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Pink Flamingos (1972)

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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John Waters

Writer:

John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Divine ... Divine / Babs Johnson
David Lochary 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)
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Storyline

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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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An exercise in poor taste. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1979 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

John Waters' Pink Flamingos See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,188, 13 April 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$180,483, 20 April 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,250,000, 31 December 1974
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dreamland See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (1997 re-release)| Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Waters has stated that the only scene in the film he regrets is the unsimulated fellatio sequence between Divine and Danny Mills; he claims it was awkward to film because the two actors were friends. He also feels it is the most 'dated' part of the film; Deep Throat (1972) had just been released and this scene was Waters satirizing the rise of 'porno chic'. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mr. J: Even with the hectic events of the day, Raymond Marble still finds time to satisfy his perverted urges. Watch, as he not only commits another act of indecent exposure, but adds to this social horror by making his wife wait in the car. Is there no shame?
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Crazy Credits

For Sadie, Katie, and Les- February 1972 (The Manson Family members Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten. February 1972 was the month when the California State Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in California (it was later reinstated), reducing the sentences of the convicted Manson Family members to life imprisonment.) See more »

Alternate Versions

Although an uncut pre-certified video appeared in 1981 the film was never officially released in the UK until 1990. The initial Castle video was cut by 3 minutes 4 secs by the BBFC with heavy edits to the forced insemination and oral sex scenes, a chicken being crushed during a sex scene and shots of the man's elastic anus, and the final dog excrement eating scene was reduced to a series of still images. The 1997 cinema release saw the elastic anus scene restored and the 1999 EIV video (cut by a lesser 2 minutes 8 secs) restored both the elastic anus and complete excrement eating scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Room Full of Spoons (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent
by Morris Levy
Performed by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
Produced Under License from Rhino Records, By Arrangement with Warner special Products
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A must-see----kind of
18 April 2006 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Babs Johnson (Divine) lives in a trailer with her son Crackers, her daughter Cotton and her mother Edie (Edie Massey). She's in competition with a couple named Connie and Raymond Marbles (Mink Stole, David Lochary) to be named the filthiest person alive. The film shows their attempts to outdo each other.

This film is very much NOT for everyone. It's a in your face no holds barred assault in bad taste. Crackers has sex with a woman with a live chicken between them while his sister watches; the Marbles pick up female hitchhikers, impregnate them, keep them chained in the basement and sell the babies to lesbian couples; Divine and family have a party which includes cannibalism etc etc. It's disgusting but, in a way, not unwatchable. It's SO over the top and is so unapologetic about it that it's kind of fascinating. As director John Waters might say, it's bad taste done well. Also it's kind of amusing to watch--the acting is so wretched (especially by Massey) that you just watch it in disbelief. A friend laughed out loud at how bad Massey was (she improved in later pictures).

This is NOT for people who are easily offended. Even though it's over 30 years old it's STILL shocking. However if you have an open mind and can take a lot of extreme behaviour this is a must-see. The only part that really was too much is what Divine does at the very end.


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