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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 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 (Wesley Snipes) and Vida Boheme (Patrick Swayze) 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 (John Leguizamo), 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 ... 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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Trivia

The actors spent some time in New York City's drag scene to help get into their roles. See more »

Goofs

The "girls" repeatedly spend entire days in the car although by nightfall, no one has even a hint of a five o'clock shadow or a beard. See more »

Quotes

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

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 Scandal (1989) See more »

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Who Taught You How
Written by Crystal Waters, Eric Kupper
Performed by Crystal Waters
Crystal Waters appears courtesy of Mercury Records
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A lightweight romp.
10 March 2001 | by budmasseySee 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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8 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,019,180, 10 September 1995

Gross USA:

$36,474,193

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,774,193
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1.85 : 1
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