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Polyester (1981)

R | | Comedy | 29 May 1981 (USA)
A suburban housewife's world falls apart when she finds that her pornographer husband is serially unfaithful to her, her daughter is 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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Hans Kramm ...
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Bo-Bo Belsinger
Rick Breitenfeld ...
Michael Watson ...
Derek Neal ...
Jim Hill ...


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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Also Known As:

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$300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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According to show-business trade paper Variety, Tab Hunter "finally enters the picture after a full hour has elapsed". See more »


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 »


Cuddles Kovinsky: At first I thought he was walking his dog. Then I realized, it was his date.
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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 »


References The Intruder (1962) See more »


(Title Song)
Words and music by Chris Stein and Debbie Harry
Vocals by Tab Hunter
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My Fave John Waters Film
25 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

This movie had me laughing my rear off when I first saw it. I have never been a major John Waters fan. His early stuff was more grotesque than funny in my somewhat less than humble opinion. This film is delightfully offensive and hilarious. It's sort of in the 'Animal House' league of humor. Which is a nice change of pace from Waters earlier flicks.

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