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Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 10 April 1970 (USA)
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Lady Divine becomes enraged when her boyfriend cheats on her, and descends into a life of murder and mayhem.

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John Waters

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John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Divine ... Lady Divine
David Lochary David Lochary ... Mr. David
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Bonnie / Cavalcade Patron
Mink Stole ... Mink / Cavalcade Patron
Cookie Mueller ... Cookie Divine / Cavalcade Patron
Edith Massey ... Edith / Virgin Mary
Susan Lowe ... Cavalcade pervert
Rick Morrow Rick Morrow ... Ricky
Howard Gruber Howard Gruber ... Gilbert
Paul Swift Paul Swift ... Steve (Cookie's boyfriend)
Vincent Peranio Vincent Peranio ... Freak
Jim Thompson Jim Thompson ... Freak
Dee Vitolo Dee Vitolo ... Freak
Ed Peranio Ed Peranio ... Freak
Bob Skidmore Bob Skidmore ... Cavalcade Patron
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Storyline

The travelling sideshow 'Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions' is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all - but her life changes after she gets raped by a fifteen-foot lobster... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Multiple Maniacs See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,814, 7 August 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,038, 12 August 2016
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Production Co:

Dreamland See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scenes at the Cavalcade of Perversion were filmed in front of the home of John Waters's parents. See more »

Quotes

Bonnie: Mr. David, am I better than Lady Divine?
Mr. David: Different. Just completely different.
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Crazy Credits

From the 2016 BluRay: Restoration - The original 16 mm black-and-white reversal positive was scanned in 4K resolution at Metropolis Post in New York City. The original 16 mm monaural magnetic soundtrack was digitized in 96K 24-bit resolution at DJ Audio in Burbank, Ca. The digital picture and sound restoration was performed at The Criterion Collection in New York City, and supervised by John Waters See more »

Alternate Versions

(possible spoilers) The original UK video release by Castle Video was cut to remove an entire sequence where Divine and Mink Stole have a sexual experience involving Divine being sodomized by Mink's rosary beads during a vision/fantasy of Jesus Christ being whipped and nailed to the cross, and his death on the cross. The UK Blu-ray from criterion was passed without cuts- but this version has most of the music altered. See more »

Connections

References I, a Woman (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Mars (from 'The Planets')
Written by Gustav Holst
[Heard after lobster scene]
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A triumph deluxe
17 May 2004 | by roulinSee all my reviews

The films of John Waters aren't to all tastes, but if you like, say Pink Flamingos, then you'll love Multiple Maniacs.

Waters' film-making career can be divided roughly into four categories:

  • unseen first works (Roman Candles, Hag in a Black Leather Jacket, Eat Your Makeup)


  • early filthy works (Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble)


  • more mainstream works (Polyester, Hairspray, Crybaby)


  • later missing-the-mark works (Serial Mom, Pecker, Cecil B. Demented)


In my opinion, there's no question that his early filthy works are the best and that Multiple Maniacs is perhaps the best of the three (or at least tying with Pink Flamingos).

Some of the reviewers here criticize the film for being badly acted or low budget. That's missing the point. Waters' films were never meant to couple the acting of Olivier with Industrial Light and Magic special effects. These are low budget gems that deliver equal amounts of shock and laughter.

Multiple Maniacs is one of Waters most perfect films in terms of the dialogue. The continual arguing between Lady Divine and Mr. David (the wonderful and elegant David Lochary) is almost operatic. The rest of the characters (most from John Waters early ensemble, the Dreamlanders) is absolutely outstanding. Mink Stole and Mary Vivian Pearce are pin-point perfect and Edith Massey is a gem in her screen debut. The late, great and much-missed Cookie Mueller gives the best performance of her career as the free wheeling daughter of Divine.

A black and white treasure from John Waters early career. Brilliant dialogue, hilarious scenes and a bravura climax make Multiple Maniacs a cinematic masterpiece.


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