Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pink Flamingos

1972 American Feature

Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mink Stole, Mary Vivian Pearce, Danny Mills, Cookie Mueller, Channing Wilroy and Edith Massey
Writer/Director: John Waters

With the title of "Filthiest Person Alive" at stake, the notorious Divine (alias Babs Johnson) faces stiff competition from the vile Marble clan in an unbridled assault on every taboo in the book.


  • Internet Movie Database: 5.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 82% / Audience: 72%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • When Pink Flamingos was initially released, it was highly controversy due to the wide range of perverse acts performed (or at least suggested) onscreen (such as cannibalism, emasculation, exhibitionism, voyeurism and, most infamously, coprophagia). It has since become one of the most notorious films ever made and made drag icon Divine an underground superstar.
  • As well as writing, directing and producing this film, John Waters also shot, edited and composed it, plus served as the film's narrator, Mr. J. Waters has stated "I was high when I wrote this film. I was not high when I made it."
  • Elizabeth Coffey, who played the "Chick with a Dick", was a pre-op male-to-female transsexual who had already undergone hormone therapy to develop breasts and female features at the time of filming. She had gender reassignment surgery a week to the day her scene was filmed, and played a female character in Waters' next film, Female Trouble.
  • At his request, the "Singing Asshole" is not credited, and John Waters maintains that he "certainly will remain nameless. It's his choice." This individual does, however, apparently still disclose his involvement in the film to friends.
  • The film was initially banned in Australia, as well as in Norway and some provinces in Canada.
  • As with El Topo before it and The Rocky Horror Picture Show after, Pink Flamingos was widely seen and gained most of its fame and cult status as a midnight movie. Theater patrons often received free "Pink Phlegmingo" barf bags.
  • John Waters considered making a sequel, titled Flamingos Forever, which would have taken place fifteen years after the action of the original film. Troma Entertainment offered to finance the picture, but it was never made, as Divine refused to be involved, and Edith Massey died in 1984. The screenplay is available with those of Pink Flamingos and Desperate Living in a collection entitled Trash Trio.
  • In 1997, the film was re-released in theaters for the film's 25th anniversary. The new version featured an improved stereo soundtrack, a video commentary by John Waters and 15 minutes of deleted scenes. The re-release version, which was rated NC-17 by the Motion Picture Association of America, was later released on a special edition DVD.
  • Ranked #5 on Entertainment Weekly's 2003 list of "The Top 50 Cult Movies".

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