Polyester

Closed Capationed Starring: Edith Massey & Divine Director: John Waters  Rated: R: Restricted
Rating 4.5
91 ratings
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 26 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1981
  • Label: New Line Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 - English
    • Stereo Surround 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: John Waters - Director
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
  • Additional Products:
    • ODORAMA Scratch 'n' Sniff Card

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , , &
Directed by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Oh, Cuddles, I am an alcoholic!"
  - Francine (Divine) to Cuddles (Edith Massey)
"Let me kiss away your DTs, honey."
  - Todd (Tab Hunter) to Francine

Entertainment Reviews:

Variety - 04/22/1981
"...A fitfully amusing comedy of not so ordinary people..."
New York Times - 05/29/1981
"...Hip, stylized humor....One of the numerous things that makes POLYESTER fun is Odorama..."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Campy | Cult Film | Family Interaction | Theatrical Release

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Product Info:

  • UPC: 794043751721
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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