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Kevin Heffernan (writer) and
Steve Yeager (written by)
The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Waters ... Himself
Pat Waters ... Herself (as Patricia Waters)
John Waters Sr. ... Himself

Steve Buscemi ... Himself

Mink Stole ... Herself
Steve Waters ... Himself - John Waters' brother
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Himself

George Kuchar ... Himself

Mike Kuchar ... Himself

Pat Moran ... Herself
Bill Landis ... Himself - author
George Figgs ... Himself
Ken Jacobs ... Himself
Mary Avara ... Herself, the last film censor in America
Lou Cedrone Jr. ... Himself - former film critic
Fred Hanna ... Himself - retired priest (as Rev. Fred Hanna)
Don Walls ... Himself - Baltimore film and theater critic
Peter Garey ... Himself - Quality Film Labs

Jim Jarmusch ... Himself
George Udell ... Himself, movie exhibitor (as George Udel)
Bruce Goldstein ... Himself - Film Forum
Steve Yeager ... Himself

Divine ... Himself (archive footage)
Carol Butler ... Herself - friend
Frances Milstead ... Herself
Harvey Alexander ... Himself - Historian
Vincent Peranio ... Himself
Van Smith ... Himself
Glenn Belverio ... Himself
Christine Mason ... Herself
Laurence Kardish ... Himself
Dennis Dermody ... Himself
Bob Adams ... Himself
Stephen Winter ... Himself
Jack Walsh ... Himself
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Herself
Channing Wilroy ... Himself
Brad Ganson ... Himself (Interviewee)

Paul Morrissey ... Himself
Linda Olgeirson ... Herself
Susan Walsh ... Herself
Bill Porter ... Himself
Richard Kern ... Himself

David O. Russell ... Himself
George Mansour ... Himself - film consultant
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself

John Pierson ... Himself

Robert Shaye ... Himself
Alison Gartner ... Herself - Clinical psychologist
Ben Barenholtz ... Himself
J. Hoberman ... Himself

Hal Hartley ... Himself
Justin Frank ... Himself - psychoanalyst
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Lochary ... Himself

Edith Massey ... Herself (archive footage)
Jonas Mekas ... Himself
Danny Mills ... Himself
Paul Swift ... Himself (archive footage)
Alec Webb ... Himself - Interviewer (archive footage)

Directed by
Steve Yeager 
Writing credits
Kevin Heffernan (writer)

Steve Yeager  written by

Produced by
Kevin Heffernan .... associate producer
Tim Kahoe .... executive producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Cindy Miller .... producer
Brooks T. Moore .... executive producer (as Brooks Moore)
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Steve Yeager .... producer
Thomas W. Yeager .... executive producer
Original Music by
Donald Barto Sr.  (as Don Barto)
Cinematography by
Jeff Atkinson 
Jim Harris 
Steve Yeager 
Film Editing by
Terry Campbell 
Tim Kahoe 
Steve Yeager 
Sound Department
Ted Ayd .... sound
Donald Barto Sr. .... sound (as Don Barto)
Terry Campbell .... sound
Jim Harris .... sound
William L. Kaplan .... sound mixer
Bill Porter .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
John Kavanaugh .... additional photographer
Fil Sibley .... camera operator
Sheila Smith .... additional photographer
Music Department
David Rona .... musician: guitarist
Other crew
Kevin Heffernan .... historical consultant

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec)
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Mary Vivian Pearce:He
Mary Vivian Pearce:acted out all the parts himself at rehearsals and we just tried to imitate him, the way he was doing it. He was better than anybody!
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
8/10, 1 February 2005
Author: desperateliving from Canada

The various film clips show Waters' unique kind of freak-glamour -- to him (and to many of us as watch the films) these are the most glamorous people in the world. The films have always worked so well in part because they're silly and they're outrageous in a good-spirited way (Waters brilliantly points out that "Pink Flamingoes" is essentially a baby movie that would likely play well for Kindergarteners), but really in the sense that, as Paul Morrissey points out, they make fun of what's proper, thereby being quite serious films themselves, even though they're ludicrous -- and in such a way that it still seems outrageous today: a pretty girl with a penis; an obese man-woman being raped by a giant lobster, for instance. Perhaps no filmmaker has so reshaped the way we respond to sexuality by filming it -- Waters essentially takes the mick out of sex, whether straight, gay, consensual, forced, S&M, kink, or fetish.

It's great to see Waters' and Divine's upright-seeming parents (neither of which have seen "Pink Flamingoes") and how positive they are, how supportive -- Waters' mother took him to play in junk yards as a kid. We're all rich because of that encouragement. And it's good to contrast how the parents react as opposed to one woman of similar age who worked for a censor board, and who, thirty years later, still can't get over a blasphemous crucifixion scene intercut with a "bead job" from one of Waters' early movies. (And while it certainly uses her for an example of extreme reactions to his films, the film never makes her into a "villain.") It's a nice choice to focus mostly on the early films, I think, as many of them aren't widely available and this can give us some sense of them.

The work that Waters and Divine did together (his "inflated, insane Jane Mansfield"), I think, can stand alongside any of the great cinema partnerships, whether it's Cassavetes-Rowlands or Fellini-Mastroianni. Waters' own influences range from the camp Kuchar films to William Castle schlock antics to Bergman, Fellini, and Kenneth Anger (who, along with Russ Meyer, chose not participate in the film). And while it might be tempting to lump Waters in with the gay set, he isn't really a part of it -- it's more sexual "terrorism" than anything else; he's like a Surrealist in that sense. I think that's probably why his own influence is so far-ranging -- no one is safe in his films. 8/10

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