7.7/10
1,483
10 user 58 critic

I Am Divine (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 1 April 2014 (USA)
Trailer
2:25 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

Director:

2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Jeff Garlin's documentary on the work of John Waters.

Director: Jeff Garlin
Stars: John Waters
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary on Candy Darling, The Life and Times of the Andy Warhol Superstar.

Director: James Rasin
Stars: Candy Darling, Andy Warhol, Holly Woodlawn
Divine Trash (1998)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a 1972 interview of Waters are clips from his first films and recent interviews with his ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Yeager
Stars: John Waters, Pat Waters, John Waters Sr.
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A spoiled school-girl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce
Vito (2011)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Stars: Phyllis Antonellis, Richard Barrios, Richard Berkowitz
Polyester (1981)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against Connie & Raymond Marble, a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".

Director: John Waters
Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce
Hairspray (1988)
Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine
Comedy | Crime | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A rich housewife enlists her maid's help to murder her husband; they go on the lam and end up in Mortville, a homeless community built into a garbage dump.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Liz Renay, Mink Stole, Susan Lowe
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston
Stars: André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A John Waters film where Divine plays Diane Linkletter, daughter of Art Linkletter and commits suicide.

Director: John Waters
Stars: David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine
Mondo Trasho (1969)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A day in the lives of a hit-and-run driver and her victim, and the bizarre things that happen to them before and after they collide (sexual assault by a crazed foot-fetishist, visions of ... See full summary »

Director: John Waters
Stars: Mary Vivian Pearce, Divine, David Lochary
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Himself
Vincent Peranio ...
Himself
Frances Milstead ...
Herself
Diana Evans ...
Herself
Dennis Dermody ...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Herself (as Sue Lowe)
David Lochary ...
Himself (archive footage)
Mary Vivian Pearce ...
Herself
Alonso Duralde ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

How Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, became John Waters' cinematic muse and an international drag icon.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 April 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ego, i Divine  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,196 (USA) (1 November 2013)

Gross:

$63,661 (USA) (3 January 2014)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Crazy Credits

The closing credits list certain people as "Perverts," "Maniacs" and "Sh*tkickers," among other designations. See more »

Connections

Features Multiple Maniacs (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Born to Be Cheap
Performed by Divine
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Born To Be Cheap
14 April 2015 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Now, I would never, ever say that Harris Glenn Milstead (aka. Divine) was my kind of people - But after watching this bio-documentary, I was relieved to find out that there was more to this particular character besides being an outrageous, 350 lb., drag queen who once actually ate a real dog turd (on screen) as an obvious ploy to gain worldwide, cult-status recognition.

In "I Am Divine" - It sure seemed to me that just about everyone (and their dog) who ever met Divine came out of the closet to gush over him and paint an almost unrealistic picture of this entertainer who (though he had a real foul mouth) was, in reality, as adorable (and harmless) as a Care Bear.

To say that Milstead (born 1945) played the Divine character to the absolute hilt would be a total understatement. But one could easily tell that as he matured into his 30's, the thrill of constantly reinventing this in-your-face persona clearly began to wane.

I think it's the ultimate irony-of-ironies that, as an actor, Glenn really only played the role of a man once in his lifetime (as Hilly Blue in 1985's Trouble In Mind). And when he finally did achieve respectability as an actor, he up and died, at 42, from a massive heart attack.

All-in-all - I'd say that under all of that mascara and over-the-top behaviour, Glenn Milstead was probably an alright guy with irritating idiosyncrasies just like everyone else.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
On Netflix moonmp3
Biopic? Cultfilmophile
I AM DIVINE Fan Fundraising Campaign [+Video] ZootCatchy
Where was Cookie? tfrazier
Discuss I Am Divine (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page