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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 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". Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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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Additional Details

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:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby (1997 re-release) | Mono
Argentina:18 | Australia:(Banned) | Australia:R (cut) | Australia:Refused Classification (uncut) (re rating) (1997) | Australia:X (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 | 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?

According to director John Waters, the film's budget was so tight, that he could not afford "A" and "B" reels. The work print was in effect the master copy.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During a tracking shot along a sidewalk, the window frame of the camera car enters the shot.See more »
Babs Johnson:I'll have to change my appearance. I think I'll dye my hair another color and start dressing like a dyke.
Cotton:Me too! I'll get a crew cut.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Cockettes (2002)See more »
Jim DandySee more »


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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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A must-see----kind of, 18 April 2006
Author: preppy-3 from United States

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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