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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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Doctor Evans
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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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$65,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Production designer Vincent Peranio cooked a real rat so that it could be "eaten" during the opening titles. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Queen Carlotta: [giving one of her nude guards a spanking] This will teach you to arouse royalty.
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What a mess !
19 November 2004 | by (France) – See all my reviews

A completely independent and stimulating movie ! It's like a trash fairy tale with all the John Water's characters we love... Hysterical , outrageous but never creepy. Actually although situations are in this movie very extreme, they are nevertheless hilarious. John Waters touches in a way : his movie is completely spontaneous and refreshing even almost 30 years after . That's rare enough nowadays don't you think? For instance: just look at the scene where the runaways wife and maid are arrested by a cop who is a underpants fetishists...this could have been disgusting ... in the contrary it appears to be a sort of amazing trip,shocking but awesome . The John Water's touch!


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