Mondo Trasho (1969)




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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.
Comedy , Cult Movies , Special Interest
In Theaters:


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 (6)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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

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July 2, 2005

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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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Full Review… | July 25, 2001

Audience Reviews for Mondo Trasho


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.

Diana Ruiz
Diana Ruiz

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.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

Funny piece of crap. Divine is, as usual, great. I specially loved the Virgin Mary apparitions. The film goes nowhere and that's just good enough for me.

Dr. AlphonSeuss
Dr. AlphonSeuss

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