Written and directed by John Waters
On general release 1972
John Waters' transgressive cult classic Pink
Flamingos is as controversial now as it was upon its release back
The film follows Divine living under the pseudonym Babs Johnson (played
brilliantly by the drag queen Divine) and her degenerate foes the Marbles
who seek to covet the role of 'World’s Filthiest People', a title
which rightfully belongs to Ms.Johnson. Not impressed by Divine's ‘petty
crimes' and murder, they're intent on upping the ante and running an 'adoption
agency', which basically involves them abducting hitch-hikers and impregnating
them only to sell the babies to lesbian couples.
Flashing, and bowel movements in boxes, ensue in this perverse comedy
which will have you laughing and recoiling in equal measure. Surprisingly
these are the least shocking scenes in the film.
In typical John Waters fashion the film was made on a shoestring budget
and with untrained actors (as were all of the early Waters films). However
the unprofessional acting and awkward dialogue only adds to the charm
of the film, and the crude one-liners are what really makes this a memorable
Of course most people who are familiar with Pink
Flamingos are aware of the infamous dog shit eating scene at the
end of the film, which will no doubt have you retching.