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Female Trouble (1974)

NC-17 | | Comedy, Crime | 28 March 1984 (France)
A spoiled schoolgirl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dawn Davenport / Earl Peterson
David Lochary ... Donald Dasher
... Donna Dasher
... Taffy Davenport
... Aunt Ida
... Concetta
Susan Walsh ... Chicklette
Michael Potter ... Gater
Ed Peranio ... Wink
Paul Swift ... Butterfly
George Figgs ... Dribbles
... Vikki
George Hulse ... Teacher
Margie Skidmore ... School Snitch
Berenica Cipcus ... Mean Girl
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The life and times of Dawn Davenport, showing her progress from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer - all of which stems from her parents' refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. She runs away from home, is raped, becomes a single mother, criminal and glamorous model before her inevitable rendezvous with the electric chair... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Nice girls don't wear cha-cha heels. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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28 March 1984 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Rotten Mind, Rotten Face  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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| (16 mm) | (original length)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes in the Dashers' residence were filmed in John Waters' own apartment at the time, with many of his own belongings. Another corner of his apartment was used for the part of the salon where the Dashers first interview Dawn Davenport. See more »

Goofs

The word "chaplain" is misspelled "chaplin" in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

School snitch: Mr. Weinberger, Dawn Davenport is eating a meatball sandwich right out in class! And she's been passing notes!
Dawn Davenport: I was not eating!
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Crazy Credits

For Charles Watson (the Manson Family member). Waters' prison visits to Watson inspired the "crime is beauty" theme of the film, and Waters used a toy wooden helicopter Watson made for him in the credits. See more »

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Featured in Divine Waters (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (uncredited)
Performed by The 101 Strings Orchestra (as 101 Strings Orchestra)
Courtesy of Madacy Entertainment
under license from Madacy Special Markets
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Go Divine, Go
24 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is John Waters at his zenith. In ten minutes time this film has more hilarious, outrageous humor than most other underground, drive in films do in their entirety. Like with PINK FLAMINGOES it deserves accolades for it's sheer tasteless audacity. It is consistently funny, unrelentingly perverse, obnoxious, and ugly. Just like you would expect. It also has Waters film trademark of having the actors shout their lines instead of saying them.

This is much more of a solid satire than many may originally presume. In some ways it was way ahead of it's time. It keenly shows the cult of celebrity and the desperation some have to obtain it. How skewered the famous and infamous have become and our over emphasis on beauty. It also shows how the media exploits the desperate and causes the distorted image.

Above all though this is really Divine's vehicle. She (he) steals every scene she is in. Even just watching her do modeling poses or dancing on a bar top is hilarious. She also writes and performs the opening song and even plays a male character that has sex with her female character (very well edited). There's also one inglorious moment where you even see the close up of his genitals.

For those with the right mentality this is pure entertainment. It's also has a perverse brilliance that has lost non of it's edge of potency.

8 out of 10


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