IMDb > Female Trouble (1974)
Female Trouble
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Female Trouble (1974) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
7.3/10   4,620 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer:
John Waters (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for Female Trouble on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
28 March 1984 (France) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
The film that introduced Dawn Davenport to an ungrateful world See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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)
Create a character page for: ?

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


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality and nudity (1999)
Runtime:
89 min | USA:92 min (16 mm version) | USA:97 min (original length)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
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)
Filming Locations:
Company:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Waters says that as a child he used to play 'car accident', had his own stage at home to put on shows for family members and often would put a coat hanger up his sleeve in order to pretend he had a hook for a hand.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The word "chaplain" is misspelled "chaplin" in the closing credits.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:
Referenced in That Man: Peter Berlin (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
DigSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The film that introduced Dawn Davenport to an ungrateful world, 11 December 2005
Author: fertilecelluloid from Mountains of Madness

Although John Waters is best known for "Pink Flamingos", his two best films are "Female Trouble" and "Desperate Living". Why? Well, as far as "Female Trouble" is concerned, it is the film that invented Dawn Davenport (Divine), one of the trashiest white schoolgirl tramps ever to strut her stuff in a pair of cha-cha heels. Dawn's amazing life is documented in this film and it's a cracker from beginning to end. You will laugh, you will cry, you will vomit and you will die as you behold the deliciously disgraceful antics of the indefatigable queen of crime and sleaze.

All the delightful Waters regulars (the achingly gorgeous Edith Massey, the fantastically filthy David Lochary, the marvellous Mink Stole and the putrid Ms. Mary Vivian Pearce) are paraded about like proud circus exhibits as Waters' weaves a rags to bitches story of one woman's rise from the suburbs of Baltimore to her fall in a city without pity.

Certainly this was one of the first films to explore the issue of criminals becoming celebrities. Dawn Davenport's ascent to the ceiling of crime is hilarious and perceptive and Waters clearly knew where all this was going. For mine, Waters lost his zing after "Desperate Living" when his movies got softer and his characters started turning up on TV shows like "Wally George", "Jerry Springer" and the earlier "Oprah" eps. What was fresh when Waters started doing it felt redundant when he kept doing it into the eighties and nineties.

Divine is, was and always will be a legend, and I consider myself fortunate that I once spent half an hour chatting with the great man and actor. Vincent Peranio's production design is spectacularly obnoxious and Van Smith's costumes, as always, are knitted from the threads of trash heaven.

Waters does not put a foot wrong and ends proceedings on a surprisingly emotional note.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (57 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Female Trouble (1974)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Favorite quotes that are overlooked james_cynthia
funniest moments( please read and reply) hufton_c
1974 - great year for cinema b-horror-fangirl
A John Waters Christmas, New York robert-1107
Rape Budgiesipper
what did you think were the funniest moments hufton_c
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Freeway Pink Flamingos Desperate Living American Beauty Polyester
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.