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Polyester ()


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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... See more »

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Francine Fishpaw
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Todd Tomorrow
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Cuddles Kovinsky
David Samson ...
Elmer Fishpaw
Mary Garlington ...
Lu-Lu Fishpaw
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Dexter Fishpaw
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Sandra Sullivan
Joni Ruth White ...
La Rue
Hans Kramm ...
Heintz
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Bo-Bo Belsinger
Rick Breitenfeld ...
Dr. Arnold Quackenshaw
Michael Watson ...
Freddy Ashton
Derek Neal ...
Pimp
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Gospel Bus Hijacker
Jim Hill ...
Picket Reporter
John Brothers ...
TV News Announcer
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Nun A
Sharon Niesp ...
Nun B
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Betty Lalinski
Marina Melin ...
Supermarket Victim
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Mall Victim
Tom Diventi ...
Bo-Bo's Friend
George Hulse ...
School Principal
Tony Parkham ...
Teenage Witness
Paul Holland ...
Pizza Man Lover
Alberto Panella ...
Pizza Man 2
Frank Tamburo ...
Pizza Man 3
Nancy Morgan ...
Alcoholic Leader
Keats Smith ...
Boutique Saleslady
Gordon Kamka ...
Detective A
David Klein ...
Detective B
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Press A
Steve Yeager ...
Press B
Marv Egoff ...
Press C
John De La Vega ...
Press D
Chuck Yeaton ...
Hospital Reporter
George Udell ...
Jewish Man
Mrs. Horner ...
Oriential Woman
Katie Casey ...
Nurse
Gail Kondylas ...
Pregnant Girl
Judith Klein ...
Woman Clipping Nails
Alan Hauser ...
Deb Announcer
Garey Lambert ...
Abortion Picket
Lynda Lambert ...
Abortion Picket
Dorothy Braudy ...
Abortion Picket
George Figgs ...
Abortion Picket
Leo Braudy ...
Abortion Picket
Pat Figgs ...
Abortion Picket
Joan Insley ...
Abortion Picket
Sam Insley ...
Abortion Picket
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Porno Picket
Kitty Samson ...
Porno Picket
Stuart Rome ...
Porno Picket
Paula Rome ...
Porno Picket
Steve Waters ...
Porno Picket
Treva Barnes ...
Porno Picket
Sharon Waters ...
Porno Picket
Anne Mallory ...
Porno Picket
John Allen ...
Porno Picket
Jay Allen ...
Porno Picket
Tommy Allen ...
Porno Picket
Hilary Aidus ...
Porno Picket
Joan Erbe ...
Porno Picket
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay Bennett ...
Bus passenger (uncredited)
Rocky Collins ...
Bus passenger (uncredited)
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Man leaving Charles Theatre (uncredited)
Bernard Jay ...
Doorman at the Edmondson (uncredited)
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Journalist on TV News (uncredited)
Karl Otter ...
TV Reporter at Movie Theatre (uncredited)
Charles Roggero ...
Bus passenger (uncredited)
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Pregnant Teen (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Waters

Written by

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John Waters ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert Maier ... line producer
Sara Risher ... associate producer
Robert Shaye ... executive producer
John Waters ... producer

Music by

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Michael Kamen

Cinematography by

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Dave Insley ... (as David Insley)

Film Editing by

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Charles Roggero

Editorial Department

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Rocky Collins ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Pat Moran

Art Direction by

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Vincent Peranio

Set Decoration by

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Beth Sheldon

Costume Design by

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Van Smith

Makeup Department

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Christine Mason ... hair stylist
Van Smith ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Robert Maier ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Pat Moran ... assistant director

Art Department

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Dolores Deluce ... assistant art director (as Dolores DeLuxe)
Shawn Moran ... prop vehicles
Cathy Puig ... prop vehicles
Beth Sheldon ... set director (as Beth Holmes)
Steve Walker ... property master (as Steven Walker)

Sound Department

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Rocky Collins ... assistant sound editor
Stuart Deutsch ... boom operator
Elizabeth Kling ... assistant sound editor
Darren Kloomok ... assistant sound editor
Skip Lievsay ... sound editor
Steven J. Rogers ... production sound mixer

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David W. Donoho ... gunshot effects (as David Donoho)
Rob E. Holland ... gunshot wound effects
John Luckacovic ... assistant to Robert E. Holland

Camera and Electrical Department

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Steve Apicella ... video assist operator
Garrett Brown ... steadicam operator
Larry Dean ... still photographer
Robert W. Dorsey ... second electrician (as Robert Dorsey)
Arthur Eng ... assistant camera
Bill Porter ... gaffer
Mike Spera ... consultant: Arriflex camera
Stewart Stack ... key grip
David Warfield ... grip

Animation Department

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Rory Kelleher ... animator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jay Bennett ... dresser

Music Department

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Art Baron ... musician: tamborine
Bill Dern ... musician: banjo
Jimmy Destri ... musician: keyboards
Lenny Ferrari ... musician: drums
Irving Fields ... musician: acoustic bass
Michael Kamen ... musician: keyboards and oboe
Jeffrey Lyons ... musician: oboe and duck
Charlie Miller ... musician: trumpet
Walter Steding ... musician: violins
Chris Stein ... musician: guitar and bass
Bruce Tergesen ... music mixer

Other crew

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Jim Blevins ... production assistant
Jerry Buhai ... consultant: "Odorama"
John Heyn ... production assistant
Garey Lambert ... dailies projectionist
Alan Rose ... title designer
Rachel Talalay ... production assistant
Alan Treadwell ... production assistant
Michael White ... associate presenter
Chuck Yeaton ... bookkeeper (as Charles Yeaton)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines It'll Blow Your Nose! See more »
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Also Known As
  • John Waters' Polyester (Australia)
  • Полиэстер (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Hullu haiseva maailma (Finland)
  • Poliester (Romania)
  • Poliészter (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 86 min
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Budget $300,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The look of the film was influenced by the work of 1950s director Douglas Sirk. See more »
Goofs In the opening scene in the living room, as the Fishpaws are arguing, a boom mic is visible. This was corrected for later DVD releases. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in This Is Elvis, Bustin' Loose, Atlantic City, The Four Seasons (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Polyester See more »
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 »
Quotes School Principal: Is Dexter ill today?
Francine Fishpaw: Why, no, Mr. Kirk. Dexter's in school.
School Principal: I'm afraid he's not, Mrs. Fishpaw. Dexter's truancy problem is way out of hand, and the Baltimore County School Board have decided to expel Dexter from the entire public school system.
Francine Fishpaw: Why Mr. Kirk - I'm as upset as you to learn of Dexter's truancy - but surely expulsion is not the answer?
School Principal: I'm afraid expulsion is the only answer. It is the opinion of the entire staff that Dexter is criminally insane...
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