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Mondo Trasho (1969)

Mondo Trasho




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This bizarre John Waters' film covers a day in the life of a young woman (Mary Vivian Pearce). She is run over with a car by Divine, the three hundred pound transvestite. She recalls memories of her two evil stepsisters, meets a shrimper, runs away from a man with a shoe fetish and witnesses a laundromat miracle. Thrown into an insane asylum. she escapes only to be knifed to death in a pig sty. This satirical look at sex and violence is in color, but the process is not listed. Waters would gain a growing reputation in the years to follow as a cinematic purveyor of the crude and tasteless. He completed this production ffor only $2,000.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Special Interest, Cult Movies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 1989


Chris Atkinson
as Attendant
as Portly bombshell
John Leisenring
as Foot fetishist
David Lochary
as Dr. Coathanger
Mary Vivian Pearce
as Fashion fanatic
Mink Stole
as Institution inmate
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Critic Reviews for Mondo Trasho

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A dry run for Waters' later outlaw-salvos, a bit of utterly ballsy dissonance, to be seen, heard, felt, suffered through

Full Review… | March 13, 2010

memorable only as the first serious outing of one of America's most provocative, fiery, satirical, and ultimately hilarious filmmakers

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

Viewer discretion is advised

Full Review… | February 13, 2001

July 2, 2005

Audience Reviews for Mondo Trasho


My least favourite of the John Waters' films, amateurish and only bits were funny. I found it quite disturbing to be honest

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


I found it kind of boring, but it's hard to judge this film accurately 'cause it's so weird. I only cared about Divine, really.


If you get past the first 5minutes you've done pretty well. Still shocking and challenging to watch Waters created an interesting art-house flick with an all music soundtrack replacing any voice work. All Waters later elements are here with strong emphasis on perceived sexual, moral and social deviancy.

An interesing look as underground film making in the 60's and for Waters fans an early look at many of his Dreamlanders first film roles.

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