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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.

Director:

Werner Molinsky

Writer:

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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Beauty fades, but fabulous is forever! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Final Cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The script evolved from a planned but never-filmed short called "Feminist Warriors" (which was loosely based on the JonBenét Ramsey murder) and was slated to star Jean Smart, Cathy Moriarty and Suzanne Pleshette. The script underwent a massive rewrite and, in the end, only Smart stayed with the project. See more »

Goofs

As Corinne inquires as to the identity of her father, Loreli raises her right arm and points at her daughter. It then cuts to a closer shot where Loreli's pointing with her left hand. 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 Laverne & Shirley scored the scene. See more »

Connections

References Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Metti Una Sera a Cena
Written and Performed by Ennio Morricone
Published by Bixio Music Group Ltd.
Courtesy of Cinvox Records and 10M Music
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Aging beauty queen seeks redemption in new pageant.
14 October 1999 | by ryanburg-3See all my reviews

Jean Smart (Designing Women, The Brady Bunch Movie) stars with Robert Wagner (Austin Powers 1 & 2 , What Price Glory, Crazy in Alabama) in this professionally made satire of beauty pageants.

Smart is former and aging Miss Texas Gal 1968 who was also a formerly successful pageant manager until a notorious scandal caused her to flee Texas for Mississippi. Her beauty queen daughter is graduating from beautician college and dreams of going to Hollywood to be a makeup artist to the stars. Smart receives an offer to coach a beauty pageant in Paris, Texas and her boyfriend Lyle (Wagner) persuades her to go. They head out in a motor home only to have Lyle choke to death on an artificial eyelash. Undaunted and unwilling to chance a delay, they keep Lyle with them in the motor home and disguise him with makeup, wigs and a dress.

The film makers present a twisted world of beauty pageants with the book Valley of the Dolls as their bible, an addiction to the cola drink Tab and the surprise ending of the beauty pageant in Texas being for drag queens.

Hilarious satire coupled with an outstanding performance by Smart produce a likeable film that also explores the shallowness of the pageant scene and its impact on its participants. After the film, the director explained that the script was based on his idea of what would have happened if Jon Bennet Ramsey had lived. This produced quite a few groans from the audience. This was by far the best film I screened and has the greatest potential for general theatrical release.

Grade = A-


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