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Pink Flamingos (1972)

Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".

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Suzie
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Linda
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Patty Hitler (Party Guest In Nazi Uniform)
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Bob Skidmore ...
Delivery Boy
Pat Lefaiver ...
First Lesbian (as Pat LeFaiver)
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Sleaze queen Divine lives in a caravan with her mad hippie son Crackers and her 250-pound mother Mama Edie, trying to rest quietly on their laurels as 'the filthiest people alive'. But competition is brewing in the form of Connie and Raymond Marble, who sell heroin to schoolchildren and kidnap and impregnate female hitchhikers, selling the babies to lesbian couples. Finally, they challenge Divine directly, and battle commences... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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An exercise in poor taste. See more »

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Rated NC-17 for a wide range of perversions in explicit detail | See all certifications »

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October 1979 (West Germany)  »

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Budget:

$10,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,188 (USA) (11 April 1997)

Gross:

$180,483 (USA) (18 April 1997)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to director John Waters, the film's budget was so tight, that he could not afford "A" and "B" reels. The work print was in effect the master copy. See more »

Goofs

During a tracking shot along a sidewalk, the window frame of the camera car enters the shot. See more »

Quotes

Divine: Now we must outfilth the asshole or assholes that sent us this, and then they must die!
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Crazy Credits

For Sadie, Katie, and Les- February 1972 (The Manson Family members Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten. February 1972 was the month when the California State Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in California (it was later reinstated), reducing the sentences of the convicted Manson Family members to life imprisonment.) See more »

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Referenced in Love Letter to Edie (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

(How Much Is) That Doggie In the Window
Written by Bob Merrill
Performed by Patti Page
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville Records
by Arrangement with PolyGram Film and TV Licensing
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Y'all Ain't Ready For This...
1 November 2000 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

There is no film to put beside Pink Flamingos by way of comparison. It is a film genre of it's own. I read and hear reviews of this movie that express disgust and horror and I picture John Waters chuckling. This was the intent, it was meant to upset the status quo and in "politically correct" times that we live in, isn't it a small surprise to see this film come to the forefront again? This is a movie that will freak out the uptight for as long as it exists in any media. It was meant to. As much as "Clockwork Orange" talked about "ultraviolence" this movie is all about ultra-bad taste. We can numb ourselves to sex and violence but Pink Flamingos is a movie you just will never get used to. There will be something in this movie that will get to you. As a last resort to make sure everyone is offended before you leave the theatre, John includes the always discussed poodle scene. No reason for this scene, except to make sure he gets you and also to make sure you leave talking about it. Obviously filmed on a budget, and using Water's stock cast, this is a movie simply about a contest to see who are the filthiest people alive. All the characters are bizarre in one way or another. This movie reminds me of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in that everyone in the film has something odd about them and both movies joyfully celebrate these uniquenesses. Not a movie to buy for Mom on Mother's Day... but worth seeing just to say you did.


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