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Dave Davenport is an overweight, angry teenager who loathes school along with her 2 friends. It's nearly Christmas and all she wants is cha-cha heels. When she doesn't get them for Christmas, she abandons her conventional suburban house and makes love with a greasy guy named Earl. She later gives birth to a daughter she names Taffy who she doesn't show her any respect. All Dawn does is commit crimes and gets her hair done at a saloon run by a married couple name the Dashers who believe in crime and beauty. They have Dawn become a crime model while Taffy and next door neighbor Ida Nelson try to stop her.
Nice girls don't wear cha-cha heels.
Also Known As:
Title: Female Trouble
Release Date: October 04, 1974
Runtime: 89 mins
All Genres: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Sound: Chace Surround, Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Buried.com Rating: 8.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F
MPAA Rating: X
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality and nudity.
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 ...Chicklette
Michael Potter ...Gator
Ed Peranio ...Wink
Paul Swift ...Butterfly
George Figgs ...Dribbles
Susan Lowe ...Vikki
George Hulse ...Mr. Weinberger
Margie Skidmore ...School snitch
Berenica Cipcus ...Mean girl
Betty Woods ...Mrs. Davenport
Roland Hertz ...Mr. Davenport
Ramsey McClean ...Baby
Henry Bederski ...Drunk
Hilary Taylor ...Taffy as a child
Cindy Chosky ...Stripper
Laurel Douglas ...Telephone company girl
Mark Lazarus ...Priest
Anne Figgs ...Gator's girlfriend
Sally Albaugh ...Sally
Lynn Russo ...Girl who won't pay
Bob Willis ...Doctor
Valerie Stafford ...Nurse
Bob Adams ...Ernie
Channing Wilroy ...Prosecuting Lawyer
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"Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Xmas"
More Movie Taglines:
- Nice girls don't wear cha-cha heels.
- She has a lot of problems
- A high point in low taste.
- Divine Returns! with the whole "Pink Flamingos" gang in John Waters' Female Trouble
- Wink: I'm getting a hard-on! Beauty always gives me a hard-on! Donna Dasher: Aim it the other way then, Wink. You know how I detest organs. Beauty has absolutely nothing to do with that WORD, that THING you have hanging there like an obscene pickle. Spare me your anatomy.
Aunt Ida: The world of the heterosexual is a sick and boring life.
Aunt Ida: Oh, Ernie! Have another pretzel for Chrissakes! Wait 'til you meet my little Gator. You two are gonna fall right in love. Ernie: My dear, I hope so. Are you sure he's gay? Aunt Ida: Well I just use common sense. I mean, if they're smart they're queer, and if they're stupid they're straight, right Earnie? Are you sure you won't have another pretzel? Ernie: I'm sure, miss Thing, I'm sure. Pretzels give you plaque.
Aunt Ida: Queers are just better. I'd be so proud if you was a fag.
Gator: Hey Taffy, baby, come suck your daddy's dick. Taffy: I wouldn't suck your lousy dick if I was suffocating and there was oxygen in your balls!
- A scene was filmed in which Concetta (Cookie Mueller) burst into the courtroom in an attempt to rescue Dawn Davenport ('Divine'). According to John Waters, the scene was "technically bad" (visible boom mic, light poles, etc.) and not included in any released version.
Dawn Davenport's stage performance is based upon an act performed by Divine at San Francisco's Palace Theatre. Divine would wheel a shopping cart full of mackerel on stage and hurl them into the audience while claiming responsibility for various high-profile crimes.
Many of the principal actors' and crews' parents played the jurors in the final courtroom scene, including the mother and brother of David Lochary (Donald Dasher) and the mother of set designer Vincent Peranio.
John Waters still has the "lectric' chair" and keeps it in his Baltimore home.
The female prisoner kissing Dawn in her cell at the end of the movie previously appeared in Pink Flamingos (1972) as "Chick with a Dick." The actress is a male-to-female transsexual.
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