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Pink Flamingos (1972)

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against 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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Delivery Boy
Pat Lefaiver ...
First Lesbian (as Pat LeFaiver)
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Storyline

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 »

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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October 1979 (West Germany)  »

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John Waters' Pink Flamingos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,188, 13 April 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$180,483, 20 April 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,250,000, 31 December 1974
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Years later, John Waters was asked by a reporter why Divine consumed dog feces for the movie. Waters replied, "It was just a little piece of dogshit, and it made her a star." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Nat Curzan from "The Tattler": And Cotton... I notice a smile on your lips. Does murder make you happy?
Cotton: Murder merely relieves tension, Mr. Curzan. For murder to bring happiness, one must already be happy and I am- completely at peace with myself, totally happy.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Indie Sex: Extremes (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent
by Morris Levy
Performed by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
Produced Under License from Rhino Records, By Arrangement with Warner special Products
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User Reviews

 
Don't defend this useless piece of film.
22 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

if i could rate it a zero i would , coming from someone who likes shock/exploitation films of the time and Waters overall i must say this is useless.

It does nothing , serves nothing , an idiot with a camera and a urge to prove his cleverness by rebeling against social standards is all this comes off as.

Its entirely amateur , both in principle and execution , it doesn't have a point , its digusting for the sake of disgusting ,obscene with the wit of a neanderthal , its useless.

Someone said Waters was probably "chuckling" over all the bad press and disgust others gave with this film , but why? If i made a short film depicting a man in a bathroom taking a sh*t for ten minutes straight surely it would receive the same accomidations but why would i be proud or "chuckle" at that?

Would it be because i am so unintelligent that i have to resort to this so i can say "HA! Take that censors and mainstream! Im so rebellious ill do whatever i want and film it!" No.

Waters shouldn't be proud of this mess , fans of waters shouldn't watch it , its useless , that is , without any use.

Its doesn't even fit under the criteria of art for arts sake.

To like or defend this movie is to defend something that was designed purposely as being anti-culture to be pushed for the mainstream audience , in modern terms this film is the Hot Topic of films.

Useless and Obsolete. A Poser film that demands it be acknowledged as rebellion .


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