Pink Flamingos

1972

Pink Flamingos

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Renegade filmmaker and noted aficionado of expressive bad taste John Waters exploded into international infamy with this darkly comic, no-budget parade of the perverse (his third feature film, and first in color), in which plus-size cross-dresser Divine stars as Babs Johnson, a flashy criminal on the lam from the FBI who is hiding out in a trailer outside of Baltimore, MD. Accompanying Babs are her mother (Edith Massey), an obese and dim-witted woman who is malignly obsessed with eggs; her degenerate son, Crackers (Danny Mills); and Cotton (Mary Vivian Pierce), Babs' duplicitous "traveling companion" and Crackers' co-conspirator in unwholesome erotic play. While Babs would prefer to be left in peace, she takes great pride in her status as "the Filthiest Person Alive" (an honor confirmed by one of America's sleazier tabloid newspapers), and when Connie and Raymond Marble (Mink Stole and David Lochary) announce their plans to take the title away from her, Babs is not about to stand idly by. The Marbles are a hateful couple who kidnap women, force their homosexual manservant, Channing (Channing Wilroy), to impregnate them, and sell the babies to lesbian couples found unfit for legal adoption; the Marbles then turn the profits back into pornography and narcotics trafficking. Impressive stuff, to be sure, but Babs is not about to take a back seat to anyone in a battle of filth, and when the Marbles throw down the gauntlet, Babs and her family retaliate in a no-holds-barred battle to determine who truly are "the Filthiest People Alive." Featuring murder, bestiality, rape, dismemberment, coprophagia, a dizzying variety of sexual perversions, and a performance of "Papa Oom Mow Mow" you will not soon forget, Pink Flamingos is nonetheless a comedy, and a surprisingly successful one; shot on a budget of only 12,000 dollars, the film has grossed close to ten million dollars around the world, and its success launched John Waters into a career as America's leading authority on poor taste.

Cast

Divine
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 Basement
David Lochary
as Raymond Marble
Linda Olgeirson
as Linda, Brunette in Basement
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 Guest In Nazi Uniform)
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 Tattler"
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 gets shot
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 popper
Van Smith
as Guest at party in drag
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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