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Desperate Living (1977)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Fantasy  -  27 May 1977 (USA)
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A rich housewife enlists her maid's help to murder her husband; they go on the lam and end up in Mortville, a homeless community built into a garbage dump.

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Bosley Jr. (as Brook Blake)
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A rich housewife murders her husband with the help of her overweight maid, and the two go on the run, ending up in Mortville, a town providing refuge for criminals. They shack up with a lesbian ex-wrestler and her murderess lover, before running into the tyrannical Queen Carlotta, ruler of Mortville... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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It isn't very pretty.....


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Divine was intended to play the role of Mole McHenry (played by Susan Lowe), but he was in a play for which he had a long-term contract, making him unavailable. David Lochary was also intended to act in the film, but he bled to death after falling on a glass while under the influence of PCP. See more »

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When Mole first meets Peggy and Grizelda she tells them that there are no toilets in Mortville, but at the lesbian bar there are toilets, where Peggy is harassed by the 'bathroom pervert'. See more »

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Peggy Gravel: Go ahead, feel her up! Just like you did to me! Find em, feel em, fuck em, forget em... is THAT your new motto?
Grizelda Brown: Zip that gaping hole of a mouth up, Peggy, before I plug it up with my fist.
Peggy Gravel: You're just like all the rest of the common dykes in this town!
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on the closing credits, both luitenant wilson and luitenant williams are credited as being played by ed peranio See more »

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Mortville is the living end!
13 April 1999 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

John Waters never apologizes for his movies- and this one is both funny and disgusting. Mink Stole as the hysteric and Miss Edie as the queen are both off the wall good. Waters doesn't shy away from nudity- both male and female-- but it all works to make this a hilarious spoof.


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