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  • Actors: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey
  • Directors: John Waters
  • Writers: John Waters
  • Producers: John Waters
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002RQ3LQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Female Trouble" on IMDb

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Female Trouble (DVD) (WS)

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The DVD also features a commentary track by the always-entertaining John Waters. --Sean Axmaker

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John Waters is one of the best film makers ever.
Ronny Marshall
This movie guarantees constant laughter, as well as a series of 'Oh my God's' that will no doubt drop from your mouth!
John T. Howton
Dawn Davenport,as played with typical manic abandonment by Divine, is clearly a young woman of vision.
Curt Surly

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Curt Surly on July 26, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Sadly, Female Trouble would mark the final collaboration between John Waters and the fiendishly glamourous David Lochary.

John Waters is one of the few filmmakers who understands the mechanism by which high-profile criminals become popular icons in the public's imagination. In Female Trouble this idea is investigated with the typically perverse Waters' touch. Ultimately, the film is not particularly subversive when viewed within the construct of the sewer which is contemporary popular culture. Nevertheless, Waters illustrates the fine line that exists between glamour and crime. Criminals, as long as their trials last (and oftentimes beyond) are treated with a kind of scrutiny usually reserved for Hollywood elite and heads of State.

In Female Trouble, we are treated to the birth of absolute glamour. Dawn Davenport,as played with typical manic abandonment by Divine, is clearly a young woman of vision. She is trapped at school, thwarted at home, and utterly unable to satisfy her essential beauty needs. When things are at their bleakest, Dawn doesn't cry. She takes action and takes to the road. Her fight for liberation from a world infected with glamour abortions--is the core theme of this film. Beauty at all costs. It is a glorious dream indeed.

Of course, something that sexy is bound to get picked up, right? In Dawn's case, she gets picked up by Earl (boozing machinist, played magnificently by Divine (as Harris Glenn Milstead). Earl knows a hot body when he sees one, so he takes Dawn to an abandoned matress and proceeds to make sweet love to her. See, it is actually wondefully twisted becauses it is Divine screwing himself. The schitt stains on his drawers are a particularly delicious touch. Anyway, that foul meeting leads to a wicked little girl named Taffy.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mink Stole on October 12, 2004
Format: DVD
Why is it that everyone expects an artist to do the same thing over and over again? Why is it that every review I've heard of this film by viewers always have to start their reviews saying something pointless like, "This isn't the grossest delve into depravity that Waters has done before." You get the idea. "Female Trouble" is a classic. In many ways, more of a classic than "Pink Flamingoes" will ever be. (Not that "Pink Flamingoes" isn't or shouldn't be considered a classic.) "Female Trouble" doesn't rely on the same "already been done" techniques or tactics that worked before. Let's put our hands up and clap for John Waters for realizing that evolution as an artist is just as important as a stunning hairdo and fabulous makeup. He has created timeless characters, magnificent dialogue, and a sense of glee that has rarely if ever been duplicated on the prosaic, puritan-ridden American cinematic screen. So let's give Mr. Waters a chance, shall we? Let's not pigeon-hole him as so many of Hollywood consumers often do with film makers and allow him to grow as an artist.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Martinez on February 20, 2006
Format: DVD
My all time favorite John Waters film. It is deliciuosly BAD, just the way I like it. Divine, Edith Massey,Mink Stole and ALL of the 'Dreamlanders' are cult legends. I love it more than Pink Flamingos, which is another trash masterpiece. THE BEST!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2008
Format: DVD
John Waters' 1972 PINK FLAMINGOS was an unexpected "midnight movie" hit, a highly deliberate exercise in ultra-low taste done in a low budget, guerilla-film making style. The 1974 FEMALE TROUBLE was Waters' follow up. It suffers from being unable to top PINK FLAMINGOS--but really, now, what could? So it may be best to judge the film on its own.

The story is a riff on 1950s and 1960s "good girl gone bad" B-movies. In this instance, however, it would be better described as "bad girl gone even badder and then some." Dawn Davenport (Divine) is high school trash to begin with, and when her parents refuse to get her cha-cha heels for Christmas she stomps out of the house, gets pregnant, and takes to a life of crime that ranges from rolling drunks to the occasional spot of house-breaking. She eventually fetches up with Donald and Donna Dasher (David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pierce), who run a beauty parlor for super-trash and who find in Dawn their ultimate concept of criminal beauty.

In addition to those already named, most of the early John Waters gang is on hand. Edith Massey begins the film by fondling her breasts and then stomps around in lace-up dominatrix attire as Dawn's enemy Ida. Cookie Mueller and Susan Walsh are on hand as Dawn's best friends Concetta and Chicklette, and Mink Stole psteals everything that isn't nailed down as Taffy, Dawn's neurotic daughter. Before the whole thing is over, fish have been thrown, hands have been lopped off, and Divine has done the dirty deed on a roadside mattress.

Now, not everybody likes early John Waters films. Far from it, and people who decide to watch FEMALE TROUBLE because they liked the musical version of HAIRSPRAY are in for a really, really rude awakening.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. A DUNN on April 21, 2006
Format: DVD
Divine's star rises to exagerrated proportions in this one! While Pink Flamingos shocks and awes by it's incredibly anal scenes (in more ways than one), this one shocks by it's incredibly bizarre storyline and script that Divine vainly utters all the time!

It is not the story about a good "girl" gone bad. It is the story of a bad "girl" getting all the publicity SHe deserves, and how outrageous SHe becomes to obtain the stardom and noteriety due HIr. In the end, SHe considers the electric chair better than an Oscar or a Star on the sidewalks in Hollywood!

All of Divine's tonnage is for view here, in the most outrageous costumes and drag that the Pope of Filth John Waters can imagine!

You even have parts where Divine is in the drag of a demented garbageman when SHe plays the part of the "man" who "makes love" to HIr on a matteress in a garbage dump! So in reality we get to see Divine "F--- HIrself!"

Of all the Dreamlanders, Edith Massy is the most adorable. In the "cutest" scene in the movie, Edith is rolling on the floor, and we get blessed by scenes of humongous breasts and bad dental work...YEEECCHH!

Be sure to view ALL John Waters earlier works, before he "sold out" to the Hollywood sugar and spice set.
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Although relatively tame by today's standards, [i]Female Trouble[i/] features full-frontal male nudity -- Michael Potter's and Divine's -- which is always taboo in American cinema -- and features Edith Massey fondling her own breasts, among other provocative images and a torrent of four-letter... Read More
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