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Desperate Living (1977)

A neurotic society woman murders her husband with the help of her maid and, on the lam, escape to Mortville, a homeless community ruled over by a fascist queen.

Director:

John Waters

Writer:

John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liz Renay ... Muffy St. Jacques
Mink Stole ... Peggy Gravel
Susan Lowe ... Mole McHenry
Edith Massey ... Queen Carlotta
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Princess Coo-Coo
Jean Hill ... Grizelda Brown
Brook Yeaton ... Bosley Jr. (as Brook Blake)
Karen Gerwig Karen Gerwig ... Beth
Jay Allan Jay Allan ... Kid
Al Strapelli Al Strapelli ... Doctor Evans
George Stover ... Bosley Gravel
Turkey Joe Turkey Joe ... Motorcycle Cop
Willie Brooks Willie Brooks ... Pieman
James Yeaton James Yeaton ... Dead Bum
Ed Peranio Ed Peranio ... Lieutenant Wilson
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Storyline

A rich housewife murders her husband with the help of her overweight maid, and the two go on the run, ending up in Mortville, a town providing refuge for criminals. They shack up with a lesbian ex-wrestler and her murderess lover, before running into the tyrannical Queen Carlotta, ruler of Mortville... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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It isn't very pretty.....


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Trivia

The flashback of the babysitter throwing a party is based on the sort of prank John Waters would pull when he babysat in high school. See more »

Goofs

When Mole first meets Peggy and Grizelda she tells them that there are no toilets in Mortville, but at the lesbian bar there are toilets, where Peggy is harassed by the 'bathroom pervert'. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Paul: This Backwards Day's a lot of shit, ain't it?
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Crazy Credits

Desperate Living's opening credits appear beside an overhead shot of a formal table setting, in which a maid serves a cooked rat as the main course, which is salted and eaten. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Italy, the film was heavily dubbed, censored, and retitled "Punk Story." See more »

Connections

Spoofs Town Without Pity (1961) See more »

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Favorite Move in the Entire World
27 January 2004 | by djmamacSee all my reviews

Well maybe it's a toss up with this and Female Trouble but I saw and loved this one first. Mink Stole should have shelves and shelves of Oscars. I know the entire script to this and I named my cat after Grizelda. John Waters is a genious. I love his trashy shock value humor. The dialogue is absolutely amazing. I'll never get sick of this movie and I make all my new friends watch it as a test of how cool they are...

You can lick my royal hemorrhoids you fat pig!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mortville See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Charm City Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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