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The original ending was supposed to link Divine to the Charles Manson murders, but when it was discovered that the Manson family was responsible, the ending was changed to what it is in the final film. The original ending would have fed the publicity gag that Divine was responsible for Sharon Tate's murder.
"Lobstora" was inspired by a postcard Waters had of the beach at Provincetown, Massachusetts with a big lobster in the sky.
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The re-mastered Criterion version of Multiple Maniacs has had some songs replaced/substituted. The Elvis Presley songs "Jailhouse Rock" and "Just Because" have been taken out and replaced by similar pieces by George S. Clinton, as has the music on the opening credits.
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The opening scenes at the Cavalcade of Perversion were filmed in front of the home of John Waters's parents.
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Divine got the fur coat he wears in the movie as a Christmas present from John Waters.
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Mink Stole did her own make-up and wore her own clothes.
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Edith Massey worked at the same bar that her character worked at.
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The giant lobster was built in one and a half weeks. It cost about thirty-seven dollars to make.
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The person shooting heroin in the church was actually the man that allowed them to record the "rosary-job" scene.
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The opening credits were done on shelving paper.
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Shot in various locations without permits.
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The climax with Divine going on a rampage in the streets was shot on a Sunday morning.
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The film had its first opening at a church in Baltimore.
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The vomit the puke eater consumes was actually cream corn.
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David Lochary wore his own costumes.
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John Waters said, "I made this film, which glorified violence, at the peak of the hippie love generation. But hippies liked it. Part of its success was to offend my target audience in a humorous way. Of course, now that sounds much more calculated than I was."
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The trailer for the 2016 reissue featured the slogan "Filmed in Baltimore, where life is cheap-er," parodying Snuff (1975)'s tagline, "A film that could only be made in South America, where life is CHEAP!"
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John Waters: [manson] Lady Divine constantly taunts Mr. David with the idea that he is responsible for the Manson murders.
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