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Cry-Baby (1990)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  6 April 1990 (USA)
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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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Mona 'Hatchet-Face' Malnorowski
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Milton Hackett
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Baldwin
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Lenora Frigid
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Too young to be square... Too tough to be shocked... Too late to be saved See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cry-Baby  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,266,343 (USA)
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Trivia

Wanda (Traci Lords) tells off Toe-Joe (Alan J. Wendl) when he approaches her to pose for naked pictures. In real life, Traci Lords became infamous for appearing in pornographic films as a minor. See more »

Goofs

The tattooed teardrop on Cry-Baby's face at the end of the movie appears and disappears. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Soundtracks

THE FLIRT
Written by Leonard Lee and Earl Palmer
Performed by Shirley and Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records Inc.
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A delinquent musical Joy-Ride with 50's teen angst films...
23 April 2004 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

This is a film that John Waters created as a loving send up of 1950's teen and juvenile delinquent films. It tells the story of Cry-Baby (Depp) a teenage orphan with the ability to make women swoon by shedding a single tear. It's a good natured, never mean musical based in a world where a song can make jail prisoners dance and riot or make someone fall in love with you despite being from different worlds.

A cast that includes Iggy Pop, Traci Lords, Waters regular Rikki Lake and a few other pleasant treats and cameos. The actors appear to be having as much fun with the subject matter as the film is. Borrowing for value from films such as Grease, Jail-house Rock, High School Hellcats, Rebel without a cause and a zillion others from the genre this film is a self-aware campy comedy that is very well crafted.

Clean and ridiculous warmhearted fun with more than a hint of trash. As of the date I re-watched this film (April 2004 10 years later) this film is still out of print. The reason for that is inexplicable to me as it's one of Johnny Depp's funniest performances and one of the better musicals that comes to mind. Oh yeah, don't blink or you'll miss Willem Defoe as the prison guard. "God bless Dwight D. Eisenhower, God bless Roy Cohn..."

Come for the comedy, stay for the great songs.


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