11 August 1991

Gross USA:

$3,905,297

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,905,297
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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