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Mondo Trasho (1969)

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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Vivian Pearce ... The Bombshell / Cinderella
Divine ... Divine / Greaser in Alley
David Lochary David Lochary ... Asylum Inmate / Dr. Coathanger / Voice of Snob #2
Mink Stole ... Homeless Woman / Asylum Inmate / Snob #1
Bob Skidmore Bob Skidmore ... Asylum Personnel / Policeman
Margie Skidmore Margie Skidmore ... Shocked Mother in Park / The Virgin Mary
Berenica Cipcus Berenica Cipcus ... Evil Stepsister #1 / Asylum Inmate / Dr. Coathanger's Nurse
Jack Walsh Jack Walsh
Chris Atkinson Chris Atkinson
Lizzy Temple Black Lizzy Temple Black ... The Virgin Mary's Assistant
Mark Isherwood Mark Isherwood ... The Hitch-Hiker
Mike Bauer Mike Bauer
Pat Moran ... Dr. Coathanger's Secretary
George Figgs George Figgs ... Asylum Inmate / Man in Waiting Room
Susan Lowe ... Asylum Inmate
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Storyline

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 the Virgin Mary, strange chicken-foot grafting operations). Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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At Last... A "Gutter Film"

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Waters' Mondo Trasho See more »

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Budget:

$2,100 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dreamland See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While filming a scene featuring a naked hitchhiker, John Waters was on the campus of Johns Hopkins University without permission. When someone was offended, campus police were notified and Waters and his crew lammed it. They eluded the police for a while but were caught when they went to pick up the car and were charged with "conspiracy to commit indecent exposure." See more »

Quotes

Divine: [talking to the Virgin Mary] Oh, Mary... teach me to be Divine.
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Crazy Credits

And introducing John Leisenring as 'the shrimper' See more »

Alternate Versions

Was released once in the UK - in 1983, before the video recordings act, paired with 'Sex Madness' (1938). This release by Palace Video was uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in She's Got an Atomic Bomb (2005) See more »

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Pomp and Circumstance
Written by Edward Elgar
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Bizarre, Strange and Weird. I like it!!
5 October 2003 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

John Waters feature length film debut is a schlocky montage of crazy events following Mary Vivian Pearce and Divine as they travel throughout the gutters and alleyways of "Charm City" Baltimore. I can't do this film just by trying to describe the events that transpire. This film has to be seen to be believed. There's no dialog in this film, most of the soundtrack is a collage of 50's and 60's pop music, They're used as dialog and as a Foley track. I wonder if Mr. Waters received permission from the performers for use in this film?

Filmed on a shoe string budget and shot on 16mm uses a cast of friends, Waters hit the Midnight Movie/cult circuit big time. Only a sign of things to come.

Recommended, if you can find it.


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