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Polyester (1981)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  29 May 1981 (USA)
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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Todd Tomorrow
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David Samson ...
Elmer Fishpaw
Mary Garlington ...
Lu-Lu Fishpaw
Ken King ...
Dexter Fishpaw
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Sandra Sullivan
Joni Ruth White ...
La Rue
Hans Kramm ...
Heintz
Stiv Bators ...
Bo-Bo Belsinger
Rick Breitenfeld ...
Dr. Quackenshaw
Michael Watson ...
Freddy Ashton
Derek Neal ...
Pimp
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Gospel Bus Hijacker
Jim Hill ...
Picket Reporter
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Francine Fishpaw is an upper middle class suburban housewife in Baltimore. Unfortunately for this "good Christian woman", the money to support her lifestyle comes from her husband's porno theater, the neighbors are protesting, her son is the notorious "Baltimore Stomper", her daughter is knocked up by a local hoodlum, and her husband is having an affair with his secretary. Written by Stephen J. LeBlanc <sjl@townsend.com>

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29 May 1981 (USA)  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

There was a scene that was cut during production where Dexter relapsed after returning from prison and shaved off an eyebrow. This explains why he has both eyebrows upon returning home and towards the end of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Dexter's principal calls Francine, Francine starts acting as if he's hung up on her before he's even said goodbye. See more »

Quotes

Francine Fishpaw: Oh Cuddles, you're too *old* to be a debutante!
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, the title song "Polyester" describes the action seen on screen, leading the audience through a helicopter shot of the suburbs into Francine's house (commenting on its French Provincial decor) and upstairs to meet her. See more »

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BE MY DADDY BABY
(Lu-Lu's theme)
Words and music by Deborah Harry and Michael Kamen
Arranged and produced by Michael Kamen
Vocals by Michael Kamen
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I Had a Smile on My Face the Whole Time
22 June 2006 | by (Sleesburg, VA.) – See all my reviews

John Waters is truly a great director. I had seen Pink Flamingoes but not to much of his earlier work. I am more familiar with his later works like Serial Mom or Cecil B. Demented, which is all great stuff. Polyester is the bridge, as so many people put it, between his disgusting yet entertaining earlier work to more mainstream films like Hairspray.

Divine plays Francine Fishpaw. A rather large lady who is married to a man who owns a pornographic theater. Her son is a drug attic who loves to smash womens feet and her daughter is a wannabe Go-Go dancer who gets herself pregnant. Francine has only one friend in the world and that is Cuddles who is wonderfully played by Edith Massey. After Francine catches her husband sleeping with another woman (Mink Stole) Francine's life starts going into a downward spiral as she can't control her children and she becomes an alcoholic. Only, when she meets a man named Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter) do things start to change... or do they?

I had a grin on my face throughout the whole movie. The storyline sounds pretty depressing but only John Waters could have pulled this off and turn it into a complete comedy. Divine is right at home in her role as Francine. You truly do feel completely sorry for her. Edith Massey is excellent in the role as Cuddles and is definitely the most likable character in the whole movie. What made this movie so great for me was when this came out in theaters I was to young to see this. I just recently bought it on DVD and it comes with an actual Scratch N' Sniff card for the movie! Great stuff! This movie gets a 9/10 from me.


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