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Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Horror | 10 April 1970 (USA)
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Lady Divine becomes enraged when her boyfriend cheats on her, and descends into a life of murder and mayhem.

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John Waters

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Divine ... Lady Divine
David Lochary David Lochary ... Mr. David
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Bonnie / Cavalcade Patron
Mink Stole ... Mink / Cavalcade Patron
Cookie Mueller ... Cookie Divine / Cavalcade Patron
Edith Massey ... Edith / Virgin Mary
Susan Lowe ... Cavalcade pervert
Rick Morrow Rick Morrow ... Ricky
Howard Gruber Howard Gruber ... Gilbert
Paul Swift Paul Swift ... Steve (Cookie's boyfriend)
Vincent Peranio Vincent Peranio ... Freak
Jim Thompson Jim Thompson ... Freak
Dee Vitolo Dee Vitolo ... Freak
Ed Peranio Ed Peranio ... Freak
Bob Skidmore Bob Skidmore ... Cavalcade Patron
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Storyline

The travelling sideshow 'Lady Divine's Cavalcade of Perversions' is actually a front for a group of psychotic kidnappers, with Lady Divine herself the most vicious and depraved of all - but her life changes after she gets raped by a fifteen-foot lobster... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Crime | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Multiple Maniacs See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,814, 7 August 2016

Gross USA:

$33,036

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,403
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dreamland See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The opening scenes at the Cavalcade of Perversion were filmed in front of the home of John Waters's parents. See more »

Quotes

Lady Divine: How dare you contaminate my dressing room with this little piece of filth?
Mr. David: She is not. She is an auto-erotica copraphrasiac and a gerontophiliac, and I just thought you might be interested in her for the show, that's all.
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And George Figgs as Jesus Christ See more »

Alternate Versions

The unrated version is almost complete. It features all sex and nudity and the full 'rosary job' scene. The one cut is to when Divine tortures the cavalcade patrons after dropping the net on them. In the unrated print, the scene ends with Divine saying 'I said no shit and I mean it!' See more »

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Soundtracks

Holy, Holy, Holy
Written by John B. Dykes (as John Bacchus Dykes) and Reginald Heber
Performed by Alan Dean
Courtesy of Pickwick Group Limited
(from 2016 version's on-screen credits)
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Just another day in Baltimore
2 May 2009 | by TromafreakSee all my reviews

Positively revolting!! A tasteless piece of low-budget garbage, with not one redeeming value. It's just too bad John Waters doesn't make them like this anymore. Not that he ever really did. Multiple Maniacs is a bit different from the other Waters trash classics of the 70's. A bit more bizarre, and unpolished, and just a tad more unrealistic. Multiple Maniacs mostly comes off as a rough draft for Waters next and most famous trash epic, Pink Flamingos. Multiple Maniacs is the first real example of what this John Waters guy was all about, rubbing you the wrong way. Meet the cavalcade of perversion. Posing as a traveling freak show, an odd gang of criminals, led by Diving rob and/or murder unsuspecting shock enthusiasts, just looking for a thrill. Divine is an irritable, outlandish hog of a woman just looking for a reason to off someone... anyone. Lately, that boyfriend of hers, Mr. David has been a real pain in the ass, and today, he just might get it, that is, if he doesn't get her first. As the would-be love birds plot on each other, and cheat on one another with their new girlfriends, we, the audience are subjected (treated) to vulgar atrocity after outrageous one-liner after obscene sex act. A delightful little movie indeed. We got all our Dreamland favorites, Cookie, Mink, Mary, David, Divine, and even our pal, Edith pays us a visit. Everyone brings their A games, A, of course standing for amateur, really, unpolished doesn't even begin to describe what's going on here, but out here in Exploitation Country, flaws such as screwed up lines should be expected and embraced, if you didn't know, then now you know. Multiple Maniacs was Waters' first film that wasn't silent, as well as his last black & white. For more colorful trash check out Female Trouble and Desperate Living. As unpolished and inept as it might be, this is one of the most mean-spirited, unflinching, and flat-out rebellious comedies I've seen, and I passionately recommend it every bit as much as Pink Flamingos, unless you're Catholic, in that case, never mind. 9/10


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