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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)
Jack Walsh ...
Party Guest
Bob Skidmore ...
Delivery Boy
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The filthiest people alive! Their loves, their hates and their unquenchable thirst for notoriety! 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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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Lochary and Mink Stole designed and colored their own hair for the film. Reportedly David Lochary colored his hair bright blue with a blue Magic Marker. See more »


When Connie and Raymond have burned Divine's trailer, they go back to their house. When the door is open, you can hear Divine talking to John Waters. See more »


[the family ponders who could have sent Babs an obscene parcel]
Edie, the Egg Lady: The Egg Man didn't do it, Babs! I KNOW the Egg Man didn't do it!
Babs Johnson: Oh, I don't think he did it either, mother, now shut up and let me think, WILL YOU?
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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 »


References The Queen (1968) See more »


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A must-see----kind of
18 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Babs Johnson (Divine) lives in a trailer with her son Crackers, her daughter Cotton and her mother Edie (Edie Massey). She's in competition with a couple named Connie and Raymond Marbles (Mink Stole, David Lochary) to be named the filthiest person alive. The film shows their attempts to outdo each other.

This film is very much NOT for everyone. It's a in your face no holds barred assault in bad taste. Crackers has sex with a woman with a live chicken between them while his sister watches; the Marbles pick up female hitchhikers, impregnate them, keep them chained in the basement and sell the babies to lesbian couples; Divine and family have a party which includes cannibalism etc etc. It's disgusting but, in a way, not unwatchable. It's SO over the top and is so unapologetic about it that it's kind of fascinating. As director John Waters might say, it's bad taste done well. Also it's kind of amusing to watch--the acting is so wretched (especially by Massey) that you just watch it in disbelief. A friend laughed out loud at how bad Massey was (she improved in later pictures).

This is NOT for people who are easily offended. Even though it's over 30 years old it's STILL shocking. However if you have an open mind and can take a lot of extreme behaviour this is a must-see. The only part that really was too much is what Divine does at the very end.

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