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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

Writer:

John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Divine ... Lady Divine
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 ... 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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You won't believe this one!

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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The person shooting heroin in the church was actually the man that allowed them to record the "rosary-job" scene. See more »

Goofs

When Lady Divine is attacked on the street by the two huffers, a shadow of the cameraman is clearly visible on the sidewalk and across the trio as they fight. See more »

Quotes

Mr. David: [going through someone elses wallet] What ugly children they have!
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And George Figgs as Jesus Christ See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was unreleased in the UK until the 1990 Castle video release, and this was then cut by almost 5 minutes by the BBFC to remove a closeup of a man's penis and to heavily edit a scene where rosary beads are inserted into Divine's rectum. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pink Flamingos (1972) See more »

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Endless Sleep
Written by Jody Reynolds
[Originally looped in very beginning of film, but was replaced on Criterion release]
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The only Waters film to offend me
29 April 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

Of all of John Waters films, this is the only one that offended me in some way. But more on that later. I was surprised to see that this early John Waters movie was available on video, presuming it would be long out of print (like "Mondo Trasho" and "Female Trouble")! It can usually be found for sale dirt cheap or for rent easily.

Divine stars as a brunette for the first time in Waters' first sound film. The sound, cinematography, and editing is real rough, but it gives "Multiple Maniacs" a priceless documentary-like quality that is enhanced by the near flawless delivery of Waters' hilarious dialogue! Waters' early cast is here and two new additions (Cookie Mueller and Edith Massey) liven things up a bit. Great performances worth catching are given by Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Cookie Mueller, and Rick Morrow. Mink Stole gives one of only two mediocre roles in Waters' films (the other is "Mondo Trasho") and Edith Massey is not as great as she would be in her subsequent appearances in "Pink Flamingos", "Female Trouble", "Desperate Living" and "Polyester"! Watch close for Cookie Mueller and Mink Stole in cameos as two of the snobby patrons of the Cavalcade of Perversions! The music is fantastic, more copyright-infringing oldies that are great listening (including Elvis Presley's "Just Because" and a bunch of unidentified but classic instrumentals).

Now why this movie offended me: the rosary job and the crucifixion. I just thought these scenes are the sickest things I've ever seen done in a Waters film (topping even the dog sh*t-eating in "Pink Flamingos")! The crucifixion is very well done, but just seems in VERY bad taste and the rosary job just defies any description. It's not even fun for me to watch! But everything else about "Multiple Maniacs" is classic Waters. The film does get a bit boring after Divine's rape by Lobstora, but the ending shows the lust for violence found in Vietnam Era America, juxtaposed with Kate Smith's "God Bless America" playing in the background. Not for a Waters fan who has only seen "Hairspray", that's for damn sure! Underground film fans will find lots of great techniques to use and psychotronic film fans will eat it up!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Multiple Maniacs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,814, 7 August 2016

Gross USA:

$33,036

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,403
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Company Credits

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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