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Female Trouble (1974)

NC-17 | | Comedy, Crime | 28 March 1984 (France)
A spoiled schoolgirl 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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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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A high point in low taste. See more »

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

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28 March 1984 (France)  »

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Rotten Mind, Rotten Face  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the principal actors' and crews' parents played the jurors in the final courtroom scene, including the mother and brother of David Lochary (Donald Dasher) and the mother of set designer Vincent Peranio. See more »

Goofs

When Dawn, Concetta, and Chicklette are in the school bathroom complaining about school and Christmas, both Concetta and Chicklette hold up a can of hair spray to apply to their hairdos, but it is obvious no spray is coming out of the can nor does the can make a spraying sound. See more »

Quotes

Taffy: You're not my daddy, you disgusting hippie pig! And I wouldn't get near a bed that had been defiled by the likes of you two! I'd sooner jump in a river of snot!
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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 »

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References Caged (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (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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The world of the heterosexual is a sick and boring life.
9 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am at a complete loss to understand why this film was not nominated for an Oscar for costuming, makeup and set decoration. It had the most outrageous costuming that I have ever seen. The sets were so hideous that they made me nauseous. The makeup was beyond belief.

That was the good things about the film that featured an outrageous star in Divine, a transvestite that played Dawn Davenport. He was so over the top that I couldn't take my eyes off the screen.

This is the first John Waters (Hairspray, Pecker) film that I have seen. He is definitely on the cutting edge in outrageous humor, horror, and satire.

This film on the outrageous cult of celebrity is no more outrageous than the current obsession in the media with Paris Hilton.

If you haven't seen a John Waters film, check out the Sundance Channel for this one.


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