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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

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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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Divine Returns! with the whole "Pink Flamingos" gang in John Waters' Female Trouble 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 Taffy throws a tantrum and is taken to the bed in the attic, she reaches for the manacles although she is being restrained against her will. See more »

Quotes

Concetta: I got a knife here in my pockybook and I'm gonna cut you up after class.
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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 initial 16mm release of the film which was shown at colleges ran 92 minutes. However, when the film was blown up to 35mm and shown theatrically, it was cut to 89 minutes. This version was the only version seen for many years. However, a recent restoration was done of the original cut, which ran 97 minutes (it played at this length in Europe, however, since its initial release). The 97 minute version was shown in only selected theatres and is included on the DVD set, paired with PINK FLAMINGOS. This version also has a soundtrack remixed in stereo surround. The 97 minute version contains some additional scenes, including the chase through the woods, as well as an appearance by Sally Albaugh (aka Sally Turner) as Sally, a customer in the Lipstick Beauty Salon. Albaugh served also as Divine's double in the junkyard love-making scene between Dawn Davenport and Earl Peterson. See more »

Connections

References Pink Flamingos (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Yogi
Written by Bill Black
Performed by Bill Black's Combo (as Bill Black Combo)
Courtesy of Hi Records
under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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John Waters' masterpiece
27 March 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

John Waters fans usually acknowledge "Desperate Living" as John Waters' true masterpiece of filmmaking. Just one problem with that film: no Divine! Sure, "Desperate Living" is a great film, but Divine is just someone that goes hand-in-hand with Waters (like Joe Dallesandro with Paul Morrissey). Even though "Female Trouble" is lesser known than "Desperate Living" or "Pink Flamingos", it is better than those two films put together! John Waters' first film with an actual coherent script and plotline, Divine gives the performance of her career as Dawn Davenport, the juvenile delinquent turned full-time criminal. All of the best Waters alumni are here (only missing later star Jean Hill) and are their best: David Lochary as Donald Dasher, Mary Vivian Pearce as Donna Dasher, Mink Stole as Taffy, Cookie Mueller and Susan Walsh as Dawn's sleazy cohorts, Susan Lowe as a bitchy secretary, and last but definitely not least, Edith Massey as bizarro Aunt Ida! Anyone even remotely interested in why Waters is world-reknowned as the Prince of Puke should start here; it's not too mainstream for Waters fanatics and not TOO bizarre for the mainstream crowd who love him for "Hairspray" and "Pecker". "Female Trouble" features Waters' best writing to date (50% of the lines are instant classics), best costume design, best set design, and best gimmick (Divine raping "himself"!). Even though this is the pinnacle of John Waters' career, it is still pretty hard to find on video. A re-release is in the works for sometime this year to coincide with Waters' new movie "Cecil B. Demented", followed by a welcome video release. This new version will include enhanced video and audio quality and plenty of long-lost scenes!!! A European cut is available from Castle Video, featuring much of the lost footage promised for this year's re-release!


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