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Hairspray (1988)

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A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

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John Waters

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John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonny Bono ... Franklin von Tussle
Ruth Brown Ruth Brown ... Motormouth Maybelle
Divine ... Edna Turnblad / Arvin Hodgepile
Debbie Harry ... Velma Von Tussle
Ricki Lake ... Tracy Turnblad
Jerry Stiller ... Wilbur Turnblad
Vitamin C ... Amber von Tussle (as Colleen Fitzpatrick)
Michael St. Gerard ... Link Larkin
Leslie Ann Powers Leslie Ann Powers ... Penny Pingleton
Clayton Prince ... Seaweed
Mink Stole ... Tammy
Shawn Thompson ... Corny Collins
Ric Ocasek ... Beatnik Cat (special apperances)
Pia Zadora ... Beatnik Chick
Jo Ann Havrilla ... Prudence Pingleton (as Joann Havrilla)
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Storyline

'Pleasantly Plump' teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show's former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber's manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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1962. When... Milk came in bottles. Phones had dials. Cadillacs had fins. Beehives were in. And girls really knew how to tease? See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Lipstick See more »

Filming Locations:

Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$577,287, 28 February 1988

Gross USA:

$6,671,108

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,671,108
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As a tribute to Divine's performance, most productions of the stage musical cast a man as Edna. See more »

Goofs

During try outs for the Corny Collins Show, Nadine is asked if she can "relate to Lesley Gore's music". Gore recorded her first single, "It's My Party", in March 1963. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tracy Turnblad: Come on! Come on!
Penny Pingleton: Okay, all right.
Tracy Turnblad: Will you hurry up?
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During the ending credits, there are footsteps moving to the beat of the song playing in the background. See more »

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The main title credits in the Italian version mis-spell Ric Ocasek's name as "Rock Ocasek" See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jeff Gordon/Avril Lavigne (2003) See more »

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Pony Time
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Performed by Chubby Checker
Courtesy of ABKCO Records
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Divine's swansong, and John Waters' commercial peak
14 November 2014 | by brchthethirdSee all my reviews

Arguably the high point of John Waters' career, HAIRSPRAY is a fun, energetic and infectious movie with a top-notch soundtrack and earnest performances from everyone involved. The story centers around Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake), a "pleasantly plump" teenager who spends her afternoons watching the Corny Collins Show, where teenagers dance the most popular dances to the latest tunes. She manages to get on the show, and from there hopes to bring integration to Baltimore, Maryland (this takes place in 1962). While still maintaining some of the weirdness which made John Waters (in)famous, this film rises above campiness because of the social ideas it embraces, e.g., racial equality. There's also hints of commentary on fame and child stars, akin to themes explored in more explicit ways in his previous films, but the focus here is on bringing people together. And what better way than through music and dancing? Just about everything in the movie works, from the retro fashion which has been lovingly recreated/exaggerated to the choreography and music. It's so catchy that you just want to get up and dance yourself. Still, the movie isn't without its negatives. The narrative is a bit thin, and the conflict is resolved a little too easily, but this can be mostly forgiven because of the strength of everything else around it. Recommended for moviegoers of all ages.


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