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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

Writer:

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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A high point in low taste. 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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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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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:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

It took three people to squeeze Edith Massey into her black leather S&M outfit. See more »

Goofs

When Dawn returns home from hospital with the Dashers and unwraps the birdcage containing Aunt Ida, Donald instructs her to, 'Cut off the hand that threw the acid!' Dawn then chops off Ida's left hand. Ida, however, threw the acid with her right hand. See more »

Quotes

[after sticking a carrot in Dawn's mouth at the moment of sexual climax]
Gator: I got off on it! I really got off on it!
Dawn Davenport: Oh DID you? Well, hip hip hooray for your cheap climax! What about ME, fuck face?
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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 European cut of the film, which has actually circulated in the United States at Midnight film festivals, features a slightly different cut of the film with different scenes, including:
  • more interaction between the hairdressers in the Lipstick Beauty salon.
  • a scene where Dawn has a discussion with Vicki (the receptionist) about her failing marriage with Gator
  • an extended scene where Dawn gives Taffy the address of her father, Earl Peterson
  • extra footage of Earl making a sandwich with the knife that Taffy later uses to kill him
  • an extended version of the scene where Taffy arrives to set Aunt Ida free from the bird cage, after which Ida invites Taffy to move in with her and become a lesbian. Additionally, a lot of the footage of Dawn in the jail cell has been cut, as is the scene where she is chased through the woods of Maryland by the police. Finally, there is an actual credit sequence after Dawn's electrocution, which features an eerie reprisal of the theme song sung by Divine.
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Referenced in Discovering 'Evil Dead' (2002) 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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A film so perfect, it's revolting
19 November 1999 | by zmaturinSee all my reviews

"Female Trouble" is one of John Water's best movies, probably the best of his pre-respectable (read: pre-"Hairspray") flicks. Posessing a much more strong (and bizarre) plotline than the also brilliant "Pink Flamingos", "Female Trouble" documents the exploits of Dawn Davenport, a horrible juvenial delinquent turned criminal played by the unbeatable Divine.

This was Water's last film to features his entire original ensemble of actors (Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pierce, and Edith Massey) and each has a memorable and hilarious role. Stole steals the show as Dawn's "retarded" 14 year old daughter, but Edith Massey is also great as Aunt Ida, who constantly urges her nephew Gator to turn gay ("The world of the heterosexual is a sick and boring life!").

The scene where Dawn hits Ida on the head with a fish is worth the whole price of admission. Recommended!!!


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