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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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Danny Mills ...
Channing Wilroy ...
Cookie Mueller ...
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An exercise in poor taste. See more »


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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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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

(1997 re-release)|


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film has one of the longest front credits sequence of all time. Every actor and every single extra featured in the movie appears listed in it. See more »


When Cookie makes her phone call to the Marbles, there is a clear shadow of the crew as someone on the set moves around. See more »


Miss Edie: [Edie wakes up in her playpen and sees Cookie for the first time] Hey, pretty little face! Pretty little face you got there.
Cookie: Hi I'm Cookie, I understand you're Edie, Crackers' grandmother?
Miss Edie: Edie Schmeedie Heedie, HA HA HA HA!
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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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Surfin' Bird
by Al Frazier, Carl White, John Harris and Turner Wilson Jr.
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User Reviews

They just don't make 'em like they used to.
10 December 2004 | by (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

On the surface "Pink Flamingos" could easily be dismissed as a nostalgic piece of shock cinema. With an unparalleled level of notoriety -- based almost entirely on the final scene, the film has become a curiosity of sorts and a right of passage for those testing their own boundaries of decency. Beneath this seedy exterior however, lies a brilliant and biting satire of society's obsession with fame and the lengths one will go to in order to achieve it. This theme is relevant even more so today than it ever was. Just consider the over abundance of reality TV shows, for example 'Fear Factor' – a show boasting contestants eager and willing to outdo one another by performing a variety of dangerous stunts and eating unimaginable specimens – how is this any different than the characters in 'Pink Flamingos' attempting to outdo one another in an effort to claim the dubious title of the filthiest people alive? Society is (and has always been) captivated with sensationalism; from the Roman era and the coliseum packed with bloodthirsty audiences, to modern day and the likes of the 'Jerry Springer Show' (of which Babs Johnson and the Marbles would make excellent guests!!). The purpose of "Pink Flamingos" is to not only put a hilariously depraved spin on the fascination with celebrity but to also provide a cautionary tone to the dissolution of society itself. The performances are all top-notch; especially the ever-dependable and over-the-top Mink Stole, as heartless Connie Marble; and scene stealing Edith Massey, as Edie 'The Egg Lady'. It's amazing that the film is over thirty-years old because the message is just as fresh today as it was back in 1972.

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