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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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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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Storyline

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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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

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During negotiations with Julie Newmar for the use of her name in the title, the back-up plan in the event that producers could not secure those rights was to replace Newmar with Carol Lynley. See more »

Goofs

After Chi Chi checks to see if Sheriff Dollard is dead they take off in the car, prior to taking off in the car no shoe is present at the back of the vehicles driver side wheel, but when they show the vehicle driving off the shoe then shows at the back of the vehicles driver side wheel. See more »

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[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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References Porgy and Bess (1959) 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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Not what it seems at first.
21 July 2005 | by anyone-11See all my reviews

This movie about three drag queens, two of whom win a trip to Hollywood, is kind of the ultimate road picture. But the three male stars look better in drag than Bing and Bob ever did. I've seen it a couple of times, and never fail to wonder at the transformation of Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo into...well, drag queens. One of the best shots in this movie is at the beginning, when Wesley Snipes' character is walking AWAY from the camera. I wish *I* looked that good.

I suppose there was a kind of freedom in making this movie, for them, because they were not playing a character that looks like them in *real life*. I started out watching because if the novelty, ended up being invested in the characters and liking the movie.

And Blythe Danner is always good, in anything she does.


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