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Cry-Baby (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Musical | 6 April 1990 (USA)
In 1950s Baltimore, a bad-boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good-girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim McGuire ...
Mona 'Hatchet-Face' Malnorowski
Milton Hackett
Lenora Frigid
Alan J. Wendl ...
Hatchet's Father
Hatchet's Mother
Milton's Father


Allison is a "square" good girl who has decided she wants to be bad and falls hard for Cry-Baby Walker, a Greaser (or "Drape" in John Waters parlance). Spoofing Elvis movies and Juvenile Delinquency scare films of the '50s, this movie follows the adventures of Cry-Baby who, though he is sent to juvie, is determined to cross class (and taste) boundaries to get Allison back. Written by Linda (& Moo)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's a doll. He's a dreamboat. He's a delinquent. See more »


Comedy | Musical


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beksa  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$8,266,343 (USA)

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| (director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Cry-Baby" opened at the Marquis Theater in New York on April 24, 2008, ran for 68 performances and was nominated for the 2008 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book and Score. See more »


While they're making license plates and singing in the prison with Cry-Baby it's obvious they're not hitting their hammers against anything. See more »


[first lines]
Wanda's mother: Hi Kids. Remember, always look both ways before crossing.
Wanda: [embarassed] Mother!
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Crazy Credits

The film begins with an old-fashioned 50's style Universal logo. It's also accompanied by 50's doo-wop music. A stage curtain opens up the movie. See more »


Referenced in In Bad Taste (2000) See more »


Written by Charles Singleton and Rose Marie McCoy
Performed by Nappy Brown
By Arrangement with Savoy Jazz Inc. c/o Original Sound Entertainment
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16 October 1999 | by (Somerset, England) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on TV and then just HAD to get it on video. It's a brilliant send-up of the Grease story and Johnny Depp is perfectly cast in the James Dean-type role as a juvinile dilinquent who falls for a square. It's very funny and all the songs are great! Turn up the volume especially on 'Cry Baby'!

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