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Female Trouble

John Waters

Female Trouble (Criterion Blu-Ray)

26 Jun 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1974
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #929

Glamour has never been more grotesque than in Female Trouble, which injects the Hollywood melodrama with anarchic decadence. Divine, director John Waters’ larger-than-life muse, engulfs the screen with charisma as Dawn Davenport, the living embodiment of the film’s lurid mantra, “Crime is beauty,” who progresses from a teenage nightmare hell-bent on getting cha-cha heels for Christmas to a fame monster whose egomaniacal impulses land her in the electric chair. Shot in Waters’ native Baltimore on 16 mm, with a cast drawn from his beloved troupe of regulars, the Dreamlanders (including Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey, and Cookie Mueller), this film­—the director’s favorite of his work with Divine—comes to life through the tinsel-toned vision of production designer Vincent Peranio and costume designer/makeup artist Van Smith. An endlessly quotable fan favorite, Female Trouble offers up perverse pleasures that never fail to satisfy.


Dawn Davenport/Earl PetersonDivine
Donald DasherDavid Lochary
Donna DasherMary Vivian Pearce
Taffy DavenportMink Stole
Aunt IdaEdith Massey
ConcettaCookie Mueller
ChickletteSusan Walsh
GaterMichael Potter
WinkEd Peranio
ButterflyPaul Swift
DribblesGeorge Figgs
VikkiSusan Lowe
ProsecutorChanning Wilroy
TeacherGeorge Hulse
Dawn’s motherBetty Woods
Defense lawyerSeymour Avigdor
Bitch prisonerPat Moran
BailiffChris Mason
School snitchMargie Skidmore
StripperCindy Chosky
Girl who won’t payLynn Russo
EarnestineElizabeth Coffey
Dawn’s fatherRoland Hertz
Taffy as a childHilary Taylor
CheryllMarina Melin
JudgeAl Strapelli
Mean girlBerenica Cipcus
Telephone-company girlLaurel Douglas
ChaplinGeorge Stover


DirectorJohn Waters
Written and filmed byJohn Waters
Sets byVincent Peranio
Costumes and makeupVan Smith
Production chiefPat Moran
SoundBob Maier
Lighting/Assistant cameramanDave Insley
EditorsCharles Roggero and John Waters
Production assistanceCinemen and Steve Yeager
StillsBruce Moore, Elaine Jankonus and Mink Stole
HairstylesChris Mason and David Lochary
Special effectsEd Peranio
TitlesRandy Burman, Alan Rose and Dolores Deluxe

Disc Features


  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2004 featuring Waters
  • New conversation between Waters and critic Dennis Lim
  • New and archival interviews with cast and crew members Mink Stole, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Susan Lowe, Mary Vivian Pearce, Hilary Taylor, and Van Smith
  • Interview from 1975 featuring Waters and cast members Divine, Stole, and David Lochary
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes
  • Rare on-set footage
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Ed Halter

    New cover design by Eric Skillman

Other Editions

Female Trouble (Criterion DVD)

26 Jun 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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