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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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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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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)  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The Fishpaws live at "Wyman Way", Jane Wyman was the lead in Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (1955), which is one of the film's inspirations. 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: Oh Elmer, that dog stinks to high heaven. You'll be permeated by his odor.
Elmer Fishpaw: Yeah? Well, this whole world stinks, Francine, so get used to it! You and that big nose of yours are startin' to get on my nerves. Snortin' around the place like a goddamned anteater. I've about had it with you. Gimme that drink! Hurry up!
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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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Spoofs I'll Cry Tomorrow (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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One of the greatest anti-films
23 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is just dripping with humor. The acting is terrible and over-the-top but exactly appropriate for this kind of movie. The dialog is always ironic. There are no jokes in this movie, this movie is a joke. I was smiling and laughing almost immediately from the start. The perfect dagger in the heart of all those bloated, pretentious, Hollywood films. Words cannot express how much I love this movie. Divine as always, is great. It contains such classic lines as "I'm going to get an abortion and I can't wait!" A purely farcical ridiculous look at suburban American life. Silly. Nobody can ever do or has done what John Waters is doing. He has created a style and put a moat around it.


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