Opens on August 15
Director: John Waters Run Time: 86 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1981
Starring: David Samson, Divine, Edith Massey, Mary Garlington, Tab Hunter
Screenwriter: John Waters
Producers: Robert Shaye, John Waters, Michael White
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Our beloved Divine stars as Francine Fishpaw, a troubled housewife trapped in suburban Baltimore. Her household is a disaster — her husband is the philandering proprietor of a sleazy movie theater, her daughter performs lewd dances in her high school cafeteria for money, her son is a predatory foot fetishist, and the family pet is suicidal. After she hits alcoholic rock bottom, along comes Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter), a dreamboat who runs an art-house drive-in theater. But is he really as angelic as he seems? Inspired by soap operas and weepy 1950s melodramas, John Waters combines the conventions of that genre (soft lighting, teary organ music) with William Castle-like gimmickry for what was, upon its release, his most polished, biggest budgeted film.