Director: John Waters Cast: Divine
, Tab Hunter
Tab Hunter
, Edith Massey
Edith Massey
John Waters

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After making a name for himself with such underground gross-out epics as Pink Flamingos and Desperate Living, director John Waters made a bid for somewhat wider acceptance with this black comedy, which is sedate only by the standards of his previous work. Francine Fishpaw (Divine) is a housewife whose life has become a living hell. Her husband Elmer (David Samson) runs a porno theater (currently showing the classic My Burning Bush) and is having an affair with secretary Sandra (Mink Stole), a vision of sleaze in Bo Derek-style cornrow braids who informs Elmer, "Children would only get in the way of our erotic lifestyle!" Francine has two teenage children, Dexter (Ken King), who likes to sniff glue and stomp on women's feet, and Lulu (Mary Garlington), a brazen slut who hangs out with overage juvenile delinquent Bobo (Stiv Bators) and gleefully anticipates her next abortion. Francine's best friend, Cuddles (Edith Massey), is a slightly insane heiress who is somehow convinced she's a debutante. Francine's life has become so miserable that her dog commits suicide rather than witness it, but a light appears on the horizon -- Todd Tomorrow (Tab Hunter), the handsome and dashing owner of a local drive-in specializing in art films (their current bill is a Margurerite Duras triple feature), with whom Dawn enters into a torrid affair. Subversive on all fronts, Polyester was originally shown in "Odorama" (patrons were given a card with ten scratch-and-sniff patches, to be smelled at key points in the action) and featured a romantic theme song sung by that new hitmaking duo, Deborah Harry and Bill Murray.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2019
UPC: 0715515234818
Original Release: 1981
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 12,154

Special Features

New, restored 4K digital transfer by Director John Waters, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio Commentary featuring Waters from the 1993 Criterion laserdisc release of the film; New conversation between Waters and critic Michael Musto; New program featuring interviews with Waters collaborators Tab Hunter, Dennis Dermody, Pat Moran, Vincent Peranio, Mink Stole, Mary Garlington, and Greer Yeaton; Interviews from 1993 with crew members Moran, Peranio, and Van Smith; Archival interviews with Waters, Moran, and actors Divine and Edith Massey, featuring footage from the making of the film; Twenty minutes of deleted scenes and alternate takes; Trailer; Plus: An essay by film scholar Elena Gorfinkel, a foldout poster of the cover, and a scratch-and-sniff Odorama card

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Divine Francine Fishpaw
Tab Hunter Todd Tomorrow
Edith Massey Cuddles
Mink Stole Sandra
David Samson Elmer Fishpaw
Joni Ruth White LaRue, mother
Mary Garlington Lulu Fishpaw
Ken King Dexter Fishpaw
Hans Kramm Chauffeur
Stiv Bators Bo-Bo Belsinger
Rick Breitenfeld Dr. Quackenshaw
Michael Watson Freddy Ashton
Derek Neal Pimp
Jean Hill Gospel Bus Hijacker
Jim Hill Picket Reporter
Mary Vivian Pearce Nun A
Cookie Mueller Betty Lalinski
Susan Lowe Mall Victim
Frank Tamburo Pizza Man 3
Nancy Morgan Alcoholic Leader
David Klein Detective B
George Stover Press A
Steve Yeager Press B
George Figgs Abortion Picket
Brook Yeaton Porno Picket
John Allen Porno Picket
Tommy Allen Porno Picket

Technical Credits
John Waters Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Deborah Harry Songwriter
David Insley Cinematographer
Michael Kamen Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert Maier Producer,Production Manager
Vincent Peranio Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Pernaio Set Decoration/Design
Sara Risher Associate Producer
Steven J. Rogers Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Roggero Editor
Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Van Smith Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Stein Score Composer,Songwriter

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