Miss America (2000)

Miss America
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 38mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Peter A Nelson Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000002
Buddy Squires Cinematographer cinematography 402 6000001
Toby Shimin Editor n/a 172 7000001
Doug Cuomo Music n/a 120781 8000001
Monica Walters Research researchers 458 12000001
Sarah Kramer Associate Producer n/a 171 3000006
Lola Van Wagenen Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Lisa Ades Producer n/a 3 3000001
Lisa Ades Director n/a 2 2000001
Lesli Klainberg Producer n/a 3 3000002
Jeanne Houck Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Margaret Drain Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Cherry Jones Narrator n/a 120790 1000001
Originally conceived in 1921 as a ploy to keep businessmen in Atlantic City after Labor Day, the Miss America Pageant has since stood at the center of American popular culture, embodying our country's changing views on beauty, sex, race, and the roles of women in our society. This documentary follows the evolution of the pageant as it is transformed from a beachfront cakewalk to a "respectable" contest that includes a scholarship program and a talent competition. The pageant became a premiere televised event and was the site of the first feminist demonstration. Winds of change brought crowned beauties that spoke on behalf of abortion and AIDS and paved the way for the first black woman to wear the crown (who was then caught photographed wearing nothing else). While marching through the pageant's colorful history, we watch as each new crop of beauties stroll the catwalk wearing the latest couture of the times and as their swimsuit hemlines rise higher and higher.