John Waters

Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos

John Waters made bad taste perversely transcendent with the forever shocking counterculture sensation Pink Flamingos, his most infamous and daring cinematic transgression. Outré diva Divine is iconic as the wanted criminal hiding out with her family of degenerates in a trailer outside Baltimore while reveling in her tabloid notoriety as the “Filthiest Person Alive.” When a pair of sociopaths (Mink Stole and David Lochary) with a habit of kidnapping women in order to impregnate them attempt to challenge her title, Divine resolves to show them and the world the true meaning of the word “filth.” Incest, cannibalism, shrimping, and film history’s most legendary gross-out ending—Waters and his merry band of Dreamlanders leave no taboo unsmashed in this gleefully subversive ode to outsiderhood, in which camp spectacle and pitch-black satire are wielded in an all-out assault on respectability.

Pink Flamingos

Film Info

  • United States
  • 1972
  • 93 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #1131

DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Divine Trash, a feature-length 1998 documentary by Steve Yeager about Waters and the making of Pink Flamingos, featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Two audio commentaries featuring Waters, from the 1997 Criterion laserdisc and the 2001 DVD release
  • New conversation between Waters and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch
  • Tour of the film’s Baltimore locations, led by Waters
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and a piece by actor and author Cookie Mueller about the making of the film, from her 1990 book Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black

    New cover by Eric Skillman

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Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Divine Trash, a feature-length 1998 documentary by Steve Yeager about Waters and the making of Pink Flamingos, featuring interviews with cast and crew
  • Two audio commentaries featuring Waters, from the 1997 Criterion laserdisc and the 2001 DVD release
  • New conversation between Waters and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch
  • Tour of the film’s Baltimore locations, led by Waters
  • Deleted scenes and alternate takes
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Howard Hampton and a piece by actor and author Cookie Mueller about the making of the film, from her 1990 book Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black

    New cover by Eric Skillman
Pink Flamingos
Cast
Divine
Divine/Babs Johnson
David Lochary
Raymond Marble
Mary Vivian Pearce
Cotton
Mink Stole
Connie Marble
Edith Massey
Mama Edie
Danny Mills
Crackers
Channing Wilroy
Channing
Cookie Mueller
Cookie
Paul Swift
Eggman
Susan Walsh
First kidnapped girl
Linda Olgeirson
Second kidnapped girl
Credits
Director
John Waters
Written by
John Waters
Produced by
John Waters
Filmed by
John Waters
Divine’s makeup and costumes
Van Smith
Titles
Alan Rose
Randy Burman
Technical assistants
Vincent Peranio
Ed Peranio
Barry Golome
Bob Adams
Pat Moran
Set design
Vincent Peranio
Stills
Lawrence Irvine

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Pink Flamingos: The Battle of Filth
Pink Flamingos: The Battle of Filth

Boasting a larger-than-life Divine, John Waters’ underground classic finds the sublime in the ridiculous.

By Howard Hampton