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Desperate Living (1977)
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Desperate Living (1977) Peggy Gravel is totally paranoid that she is uncontrollable! She, along with her nurse Grizelda, attack her husband which kills him. Both try to hide, but a cop with a fetish for female underwear forces then to live in Mortville. The town of Mortville is a pitiful community where criminals live in terrible conditions under the matriarch rule of Queen Carlotta. Both live with butch Mole and glamorous Muffy. When the queen's daughter, Princess Coo-Coo, has a love affair with a garbage man at the local nude camp, Peggy joins the queen in getting rid of the lowlifes of Mortville. Soon Mole, Muffy, and friends start to rebel against them!

Movie Tagline:
It isn't very pretty.....

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Title: Desperate Living
Release Date: May 27, 1977
Runtime: 90 mins
Genre: Comedy
All Genres: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Horror
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D

MPAA Rating: R

John Waters

Liz Renay ...Muffy St. Jacques
Mink Stole ...Peggy Gravel
Susan Lowe ...Mole McHenry
Edith Massey ...Queen Carlotta
Mary Vivian Pearce ...Princess Coo-Coo
Jean Hill ...Grizelda Brown
Brook yeaton ...Bosley Jr. (as Brook Blake)
Karen Gerwig ...Beth
Jay Allan ...Kid
Al Strapelli ...Doctor Evans
George Stover ...Bosley Gravel
Turkey Joe ...Motorcycle Cop
Willie Brooks ...Pieman
James yeaton ...Dead Bum
Ed Peranio ...Lieutenant Wilson
Steve Butow ...Lt. Grogan
Channing Wilroy ...Lieutenant Wilson
Steve Parker ...Goon
Pete Denzer ...Goon
Chuck yeaton ...Goon
David Klein ...Goon
Ralph Crocker ...Goon
Peter Koper ...Goon
Sally Albaugh ...Hag
Kenny Orye ...Eater
Warren Newcomb ...Page
Roland Hertz ...Muffy's Husband
Pirie Woods ...Baby Sitter
Damien Overholser ...Baby In Refrigerator
Ed Butner ...Referee

» [more cast members]

James McKenzie
William Platt
David Spencer
John Waters

John Waters

Chris Lobingier
Allen yarus

More Movie Taglines:
  • It isn't very pretty.....
Movie Quote(s):
  • Peggy Gravel: Hello? What number are you calling? You've dialed the wrong number! Sorry? What good is that? How can you ever repay the last thirty seconds you have stolen from my life? I hate you, your husband, your children, and your relatives!
  • Peggy Gravel: Have I gone to Hell? Is that it? Have I gone straight to Hell?
  • [after Mole's penis is cut off] Mole McHenry: Now I won't have any organs! It'll be like having a Barbie doll crotch!
  • Peggy Gravel: Go home to your mother! Doesn't she ever watch you? Tell her this isn't some communist daycare center! Tell your mother I hate her! Tell your mother I hate you!
  • Flipper: You lazy bitch! I'm out working my tail off all day, and you're in there, fuckin' MIDGETS!
Movie Trivia:
  • Divine was intended to play the role of Mole McHenry (played by Susan Lowe), but he was in a play for which he had a long-term contract, making him unavailable. David Lochary was also intended to act in the film, but he bled to death after falling on a glass while under the influence of PCP.
  • Director Trademark: [John Waters] [manson] There is a portrait of Charles Manson in Queen Carlotta's cardboard castle. Also, someone in Mortville cries out "Squeaky Fromme, where are you when we need you?" Lynette Fromme, aka "Squeaky", was a Manson follower who tried to assassinate US President 'Gerald Ford'.
  • Newspapers refused to run the original ad for this film, a photo of a cooked rat on a plate.
  • Production designer Vincent Peranio cooked a real rat so that it could be "eaten" during the opening titles.
  • Some viewers who are angered by the scene of the baby in the fridge become even more outraged when they learn that the scene in the film is take two.
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