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Female Trouble (1974)

NC-17 | | Comedy, Crime | 28 March 1984 (France)
A spoiled schoolgirl runs away from home, gets pregnant while hitch-hiking, and ends up as a fashion model for a pair of beauticians who like to photograph women committing crimes.

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John Waters

Writer:

John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Divine ... Dawn Davenport / Earl Peterson
David Lochary David Lochary ... Donald Dasher
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Donna Dasher
Mink Stole ... Taffy Davenport
Edith Massey ... Aunt Ida
Cookie Mueller ... Concetta
Susan Walsh ... Chicklette
Michael Potter ... Gater
Ed Peranio Ed Peranio ... Wink
Paul Swift Paul Swift ... Butterfly
George Figgs George Figgs ... Dribbles
Susan Lowe ... Vikki
George Hulse George Hulse ... Teacher
Margie Skidmore Margie Skidmore ... School Snitch
Berenica Cipcus Berenica Cipcus ... Mean Girl
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Storyline

The life and times of Dawn Davenport, showing her progress from loving schoolgirl to crazed mass murderer - all of which stems from her parents' refusal to buy her cha-cha heels for Christmas. She runs away from home, is raped, becomes a single mother, criminal and glamorous model before her inevitable rendezvous with the electric chair... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Nice girls don't wear cha-cha heels. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The movie critic Rex Reed hated the film, to the point that in his review he had asked, "Where do these people come from? Where do they go when the sun goes down? Isn't there a law or something?" The quote was posted on the Waverly Theater poster, and in Village Voice ads for the film. When Female Trouble was released on DVD, this quote was on the front of its box. See more »

Goofs

When Dawn, Concetta, and Chicklette are in the school bathroom complaining about school and Christmas, both Concetta and Chicklette hold up a can of hair spray to apply to their hairdos, but it is obvious no spray is coming out of the can nor does the can make a spraying sound. See more »

Quotes

Dawn Davenport: I had never felt complete until I experienced an eyeliner rush.
Donald Dasher: We've been on the stuff for months. Doctors and other simpletons may frown upon it; but, we beauty czars know what is good for the blood.
Donna Dasher: Would you like to shoot some more? I had some orally earlier.
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Crazy Credits

For Charles Watson (the Manson Family member). Waters' prison visits to Watson inspired the "crime is beauty" theme of the film, and Waters used a toy wooden helicopter Watson made for him in the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

A scene in which Dawn runs through the woods from the police is missing from the 35mm prints. See more »


Soundtracks

Female Trouble
Sung by Divine
Music by Bob Harvey
Lyrics by John Waters
Arranged by Don Cooke
Published by Pentagram
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6 January 2007 | by jonathan-577See all my reviews

Funnily enough, around the time that Divine sits in the crib with the pile of dead fish I started thinking about the words of the Bomb Squad's Hank Shocklee - "If they want noise, let's give them NOISE!" Yes, friends, Waters is the queer Public Enemy, tying identity to culture, cranking the most alienating elements of same to 11, and losing great chunks of his own demographic in the spectacular, chaotic process. This was made right off the midnight-movie success of "Pink Flamingos", and presumably this facilitated a budget, and presumably this led to the extra notch of competence that keeps the movie barreling forward from beginning to end - there's even an original theme song, plus thirty glorious seconds of Nervous Norvus singing "H-I-P". In most underground movies a scene featuring the lead actor, in two roles, raping himself for two full minutes - and THEN taking off his pants - would be the climax, not the inciting incident! And Edith "Flav" Massey yelling "NO I don't want any god damn eggs!" is an even better inversion than the new Bond's martini line. A triumphant cinematic masterpiece.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rotten Mind, Rotten Face See more »

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Budget:

$25,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Dreamland See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (16 mm) | (original length)

Sound Mix:

Chace Surround (2001 re-release)| Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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