Desperate Living

Synopsis: A rich housewife murders her husband with the help of her overweight maid, and the two go on the run, ending up in Mortville, a town providing refuge for criminals. They shack up with a lesbian ex-wrestler and her murderess lover, before running into the tyrannical Queen Carlotta, ruler of Mortville...
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Director(s): John Waters
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

It's a little late, isn't it?

The children are having sex.

Beth is pregnant.

I narrowly missed

an assassination attempt...

a few moments ago.

Will you please do something?

Honey, it's just

your mind playing tricks.

Get off me. My skin crawls

when you touch it.

I could rip your lips off.

That miserable man.

When I think of the abuse

that I have taken...

Am I living in hell?

Is that it?

Have I gone straight to hell?

Don't leave

this kitchen, Grizelda.

I'm going to give Peggy

her medication...

and then I'll be back

to deal with you.


Get out!

Let's have a little medication,

all right?

You're just upset.

Now what's the matter?

Everything was going so well.

Get out of here,

you stinking piece of flesh.

Don't say

those things, Peggy.

Come on. This will make you feel

better. Give me your arm.

Oh, you touched me!

Now my flesh is rotting...

The touch of scum!

Stop it, Peggy.

Don't make me use force.

Let me give you your shot, or

I'll have to call the hospital.

Stay away!

Oh, God! Peggy, I'm going

to have to commit you again!



he's trying to kill me! Help!

Help! Please help me!

Back off, asshole!

Are you all right, Mrs. Gravel?

Did he hurt you?

No, but he tried.

Look! Look, he's attacking!

Down, boy! Down!

Oh, God!

He... he's dead, isn't he?

We're in big trouble now,

Mrs. Gravel!

Oh, my God!

He's dead! Oh, God!


Why did you tell me

to come this way, Grizelda?

You know I hate nature.

Look at those disgusting trees,

stealing my oxygen.

I can't stand this scenery

another minute.

Natural forests should be turned

into housing developments.

I want cement covering every

blade of grass in this nation.

Don't we taxpayers

have a voice anymore?

Do you ever shut up?

The police are out

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John Waters

John Samuel Waters Jr. (born April 22, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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