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Desperate Living
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Liz Renay ... Muffy St. Jacques

Mink Stole ... Peggy Gravel

Susan Lowe ... Mole McHenry

Edith Massey ... Queen Carlotta
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Princess Coo-Coo

Jean Hill ... Grizelda Brown

Brook Yeaton ... 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
Steve Butow ... Lt. Grogan
Channing Wilroy ... Lieutenant Wilson
Steve Parker ... Goon
Pete Denzer ... Goon
Chuck Yeaton ... Goon
David Klein ... Goon
Ralph Crocker ... Goon
Peter Koper ... Goon
Sally Albaugh ... Hag
Kenny Orye ... Eater
Warren Newcomb ... Page
Roland Hertz ... Muffy's Husband
Pirie Woods ... Baby Sitter
Damien Overholser ... Baby In Refrigerator
Ed Butner ... Referee
H.C. Kliemisch ... Big Jimmy Dong
Paul Swift ... Mr. Paul
George Figgs ... Herbert
Marina Melin ... Shina
Cookie Mueller ... Flipper
Pat Moran ... Bathroom Pervert
Sharon Niesp ... Shotsie
George Hulse ... Sex Change Doctor
Delores Delux ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank J. Butler ... Harmonica Player (uncredited)
Richard Ellsberry ... Patient in Waiting Room (uncredited)
Alan Reese ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
John Waters 
 
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John Waters 

Produced by
James McKenzie .... associate producer
William Platt .... associate producer
David Spencer .... associate producer
John Waters .... producer
 
Original Music by
Chris Lobingier 
Allen Yarus 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas Loizeaux (director of photography)
John Waters 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Roggero 
 
Art Direction by
Vincent Peranio 
 
Costume Design by
Van Smith 
 
Makeup Department
Jon Aaron .... assistant hair stylist
Celeste Hall .... assistant hair stylist
Christine Mason .... hair stylist
Van Smith .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Maier .... unit manager
Pat Moran .... production manager
 
Art Department
Delores Delux .... assistant art director (as Dolores Deluxe)
Steve Parker .... assistant set designer
Ed Peranio .... assistant set designer
Vincent Peranio .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Richard Ellsberry .... assistant sound
Robert Maier .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Ed Peranio .... special effects
Tom Watkins .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Laurel Douglas .... still photographer
David Insley .... assistant camera
Kevin Weber .... lighting assistant
Steve Yeager .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Chris Lobingier .... music arranger
Allen Yarus .... music arranger
 
Other crew
William Platt .... video
Alan Rose .... credits
Pete Garey .... production advisor (uncredited)
 
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90 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:18A | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | France:-16 | France:-18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 | UK:18 | UK:(Banned) (1977) | USA:R (re-rating) | USA:X (self applied)
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Trivia:
The cockroaches that Jean Hill and Mink Stole are forced to eat in the castle are actually raisins.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Motorcycle Cop:Mrs. Gravel, I'd like to examine your underpants!See more »
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Featured in "X-Rated" (2004)See more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Definitely not for the faint of heart!, 26 November 2004
Author: Vancity_Film_Fanatic from Vancouver, BC, Canada

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!!

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