Gay Essential Films To Watch, Pink Flamingos

Widely-known in the media as “the filthiest person alive”, Divine (Babs Johnson) is living under a different name in a trailer outside of Baltimore. Her title was popularized by the press due to her furtive criminal activity. She lives alongside her derelict son, Crackers (Danny Mills), her friend Cotton (Mary Vivian Pearce) and her mentally-ill mother, Edie (Edith Massey), who genuinely idolizes eggs. The family constantly appears on tabloid papers and the green and pink trailer they all live in have an eye-catching pair of plastic pink flamingos in front of it.

Raymond (David Lochary) and Connie Marble (Mink Stole) are a deceiving couple that abduct hitchhiking women and impregnate them using their servant, Channing (Channing Wilroy). They do this in order to sell the babies to lesbian couples under the pretext of running a business with their adoption “clinic”. The money they earn is subsequently used to buy and sell heroin for different elementary schools. When the two criminals find out about Divine’s outlandish nickname in the media, they become envious and want to snatch her title for themselves. They send a spy named Cookie (Cookie Mueller) to go on a date with Crackers and report back to them about Divine’s location, real name and identity. For her upcoming birthday party, Connie and Raymond send her a “present” – a box of human feces with a tag in which they proclaim themselves to be “the filthiest persons alive”. As a result, Divine decides that she must kill the Marbles in order to reclaim her title.

Pink Flamingos




“I couldn’t believe my eyes or my ears.”
   Washington Post

Pink Flamingos pushes the boundaries of bad taste like no film has before (or, some would argue, since).”
   DVD Infatuation

“Requires not one, not two, but at least three extended showers to wash away the filth.”
   Cult Reviews

Did You Know?

Pink Flamingos is part of a compilation entitled the “Trash Trilogy” by John Waters, which also includes Female Trouble and Desperate Living. The film is known for its shock value, exaggerated profanity and scatology, having been described by the director as “a terrorist act against the tyranny of good taste”. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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