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Paris Is Burning (1990)

TV Program
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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
16 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Xtravaganza Brooke Xtravaganza ... Self (as Carmen and Brooke)
André Christian André Christian ... Self (as Andre Christian)
Dorian Corey ... Self
Paris Duprée ... Self (as Paris Dupree)
Pepper LaBeija ... Self
Junior LaBeija Junior LaBeija ... Self
Willi Ninja ... Self
Sandy Ninja Sandy Ninja ... Self
Kim Pendavis Kim Pendavis ... Self
Freddie Pendavis ... Self
Sol Pendavis ... Self
Avis Pendavis Avis Pendavis ... Self
Octavia St. Laurent ... Self (as Octavia Saint Laurent)
Stevie Saint Laurent Stevie Saint Laurent ... Self
Anji Xtravaganza Anji Xtravaganza ... Self (as Angie Xtravaganza)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Having a ball...wish you were here

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Venus Xtravaganza: Some of them say that we're sick, we're crazy. And some of them think that we are the most gorgeous, special things on Earth.
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Connections

Referenced in Drag Race Thailand: Snatch Game (2018) See more »

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Love Hangover
Written by Pam Sawyer (as P. Sawyer) and Marilyn McLeod (as M. McLeod)
Performed by Diana Ross
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What happened to them?
4 September 2000 | by rrbSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie again for the first time since it came out. It's so much sadder now. You feel you're watching these people as they once were, over 10 years ago, when they still had hopes and dreams that by now have probably dwindled to nothing. I read somewhere that most of those profiled died within 4 years, principally from AIDS. I'd love to know what happened to them all. I think Willie Ninja, the most resourceful, clever & self-respecting of the group, is still somewhat successful as a dancer/entrepreneur.


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Official Sites:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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