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Pink Flamingos (1972)

Pink Flamingos




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Several truly disgusting individuals, including 300-pound Babs (played by transvestive Divine), compete for the title of "The World's Filthiest Person" in this infamous exercise in bad taste. John Waters' cult classic is both hilarious and repulsive; only the strong-hearted should stick around for the notorious final scene.more
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Waters
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On DVD: Jun 14, 2005
New Line Cinema


as Divine/Babs Johnson
Mink Stole
as Connie Marble
Danny Mills
as Crackers
Edith Massey
as Miss Edie
Paul Swift
as The Egg Man
Susan Walsh
as Suzie, Blonde in Ba...
David Lochary
as Raymond Marble
Linda Olgeirson
as Linda, Brunette in ...
Elizabeth Coffey
as Transexual in Park
Margie Skidmore
as Brunette in Park
Berenica Cipcus
as Blonde in Park
Max Mueller
as Noodles
Pat Moran
as Patty Hitler (Party ...
Jack Walsh
as Party Guest
Bob Skidmore
as Delivery Boy
Pat LeFaiver
as First Lesbian
Jackie Sidel
as Party Guest
Julie Munshauer
as Party Guest
Steve Yeager
as Nat Curzan from "The...
Nancy Crystal
as Sandy Sandstone
George Figgs
as Bongo player
John Oden
as Onlooker
George Stoll
as Onlooker
David Gluck
as Onlooker
Iris Burman
as Party Guest
Randy Burman
as Party Guest
Don Blumberg
as Party Guest
Vince Peranio
as Musician at party
Bob Adams
as Police officer who g...
Mark Lazarus
as Officer
David Layman
as Party Guest
Caitriona Maloney
as Party Guest
Richard Keller
as Cab Driver
Charlie Swope
as Party Guest
Barry Golome
as Party Guest
Ed Peranio
as Party Guest
Elia Katz
as Army Guy
Billy Davis
as Party Guest
Howard Gruber
as Party guest sniffing...
Van Smith
as Guest at party in dr...
Chuck Yeaton
as Deli clerk
Laurie Birnbaum
as Party Guest
Lenny Taylor
as Party Guest
Mark Isherwood
as Party Guest
Sandy Damm
as Party Guest
Alan Reese
as Party Guest
Alberta Reese
as Party Guest
Cowboy Foulke
as Party Guest
David Sander
as Party Guest
Brigitte Grey
as Party Guest
Ellis Clark
as Party Guest
Joe Wilepski
as Party Guest
Jimmy Hutzler
as Party Guest
Paul Landis
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Pink Flamingos

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (8)

Seeing this movie seemed like having a dream of home, and the world of the movie made me feel like I'd found my true home.

Full Review… | August 17, 2015
Electric Sheep

It will take patience and a strong stomach to sit through, to 'take,' the whole.

Full Review… | September 18, 2014
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Pink Flamingos" remains to this day the most cogently transgressive and anarchic film ever made.

Full Review… | July 13, 2014

Waters demonstrates visual talent and entertains

Full Review… | February 9, 2013
Old School Reviews

But what made Waters unique was the joyous quality of his work, the wicked delight he took in trashy obscenity.

Full Review… | July 28, 2012

This bad-taste comedy put John Waters on the map as the propeht of low budget, trashy but signficant indie films

Full Review… | June 18, 2011

Audience Reviews for Pink Flamingos


A couple who keep impregnated women chained in their cellar so they can sell the babies to lesbians for adoption try to challenge Divine for the title of "filthiest person alive." Contains every kind of cruelty, obscenity and freak show behavior you can imagine, notoriously including unsimulated coprophagia and chickens killed during sex. There is some value in pushing the envelope so you can see where the line should be, but even John Waters realized he had gone too far with this one.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

John Waters most famous film, Pink Flamingos is an awful piece of crap that is just poorly constructed with a poorly thought plot, which really doesn't make sense, and really bad cast. This is pure Exploitation done wrong. I've seen my fair share of Exploitation pictures, but this one ranks as the worst. I really don't understand as to why this film has gotten praise. This film was trash, and a poor waste of film. There is little substance here to really make it worth seeing, and the content is despicable and it's just for shock value. This is not a film classic by any means, and it doesn't deserve the praise it has gotten. Trash films are fun, I mean look at what Trauma has done. However this is just a disturbing piece of garbage that should not be watched at all costs. I was curious about this film, as I've heard plenty of things about it, how it was a milestone of cinema and such. However, when I unfortunately ended up watching it, I really didn't get the hype. Waters exposes us to every taboo there is, purely for shock value. The film leaves asking questions, as to why this crap would be made. This is not landmark cinema, and it really a picture that exhibits poor taste. The success of Pink Flamingos on the midnight film circuit is surprising. Aside from sheer shock content, the film is boring with nothing interesting going for it. I really don't see what's funny with Pink Flamingos, and it is a poorly constructed film that never should have been made.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

An outrageous and repulsive exercise in bad taste whose only infantile objective is to leave you disgusted as if eating dog shit yourself. It is not funny, the acting is horrible and John Waters only proves he is an awful director with his trashy zooms and camera movements.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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