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Desperate Living: A rich housewife enlists her maid's help to murder her husband; they go on the lam and end up in Mortville, a homeless community built into a garbage dump.

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Ratings: IMDB: 7.2/10 Metascore: N/A RT: 70%
Released: May 27, 1977
Runtime: 90 mins
Genres: Comedy Horror Fantasy Crime
Countries: USA
Director: John Waters
Actors: Alan Reese Channing Wilroy Cookie Mueller David Klein Edith Massey George Figgs George Stover Jean Hill Liz Renay Mary Vivian Pearce Mink Stole Pat Moran Susan Lowe

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Posted by metroboy24 5 years, 9 months ago
+2 | +4 / -2

My favorite line in movie history is in this film, in the very beginning the psychotic Peggy Gravel (my goddess Mink Stole) gets a wrong number phone call and she screams into the phone "HELLO? WHAT NUMBER ARE YOU CALLING? YOU DIALED THE WRONG NUMBER! SORRY??? WHAT GOOD IS THAT!?!? HOW CAN YOU EVER REPAY THE THIRTY SECOND YOU HAVE STOLEN FROM MY LIFE!?!?" and goes on and on and then the adventure REALLY kicks into high gear when her 400 pound black maid Grizzelda helps her murder her husband by hiking up her skirt and suffocating him to death with her bare ass!! ...and THEN the movie gets REALLY weird! - Keep a look out for the reverse transsexual dyke who cuts off her new penis and throws it outside so the dog can come running and eat it.... AWESOME CLASSIC PIECE OF JOHN WATERS TRASH CINEMA, he made this one without Divine since that actor/ress was starring in theater in New York so it's the only one of his films from that era Divine wasn't in. Get your buzz on or whatever and check this epic bit of sleaze cinema out- and the famous cunnilingus lesbian scene: "COME ON! EAT IT PEGGY! EAT IT!!!!!!!!" "I CAN FIT MY WHOLE HEAD IN HERE!" LMFAO!!!!!!!!!

Posted by siska688 6 years, 10 months ago
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It's a bizzare movie but i kind of like it.

Posted by annelapham 8 months ago
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How did he get away with full frontal nudity? The actors show no body shame, regardless of their anatomy; it's very refreshing to see that sort of realism in the era of screen perfection. As far as realism in the sets and script, well let's just say you have to see this movie to believe it could possibly be made.

Posted by huffy1001 3 years, 2 months ago
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this was the least funny of the early John waters movie - with Divine missing as well as the sets being so crude. the thought of a perverted town was a great idea, but just couldnt be pulled off on the meager budget. . the scenes in the RICH home were much better, and more funnier.

Posted by Morder666 4 years, 5 months ago
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Definitely one of John Waters best!

Posted by XxMond0Trash0xX 4 years, 5 months ago
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One of the greatest John Waters flicks. I am torn on this or Pink Flamingos as my personal faves. I usually play John Waters movies at parties when I want people who are sticking around to leave. The ones who stick around end up being good friends. I measure people by their reactions to John Waters films. Must watch movie for art/intellectual types. Not for "normal" folk.

Posted by gapandgold 4 years, 7 months ago
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funny...funny funny... lmao though...

Posted by gapandgold 4 years, 9 months ago
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i liked the movie very funny...

Posted by Pomona 5 years, 7 months ago
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Highly entertaining, especially if you like John Waters'films.

Posted by CrescentX 6 years, 5 months ago
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neither of these links worked for me! =(

Posted by berifan 6 years, 6 months ago
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no not that special wath i exspectit. its cind of strance.. not good actors. 1/5

Posted by gapandgold 4 years, 9 months ago
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i thought this was a good movie it was funny.. i like jean hill and miss gravel... miss gravel reminds me of my mom

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