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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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John Waters

Writer:

John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Divine ... Dawn Davenport / Earl Peterson
David Lochary David Lochary ... Donald Dasher
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Donna Dasher
Mink Stole ... Taffy Davenport
Edith Massey ... Aunt Ida
Cookie Mueller ... Concetta
Susan Walsh ... Chicklette
Michael Potter ... Gater
Ed Peranio Ed Peranio ... Wink
Paul Swift Paul Swift ... Butterfly
George Figgs George Figgs ... Dribbles
Susan Lowe ... Vikki
George Hulse George Hulse ... Teacher
Margie Skidmore Margie Skidmore ... School Snitch
Berenica Cipcus Berenica Cipcus ... Mean Girl
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rotten Mind, Rotten Face See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dreamland See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (16 mm) | (original length)

Sound Mix:

Chace Surround (2001 re-release)| Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Divine was injected with a real needle in the liquid eyeliner scene. Divine also took a dose of vomit-inducing medicine, but this had no effect at first so Earl's vomiting on Taffy had to be faked. A nurse was on the set to supervise both scenes. See more »

Goofs

When Dawn, Concetta, and Chicklette are in the school bathroom complaining about school and Christmas, both Concetta and Chicklette hold up a can of hair spray to apply to their hairdos, but it is obvious no spray is coming out of the can nor does the can make a spraying sound. See more »

Quotes

Gator: Hey Taffy, baby, come suck your daddy's dick.
Taffy: I wouldn't suck your lousy dick if I was suffocating and there was oxygen in your balls!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The European cut of the film, which has actually circulated in the United States at Midnight film festivals, features a slightly different cut of the film with different scenes, including:
  • more interaction between the hairdressers in the Lipstick Beauty salon.
  • a scene where Dawn has a discussion with Vicki (the receptionist) about her failing marriage with Gator
  • an extended scene where Dawn gives Taffy the address of her father, Earl Peterson
  • extra footage of Earl making a sandwich with the knife that Taffy later uses to kill him
  • an extended version of the scene where Taffy arrives to set Aunt Ida free from the bird cage, after which Ida invites Taffy to move in with her and become a lesbian. Additionally, a lot of the footage of Dawn in the jail cell has been cut, as is the scene where she is chased through the woods of Maryland by the police. Finally, there is an actual credit sequence after Dawn's electrocution, which features an eerie reprisal of the theme song sung by Divine.
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Connections

Featured in Divine Trash (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Female Trouble
Sung by Divine
Music by Bob Harvey
Lyrics by John Waters
Arranged by Don Cooke
Published by Pentagram
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The Most Realized of Waters films.
5 October 2003 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Female Trouble marks the last time the Waters' Dreamland crew works together. Divine plays two characters Dawn Davenport and Earl. This has to be Divine's finest hour in acting. Waters' subject matter and themes presented in this film still hold true to this day. This is my favorite John Waters film. He balances the humor and gross out set pieces perfectly. They compliment each other instead of overpowering one another. John Waters obsession with serial killers and their ilk is strongly represented here.

Female Trouble was shot on 16mm , in color and has been shown in several different running times.

Highly recommended.

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