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Female Trouble -- 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.


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Release Date:
28 March 1984 (France) See more »
Nice girls don't wear cha-cha heels. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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)
Charles Watson .... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality and nudity (1999)
89 min | USA:92 min (16 mm version) | USA:97 min (original length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Chace Surround (2001 re-release) | Mono
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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Did You Know?

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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Earl Peterson:Hey! You spilled my drink! Daddy Earl's got a little present for you here.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Carpet Cleaners (2002)See more »
Bridal MarchSee more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
John Waters' masterpiece, 27 March 2000
Author: Casey-52 from DVD Drive-In

John Waters fans usually acknowledge "Desperate Living" as John Waters' true masterpiece of filmmaking. Just one problem with that film: no Divine! Sure, "Desperate Living" is a great film, but Divine is just someone that goes hand-in-hand with Waters (like Joe Dallesandro with Paul Morrissey). Even though "Female Trouble" is lesser known than "Desperate Living" or "Pink Flamingos", it is better than those two films put together! John Waters' first film with an actual coherent script and plotline, Divine gives the performance of her career as Dawn Davenport, the juvenile delinquent turned full-time criminal. All of the best Waters alumni are here (only missing later star Jean Hill) and are their best: David Lochary as Donald Dasher, Mary Vivian Pearce as Donna Dasher, Mink Stole as Taffy, Cookie Mueller and Susan Walsh as Dawn's sleazy cohorts, Susan Lowe as a bitchy secretary, and last but definitely not least, Edith Massey as bizarro Aunt Ida! Anyone even remotely interested in why Waters is world-reknowned as the Prince of Puke should start here; it's not too mainstream for Waters fanatics and not TOO bizarre for the mainstream crowd who love him for "Hairspray" and "Pecker". "Female Trouble" features Waters' best writing to date (50% of the lines are instant classics), best costume design, best set design, and best gimmick (Divine raping "himself"!). Even though this is the pinnacle of John Waters' career, it is still pretty hard to find on video. A re-release is in the works for sometime this year to coincide with Waters' new movie "Cecil B. Demented", followed by a welcome video release. This new version will include enhanced video and audio quality and plenty of long-lost scenes!!! A European cut is available from Castle Video, featuring much of the lost footage promised for this year's re-release!

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