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Patrick Swayze plays Vida Boheme, a classy and long-reigning drag queen. With his understudy Noxeema Jackson (Wesley Snipes), Vida wins a New York drag stage contest and an all-expenses-paid trip to Hollywood. But when Miss Chi Chi Rodriguez (John Leguizamo) cries at having lost the contest, soft-hearted Vida cashes in the airline tickets so the three of them can take a car out West. The film becomes a strange sort of buddy road movie, with the three cross-dressers traveling across the American heartland in a shiny yellow Cadillac. First they tangle with Sheriff Dollard (Chris Penn). He stops them for a minor traffic violation, puts the moves on Vida, and Vida knocks him out, so they flee. Later, they are stranded by car problems in a small town in Nebraska. Renting a room in a hotel, they put some life into the town and its annual strawberry festival. They provide a mousy local woman, Carol Ann (Stockard Channing), with new role models of assertiveness. They also insist on chivalrous treatment from the local good old boys and give lessons on courting to a teenage girl. This film was released on the heels of the more outrageous Australian film Stockard Channing, which featured Terence Stamp as a drag queen. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

  • Release date:September 8, 1995


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Leguizamo Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1995 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Patrick Swayze Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1995 Nominee


Wesley Snipes
as Noxeema Jackson
Patrick Swayze
as Vida Boheme
John Leguizamo
as Miss Chi-Chi Rodriguez
Stockard Channing
as Carol Ann
Blythe Danner
as Beatrice
Arliss Howard
as Virgil
Robin Williams
as John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
Melinda Dillon
as Merna
Mike Hodge
as Jimmy Joe
Beth Grant
as Loretta
Naomi Campbell
as Girl
Quentin Crisp
as NY Pageant Judge
Jamie Harrold
as Billy Budd
Michael Vartan
as Tommy
Keith Reddin
as Motel Manager
Marceline Hugot
as Katina
Alice Drummond
as Clara
Julie Newmar
as Herself
Joey Arias
as Justine
Jason London
as Bobby Ray
Chris Penn
as Sheriff Dollard
as Miss Rachel Tensions
Jerry Orbach
as Used car dealer


Beeban Kidron
Steve Mason
Michael Barosky
Musical Direction/Supervision
Rachel Portman
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
Andrew Mondshein
Wynn P. Thomas
Production Designer
Robert Guerra
Art Director
Bruce Cohen
Executive Producer
Marlene Stewart
Set Designer
Ted Glass
Set Designer
Marlene Stewart
Costume Designer
Kerry Barden
Suzanne Smith
Billy Hopkins
J. Roy Helland