Female Trouble

Female Trouble

Director: John Waters Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce

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A riotously funny bad-taste epic from director John Waters, Baltimore's "Prince of Puke," this sick classic tells the depraved life story of obese criminal Dawn Davenport (Divine), from her bad-girl youth as a go-go dancer on Baltimore's infamous Block to her death in the electric chair. Mink Stole is terrific as Dawn's bratty daughter Taffy, conceived following a romp on a junkyard mattress with a fat derelict in soiled underpants (also played by Divine). Mary Vivian Pearce and David Lochary co-star as crazed owners of a beauty-parlor who are convinced that "crime equals beauty," and they take Dawn under their wings, forcing her to mainline liquid eyeliner to enhance her appeal. Edith Massey steals the film as Dawn's obsessive neighbor, Ida, who wants her nephew to be gay (because heterosexuals lead "sick and boring lives") and throws acid in Dawn's face when she marries him. A hilariously appalling film, Female Trouble is just as disgusting and far funnier than Waters' previous Pink Flamingos, if not as notorious.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2018
UPC: 0715515216616
Original Release: 1974
Rating: NC-17
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 13,694

Special Features

Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Waters; New conversation between Waters and critic Dennis Lim; New and archival interviews with cast and crew members Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Susan Lowe, Mary Vivian Pearce, Hilary Taylor, and Van Smith; Interview from 1975 featuring Waters and cast members Divine, Stole, and David Lochary; Deleted scenes and alternate takes; Exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary footage by Steve Yeager

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Divine Dawn Davenport,Earl Peterson
David Lochary Donald Dasher
Mary Vivian Pearce Donna Dasher
Mink Stole Taffy Davenport
Edith Massey Ida Nelson
Cookie Mueller Concetta
Susan Walsh Chiclett
Michael Potter Gater
Ed Peranio Wink
Paul Swift Butterfly
George Figgs Dribbles
Susan Lowe Vikki
George Hulse Teacher
Roland Hertz Dawn's Father
Betty Woods Dawn's Mother
Hilary Taylor Taffy as Child
Channing Wilroy Prosecutor
Seymour Avigdor Defense Lawyer
Elizabeth Coffey Earnestine
Danny Mills Actor
Sally Turner Divine's double

Technical Credits
John Waters Director,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Roggero Editor
Van Smith Costumes/Costume Designer

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Female Trouble 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Female Trouble is an epic, it begins with the childhood of our main charecrter Dawn Davenport and follows her entire life right up to her death. People ask me why I love FT so much and the answer is simply, I've seen a ton of films in my life and this was the only one that I had no idea what was going to happen next. There's underground beauty parlors, acid burns, bondage, child abuse, torture, murder, Krishnas, trampolines, mohawks, electric chairs, cults, fashion, fashion, and more fashion. Not for the faint of heart FT is a rollercoaster ride acid trip full on party of a film. It also is the only time an actor raped themself in a film, but hopefully not the last time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is John Water's funniest and best constructed comedy of his underground period. Outrageous and Hysterical are two words that are too tame to describe this rollicking and freewheeling exercise in very un-PC moviemaking. Divine, as always, is a delight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago