To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
Attitude is everything
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 7, 2003
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo & Wesley Snipes|
|Performer:||Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard, Melinda Dillon, Chris Penn, Jason London, Michael Vartan, Jamie Harrold, Marceline Hugot, Beth Grant, Alice Drummond & RuPaul|
|Directed by||Beeban Kidron|
|Edited by||Andrew Mondshein|
|Screenwriting by||Douglas Carter Beane|
|Composition by||Rachel Portman|
|Produced by||G. Mac Brown|
|Director of Photography:||Steve Mason|
|Executive Production by||Bruce Cohen & Walter F. Parkes|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"When a straight man puts on a dress and gets his sexual kicks, he is a transvestite. When a man is a woman trapped in a man's body, and has a little operation, he is a transsexual. When a gay man has WAY too much fashion sense for one gender, he is a drag queen."
- Noxeema Jackson (WESLEY SNIPES) to Chi Chi Rodriguez (JOHN LEGUIZAMO).
"We gotta make moments fabulous. Because no sooner is a moment noticed than it is gone, child. And a life ain't something to be avoided."
- Noxeema Jackson (WESLEY SNIPES)
"Ready or not, here comes mama."
- Vida Boheme (PATRICK SWAYZE)
...The movie is clever in the way it presents its three macho stars....Funny and amusing...
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Kidron's direction stays flat even when the actors are funny. It doesn't help that the screenplay, by Douglas Carter Beane, is so thin that one of its biggest events is the three main characters' having car trouble.
New York Times
Rating: 3/4 -- Imagine, "Wong Foo" suggests, a world where people stopped judging one another and simply surrendered to the silliness that's dormant inside us. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Rating: C -- A politically correct comedy about drag queens? This is the American response to the superior Aussie flick Adventures of Priscilla. Macho Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo can't lift it above the routine.
Rating: 2.5/4 -- A moderately amusing effort with a marquee-challenging moniker. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- What is amazing is how the movie manages to be funny and amusing while tippy-toeing around (a) sex, (b) controversy and (c) any originality in the plot. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Drag-queen road comedy has some stereotypes, language. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Three New York drag queens on the way to Hollywood for a beauty pageant have their car break down in a small Midwestern town, stranding the flamboyant trio for the weekend. Waiting for parts for their Cadillac convertible, the "ladies" show the locals that appearing different doesn't mean they don't have humanity in common.
Boys will be girls: three outrageous (but loveable) drag queens -- fierce Noxeema, sensitive Vida, and dreamer Chi Chi -- set out from New York to Hollywood in their 1967 Cadillac convertible. In addition to their eye-popping wardrobes, the divas pack a good luck charm, an autographed photo of TV's "Catwoman", Julie Newmar. But when the Caddy breaks down in Snydersville, the mother of all hick towns, the trio decides to stay for the weekend. While there, the threesome (mistaken for actual women) become enmeshed in many of the citizens' problems, ranging from spousal abuse to romantic heartache. They even teach some of the surly males to lighten up on the machismo thing. But when the fetching femmes are revealed to be gay guys, how will the town react'
- Released theatrically in the USA September 8, 1995.
- Amblin Entertainment is Steven Spielberg's production company.
- Color by DeLuxe.
- In DTS Stereo.
- Actual drag queens auditioned for the three starring roles, as well as Hollywood actors Robert Sean Leonard, James Spader, Stephen Dorff, John Cusack, and "Mrs. Doubtfire" herself, Robin Williams.
- Director Beeban Kidron was five months pregnant when shooting began in July, 1994. She gave birth the day after the film wrapped.
- Additional credits: Dale Nielsen, Heidi McGowen, James Weis (assistant directors); Christopher Woods (2nd unit photography); Elizabeth Ziegler (steadicam operator); and Kevin P. Faherty, Patricia Eiben (wardrobe supervisors).
- Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.
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