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Kinky Boots (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 26 May 2006 (USA)
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A drag queen comes to the rescue of a man who, after inheriting his father's shoe factory, needs to diversify his product if he wants to keep the business afloat.

Director:

Julian Jarrold
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Edgerton ... Charlie
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Lola
Sarah-Jane Potts ... Lauren
Jemima Rooper ... Nicola
Nick Frost ... Don
Linda Bassett ... Melanie
Robert Pugh ... Harold Price
Ewan Hooper ... George
Stephen Marcus ... Big Mike
Mona Hammond Mona Hammond ... Pat
Kellie Bright ... Jeannie
Joanna Scanlan ... Trish
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Richard Bailey
Leo Bill ... Harry Sampson
Gwenllian Davies Gwenllian Davies ... Mrs. Cobb
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Storyline

Charles Price may have grown up with his father in the family shoe business, but he never thought that he would take his father's place. Yet, the untimely death of his father places him in that position, only to learn that Price and Sons Shoes is failing. While in despair at his failed attempts to save the business, Charles has a chance encounter with the flamboyant drag queen cabaret singer, Lola. Her complaints about the inadequate footwear for her work combined with one of Charles' ex-employees, Lauren, leads to a suggestion to change the product to create a desperate chance to save the business: make men's fetish footwear. Lola is convinced to be their footwear designer and the transition begins. Now this disparate lot must struggle at this unorthodox idea while dealing with both the prejudice of the staff, Lola's discomfort in the small town and the selfish manipulation of Charles' greedy fiance who cannot see the greater good in Charles' dream. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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How Far Would You Go To Save The Family Business?

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Botas audaces para pies diferentes See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£623,163 (United Kingdom), 9 October 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,529, 16 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,819,454, 30 July 2006
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by the true story of a traditional English men's footwear factory in Northamptonshire which turned to production of kinky boots for transvestites in order to save the ailing family business and safeguard the jobs of the local community. See more »

Goofs

The voice mail Charlie leaves Lola in Milan goes "Lola, when you pick this up it's Charlie from Northampton" But when she plays it for Charlie, and Lauren after the cat-walk it goes "Lola, it's Charlie from Northampton". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lola's Dad: Come on. Come on, you stupid boy!
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Connections

References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Yes Sir I Can Boogie
(1977)
Music by Rolf Soja
Lyrics by Frank Dostal
Performed by Chiwetel Ejiofor during the end credits
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Cheeky, good fun!
30 April 2006 | by HaloFive00See all my reviews

Kinky Boots is a cheeky, fun little movie that has a simple message, but a life all its own! It is part of the new wave of irreverent British comedies and it holds its own against the rest of the pack.

Chiwetel Ejiofor shines in this film, proving once again that he's an actor to watch. After compelling turns in Inside Man and Dirty Pretty Things (among others), he defies convention in Kinky Boots--this is not an actor who can be type cast! He is riveting as Lola/Simon, convincing through and through.

There are some subplots that fall a little flat, but the story is very cute overall. The actors are uniformly good, but Ejiofor stands out. In addition, the production design is also pretty well done--the drag sequences are hysterical and a joy to behold. This film put a gigantic smile on my face that stayed put for the rest of the day!


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