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Writer:
John Waters (written by)
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Release Date:
26 February 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It's way beyond Grease. See more »
Plot:
A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Timeless teen satire See more (57 total) »

Cast

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Sonny Bono ... Franklin von Tussle
Ruth Brown ... Motormouth Maybelle

Divine ... Edna Turnblad / Arvin Hodgepile

Deborah Harry ... Velma Von Tussle (as Debbie Harry)

Ricki Lake ... Tracy Turnblad

Jerry Stiller ... Wilbur Turnblad

Colleen Fitzpatrick ... Amber von Tussle
Michael St. Gerard ... Link Larkin
Leslie Ann Powers ... Penny Pingleton
Clayton Prince ... Seaweed

Mink Stole ... Tammy

Shawn Thompson ... Corny Collins

Ric Ocasek ... Beatnik Cat (special apperances)

Pia Zadora ... Beatnik Chick

Joann Havrilla ... Prudence Pingleton
Alan J. Wendl ... Mr. Pinky (as Alan Wendl)

Josh Charles ... Iggy

Jason Downs ... Bobby

Holter Graham ... I.Q. Jones
Dan Griffith ... Brad
Regina Hammond ... Pam
Bridget Kimsey ... Consuella
Frankie Maldon ... Dash

Brooke Stacy Mills ... Lou Ann Levorowski
John Orofino ... Fender

Kim Webb ... Carmelita
Debra Wirth ... Shelly
Dawn Hill ... Nadine
Cyrkle Milbourne ... L'il Inez

Doug Roberts ... Paddy Pingleton
Toussaint McCall ... Himself
Lydia Troy ... Mrs. Malinski
Verna Day ... Nadine's Mother
Kevin Joseph ... Joke Store Customer
Cory Tabachow ... Joke Store Customer
Marcy Brodsky ... Joke Store Customer
Donald Wheeler ... Clinton
Paul Zimmerman ... Brent
Jennifer Johns ... Amy

Brook Yeaton ... Tough Guy #1
Jeff Gardner ... Tough Guy #2
Jay Hillmer ... Principal Davidson
Rhea Feikin ... Geometry Teacher

Mark Oliver ... Geometry Student

Coley Sohn ... Slapped Girl

Susan Lowe ... Angry Mother

Rosemary Knower ... Mrs. Shipley
Colleen Simon ... Girl in Lunchroom
Kathleen Wallace ... Gym Teacher
Keith Pruitt ... Lead Lafayette (as Keith Douglas)
Al Granick ... Lafayette #2
Robert Di Santo ... Lafayette #3
Mollie Hall ... Girl in Classroom
Dorie Ellwood ... Girl in Classroom
Maggie Linton ... Trinklette #1
Brenda Alford ... Trinklette #2
Carolyn Walker ... Trinklette #3
Mary Jefferson ... Street Lady #1
Alfie Brown ... Street Lady #2
Tipper Burton ... Wino
Leo Rocca ... Governor John Millard Tawes
Jim Parisi ... Governor's Aide
Margo Tully ... First Lady
Matt Myers ... Singing Bum
Beverly Brigham ... Snoopy Old Lady
Wilbur Griffin ... Teen Center Boy

Adam Tucker ... Cop
David Samson ... WZZT Official
Robb Case ... WZZT Official

Joey Perillo ... TV Secruity Guard
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Hairhopper Mother

Mojo Gentry ... Street Watcher

Dale Guy Madison ... Street Watcher
Mark Murray-Mazwi ... Street Watcher
Christine Mason ... Montrose Guard
Mmekutmfon Essien ... Montrose Inmate

Bill Lee Brown ... Governor's Mansion Pickets (as W.H. Brown)
Fredella Calloway ... Governor's Mansion Pickets
Joseph Eubanks ... Governor's Mansion Pickets
Angel Harper ... Governor's Mansion Pickets
Cornell Hills ... Governor's Mansion Pickets
Gorham Scott ... Governor's Mansion Pickets
Darrell Taylor ... Governor's Mansion Pickets
Peter Koper ... Governor's Mansion Policeman

Kevin Murray ... Governor's Mansion Policeman
George Stover ... Governor's Mansion Policeman
Buddy Deane ... Governor's Mansion Newsman

Michael Willis ... Governor's Mansion Newsman
Chuck Yeaton ... Governor's Mansion Newsman
Rick Anderson ... Von Tussle Pickets
Harold Anthony ... Von Tussle Pickets
Milton Clark Jr. ... Von Tussle Pickets
Harold A. Cornish ... Von Tussle Pickets
Bernice Moore ... Von Tussle Pickets
June Thorne ... Von Tussle Pickets
Scheryll Anderson ... Amusement Park Patron
Cheryl Andrews ... Amusement Park Patron
Sonja Bonair ... Amusement Park Patron
Sylvia Byrd-Leitner ... Amusement Park Patron
Charlie Hawke ... Amusement Park Patron

Rudy Jones ... Amusement Park Patron
William Rose ... Amusement Park Patron
Miriam Kiss ... Slob Redneck Woman
Patrick Mitchell ... Teen Street Fan
Jim Lyons ... News Announcer

Frederick Strother ... Policeman (as Frederick Strother Jr.)
Christopher Golley ... Redneck Puncher
Mary Lou Barber ... Dodge 'em Car Patron
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brad Baker ... Amusement Park Patron

John Waters ... Dr. Fredrickson

John Carhart III ... Dancer (uncredited)

Vincent De Paul ... Carmelita's Partner (uncredited)
Lisa M. DeHaven ... Hair Hoppin' Mother (uncredited)
Christopher Eaves ... Dancer (uncredited)

Lewis Erskine ... Dancer (uncredited)

Stephanie Mazzeo ... Amusement Park Patron (uncredited)

Jeff Vespa ... The Creep (uncredited)

Stephen Wozniak ... Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Waters 
 
Writing credits
John Waters (written by)

Produced by
Stanley F. Buchthal .... co-producer
Robert Maier .... line producer
Pat Moran .... associate producer
Sara Risher .... executive producer
Robert Shaye .... executive producer
Rachel Talalay .... producer
John Waters .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Kenny Vance 
 
Cinematography by
David Insley 
 
Film Editing by
Janice Hampton 
Charles Roggero (co-editor)
 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
Pat Moran 
 
Production Design by
Vincent Peranio 
 
Art Direction by
Vincent Peranio 
 
Costume Design by
Van Smith 
 
Makeup Department
Nancy Broadfoot .... makeup artist
Chuckie Dennis .... makeup artist
Bridgid Hoover .... hair stylist
Christine Mason .... key hair stylist
Chris Rubel .... assistant makeup artist
Van Smith .... key makeup artist
Shae Williams .... assistant hair stylist
Patricia Wintermeyer .... barber
Patricia Wintermeyer .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Katherine Cerio .... assistant unit manager
Joe Fineman .... post-production supervisor
Carol Flaisher .... unit manager: Allentown
Pat Moran .... production manager
Nancy Swenton .... unit manager
Aron Warner .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Apicella .... first assistant director
Julia Cort .... second assistant director
Andrew M. Flinn .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert Barnaby .... scenic carpenter
Wayne 'Innerspace' Kehs .... set dresser
Lester Poser .... art department production assistant
Frank Tamburo .... carpenter
Lorraine Walker .... assistant art director
Brook Yeaton .... property master
John Sigmon .... art department assistant (uncredited)
John Sigmon .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Angelella .... sound mixer
Dwayne Dell .... boom operator
Michael Dressel .... assistant sound editor
Peter Foster .... supervising sound editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Warren Kleiman .... adr mixer
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Jackson Schwartz .... foley mixer
Frank Smathers .... dialogue editor
Hamilton Sterling .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Douglas Retzler .... special effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bret Bagley .... crane operator
Murdoch Campbell .... gaffer
Joel Davidson .... video assist operator
Philip Davis .... grip
Dominic DeSantis .... additional first assistant camera
Robert W. Dorsey .... second camera operator
Rusty Gardner .... electrician (as William 'Rusty' Gardner)
Henny Garunkel .... still photographer
William J. Gray .... assistant camera
Andrew Lakin .... camera intern
Thomas Lappin .... second assistant camera
Claiborne Lashley .... best boy grip
Edgar Martin .... electrician
Lee Shapira .... key grip
Blackford 'Boots' Shelton .... first assistant camera
Josh Spring .... best boy electric
Keith Weiner .... dolly grip
 
Casting Department
Jennifer Feiken .... casting intern
Betsy Gearow .... casting: Allentown
Hank Greenberg .... casting assistant
Laurie Rome .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rolande Berman .... wardrobe supervisor
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Lori Heddinger .... wardrobe graphics
Mara Majorowicz .... wardrobe assistant
Elena Moscatt .... wardrobe intern
 
Editorial Department
Scott Arundale .... assistant editor
Dale Caldwell .... color timer
Deborah Newman .... apprentice editor
Paul Parsons .... apprentice film editor
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Erica Shaevitz .... assistant editor
Stuart Sperling .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Larry Benicewicz .... music consultant
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Mark DeSimone .... scoring engineer
Bonnie Greenberg .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Sara Gardner .... picture car coordinator
Patrick McCallister .... driver
 
Other crew
Harriotte H. Aaron .... script supervisor
Richard Anderson .... production assistant
Ed Cook .... additional voice
Andrew Eisenberg .... production assistant
Neil Friedman .... legal services
Katie Gilbert .... production coordinator
Susan 'Mother' Gotschall .... craft service
Walter S. Hall .... location manager (as Walter Hall)
Linda Hart .... assistant location manager
Elizabeth Holder .... production assistant
Joan Insley .... production accountant
Marco Londoner .... production assistant
Edward Love .... choreographer
Mary Lugo .... unit publicist
Marian Mohsenn .... production assistant
Deborah Moore .... production consultant
Tim J. Nelson .... production assistant
Lester Poser .... production assistant
Alan Rose .... title designer
Katja Shaye .... production intern
Kiki Shepard .... assistant choreographer
Larry 'Ratso' Sloman .... developer
Linda Snyder .... dance consultant
Rick Strodel .... production assistant
James Whitaker .... assistant craft service (as Jim Whitaker)
Greer Yeaton .... production intern
 

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Runtime:
92 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Waters' first PG-rated film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During "Shake A Tail Feather," the non-council members in the background are dancing along in close-up shots, but just watching in the long shots.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Mashed Potato TimeSee more »

FAQ

Both "Hairspray" films are rated PG. Why is this version more crude than the 2007 one?
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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Timeless teen satire, 16 June 2002
Author: dhalgren74 from Tampa, Florida

Easily John Waters' best flick in terms of writing, direction, and mainstream appeal, it still has great little twisted touches like the rat Tracy kicks mid-makeout with her boyfriend, & her witchy rival's inevitable barf scene at the amusement park her bigoted parents (played by rock stars Sonny Bono and Debbie Harry) own. There's a strong undercurrent about race relations in 1962 Baltimore where the story is set, highlighted by Mrs Pingleton (Joanne Havrila)'s moronic descent into a black neighborhood to 'rescue' her daughter Penny from the arms of her black boyfriend Seaweed & be ridiculed by the residents. This is crosscut with the sheer exhilaration that Tracy & Penny are having dancing with their beaus in a black record shop down the street. Divine is hilarious as both Tracy's mom and the racist owner of the television station which hosts the Corny Collins 'American Bandstand' clone. And the music is fabulous early rock'n'roll, all Brill Building & pre-Motown soul stuff like Lesley Gore & Chubby Checker, with wonderful choreography throughout.

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