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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
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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 »
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.
God bless John Waters. He's made some of the best, crudest feel-good movies, and this is one of his crowning achievements. It's amazing how his film, ugly-looking and full of lipstick-smeared freaks, can feel positive and upbeat; while he's mocking everything in sight, he doesn't stand back and protect himself with irony or winks -- he jumps right in there, and that involvement, that energy, is easy to see and feel. It's amazing that he can feature masturbation with needle-nose pliers, beating a child with a chair, a game of "car accident," and Divine literally screwing himself and not have it be off-putting.
The very idea that Waters uses a fat transvestite with a beehive hairdo to illustrate his scorn for school shows he's not so interested in subtlety. And Divine is awesome, as always, his prissy, gravely scream -- a freak you want on your side. This is one of Waters' best satirical attempts -- there are digs at hippies and Hare Krishnas, and two scenes in particular are very prophetic: the gay encouraging, and the killing for art. Waters even mocks his own shameless exhibitionism in the testimony of the Dashers. 9/10
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