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

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 8 September 1995 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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... Noxeema
... Vida
... Chi-Chi
... Carol Ann
... Beatrice
... Virgil
... Bobby Ray
... Sheriff Dollard
... Merna
... Loretta
... Clara
... Katina
Jennifer Milmore ... Bobby Lee
... Billy Budd
... 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.

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Comedy | Drama

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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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8 September 1995 (USA)  »

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To Wong Foo  »

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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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Patrick Swayze and Beth Grant appeared in Donnie Darko (2001). See more »

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When Noxeema is reeling off titles of films made by Dorothy Dandridge, his/her favorite star, he/she mangles the title of Sun Valley Serenade, turning it into the meaningless Serenade Sun Valley. Noxeema also misquotes the order of filmography and omits several. These are not things the character, a hardcore Dandridge fan, should have done. See more »

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Vida Boheme: Ready or not, here comes mama!
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Noah Kidron Style .... Best Baby (Noah was born to director Beeban Kidron on the last day of filming). See more »

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References Tamango (1958) See more »

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Body Beautiful
Written by Bernadette Cooper
Rap by Cheryl 'Salt' James
Performed by Salt-N-Pepa featuring Bernadette Cooper
Salt-N-Pepa appears courtesy of London Records and Noise in the Attic Productions
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A lightweight romp.
10 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

The only bad thing about this film, as with most Hollywood films in which gays are depicted, is that it perpetuates the stereotype that all gays are drag queens. Still, Snipes and Swayze are fabulous, hilarious, and courageous to risk their testosterone-driven careers on such a romp. But John Leguizamo, as the drag princess, steals the show, no small feat considering the supporting cast includes Robin Williams, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Melinda Dillon, Arliss Howard, and, of course, the statuesque Julie Newmar.

Much has been made of the similarity between this film and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, but each stands on its own for many reasons. Each presented superb casts in stories with obvious similarities. But oh the differences. Completely different approaches to humor, not to mention drag. Also, To Wong Foo is a more pleasant if somewhat more lightweight movie. The American audience probably had a much easier time with this one than with Priscilla.


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