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Pink Flamingos (1972)

NC-17  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Horror  |  October 1979 (West Germany)
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Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against Connie & Raymond Marble, a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Lochary ...
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Danny Mills ...
Channing Wilroy ...
Cookie Mueller ...
Paul Swift ...
Susan Walsh ...
Linda Olgeirson ...
Patty Hitler (Party Guest In Nazi Uniform)
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Pat Lefaiver ...
First Lesbian (as Pat LeFaiver)


Sleaze queen Divine lives in a caravan with her mad hippie son Crackers and her 250-pound mother Mama Edie, trying to rest quietly on their laurels as 'the filthiest people alive'. But competition is brewing in the form of Connie and Raymond Marble, who sell heroin to schoolchildren and kidnap and impregnate female hitchhikers, selling the babies to lesbian couples. Finally, they challenge Divine directly, and battle commences... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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An exercise in poor taste. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for a wide range of perversions in explicit detail | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

October 1979 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

John Waters' Pink Flamingos  »

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Box Office


$10,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,188 (USA) (11 April 1997)


$180,483 (USA) (18 April 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The house that Connie and Raymond Marble live in together was rented by John Waters and Mink Stole. Interiors were filmed in Stole's part of the house with minimal redressing. See more »


A cameraman's shadow is visible as Divine and her friends eat the police officer. See more »


Mr. Vader: Do you believe in God?
Divine: I AM GOD!
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Crazy Credits

For Sadie, Katie, and Les- February 1972 (The Manson Family members Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten. February 1972 was the month when the California State Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in California (it was later reinstated), reducing the sentences of the convicted Manson Family members to life imprisonment.) See more »


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Outrageously Sick, Disgusting and Grotesque… But Also Funny
11 September 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The filthiest person alive, Divine, is using the codename Babs Johnson and living in a trailer in the woods with her retarded mother Eddie (Edith Massey), who loves eggs; her mad hippie son Crackers (Danny Mills); and her mate Cotton (Mary Vivian Pearce). The envious couple Connie (Mink Stole) and Raymond Marble (David Lochary), who abduct and impregnate female hitchhikers to sell their babies to gay and lesbian couples, using the money to invest in heroin and sell in schools, hire Cookie (Cookie Mueller) to have sex with Crackers and spy Divine to compete for the title of "the filthiest people alive". When the competition begins, Connie and Raymond Marble learn why Divine has this title.

The underground "Pink Flamingos" is outrageously sick, disgusting and grotesque… but also funny. John Waters' intention is certainly to shock the audiences and is certainly very well succeeded. The bizarre characters present some of the most scatological and gross scenes I have ever seen, like Divine chewing excrement of dog, or Crackers "singing" with his anus, and there is no limit for the sick mind of John Waters. The viewer has to have empty stomach to see the whole movie. In the Extras of the DVD, John Waters presents deleted scenes, inclusive with the fate of Cookie. The trailer used to promote the film in 1972 is hilarious, since it does not show any scene, but people being interviewed about the movie. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Pink Flamingos"

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