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Female Trouble
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John Waters (written by)
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Release Date:
28 March 1984 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Nice girls don't wear cha-cha heels. See more »
Plot:
A spoiled schoolgirl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitchhiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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(41 articles)
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John Waters' Masterpiece! See more (57 total) »

Cast

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Divine ... Dawn Davenport / Earl Peterson
David Lochary ... Donald Dasher
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Donna Dasher

Mink Stole ... Taffy Davenport

Edith Massey ... Aunt Ida
Cookie Mueller ... Concetta
Susan Walsh ... Chicklette
Michael Potter ... Gater
Ed Peranio ... Wink
Paul Swift ... Butterfly
George Figgs ... Dribbles

Susan Lowe ... Vikki
George Hulse ... Teacher
Margie Skidmore ... School Snitch
Berenica Cipcus ... Mean Girl
Betty Woods ... Dawn's Mother
Roland Hertz ... Dawn's Father
Ramsey McClean ... Baby
Henry Bederski ... Drunk (as Henry Berderski)
Hilary Taylor ... Taffy as a Child
Cindy Chosky ... Stripper
Laurel Douglas ... Telephone Company Girl
Mark Lazarus ... Priest
Anne Figgs ... Gater's Girlfriend
Sally Albaugh ... Sally
Lynn Russo ... Girl Who Won't Pay
Bob Willis ... Doctor
Valerie Stafford ... Nurse
Bob Adams ... Ernie
Channing Wilroy ... Prosecutor
Al Strapelli ... Judge
Seymour Avigdor ... Defense Lawyer
Christine Mason ... Bailiff (as Chris Mason)
Mumme ... Bailiff
Pat Moran ... Bitch Prisoner
Marina Melin ... Cheryll
Elizabeth Coffey ... Earnestine
George Stover ... Chaplin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cowboy Foulke ... Spectator at Strip Club in Beginning (uncredited)
Mimi Lochary ... Juror (uncredited)

Directed by
John Waters 
 
Writing credits
John Waters (written by)

Produced by
John Waters .... producer
Jochen Breitenstein .... line producer (uncredited)
Jimmy Hutzler .... associate producer (uncredited)
James McKenzie .... associate producer (uncredited)
Leroy Morais .... line producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
John Waters (filmed by)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Roggero 
John Waters 
 
Production Design by
Vincent Peranio (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Vincent Peranio (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Van Smith 
 
Makeup Department
David Lochary .... hair stylist
Christine Mason .... hair stylist (as Chris Mason)
Van Smith .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pat Moran .... production chief
 
Art Department
Vincent Peranio .... sets
 
Sound Department
Robert Maier .... sound (as Bob Maier)
 
Special Effects by
Ed Peranio .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Insley .... assistant camera (as Dave Insley)
David Insley .... lighting (as Dave Insley)
Elaine Jankonus .... still photographer
Bruce Moore .... still photographer
Mink Stole .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Randy Burman .... title designer
Delores Delux .... assistant title designer (as Dolores Deluxe)
Alan Rose .... title designer
Steve Yeager .... production assistant
Sally Albaugh .... double: Divine (uncredited)
Pete Garey .... production advisor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Charles Watson .... dedicatee
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality and nudity (1999)
Runtime:
89 min | USA:92 min (16 mm version) | USA:97 min (original length)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Chace Surround (2001 re-release) | Mono
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:18A | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2006) | France:-16 | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | USA:X (original rating) | USA:NC-17 (1999) (No. 36827)
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Trivia:
As they had done in Pink Flamingos, John Waters filmed a scene of Divine from his car, hoping to get double-takes to Dawn Davenport striding down the street, but no-one seemed fazed at all. Waters believes this was because they saw the scars and assumed Divine was a mentally ill woman. The man who pops out his glass eye was a friend of Waters'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Dawn returns home from hospital with the Dashers and unwraps the birdcage containing Aunt Ida, Donald instructs her to, 'Cut off the hand that threw the acid!' Dawn then chops off Ida's left hand. Ida, however, threw the acid with her right hand.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!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Mildred Pierce (1945)See more »
Soundtrack:
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
John Waters' Masterpiece!, 31 December 2003

This film is my favorite of all time! All of the great elements of John Waters' films mesh together perfectly in this hilarious romp that operates around the theme of 'crime is beauty.' All of the classic John Waters' actors are here, and most of them give their best performances. John Waters has said that this film is the 'ultimate Divine vehicle', and he's right. Her look literally changes every ten minutes as she mutates from a teenage hair hopper with an attitude to an unwed, abusive mother, to crime fashion model to death row inmate. Divine also has a small male role as the father of her own illegitimate child. Edith Massey, my personal favorite actress, gives her funniest and best realized performance as Aunt Ida, the bitter, veangful fag hag who lives next door. This is not the most accesible of Waters' films, and truthfully, this probably isn't the one to start with if you're not yet a fan (I would recommend Polyester or Hairspray in that case), but if you want to see an early work thats not quite as gross as the others, check it out! Waters himself says that this is his favorite of his underground films.

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