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To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995)

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Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.

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Beeban Kidron
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... Noxeema
Patrick Swayze ... Vida
John Leguizamo ... Chi-Chi
Stockard Channing ... Carol Ann
Blythe Danner ... Beatrice
Arliss Howard ... Virgil
Jason London ... Bobby Ray
Chris Penn ... Sheriff Dollard
Melinda Dillon ... Merna
Beth Grant ... Loretta
Alice Drummond ... Clara
Marceline Hugot ... Katina
Jennifer Milmore Jennifer Milmore ... Bobby Lee
Jamie Harrold ... Billy Budd
Mike Hodge ... Jimmy Joe
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After jointly winning a local drag queen pageant in New York City, Noxeema Jackson and Vida Boheme win the right and are given the round trip airfare to compete in the Drag Queen of America pageant in Hollywood, California. Noxeema sees herself as the next Dorothy Dandridge, who bucked the trend of most black American movie actresses of her time by never playing the slave house maid. Vida's style reflects her past of growing up in upper class suburban Pennsylvania. One of their fellow New York City contestants, Chi-Chi Rodriguez, is a straight-talking, but naive and inexperienced drag queen. Seeing that Chi-Chi needs some drag queen confidence (despite her bravada), Vida and a reluctant Noxeema decide to cash in their plane tickets and buy an older model Cadillac convertible and drive to Hollywood with Chi-Chi. Their drive takes them through much of the country where alternate lifestyles are less tolerated than they may be in New York City or Los Angeles. The three have an extended ... Written by Huggo

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Attitude is everything.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for subject matter involving men living in drag, a brief scene of spousal abuse and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

8 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Wong Foo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,019,180, 10 September 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,474,193

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,774,193
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DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Opened in the number one spot, taking in approximately four million dollars. See more »

Goofs

During the bar scene (at around 1h 28 mins) the shoe that Virgil picks up and inspects suddenly changes to a different shoe from one shot to the next. Most evident in the toe strap (more open, then flattened) and different wear patterns at the heel (just a few scratches, then a larger wear). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vida Boheme: Ready or not, here comes mama!
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Crazy Credits

"The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious: any similarity to actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental. In particular, the character named "Chi Chi Rodriguez" was not based upon or authorized by the professional golfer of that name." See more »

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Referenced in Pitch (1997) See more »

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1812 Overture
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
Performed by The Hungarian Orchestra
Conducted by Ádám Fischer
Courtesy of Laserlight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Much more than a "light comedy"
1 July 2006 | by jreedhaSee all my reviews

This movie is much more than a showcase for middle-aged actors to strut their female stuff. It's all about how men, even homosexual men, perceive women, as opposed to the reality of women and their lives.

It's a trenchant though gentle and very funny lesson in gender politics. These actors are brilliant in their portrayal of all of the superficial attributes of women. Every time I see the movie, I'm amazed at their performances - and at the insight and depth of the text.

This movie suggests the impossibility of separating the external gloss of femininity from its source - women themselves. And that women are not the sum of their feminine mannerisms, but whole people who are still too often subgugated by men.

The drag queens are so much more "female" than any genuine woman they meet. But because they are actually men, they enjoy the power of their masculine gender to construct and control their lives that is unobtainable for the women.

The 'girls' end up defending the real women in the movie in a way that is more 'gallant' than any Knight in Shining Armor. Their homosexuality fosters a compassion and understanding of the lot of women in a way that the 'manly' men in the movie cannot grasp. And perhaps the 'girls' end up with a more complete notion of femininity as well. I treasure this movie because I am so grateful for its message.

This flip, light little movie really deserves close examination. Magnificent performances and real heart. Thanks from me too, Julie Newmar!


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