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Hairspray (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  26 February 1988 (USA)
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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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'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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The 60's Comedy That Shows No Mercy! See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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26 February 1988 (USA)  »

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White Lipstick  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,671,108 (USA)
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Trivia

The von Tussles are quoting George Wallace (who was not yet Alabama's Governor when the film is set) when they say, "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!" See more »

Goofs

In his advertising spot on the Corny Collins show, Mr. Pinky states that his 'Hefty Hideaway' "clothes for the ample woman" are "available in size 12 to 26" which, in 1988, would have been considered 'plus size'. However, in 1962 sizing, a size 12 was not a 'plus size'. In fact the approximate measurements, in 1962, for a size 12 dress would have been 32-25-34. See more »

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[first lines]
Tracy Turnblad: Come on! Come on!
Penny Pingleton: Okay, all right.
Tracy Turnblad: Will you hurry up?
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You Don't Own Me
Written by Dave White and John Madera
Performed by Lesley Gore
Courtesy of Polygram Special Projects
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Truly a classic
11 June 2003 | by (Waterdown, Ontario Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is terrific. It oozes John Waters even though it is very toned down compared to his earlier films. I love the storyline because it has to do with very realistic themes that were happening in those times. It's sad to know that this was Divine's last movie but he went all out in it. Obviously, this movie was good enough to have a musical made out of it. Of all the musical type films out there, Hairspray remains one of my favourites.


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