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Polyester (1981)

R | | Comedy | 29 May 1981 (USA)
A suburban housewife's world falls apart when she finds that her pornographer husband is serially unfaithful to her, her daughter is pregnant, and her son is suspected of being the foot-fetishist who's been breaking local women's feet.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Francine Fishpaw
... Todd Tomorrow
... Cuddles Kovinsky
David Samson ... Elmer Fishpaw
Mary Garlington ... Lu-Lu Fishpaw
... Dexter Fishpaw
... Sandra Sullivan
Joni Ruth White ... La Rue
Hans Kramm ... Heintz
Stiv Bators ... Bo-Bo Belsinger
Rick Breitenfeld ... Dr. Arnold Quackenshaw
Michael Watson ... Freddy Ashton
Derek Neal ... Pimp
... Gospel Bus Hijacker
Jim Hill ... Picket Reporter
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Francine Fishpaw is an upper middle class suburban housewife in Baltimore. Unfortunately for this "good Christian woman", the money to support her lifestyle comes from her husband's porno theater, the neighbors are protesting, her son is the notorious "Baltimore Stomper", her daughter is knocked up by a local hoodlum, and her husband is having an affair with his secretary. Written by Stephen J. LeBlanc <sjl@townsend.com>

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On the film's audio commentary with director John Waters recorded for the movie's DVD release in 2004 he voiced his pleasure at having had audiences to go out and actually "pay to smell sh**." See more »

Goofs

When Dexter's principal calls Francine, Francine starts acting as if he's hung up on her before he's even said goodbye. See more »

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Cuddles Kovinsky: This house is just like Architectural Digest, Francine!
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, the title song "Polyester" describes the action seen on screen, leading the audience through a helicopter shot of the suburbs into Francine's house (commenting on its French Provincial decor) and upstairs to meet her. See more »


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Polyester
(Title Song)
Words and music by Chris Stein and Debbie Harry
Vocals by Tab Hunter
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Easily one of Waters most hilarious films.
13 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I love John Waters movies. Whether it's his old or new films. He has his own strange sense of humor. In "Polyester" Devine plays down to earth overweight housewife Francine Fishpaw. Poor Francine, her husband who runs the local porn theater (pronounced thee-ater) is having an affair. Her own mother insults her constantly, her son is a glue sniffer with a foot stomping fetish and her daughter Lu-Lu is a teen rebel with an unwanted pregnancy. The only true friend Francine has is Cuddles, played by the always hilarious Edith Masey. Francine's soap opera like life spins out of control resulting in alcoholism and depression. This movie is filmed in oder-rama and the DVD comes with a scratch and sniff scent card. If you need a good laugh, you should definitely see "Polyester". And who could forget the words of young Lu-Lu? "I'm having an abortion, and I can't wait!" Don't wait .... to see this movie.


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