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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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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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A movie with a beat you can laugh to! See more »


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26 February 1988 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$577,287, 28 February 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,671,108
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

When the two kids in the red car pull to the curb, two boys in blue pants walk by twice. 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 Connie and Carla (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Gravy
Written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell
Performed by Dee Dee Sharp (as Dee Dee Sharp)
Courtesy of ABKCO Records
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31 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw it when it first came out, I've seen it several times since, and my last viewing was just a few weeks ago. It never seems flat or old.

It takes a look at an issue that doesn't necessarily seem to be a goldmine of laughs (racial difficulties in the early '60s) and turns it into just that without robbing it of any dignity or sense of importance. John Waters seems to have pulled out all the stops to insure this outcome, and it really paid off.

The "pleasingly plump" pre-talk show Ricki Lake turns in a great performance in a role that's an inspiration to "chunky" girls everywhere.

As always, Waters picks cameo and supporting actors that are dead-on perfect. His own turn as a psychologist is an absolute scream! Brimming with hysterical lines and set-ups, this is a comedy you need to see, if you haven't already.


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