MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 428 this week

Desperate Living (1977)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Fantasy  |  27 May 1977 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 3,442 users  
Reviews: 57 user | 36 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 26 Oct 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 19 Jan 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 14 Feb 2014
 
list image
a list of 41 titles
created 15 Jul 2014
 
a list of 42 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Desperate Living" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Desperate Living (1977)

Desperate Living (1977) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Desperate Living.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A spoiled school-girl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce
Polyester (1981)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A suburban housewife's world falls apart when her pornographer husband admits he's serially unfaithful to her, her daughter gets pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against Connie & Raymond Marble, a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".

Director: John Waters
Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce
Pecker (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Baltimore sandwich shop employee becomes an overnight sensation when photographs he's taken of his weird family become the latest rage in the art world. The young man is called "Pecker" ... See full summary »

Director: John Waters
Stars: Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci, Bess Armstrong
Hairspray (1988)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An insane independent film director and his renegade group of teenage filmmakers kidnap an A-list Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Melanie Griffith, Stephen Dorff, Alicia Witt
A Dirty Shame (2004)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

An uptight, middle-aged, repressed woman turns into a sex addict after getting hit on the head, and she then falls into an underground subculture of sex addicts in suburban Baltimore.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Tracey Ullman, Chris Isaak, Selma Blair
Serial Mom (1994)
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defence of her family.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake
Cry-Baby (1990)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1950s Baltimore, a bad-boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good-girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane
Divine Trash (1998)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a 1972 interview of Waters are clips from his first films and recent interviews with his ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Yeager
Stars: John Waters, Pat Waters, John Waters Sr.
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The travelling sideshow 'Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions' is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all - but... See full summary »

Director: John Waters
Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce
Mondo Trasho (1969)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A day in the lives of a hit-and-run driver and her victim, and the bizarre things that happen to them before and after they collide (sexual assault by a crazed foot-fetishist, visions of ... See full summary »

Director: John Waters
Stars: Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, David Lochary
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Mary Vivian Pearce ...
...
...
Bosley Jr. (as Brook Blake)
Karen Gerwig ...
Beth
Jay Allan ...
Kid
Al Strapelli ...
Doctor Evans
George Stover ...
Bosley Gravel
Turkey Joe ...
Motorcycle Cop
Willie Brooks ...
Pieman
James Yeaton ...
Dead Bum
Ed Peranio ...
Lieutenant Wilson
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

queen | murder | maid | shack | lesbian | See All (135) »

Taglines:

It isn't very pretty.....


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 May 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mortville  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While most viewers recognize the portraits of Charles Manson and Adolf Hitler in Queen Carlotta's "art gallery", many are confused by the appearance of a heavyset black man in a military uniform. This is former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. 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

Mr. Paul: This Backwards Day's a lot of shit, ain't it?
See more »

Crazy Credits

on the closing credits, both luitenant wilson and luitenant williams are credited as being played by ed peranio See more »

Connections

Featured in In Bad Taste (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Definitely not for the faint of heart!
26 November 2004 | by (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

Possibly more depraved than "Pink Flamingos", if that's possible, "Desperate Living" is a paradox for the senses. Although tasteless and shocking, it is ultimately warm hearted and uproariously hilarious. Those familiar with John's style know that these contradictions work splendidly within the context that he intended them to. Never mean spirited, the outrageousness lends itself to an overall statement on the callousness of society itself. Mink Stole is simply incredible as Peggy Gravel. Her ranting and raving throughout the film is side splitting. Special mention to Jean Hill as Grizelda, Liz Renay as Muffy, and of course the ever demure (ha!) Edith Massey as Queen Carlotta. Leave all inhibitions at the door and enjoy this twisted fairy tale roller coaster ride of a good time! A definite 9/10!!


16 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Best/Worst John Waters Movie??? brianwiik
favorite line dorkessfreak
What's with Mink Stole's leg brace? crescentfresh7
Sad News missgoddess85
Hello All PrincessCooCoo
desperate living audio files...? deborah-degouts
Discuss Desperate Living (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?