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Hairspray (1988)

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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Amber von Tussle (as Colleen Fitzpatrick)
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Corny Collins
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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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26 February 1988 (USA)  »

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White Lipstick  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$577,287, 28 February 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,671,108
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Waters cast Pia Zadora because he was impressed with her performance in Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984). See more »

Goofs

Velma and Amber are at the stage side watching the Lafayettes and at the same time she's on the other side near the entrance making accusations against Traci to her mother and then is right back again with her daughter watching the Lafayettes. 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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Crazy Credits

During the ending credits, there are footsteps moving to the beat of the song playing in the background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Two of a Kind (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Train to Nowhere
Written by Dave Burgess
Performed by The Champs
Courtesy of All-Star Masters Inc.
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I'm an integrationist. We shall overcome someday.
23 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

It is hard to believe that we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of this film this week. It is even harder to believe that just one week after it opened Divine left the world's stage forever.

But, the star of the show was Ricki Lake in her first year as a film actress. She camped up John Water's script and delivered an enjoyable musical movie with a message that is just as important today as it was 20 years ago.

It was really interesting seeing people like Sonny Bono, Blondie, Jerry Stiller, Pia Zadora, and, of course, writer/director John Waters himself.

A goofy satire that is just as good today as it was then.


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