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Total Crap: 14.08%

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Pink Flamingos
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"Visions of snuff sex, cannibalism, rape and incest."
3 stars

A comedic satire on the 'porno chic' flick (Deep Throat, I am Curious), Pink Flamingos was embraced by early seventies pop-culture as a truly revolutionary event.

New York's Museum of Modern Art used it to open its Bicentennial Salute to American Film Comedy and at the time, it's subversive power was compared with Dali and Bunuel's Un Chien Anadalou; even Andy Warhol gave Flamingos his personal endorsement (if that means anything any more).

An amateur film which was made by John Waters to "make his friends laugh" became one of the most controversial and longest running films in America attracting all kinds of viewers beyond just the likes of the raincoat brigade.

It's not all praise and kudos however, many people will find Pink
Flamingos utterly offensive. In 1974 Variety proclaimed it "One of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made."

The story is centred around Babs Johnson (played by real life drag queen Divine). Through various disgusting activities Babs has proudly earned the title of "the filthiest person alive" but her envious title is not unchallenged. An evil couple called Connie and Raymond Marble covet Bab's status and they plot to topple her from the limelight. The Marbles run a hot baby ring, kidnapping young girls, raping them and then after they die in childbirth, selling their babies to lesbian couples to fund
pornographic shops and a heroin ring in elementary schools. Babs is outraged that anyone should believe they are filthier than her.

The challenge is on and with the help of a hapless Hungarian sheepdog, Babs proves her worth. When she finally catches up with the Marbles, Babs calls a media press conference to tell the world her manifesto: "to promote first degree murder, kill everyone, eat shit, eat people." Simple enough.

Nineties audiences may think that there is nothing left to shock them but twenty five years down the track, Pink Flamingos is still "the little terrorist bomb" it was designed to be.

Waters says he is still very proud of the film and admits that it's both a thrill and a surprise that Pink Flamingos is "still bringing people joy" so many years later.

Is that what visions of snuff sex, cannibalism, rape and incest bring? ---Melissa Bollinger

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originally posted: 08/26/98 12:56:48
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User Comments

2/26/15 stanley welles an outdated experiment in bad taste 1 stars
8/10/10 Chad Dillon Cooper Landmark movie has something for everyone. 5 stars
5/08/09 Doody Head Loved the doody eating scene. Classic entertanment 5 stars
3/18/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess All i can say is HOLY FUCK! 4 stars
9/16/08 damalc shocking and at times funny, but just a waste after shock wears off 2 stars
4/14/08 Will Tingle see it (uncut) for the "shock" but know that crap plot, acting and filming = crap movie 1 stars
2/10/07 Jazz One of the funniest movies I have ever seen, disturbed everyone i saw it with, but is fucki 5 stars
2/02/07 Glenn Soffen I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! The blowjob scene made me hard. I guess I'm sick but I like it. 5 stars
8/01/06 Smokezilla One of the few movies that I love just as much today as the first time I watched it. 5 stars
8/07/05 daddymike worth a look 4 stars
3/13/05 malaya hilarious, radical. beyond porn! 5 stars
12/08/04 2kte4u John is brilliant 4 stars
3/19/04 Morally Sound The most disguting, vile thing I have ever seen, Scarred me for life. See it! 4 stars
3/02/04 Janet A movie to only shock people is outrageously immature. No one should waste their time. 1 stars
6/08/03 earl hoffert one fo the greatest films ever made 5 stars
5/21/02 Charles Tatum THIS is what John Waters has been trying to live up to since? 3 stars
5/19/02 Peter vanHaaften I loved the dog shit part, they needed incest, all in all i almost blew my load 5 stars
5/17/02 Jake I had to watch this more that once to really like it. It's really funny and crazy! 5 stars
4/03/02 Edfink Lombardo John Water's brilliance is at its prime in this mondo-trasho cult classic! 5 stars
3/11/02 Brad Streep Decadant BRILLIANCE! I love you John!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/12/01 slappy jacks waters is a mad fag art fag butcher of morals gotta love him 4 stars
11/23/01 Andrew Carden Pretty Unfunny and EXTREMLY Stupid Movie. 2 stars
4/15/01 GeorgE McCaul I personally did not like this film, but I know many who do and can understand why. 3 stars
3/29/01 zippernek least the acting is not second class.... 2 stars
3/15/01 Sthenno Another piece of trash art!Babs heads the way for Edie,Crackers,Cotton,& fights for filth! 5 stars
3/12/01 wasif khan i do not know about this. i haven't seen this. 5 stars
3/03/01 Matt Word!!!! 5 stars
2/21/01 Rocket Boy THE definitive cult classic. 5 stars
2/06/01 Classicdog More fun than eating a turd 4 stars
8/09/00 The King of the Bros More fun than fucking chickens! 5 stars
10/11/99 Weird Andy I hope Waters is lyin' when he claims that was a real dog turd. 4 stars
9/19/99 Aaron White Like a clown uncensored, pulls every trick the superego can't accept. 4 stars
9/17/99 the Grinch I like John Waters the person, but Waters the filmmaker is cheap and scatalogical 2 stars
12/08/98 Binky Tough to look away from, but pretty stinky. 3 stars
11/25/98 little jerry Edie The Egg Lady ,what a cutie. 4 stars
10/31/98 Silent Rob Like a rail disaster! What do PF and Led Zep have in common?Both feature a singing asshole! 4 stars
10/24/98 grunter Pantywaists beware; this is the real fuckin' freakshow; if only my ass could do that. 5 stars
8/23/98 Mister Whoopee Toe-sucking. Odd. 3 stars
8/17/98 Miss Stress run, run away! well unless you want to see a girl fucked with a chicken 2 stars
8/16/98 {{{OZ}}} Gross. Too gross. Not the classic you're told it is. Simply gross. 2 stars
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  11-Apr-1997 (NC-17)
  DVD: 07-Sep-2004



Directed by
  John Waters

Written by
  John Waters

  David Lochary
  Mary Vivian Pearce
  Mink Stole
  Danny Mills
  Edith Massey

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