Pink Flamingos


1h 35m 1974

Brief Synopsis

Taking on and demolishing just about every known middle-class value, a comedy about which concerns itself with a competition for the filthiest person alive. The contestants: Divine, who lives in a trailer with her egg-fixated mama Edie, her sex-obsessed son Crackers, and his voyeuristic travelling companion Cotton, along with Raymond and Connie Marble.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
1974
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES; Fine Line Features

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Dolby (1997 re-release), Mono
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

Taking on and demolishing just about every known middle-class value, a comedy about which concerns itself with a competition for the filthiest person alive. The contestants: Divine, who lives in a trailer with her egg-fixated mama Edie, her sex-obsessed son Crackers, and his voyeuristic travelling companion Cotton, along with Raymond and Connie Marble.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
1974
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES; Fine Line Features

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Dolby (1997 re-release), Mono
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Quotes

Let's move to Boise, I always wanted to go there!
- Cotton
Boise, Cotton? Well that might not be a bad plan!
- Babs Johnson
Were you ever there?
- Crackers
Only once, we robbed a transit bus there, remember?
- Cotton
I remember, the number 42!
- Babs Johnson
Kill everyone now! Condone first degree murder! Advocate cannibalism! Eat shit! Filth is my politics! Filth is my life!
- Babs Johnson
Do my balls, Mama.
- Crackers
Well why did you hold me up for so long? Why did you keep asking me to come back? I had another job I could have taken. How could I have gotten information about this Divine you talk of? I don't know her! You could have given me some lead as to how I could have gathered this data you wanted about her. You lead me to believe I had this job.
- Sandy Sandstone
Well, Miss Sandstone, Miss uh... SANDY Sandtone, you just must have been wrong in your assumptions, weren't you? I mean, surely you've heard the expression 'don't count your chickens'? Well, APPLY IT!
- Connie Marble
You're a real CUNT, do you know that? A real fucking CUNT! How can you be so shitty to people? How can you STAND yourself?
- Sandy Sandstone
I guess there's just two kinds of people, Miss Sandstone: MY kind of people, and assholes. It's rather obvious which category you fit into. Have a nice day.
- Connie Marble
(flipping her off) Eat the bird, bitch!
- Sandy Sandstone
Look, Babs. So many little eggies, and I'm still starving, and I'm going to eat them all before I go to sleepie.
- Miss Edie

Trivia

Director John Waters wrote a sequel to this film, entitled "Flamingos Forever." It takes place 15 years after the action of the original film, showing Babs' return to Baltimore with Cotton, Crackers, Miss Edie, and her new grandson Dwayne, an 8-year-old transvestite. Their foe in this film is Vera Venninger, Connie Marble's sister, and her husband, Wilbur, a necrophile who runs a mortuary. Troma Films offered to finance the picture for $600,000 but it was never made because of the death of Edith Massey, and later that of 'Divine' , whose roles were integral to the plot. The screenplay to this work is available with those of Pink Flamingos (1972) and Desperate Living (1977) in a collection entitled "Trash Trio."

The dog feces in the infamous final scene are real. According to director John Waters, the dog was fed steak for three days beforehand.

In one of the scenes of Divine sashaying through Baltimore, she walks past graffiti that says "Free Tex Watson". There is also a framed picture of Susan Atkins (Sadie Mae Glutz) in Connie and Raymond's apartment.

Filming only took place on weekends; John Waters raised money during the week.

The house that Connie and Raymond Marble live in together was rented by John Waters and Mink Stole.

Miscellaneous Notes

Limited re-release in United States April 11, 1997

Released in United States August 1991

Released in United States January 1997

Released in United States July 1996

Released in United States March 1995

Released in United States March 1997

Released in United States September 1997

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1974

Shown at Angelika Theater in New York City (Midnight Madness: The Films of John Waters) August 21-27, 1991.

Shown at Deauville Film Festival (Waters Tribute) September 5-14, 1997.

Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival March 13-27, 1997.

Shown at New York Underground Film Festival (John Waters Tribute) March 22-26, 1995.

Shown at Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival July 11-21, 1996.

Released in United States January 1997 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Park City at Midnight) in Park City, Utah January 16-26, 1997.)

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1974

Released in United States March 1995 (Shown at New York Underground Film Festival (John Waters Tribute) March 22-26, 1995.)

Released in United States July 1996 (Shown at Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival July 11-21, 1996.)

Released in United States August 1991 (Shown at Angelika Theater in New York City (Midnight Madness: The Films of John Waters) August 21-27, 1991.)

Limited re-release in United States April 11, 1997

Formerly distributed by New Line Cinema and Saliva Films.

Released in United States September 1997 (Shown at Deauville Film Festival (Waters Tribute) September 5-14, 1997.)

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Park City at Midnight) in Park City, Utah January 16-26, 1997.

Released in USA on video.

Released in United States March 1997 (Shown at London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival March 13-27, 1997.)