Female Trouble (1974)

NC-17  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  28 March 1984 (France)
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A spoiled school-girl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.



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Mary Vivian Pearce ...
Cookie Mueller ...
Susan Walsh ...
Michael Potter ...
Ed Peranio ...
Paul Swift ...
George Figgs ...
George Hulse ...
Margie Skidmore ...
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The life and times of Dawn Davenport, showing her progress from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer - all of which stems from her parents' refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. She runs away from home, is raped, becomes a single mother, criminal and glamorous model before her inevitable rendezvous with the electric chair... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 March 1984 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Rotten Mind, Rotten Face  »

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Box Office


$25,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (16 mm) | (original length)

Sound Mix:

(2001 re-release)|


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Susan Lowe played the receptionist at the beauty salon while near the end of the term of her pregnancy. She agreed to her newborn baby being used for the birth scene. John Waters claims that Susan's mother-in-law (who was visiting from England) was on the set and this was her first time seeing her grandchild. See more »


When Taffy throws a tantrum and is taken to the bed in the attic, she reaches for the manacles although she is being restrained against her will. See more »


Donald Dasher: We are always curious as to what drew you here to "Le Lipstique".
Stripper: Well I heard all the strippers come here, and I got sick of my old salon.
Donna Dasher: And supposing we become sick of you?
Stripper: Well, I had hoped that wouldn't happen...!
Donna Dasher: Well, I think it IS happening. It's hard to describe, but when I look into your face, I pick up a distinct feeling of nausea.
Stripper: Hey, WAIT A MINUTE...!
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Crazy Credits

For Charles Watson (the Manson Family member). Waters' prison visits to Watson inspired the "crime is beauty" theme of the film, and Waters used a toy wooden helicopter Watson made for him in the credits. See more »


References Imitation of Life (1959) See more »


Bridal March
Music by Richard Wagner (uncredited)
Performed by The 101 Strings Orchestra (as 101 Strings Orchestra)
Courtesy of Madacy Entertainment
under license from Madacy Special Markets
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6 January 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Funnily enough, around the time that Divine sits in the crib with the pile of dead fish I started thinking about the words of the Bomb Squad's Hank Shocklee - "If they want noise, let's give them NOISE!" Yes, friends, Waters is the queer Public Enemy, tying identity to culture, cranking the most alienating elements of same to 11, and losing great chunks of his own demographic in the spectacular, chaotic process. This was made right off the midnight-movie success of "Pink Flamingos", and presumably this facilitated a budget, and presumably this led to the extra notch of competence that keeps the movie barreling forward from beginning to end - there's even an original theme song, plus thirty glorious seconds of Nervous Norvus singing "H-I-P". In most underground movies a scene featuring the lead actor, in two roles, raping himself for two full minutes - and THEN taking off his pants - would be the climax, not the inciting incident! And Edith "Flav" Massey yelling "NO I don't want any god damn eggs!" is an even better inversion than the new Bond's martini line. A triumphant cinematic masterpiece.

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