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.
Blythe Danner - American film, stage, television actress
Douglas Carter Beane - Screenwriter, TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!
Chris Penn - American actor
Christopher Penn - American actor
Beeban Kidron - British Director
Melinda Dillon - Star, DEBATING ROBERT LEE (2004)
Wesley Snipes - Actor, BLADE
Patrick Swayze - American actor/dancer/singer, DIRTY DANCING
John Leguizamo - American Actor/Writer
Arliss Howard - American Actor
Stockard Channing - American actress, GREASE
Susan Stockard - American actress, GREASE
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.
"...Flamboyant fun..." - 09/21/1995 Rolling Stone, p.87-89
"...A fairy-tale in the old-school sense..." -- Rating: B+ - 02/23/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.134
"...A celebration of openness, alternative lifestyles and bonding....Shining throughout is the brilliant Leguizamo..." - 09/04/1995 Variety
"...The movie is clever in the way it presents its three macho stars....Funny and amusing..." - 09/08/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33