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Tangerine (2015)

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A hooker tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.


Sean Baker
24 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez Kitana Kiki Rodriguez ... Sin-Dee
Mya Taylor ... Alexandra
Karren Karagulian ... Razmik
Mickey O'Hagan ... Dinah
James Ransone ... Chester
Alla Tumanian ... Ashken
Luiza Nersisyan Luiza Nersisyan ... Yeva
Arsen Grigoryan Arsen Grigoryan ... Karo
Ian Edwards ... Nash
Clu Gulager ... The Cherokee
Ana Foxx ... Selena
Scott Krinsky ... Parsimonious John
Chelcie Lynn Chelcie Lynn ... Madam Jillian
Shih-Ching Tsou Shih-Ching Tsou ... Mamasan
Josh Sussman ... Retch Chunder


A hooker tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and disturbing sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout, and drug use | See all certifications »

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English | Armenian

Release Date:

10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tangerine See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,934, 17 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$701,837, 16 October 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


When Alexandra first hands out flyers for her musical performance, the shadow of the cameraman's head is visible on one of the girls. See more »


[first lines]
Sin-Dee: Merry Christmas Eve, Bitch.
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Definitely seems like you're watching real people, doing real things!
14 January 2016 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'TANGERINE': Four Stars (Out of Five)

Critically acclaimed indie flick; about a transgender prostitute, searching for her boyfriend (a pimp who cheated on her), in Hollywood, on Christmas Eve. The movie was directed by Sean S. Baker, and written by Baker and Chris Bergoch. It stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan and James Ransone. The film was made on a budget of just $100,000; and it was shot (entirely) on three iPhone 5s smartphones! It's definitely a well made, and very memorable, movie.

The story takes place on Christmas Eve, 2014; in Hollywood. Sin-Dee Rella (Rodriguez), a transgender sex worker, just got out of prison; after serving a 28-day sentence. She meets another transgender prostitute, her friend Alexandra (Taylor), at a donut shop. Alexandra (accidentally) informs Sin-Dee, that her boyfriend, a pimp named Chester (Ransone), cheated on her; while she was in prison. Sin-Dee goes ballistic, and spends the rest of the day, looking for him; and his new mistress (O'Hagan).

Despite being filmed on iPhones, the movie is surprisingly beautiful at times; especially in it's most poignant, and very subtle, moments! It's dirty, and very disgusting, a lot of the time too; but it's also very moving. The two lead performances are impressive, and they're performed by openly transgender actresses (too); and the supporting cast is all good as well. The movie definitely seems like you're watching real people, doing real things; in a part of life, I'm not familiar with (which makes it all the more fascinating). It's an impressive little film!

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