Wednesday, August 7, 2013

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

1995 American Feature

Cast: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Arliss Howard, Jason London, Chris Penn, Melinda Dillon and Beth Grant
Director: Beeban Kidron
Writer: Douglas Carter Beane

Three drag queens set out on a cross-country trip from New York to Los Angeles for the "Drag Queen of the Year" contest, only to be stranded in the small, dusty town of Snydersville when their Cadillac convertible breaks down.


  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 41% / Audience: 69%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available


  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor - Comedy/Musical (Swayze) and Supporting Actor (Leguizamo).

  • The title of the movie came from an autographed picture of Julie Newmar that screenwriter Douglas Carter Beane saw on the wall of a Times Square Chinese restaurant, the China Bowl, in the mid 1980s. Wong Foo, or "Fooey" as his friends called him, was the head bartender at the China Bowl (which closed in the 1993). The walls of the restaurant were covered with head shots of famous actors and actresses who had dined at the restaurant.
  • Casting Call: Mel Gibson, Viggo Mortensen and Gary Oldman.
  • Cameo appearances in the film include Joey Arias, The Lady Bunny, Naomi Campbell, Lady Catiria, Candis Cayne, Quentin Crisp, Hedda Lettuce, The Widow Norton, Miss Coco Peru, RuPaul, Miss Understood, Robin Williams and, of course, Julie Newmar.
  • Golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez won an undisclosed sum from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment after complaining that John Leguizamo's character shared his name. Rodriguez claimed that being linked to a gay character who dresses in drag had harmed his reputation.

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