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The Sons of Tennessee Williams (2010)

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THE SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of wildly popular 'drag balls' starting in the late 1950s. These men ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Maddox Charles Maddox ... Himself / King Armeinius the 40th
Tommy Dietsch Tommy Dietsch ... Himself / Queen Armeinius the 40th (as Tommy Dietsch) (as Thomas Dietsch)
Ed Herlihy Ed Herlihy ... Himself
George Roth George Roth ... Himself / Queen Celeste the 9th
Don Stratton Don Stratton ... Himself / Queen Armeinius the 2nd
Jimmy Keyes Jimmy Keyes ... Himself / Queen Petronius XV
Mike Moreau Mike Moreau ... Himself
John Henry Bogie John Henry Bogie ... Himself
Albert Carey Albert Carey ... Himself / 'The Volcano' / Queen Armeinius VI
Tracy Hendrix Tracy Hendrix ... Himself
Steve Labranche Steve Labranche ... Himself
Freddie Guess Freddie Guess ... Himself
Bill Woolley Bill Woolley ... Himself
Wendell Stipelcovich Wendell Stipelcovich ... Himself / 'The Shrimp Cocktail'
George Patterson George Patterson ... Himself
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THE SONS OF TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, tells the story of the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of wildly popular 'drag balls' starting in the late 1950s. These men worked with the traditions of Mardi Gras to bring gay culture into public settings in the early 1960s. By 1969, there were four gay Mardi Gras clubs legally chartered by the state of Louisiana, throwing yearly extravaganzas at civic venues around the city. 'Society matrons begged for ball tickets from their hairdressers'. They succeeded in bringing down the 'Jim Crow' type laws that targeted gay people during this period, staging a flamboyant, costumed revolution without politics and won freedoms during a time, as now, when laws and people fought against them. Written by Anonymous

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gay | ball | club | drag ball | drag | See All (78) »

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They did it without bricks, they did it without anger. They did it in drag. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$533, 14 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,852, 16 October 2011
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Color | Black and White (film clips and archive photographs: Universal Newsreels)
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Trivia

Krewe {kroo} -noun (especially in New Orleans) a social club comprised of members who celebrate the annual Mardi Gras festivities together. --generalized from The Mistick Krewe of Comus, the first such club, founded in New Orleans in 1857. See more »

Quotes

Albert Carey: Is it really a civil rights accomplishment for a man to wear a dress at the municipal auditorium?
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The reigning captain of the Krewe of Petronius finishes the last minute decorations on his Armeinius 40th ball costume. See more »

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References The Six Million Dollar Man (1973) See more »

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Petit Suite for Solo Cello
written by Jon Appleton
from the album "The Russian Music"
Performed by Alexander Zagorinski.
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Excellent film!
31 October 2011 | by LouisianatboySee all my reviews

As someone who grew up in the Big Easy, watching The Sons of Tennessee Williams, was exciting and emotional. The film captures what the carnival season means for so many of us who lived the magic of Mardi Gras every year. I loved how the film shows the extreme importance of family and culture from the time we were small children through adulthood. My friends will now understand how our carnival season is just as important to us as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or any other major holiday is important to them. The film accurately goes back in time to an era of injustice and discrimination. Go see this film with friends for a bit of New Orleans history that has been rarely portrayed in such a caring and loving way.


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