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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Get Back To Your Roots! See more »


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26 February 1988 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,671,108 (USA)
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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

The Corny Collins Show plays Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me," which was released in early 1964. 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 Tammy Tell Me True (1961) See more »

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Mashed Potato Time
Written by William Garrett, Robert Bateman, Georgia Dobbins,
Brian Holland, and Freddie Gorman
Performed by Dee Dee Sharp (as Dee Dee Sharp)
Courtesy of ABKCO Records
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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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