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Polyester (1981)

Director: John Waters     Starring: Edith Massey
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40249921
UPC: 794043751721
UPC 14: 00794043751721
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John waters film featuring divine as a housewife being driven insane, only to be rescued by the man of her dreams.
Editor's Note
Francine Fishpaw (Divine) is 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? Francine may require the help of her eccentric nouveau riche best friend, Cuddles (Edith Massey), to discover the truth.

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. The original theatrical release was presented in Odorama--an innovative technique that allowed the audience to smell the movie with the aid of a scented card featuring the same scents Francine picks up with her overactive olfactory powers. Divine gives yet another wonderful comedic performance, and '50s idol Hunter proves that he's game for anything.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/14/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 86 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1981
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 7517
Video UPC UPC: 00794043751721
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Mary Garlington
Video Cast Info Edith Massey
Video Cast Info Ken King
Video Cast Info Tab Hunter
Video Cast Info David Samson
Video Cast Info Jean Hill
Video Cast Info Divine
Video Cast Info Stiv Bators
Video Cast Info Mink Stole
Video Cast Info John Waters - Director

Memorable Quotes

"Oh, Cuddles, I am an alcoholic!"----Francine (Divine) to Cuddles (Edith Massey)

"Let me kiss away your DTs, honey."----Todd (Tab Hunter) to Francine

Professional Reviews

"...A fitfully amusing comedy of not so ordinary people..." 04/22/1981

New York Times
"...Hip, stylized humor....One of the numerous things that makes POLYESTER fun is Odorama..." 05/29/1981 p.C6

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Waters,John
Product attributeLabel:   Turner Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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