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      Multiple Maniacs

      1970, Comedy/Drama, 1h 30m

      23 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      The Cavalcade of Perversion, a traveling freak-show, is a front for a band of psychotic kidnappers and murderers.

      • Genre: Comedy, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: John Waters

      • Producer: John Waters

      • Writer: John Waters

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $25.0K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: American Home Entertainment, New Line Cinema, Cinema Group, Film-Makers' Cooperative

      • Production Co: Dreamland

      Cast & Crew

      Divine
      Mary Vivian Pearce
      Mink Stole
      Cookie Mueller
      Edith Massey
      Susan Lowe
      Bob Skidmore
      Margie Skidmore
      Jack Walsh
      Susan Walsh
      Pat Moran

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      • Sep 07, 2016

        Not the greatest flick of Waters but it is one of the funniest, Divine stars as a ring mistress who operates a carnival that robs the patron, until she got bored and decided to kill them. Everything went wrong from that point onward. It was crude and silly but it was hilarious. Fans of John Waters won't be disappointed.

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      • Aug 24, 2010

        I watched this a couple of months or so ago, decided to chew it over before reviewing and now I come to do so I can't remember a great deal about it, which possibly tells you all you need to know about the quality of the movie. Poking fun at, among other things, the Roman Catholic church and the victims of the Manson Family, <I>Multiple Maniacs</I> certainly goes for the jugular in terms of tastelessness; the problem is, it's just not funny enough. John Waters is quite capable of writing amusing dialogue but there's precious little on display here. Instead, the movie is littered with tedious, over-talkative scenes that take an eternity to go nowhere, and even the two most infamous sequences - the "rosary job" administered on Divine by Mink Stole and the surreal appearance of "Lobstora" - outstay their welcome by several minutes. Curiously, <I>Multiple Maniacs</I> works best in its quieter moments, when it's not desperately trying to be offensive. For example, as I've said, the "rosary job" goes on forever and isn't all that funny, but the build up, with Divine's voiceover telling us one thing and the visuals exactly the opposite, is highly amusing. I also enjoyed David Lochary and Mary Vivian Pearce's star-crossed lovers routine.

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      • Apr 24, 2009

        John Waters once said that if he hadn't started making movies, he probably would have been a murderer, and after watching this movie, I have no doubt that he was telling the truth. Thank god he settled on movies. There are enough murderers to go around, but there's only one John Waters.

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      • Jul 20, 2008

        The film is a little uneven, unsure of where to go exactly and how to get there, but, trust me, what a fun ride it is. The cast is in top shape as always, and like in any Waters film there are plenty of shocks to be found. Always hilarious and highly enjoyable.

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