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(1981)

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The smells on the Odorama Card were as follows: 1. A rose flower. 2. Flatulence. 3. Model Airplane Glue. 4. Pizza. 5. Gasoline in a can. 6. Skunk. 7. Natural Gas from an oven. 8. A new car smell of leather upholstery. 9. Dirty shoes. 10. Air Freshener from an aerosol can.
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According to Time Out, Divine's Francine Fishpaw character was "virtually indistinguishable from the Liz Taylor [Elizabeth Taylor] of The Mirror Crack'd (1980)".
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The look of the film was influenced by the work of 1950s director Douglas Sirk.
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Marks the last time that John Waters would work with regular Cookie Mueller. She was dying of AIDS when he began production on his next film, Hairspray (1988).
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In the scene where Todd is standing around the car accident, real ambulances were used, and local people called the police, reporting an accident.
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The music when Francine Fishpaw falls on the bed is a deliberate parody of generic melodramatic soap opera music.
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A number of the characters had names that were alliterated. These were Todd Tomorrow, Francine Fishpaw, Cuddles Kovinsky, Sandra Sullivan and Bo-Bo Belsinger. One of the lead cast had an alliterated name too that being Ken King.
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This John Waters movie co-starred 1950s icon Tab Hunter. The later Water's film Cry-Baby (1990) featured another 50s star Troy Donahue.
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First John Waters movie to garner an 'R' rating in the USA. All of Waters' previous pictures stateside had been X-rated or unrated.
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This John Waters film differed from his earlier movies in that it was set in middle class suburbia as against the slum neighborhoods and bohemian culture of his previous pictures.
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The name of the adult movie that was playing at the porno theater was "My Burning Bush".
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Final of several top-billed lead roles in a John Waters film for actor Divine who later would co-star but down the billing in only one more Waters movie which was Hairspray (1988)
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The name of the famous French film magazine that Francine Fishpaw (Divine read at the drive-in theater foyer was "Cahiers du Cinema".
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First mainstream overground non-underground movie directed by John Waters.
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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.
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Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter) takes Francine Fishpaw (Divine) to an "intellectual" drive-in theatre that is showing three Marguerite Duras movies. The drive-in marquee reads: "Dusk To Dawn - 3 Marguerite Duras Hits - The Truck - India Song - Destroy, She Said". [See: The Lorry (1977), India Song (1975) and Détruire dit-elle (1969)].
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Star Billing: Divine (1st), Tab Hunter (2nd) and Edith Massey (3rd).
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According to show-business trade paper Variety, Tab Hunter "finally enters the picture after a full hour has elapsed".
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The penultimate film of several movie collaborations of actor Divine and director John Waters.
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Not unsurprisingly Divine appears in drag for the entire picture.
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This picture would be the last major movie to feature a "scratch-and-sniff" card film gimmick until Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (2011) thirty years later.
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First of two star teamings of actors Divine and Tab Hunter. The second would be about four years later with Paul Bartel's Lust in the Dust (1985). The two also appeared in 1988's Out of the Dark (1988) which was the final of three films the two both worked on.
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The make and model of Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter)'s flashy sports car was, according to the IMCDb, a white 1980 Chevrolet Corvette [C3] Coupé.
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One of numerous John Waters movies set and shot in Baltimore.
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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.
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The discussion between the School Principle and Francine Fishpaw when Dexter is expelled is used at the start of the song Frontier Psychiatrist (released 2000) by Australian band The Avalanches.
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Rick Breitenfeld:  As prominent ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist Dr. Quackenshaw explaining the Odorama scratch 'n' stiff card at the film's start.
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