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Polyester (1981)

R | | Comedy | 29 May 1981 (USA)
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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David Samson ...
Elmer Fishpaw
Mary Garlington ...
Lu-Lu Fishpaw
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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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Storyline

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

The real-life Edmondson Drive-in Theater featured in this film was located at 6000 Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville, Maryland, US. It has now been demolished. The venue, which had a car capacity of 950 cars, had originally opened in May 1954, and closed its gates in 1991, which was about a decade or ten years after Polyester (1981) had premiered. 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: My name is Francine Fishpaw, and I am an alcoholic!
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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 Le camion (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

BE MY DADDY BABY
(Lu-Lu's theme)
Words and music by Debbie Harry and Michael Kamen
Arranged and produced by Michael Kamen
Vocals by Michael Kamen
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My Fave John Waters Film
25 July 2000 | by (USA) – 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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