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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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$65,000 (estimated)
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Turkey Joe (the motorcycle cop) would later go on to become the Baltimore film commissioner. 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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Queen Carlotta: Get out of my chambers, lesbians!
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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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References The Forgotten (1973) See more »

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I am bitter.
27 March 2007 | by (Little Rock, AR) – See all my reviews

I can't believe no one will ever read this comment because I am so late at commenting.

I guess I'll just mention that this is possibly my favorite Waters film; I love the sets, I love the characters, the dialog... this could go on for a while.

Basically, Waters (along with a cast of grisly looking bums) effectively convinced me that Mortville was a REAL place, disgusting, vile, garish, scary, putrid in every sense of the word- but man, in one shot, you can glimpse the coolest umbrella I ever did see.

Also, Edie is maybe at her FUNNIEST here; she DOESN'T play some kind of retard, she plays a Queen, and she does a great job. And Cookie does a great dance routine you won't want to miss.

If you purchase this (as you SHOULD) you'd be a fool not to watch it with the commentary.


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