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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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Storyline

After jointly winning a local drag queen pageant in New York City, Noxeema Jackson and Vida Boheme 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, 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 City or Los Angeles. The three have an extended ... Written by Huggo

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Attitude is everything.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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USA

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

8 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Wong Foo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,019,180, 10 September 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,474,193

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,774,193
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DTS | DTS-Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before filming the scene in which Sheriff Dollard (Chris Penn) pulls the car over at the roadside, Patrick Swayze secretly placed a corn cob down the front of his underwear. Penn's expression of shock upon putting his hand up Swayze's dress was not faked. See more »

Goofs

When Vida and Noxeema first encounter Chi Chi on the stairs, she is wearing both of her gloves. When Vida sits next to her a second later, Chi Chi is wearing only one glove, and is holding the other in her hand. See more »

Quotes

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

"The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious: any similarity to actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental. In particular, the character named "Chi Chi Rodriguez" was not based upon or authorized by the professional golfer of that name." See more »

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References Driving Miss Daisy (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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Bravo! to Snipes, Swayze and Leguizamo
22 October 2005 | by blueleo65See all my reviews

The main reason I liked this movie is because of the trios' performance. I think they did an excellent job. How could a man that did "Roadhouse" be in this movie? That's what makes it so appealing. And not only be in it, but do an amazing job. Snipes made me laugh my heart out, and Leguizamo had a dark undertone to his performance that reflects the hopes and dreams of many Latinas living in poverty. I also admire the intentions of this movie. It wants to bring a message without offending or turn off the audience it intends to deliver it to. Not an easy task, but at least it's an admirable attempt. I think some of the reviewers on this site are a bit too harsh on this film. It is a fun bubble gum of a movie. Watch it and enjoy it, and in the process if you come away from it with a little more of an open mind, I think it has done its job.


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