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Forever Fabulous (1999)

Beauty queen road trip about mother and daughter pageant pros going back home to Texas for a shot a redemption.

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Werner Molinsky

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Werner Molinsky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Smart ... Loreli Daly
Jennifer Elise Cox ... Corinne Daly
Emily Procter ... Tiffany Dawl
Jack Plotnick ... Adam
Mink Stole ... Miss Vi Ambrose
Jorja Fox ... Liz Guild
Robert Wagner ... Lyle Devereaux Green
Jan Cobler Jan Cobler ... PTA Mother / Ned's Bartender
Bridgit Dengel Bridgit Dengel ... PTA Mother
Francesca Hilton Francesca Hilton ... PTA Mother
Karen Moline Karen Moline ... PTA Mother
Smith Wordes Smith Wordes ... PTA Mom
Cyril O'Reilly ... Cop
Gene Mercer Gene Mercer ... Ned
Yardenna Hurvitz Yardenna Hurvitz ... Ned's Waitress
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Beauty queen road trip about mother and daughter pageant pros going back home to Texas for a shot a redemption.

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The Mascara-packed adventures of Miss Texas Gal 1969 See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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Official Sites:

Filbert Steps Productions

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tiara Tango See more »

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Filbert Steps Productions See more »
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| (Final Cut)

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Mono

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Color
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Trivia

Jennifer Elise Cox didn't receive a salary for recording the film's voice-over narration. See more »

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Corinne's vodka bottle switches from her right hand to her left as she recaps it. See more »

Quotes

Corinne Daly: Don't get me wrong, Loreli wasn't a bad mother. She just felt that giving birth to me had ruined her chances of ever looking good in a swimsuit again.
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Alternate Versions

Early screenings of the film included a lot of music that was subsequently changed. Most notable is the scene in Amarillo, Texas where the beauty queens rehearse a routine that Loreli designed for them when they were children -- in the final cut of the film, an original instrumental is heard; in the earlier cuts, "Making Our Dreams Come True," the theme song for scored the scene. See more »

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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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Low
Written and Performed by Spin Cycle
Courtesy of 10M Music and Neurodisc
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A potential cult classic in dire need of an official release
9 August 2009 | by VinnieRattolleSee all my reviews

Loreli Daly is an aging beauty queen who can't let go of the past... which still haunts her. Her daughter Corinne is now grown (and a beauty queen herself), and the pair embark on a road trip back to Texas -- with Tiffany and Liz, Corinne's childhood friends, and Loreli's boyfriend Lyle in tow -- so Loreli can oversee another beauty pageant. Not surprisingly, the road back to Texas is a bumpy one...

Several slightly different cuts of "Forever Fabulous" have been circulating deep underground for many years, and it's not hard to understand why -- this little black comedy has got cult movie written ALL over it. With its intentionally campy narration, dialogue and performances, endearingly tacky characters, quotable one-liners, candy colored production design, numerous references and homages to old Hollywood, and a cameo from b-movie legend Mink Stole, the movie's entertaining, lovable and has a high re-watchability factor. The film has its share of flaws too (most notably, a shift in tone as Loreli's un-shocking darkest secret is revealed), but the pros far outweigh the cons, and the performances from the entire cast are stellar.

Unfortunately, outside of the underground and a brief stint on the film festival circuit, it's barely been seen. The airplay rights for the movie were sold to LMN in 2001 (sadly, they cropped the picture for TV), but it seems the network barely aired it before locking it away in the vaults. Many years have passed, and still the film remains utterly obscure. I'd love to see it on DVD with commentaries and deleted/alternate scenes (the version originally screened at the Austin Film Festival ran nearly 20 minutes longer than the versions in circulation), but it doesn't look like that's EVER gonna happen. At the very least, it would be great if they'd resurrect the film for airings on Logo -- at least on that network, it might reach an audience who'll appreciate the film as the wickedly campy trashterpiece that it is.


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