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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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Bob Skidmore ...
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Pat Lefaiver ...
First Lesbian (as Pat LeFaiver)

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

$10,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$180,483 (USA) (18 April 1997)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the original script there was to be a scene in which Connie Marble's hair catches fire. Mink Stole initially agreed to do the stunt (the movie's shoestring budget meant they couldn't afford a professional stuntwoman) before eventually changing her mind. John Waters said on the audio commentary track that he was happy that Stole changed her mind in retrospect because she would have ended up with third degree burns on her head and he would have ended up in jail. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Crackers: Let's sleep in gas station lavatories this time, mama. Fuck permanent residences. It'll strengthen our filthiness.
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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

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Soundtracks

The Girl Can't Help It
by Bobby Troup
Performed by Little Richard
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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Wonderfully filthy classic.
20 October 2003 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"Pink Flamingos" is a cult classic.The plot of this film revolves around the throwdown challenge to Divine's supremacy as the filthiest person alive."Pink Flamingos" contains some memorably repulsive scenes like a sex scene with a chicken and the scene where Divine eats fresh dog feces.Yes,the movie is shocking and funny at the same time,but the biggest laughs come from the actors' lines.Check out especially this line from Divine:"Kill everyone now!Condone first degree murder!Advocate cannibalism!Eat s***!Filth is my politics!Filth is my life!".On the whole,I really enjoyed this film.Still its tagline "An Exercise in Bad Taste" should be taken to heart and even those used to the gross out movies today may find this gem hard to stomach.Highly recommended.


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