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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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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:
Although released in 1974 the copyright date at the end of the credits is MCMXCIX or 1999.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Taffy:Writing a book, hippie? Why don't you go listen to some folk music and give me a break!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Taboos (2001) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry XmasSee more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
9/10, 27 November 2004
Author: desperateliving from Canada

God bless John Waters. He's made some of the best, crudest feel-good movies, and this is one of his crowning achievements. It's amazing how his film, ugly-looking and full of lipstick-smeared freaks, can feel positive and upbeat; while he's mocking everything in sight, he doesn't stand back and protect himself with irony or winks -- he jumps right in there, and that involvement, that energy, is easy to see and feel. It's amazing that he can feature masturbation with needle-nose pliers, beating a child with a chair, a game of "car accident," and Divine literally screwing himself and not have it be off-putting.

The very idea that Waters uses a fat transvestite with a beehive hairdo to illustrate his scorn for school shows he's not so interested in subtlety. And Divine is awesome, as always, his prissy, gravely scream -- a freak you want on your side. This is one of Waters' best satirical attempts -- there are digs at hippies and Hare Krishnas, and two scenes in particular are very prophetic: the gay encouraging, and the killing for art. Waters even mocks his own shameless exhibitionism in the testimony of the Dashers. 9/10

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