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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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1962... JFK was in The White House... John Glenn was in orbit... Cadillacs had fins... Beehives were in... And girls really knew how to tease! See more »

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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 book Beatnik Chick (Pia Zadora) starts to read from is Alan Ginsberg's 'Howl'. See more »

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When Toussaint McCall is singing, he's clearly lip-syncing the record that's being played as his words don't quite match the song being heard. 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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During the ending credits, there are footsteps moving to the beat of the song playing in the background. See more »

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Spoofs The Buddy Deane Show (1957) See more »

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Waddle, Waddle
Written by Rudy Clark
Performed by The Bracelettes
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
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Waters' talent undeniable.
2 May 1999 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

After an abomination like 'Pink Flamingos' it was a surprise for me to learn that this guy had talent. Like Spike Lee or Oliver Stone, you've got to admit that John Waters, like him or not, is a born moviemaker. Also like those two (and ultimately all great directors) he knows how to speak with his own voice and translate his vision to the screen.

His writing is most impressive here as he manages to point up the evils of racism and segregation while not abandoning his wacked-out comedic style. And his eye for period detail is uncanny (as long as the period wasn't too long ago!) 'Hairspray' is great entertainment, fun to watch and edifying, too. Who would have thought that?


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