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October 1979 (West Germany) See more »
An exercise in poor taste. See more »
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". Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Divine ... Divine / Babs Johnson
David Lochary ... Raymond Marble
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Cotton

Mink Stole ... Connie Marble
Danny Mills ... Crackers

Edith Massey ... Edie
Channing Wilroy ... Channing
Cookie Mueller ... Cookie
Paul Swift ... The Egg Man
Susan Walsh ... Suzie
Linda Olgeirson ... Linda

Pat Moran ... Patty Hitler (Party Guest In Nazi Uniform)
Jack Walsh ... Party Guest
Bob Skidmore ... Delivery Boy
Pat Lefaiver ... First Lesbian (as Pat LeFaiver)
Jackie Sidel ... Party Guest
Julie Munshauer ... Party Guest
Steve Yeager ... Nat Curzan from "The Tattler"
Nancy Crystal ... Sandy Sandstone
George Figgs ... Bongo player
John Oden ... Onlooker
George Stoll ... Onlooker
David Gluck ... Onlooker
Elizabeth Coffey ... Chick with a Dick
Margie Donnelly ... Onlooker
Margie Skidmore ... Brunette in park
Berenica Cipcus ... Blonde in park
Iris Burman ... Party Guest
Randy Burman ... Man at deli with hot dog pack / Party Guest
Don Blumberg ... Party Guest
Vincent Peranio ... Musician at party (as Vince Peranio)
Bob Adams ... Police officer who gets shot
Mark Lazarus ... Officer
David Lehman ... Party Guest (as David Layman)
Catriona Maloney ... Party Guest (as Caitriona Maloney)
Richard Keller ... Cab Driver
Charlie Swope ... Party Guest
Barry Golome ... Party Guest
Ed Peranio ... Party Guest
Elia Katz ... Army Guy
Steve Waters ... Jogger
Billy Davis ... Party Guest
Howard Gruber ... Party guest sniffing popper
Van Smith ... Guest at party in drag
Chuck Yeaton ... Deli clerk
Laurie Birnbaum ... Party Guest
Lenny Taylor ... Extra
Trick Grantham ... Party Guest
Mark Isherwood ... Party Guest
Randy Damm ... Party Guest
Alan Reese ... Party Guest
Alberta Reese ... Party Guest
Cowboy Foulke ... Party Guest
David Sander ... Party Guest
Brigette Grey ... Party Guest
John Herndon ... Party Guest
Ellis Clark ... Party Guest
Joe Wilepski ... Party Guest
Jimmy Hutzler ... Party Guest
Paul Landis ... Party Guest
Lawrence Irvine ... Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marina Melin ... Basement Slave (uncredited)
Max Mueller ... Noodles (uncredited)

John Waters ... Mr. J (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Waters 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Waters 

Produced by
John Waters .... producer
Cinematography by
John Waters 
Film Editing by
John Waters 
Production Design by
Vincent Peranio 
Art Direction by
Vincent Peranio 
Makeup Department
Van Smith .... makeup artist: Divine
David Lochary .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Mink Stole .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pat Moran .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Vincent Peranio .... set designer (as Vince Peranio)
Sound Department
Bill Porter .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lawrence Irvine .... unit photographer
Brad Ganson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Van Smith .... costumes: Divine
Other crew
Bob Adams .... technical assistant
Randy Burman .... title designer
Barry Golome .... technical assistant
Ed Peranio .... technical assistant
Vincent Peranio .... technical assistant
Alan Rose .... title designer
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"John Waters' Pink Flamingos" - USA (complete title)
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Rated NC-17 for a wide range of perversions in explicit detail (re-rating) (1997)
93 min | Australia:106 min (re-release) | UK:104 min (re-release) | USA:108 min (re-release) | Argentina:108 min (re-release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (1997 re-release) | Mono
Argentina:18 | Australia:RC | Australia:R18+ (cut) | Australia:RC (uncut) (re-rating) (1997) | Australia:X18+ (video rating) (1984) | Canada:(Banned) (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:XXX (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1997) | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:(Banned) | Japan:R-18 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:(Banned) (original rating) | Norway:18 (video rating) (1992) | Singapore:(Banned) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (cut) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:NC-17 (re-rating) (1997) (No. 35119)
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Did You Know?

When Connie and Raymond call the police to break up Divine's birthday party, Raymond gives the police real directions, which would have easily guided real police (or anyone else, for that matter) to the site of the trailer.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: A cameraman's shadow is visible as Divine and her friends eat the police officer.See more »
Connie Marble:We'll see who's the filthiest person alive! We'll just see!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Taboos (2001) (TV)See more »
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Does Divine really eat dog feces in the film?
Who played the "singing asshole"?
Did they really kill a chicken in this?
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90 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
It may be cheap and revolting, but it's got style., 3 July 2000
Author: roarshock from Oregon USA

I first saw Pink Flamingos in the mid 70's, back before VCRs. A college dorm had rented a print, and in a drunken state I've not achieved again this past quarter-century, I went to see it. Having finally seen it again only recently, this time sober, I'm here to tell you... it looks a hell of a lot better when you're drunk. Those who call it "great" or a "masterpiece" are plain wrong, they don't recognize what they are seeing. The camera work is a hair's breadth above home movies; the acting and story are... well, they are better than in porn flicks and even some straight-to-video movies, but, jeez, not by much. And then there is the primary purpose behind Pink Flamingos -- to make the most disgusting, revolting movie possible, perhaps even conceivable.

But... BUT... Pink Flamingos is distinctive. Even if you - yes YOU out there - the reader, wanted to make the most disgusting movie in the world and even if you had the money and the skills that John Waters lacked in 1972, you couldn't make a film as good as he did. Yes, GOOD! You couldn't because, first of all, I doubt you have the same quality of acquaintances that Waters had and put into into his early movies. And it's not just a matter of WHAT they will do, but HOW they do it. Waters' actors had a style, no matter how bizarre, that is rarer than most depravities. Could YOU recognize the virtues of, let alone even find, someone like Edith Massey? I doubt it. Which leads to the second point.

Pink Flamingos has panache! It has a free-wheeling sense of daring-do that borders on innocent fun. So, although the movie is so disgusting that I wish it had never been made, it is not a squalid film. And I don't think YOU, the reader, or anyone other than Waters could have pulled that off. It doesn't make Pink Flamingos a masterpiece. It does make it unlike any other film.

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