Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Divine ... Divine / Babs Johnson
David Lochary ... Raymond Marble
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Cotton
Mink Stole ... Connie Marble
Danny Mills Danny Mills ... Crackers
Edith Massey ... Edie
Channing Wilroy Channing Wilroy ... Channing
Cookie Mueller ... Cookie
Paul Swift Paul Swift ... The Egg Man
Susan Walsh ... Suzie
Linda Olgeirson Linda Olgeirson ... Linda
Pat Moran ... Patty Hitler (Party Guest In Nazi Uniform)
Jack Walsh Jack Walsh ... Party Guest
Bob Skidmore Bob Skidmore ... Delivery Boy
Pat Lefaiver Pat Lefaiver ... First Lesbian (as Pat LeFaiver)


Sleaze queen Divine lives in a caravan with her mad hippie son Crackers and her 250-pound mother Mama Edie, trying to rest quietly on their laurels as 'the filthiest people alive'. But competition is brewing in the form of Connie and Raymond Marble, who sell heroin to schoolchildren and kidnap and impregnate female hitchhikers, selling the babies to lesbian couples. Finally, they challenge Divine directly, and battle commences... Written by Michael Brooke <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


An exercise in poor taste. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for a wide range of perversions in explicit detail | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The Disney character Úrsula was inspired by Divine. See more »


About an hour in, when the Marbles are driving through a park, the shadow of the camera operator (John Waters) is visible as they drive by. See more »


Raymond Marble: [Connie falls off a couch] Connie! Connie, are you alright?
Connie Marble: What happened, Raymond? What happened?
Raymond Marble: The couch, it... it rejected you!
Connie Marble: Something's wrong, Raymond! Something's terribly wrong!
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Crazy Credits

All of the credits are shown in the beginning. There are no closing credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 25th Anniversary re-release version contains a re-recorded music soundtrack, re-mixed for stereo, plus 15 minutes of deleted scenes preceeded by the film, introduced by John Waters. See more »


Referenced in Spidarlings (2016) See more »


Ooh! Look-A There, Ain't She Pretty
by Clarence Todd and Carmen Lombardo
Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
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An exercise in bad taste.
14 January 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Infamous underground figure Divine (played by fat drag queen Divine) prides herself as the filthiest person alive, but finds herself competing for the title against reprehensible baby-ring operators Connie and Raymond Marble (Mink Stole and David Lochary), who also revel in their repulsiveness.

With Pink Flamingos, director John Waters and his merry band of reprobates go all out to offend and disgust, and in that they most definitely succeed. The plot is seriously dumb and the acting utterly atrocious, but Waters' unique brand of depravity most definitely hits the mark, with something guaranteed to upset even the most jaded of viewers.

Even though I consider myself hardened to most cinematic filth, there were several moments that almost had me reaching for the off button, including a man doing very strange things with his ass-hole, Divine giving 'her' on screen son a blow-job, and the infamous dog turd scene (by which time the film was thankfully almost over). It's been forty-five years since Pink Flamingos first shocked audiences, but thank to scenes like those, it still ranks as one of the most repugnant movies ever made.

I'm not sure how to rate a film like this, so, for the time being, I'm not going to.

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Release Date:

31 March 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

John Waters' Pink Flamingos See more »

Filming Locations:

Maryland, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dreamland See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby (1997 re-release)| Mono



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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