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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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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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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 Serial Mom (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Treat Him Right
Written by Roy Head and Gene Kurtz
Performed by Mae West
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Interesting...
22 October 2007 | by buddypatrickSee all my reviews

"Mondo Trasho" stars a lot of the original Dreamlander crew; Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, David Lochary, Mink Stole -- you name it. This is about the only thing that kept me watching Mondo Trasho was seeing our beloved cult actors prance across the screen and of course Divine shop lifting (who would have thought?). It's interesting to see the Dreamlander crew get up to their old guerrilla tricks, but tedious to sit through its long, silent and uneventful duration.

You can see John Waters used this a reference when he made Cecil B. Demented as the cast and crew were arrested during the making of this film for public obscenities (I won't spoil it). The biggest problem with this film John Waters said himself; this was made a ninety minute film when it should have been twenty minutes. With scenes dragging on and on making you skip about you wish it was a short film. Due to bad pacing a lot of scenes drag on after the humour has gone, the music becomes repetitive and there is no dialogue which is a huge letdown because it's a hoot to listen to Dreamlander's have conversations – whether it be arguing or bonding John Waters always writes hilarious dialogue – but as I said, there is none so it's a letdown. There are of course some redeeming aspects (David Lochay's character) and other scenes with public nudity which provide some insight to the early Dreamlander years.

Mondo Trasho isn't the most perfect movie Waters made, it's littered in amateurish film making but this is a perfect look into what Waters and the Dreamlanders were up to before feature film making. If you aren't a die-hard fan of Waters' films or the Dreamlander's then this will be a waste of time because this is definitely something to be seen by the fans of Waters. This will never see the light of day for a DVD release as copyright laws will forever forbid it (the soundtrack) but you can download it thanks to the internet; it's rare but nowhere near as rare as the early 60's short films. So if you're enough of a fan-boy and you've seen all of John Waters' movies and wanted more like I did then see Mondo Trasho because you're never going to see Divine or David Lochary act ever again.


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