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Pink Flamingos [1972] [VHS]

Divine , Mink Stole , John Waters    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Divine, Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pierce, Edith Massey
  • Directors: John Waters
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Castle Pictures
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OA4CG4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,445 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This is the movie that made John Waters famous, and quite possibly the film that made bad taste cool. Yes, Virginia, a large transvestite actually eats dog faeces as a kind of dizzying denouement to this frequently illogical and intentionally disgusting movie, but by the time that happens, you're already numb ... and you've possibly laughed to the point of losing bladder control.

The plot revolves around two vile families laying claim to the title "The Filthiest People Alive". You've got pregnant women in pits, you've got grown men getting sexual satisfaction from chickens, you've got people licking furniture to perform trailer-park voodoo and you've got classic lines like: "Oh my God! The couch ... it ... it rejected you!"

Waters, who went on to direct genuine pop-culture classics such as Hairspray and Serial Mom, made this celluloid sideshow with one aim--to make a name for himself. It worked. He does have a genuine eye for filmmaking (when the trailer burns down, you feel the white heat of Divine's pain and anger). On the other hand, you won't notice any disclaimers about stunt doubles and animals not being mistreated. There weren't, and they were. Welcome to the filthiest film in the world. --Grant Balfour

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Hailed as the most infamous film of all times, 'Pink Flamingos' was originally billed as 'An excercise in bad taste'. Divine is Babs Johnson, the queen of Sleaze, who with her troubled family of outcasts earns the title of 'The Filthiest People Alive'. But the title is challenged by Connie and Raymond Marble, a jealous, publicity-hungry couple with pre-punk red and blue hair who will do anything to steal Babs' notoriety. The film sets out to shock. It is nauseating. It is absurd. Not for the faint of heart, this film will not be forgotten.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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What is there to say about 'Pink Flamingos' that hasn't already been said? It's atrociously acted, camper than any Carry On film, grotesque in many parts to the point of being stomach-turning, offensive to just about everyone in some way or other.....

But its screamingly funny, very well filmed and edited, and more than anything a real example of an alienated American youth culture after years of the Viet Nam war trying to find comfort in the destruction of its own veneers. In many ways, it's 'Last House on the Left' with its tongue firmly in its cheek. But be warned, warm and fluffy this is not - there is a real undercurrent of anger and protest at the hypocritical and paradoxical moral codes of WASP-ish America which permeates the film, and this tone becomes more apparent as the years go by.

This region 1 edition contains scenes which are to this day censored by the British Board of Film Classification (the rights and wrongs of that are for another discussion), but viewers should be cautioned that one scene in particular features animal cruelty which will upset many and which will never be released as legal imagery in the UK due to the Animals and Cinematography Act in UK law - something which I actually think is a welcome and necessary protection for all non-humans. Other censored material includes would-be hardcore sexual antics (which are too silly to be pornographic), and some sexual violence which is cartoonish in flavour, but a little nasty nevertheless.

So approach with caution, but this really is a very interesting piece of flipside Americana for those who can take it and a film which is coming to represent far more about its time in US history than many other more famous works released in the early 1970s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCALA CINEMA CLASSIC 17 Jan 2014
Format:DVD
FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER THE SCALA CINEMA AT KGS X ALL NIGHTERS WILL REMEMBER THIS CLASSIC IT WAS SHOW WITH THUNDERCRACK AND WARHOL MY HUSTLER THE PLACE WAS FREEZING IN WINTER AND MEN USED TO WARM UP IN THE TOILETS.DIVINE IS FANTASTIC IN THIS CLASSIC TRASH MOVIE.MANY ISSUES OF TAPE WERE CUT BUT THIS IS THE FULL UNCUT AND RESTORED VERSION.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.IF U LIKE THIS GIVE THUNDERCRACK A GO U WONT BE DISSAPOINTED
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of bad taste 2 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
the most provocative and graphic of all waters-movie, at times silly, funny, irritating or disgusting
but never boring. true underground. divine at her best. nice dvd which makes the best of the
almost 40-year-old material and including some deleted scenes which are introduced by the
director himself.
if you're even remotely interrested in movies far away from the hollywood-mainstream,
you can't go wrong with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devine sinks to the unlemate depth ... 14 Jan 2014
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This is the only film you will ever see where an actor actually ears dog poop, but in a distatefully, transgressive and expressive way. Then there's the singing sphincter... not for the feint hearted, but definitely for Divine and Johan Waters fans. Unequalled in bad taste! Fantastic. Completely unique film making...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boundaries of an Unsane World 15 Oct 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The film revs into a full frontal view with the full swagger of a scorching guitar track laden with the licks culled from the legendary Link Wray. The rest of the film ties all the knots together with links from the 50's greats; Juvenile Delinquent crooned by Frankie Lymon, Cell Block No 9 by the Robins, Surfin Bird by the Trashmen and many, many, many hic up more. Whilst reviewers decry this music as purrr cheese, I offer the correct end of the telescope... girld dust.

John gives us the big gassss 50's guzzling cars preening and posing as objet d'art in an era when they were decried as relics. Drawing together the sleek curves, buffing up the chrome and polishing the gleaming paint, each topped with red blinkers protruding like an upturned bell end locked into the vision of a Monroe behind, we the viewer can only drool.

Finally there are the performers; various geeks, freaks and beaks all draped in a superstar leopardskin and then rammed with stilettos into an outre world. The characters traverse the outer lines of the socially fragmented, assembling together on this set to deliver a resounding "no" verdict to the triumph of good over eville puerile mainstream taste.

The bland bonhomie, the rivulets of social etiquette are finally taboo busted, some may say it was done with a juvenile sense of rebellion, but I see this as one huge rippling belly laugh with a little shake of the fist at the lies family's tell themselves are tarrahhhhhh...revealed. Instead of parading their wares on the catwalks, private colleges, board rooms and offices these images are jerked off the se. Waters elevates the trailer trash as a beatific inverse, the ones who hold the secrets of a lived life in their surreal well worn and utterly depraved lives.
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