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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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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 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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The film that introduced Dawn Davenport to an ungrateful world See more (59 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:
Years after making the film, John Waters was contacted by divorce lawyers on behalf of a woman who claimed that her ex-husband (who had been a church official) had received a substantial sum of money for allowing a 'pornographic movie' to be filmed in his church. Waters informed them that Female Trouble was most definitely not a porno and that he hadn't paid the man a nickel for using the church to film its wedding scene.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 as a child:Why can't I go to school? Why can't I have friends?
Dawn Davenport:You can't go to school because I said so. I won't have you nagging me for lunch money and whining for help on your homework. There is no need to know about presidents, wars, numbers or science. Just listen to me and you'll learn. And no little friends over here, repeating rhymes, asking flippant questions, and talking in those nagging baby voices. Can't you just sit here and look out into the air? Isn't that enough? Do you always have to badger me for attention?
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12 out of 13 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.

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