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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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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

A scene was filmed where Tracey finds cockroaches in her hair. It was based on an urban legend about a girl whose brain is eaten by cockroaches that were living in her beehive hairdo. While it never made it into the final cut, it explains all the references to roaches in the latter part of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Seaweed visits Penny after the riot at Tilted Acres, he only cuts one bar with the bolt cutters but breaks out 2 bars. Also, when he dropped the bars behind him, the sound is of them hitting immediately behind him, not on the ground below, as he was breaking in on the 2nd floor. 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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References The Rebel Set (1959) See more »

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I Wish I Were a Princess
Written by George David Weiss, Hugo, and Luigi
Performed by Peggy March (as Little Peggy March)
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Hairspray is the best!
18 September 2001 | by (Midlands, UK) – See all my reviews

This has to be without a doubt my favourite movie. There are probably better but none that I have enjoyed as much. Its perfectly cast and well written. Ricki Lake, Divine, Vitamin C and of course Debbie Harry all shine. It deals with such a sensitive issue thats still relevant today (prejudice) in an easily digestable and engaging way. I love the dances and the whole feel of this movie. Its one you love or hate and I definatly love it! 10/10


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