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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 »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (1997 re-release)| Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At his request, the Singing Asshole is not credited, and John Waters maintains that he "certainly will remain nameless. It's his choice." This individual does, however, apparently still disclose his involvement in the film to friends. See more »

Goofs

A cameraman's shadow is visible as Divine and her friends eat the police officer. See more »

Quotes

Connie Marble: We'll see who's the filthiest person alive! We'll just see!
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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

The first UK video release of Pink Flamingos in November 1981 (prior to BBFC video regulation requirements) was completely uncut. It was issued by Palace as part of a package of Waters films they had acquired from New Line. The package included Mondo Trasho (double billed with Sex Madness), Multiple Maniacs (double billed with Cocaine Fiends), Desperate Living and Female Trouble. The 1990 (and now requiring BBFC approval) video re-release was cut by 3m 4s, the 1997 issue lost 2m 42s, and the pre-edited 1999 print was cut by 2m 8s. It is worth noting that in 2008, the BBFC informed the distributor that the film could finally be passed uncut, but it has not been re-submitted for classification. See more »

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Soundtracks

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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Outrageously Sick, Disgusting and Grotesque… But Also Funny
11 September 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The filthiest person alive, Divine, is using the codename Babs Johnson and living in a trailer in the woods with her retarded mother Eddie (Edith Massey), who loves eggs; her mad hippie son Crackers (Danny Mills); and her mate Cotton (Mary Vivian Pearce). The envious couple Connie (Mink Stole) and Raymond Marble (David Lochary), who abduct and impregnate female hitchhikers to sell their babies to gay and lesbian couples, using the money to invest in heroin and sell in schools, hire Cookie (Cookie Mueller) to have sex with Crackers and spy Divine to compete for the title of "the filthiest people alive". When the competition begins, Connie and Raymond Marble learn why Divine has this title.

The underground "Pink Flamingos" is outrageously sick, disgusting and grotesque… but also funny. John Waters' intention is certainly to shock the audiences and is certainly very well succeeded. The bizarre characters present some of the most scatological and gross scenes I have ever seen, like Divine chewing excrement of dog, or Crackers "singing" with his anus, and there is no limit for the sick mind of John Waters. The viewer has to have empty stomach to see the whole movie. In the Extras of the DVD, John Waters presents deleted scenes, inclusive with the fate of Cookie. The trailer used to promote the film in 1972 is hilarious, since it does not show any scene, but people being interviewed about the movie. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Pink Flamingos"


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