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Desperate Living (1977)

R  |   |  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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The hands that are cutting up the rat during the opening credits are those of Mink Stole. 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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Grizelda Brown: I don't want no white man lookin' at my Tampax!
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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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