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Polyester (1981)

 -  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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Hullu haiseva maailma  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

First mainstream overground non-underground movie directed by John Waters. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene in the living room, as the Fishpaws are arguing, a boom mic is visible. This was corrected for later DVD releases. See more »

Quotes

Francine Fishpaw: [visiting La Rue in the hospital] Hello, Mother. Feeling any better today?
La Rue: How can I feel better with a drunken miser as a daughter?
Francine Fishpaw: Shut up, Mother! For forty-four years, I've tried to be a good daughter to you and all I've gotten in return is abuse. I've given you money - thousands and thousands of dollars - and still it's not enough! Well, I've had it! You can rot in that wheelchair for all I care!
[storms out of the room]
La Rue: [faking a heart attack] The pain, the pain! My heart! She's giving me a ...
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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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References All That Heaven Allows (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Stiv Lives!
26 August 2003 | by (Lindenhurst, IL) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing this the night it came out (God, was it really 22 years ago!). We all went down to a late night showing at the Cedar on the West Bank in Mpls., with about 4 hours worth of "feelgood" in us.

I was familiar with Waters' work, having seen PINK FLAMINGOS, and was ready for the "Odorama" cards handed out when you bought your ticket, but my "associates" were a bit mystified. It all led up to a very different & unique experience, which really hasn't been equaled since.

Basically, there were about 10 (numbered 1-10) scratch-n-sniff scents which were to be activated by you from the card when a flashing number appeared on the screen. They included a rotten egg smell for flatulence (somebody broke wind in the movie), along with a natural gas smell when a character stuck their head in an oven, among others. You get the idea. Anyway, it had the usual John Waters' cast of characters (Mink, Edith, Divine, etc.), along with the late, great Stiv Bators making his big-screen debut as (what else), a delinquent. Stiv pulls it off quite well, and everything else pretty much amounted to a fun show-going experience.

Not nearly as shocking as FLAMINGOS or FEMALE TROUBLE, but surely rent it if your into that sort of thing (a/k/a the pre-HAIRSPRAY Waters). I'm sure those "Odorama" cards are long gone, so you'll have to get creative on your own to replicate the experience that was "Odorama".


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