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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 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


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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Release Date:

14 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Waters' Mondo Trasho See more »


Box Office


$2,100 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dreamland See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »


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John Waters' First Feature Length Film...
25 May 2003 | by Film-ReviewerSee all my reviews

It's amazing that one of John Waters best films would be his first feature length film. After making three short films, cult film director directed 'Mondo Trasho', a silent movie filled with a rock and roll soundtrack. It certainly shows some of the surreal brilliance that was to come in his movies and has a very dream like feeling. The plot, if you can call it that, is of a modern day Cinderella (Mary Vivian Pearce) who is run over by the sexy driver Divine (Divine). For the rest of the day, Divine and the corpse wander about all of Baltimore trying to find ways to get out of this nightmare and meet up with reporters, mental patients, a topless dancer (Mink Stole), saints, pigs and an insane doctor called Dr. Coathanger (David Lochary in arguably his best performance). It's a strange piece of fiction with the occasional unsynchronised dialogue. It hints at the brilliance that John Waters would achieve with the likes of 'Female Trouble', 'Hairspray' and 'Serial Mom'. It's actually quite good even though Waters always jokes about how bad it is and how over long it is. I found it be very fast paced and funny and satiric proving that John Waters is the best satirist in modern day America and always puts a new view on things. The acting in this film is also endearing. Although none of these people knew how to act, that's the beauty of many of John's earlier films. Divine's performance consists of looking sexy and doing exaggerated movements all the time. Lochary is good in this film, if only he hadn't died so young, I'm convinced he would have won an oscar. It's also an interesting note for Waters fans to watch this because everyone looks so young. Truthfully, the living members of Waters crew like Pearce and Stole don't really look old today but it's amazing to see them pre-cult fame. Although, it's a very hard film to get hold of and even if you do, it will probably be in bad quality, it's a must for Waters fans and people interested in him as well since it's one of his more accesible films.

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