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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  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)


$8,266,343 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Like the successful "Hairspray", this John Waters movie was turned into a Broadway musical, with all new songs. Unfortunately, it ran for just under two months (April 24 to June 22, 2008). John Waters was involved as creative consultant. 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 »


Written by Doc Pomus and Dave Alvin
Performed by James Intveld
Additional vocals by Rachel Sweet
Produced by Dave Alvin
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Troubled Love
28 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The movie "Cry Baby" is about a young boy and girl from opposite sides of the track falling in love. Wade "Cry baby" Walker (Johnny Depp) is considered a drape and a juvenile delinquent, and Alison (Amy Locane) is considered a square and a perfect angel. In their time Drapes and Squares were not seen together. Cry Baby fights with all his heart going up against an ex-boyfriend, a concerned grandmother, and even jail to keep his love with Alison.

Baldwin (Stephen Mailer), Alison's ex-boyfriend, does everything in his power to keep Alison to himself and away from Cry Baby. He picks fights and gets his gang together to vandalize the drapes property.

Alison's grandma (Polly Bergen) is like the leader of the squares and in the beginning worries that Cry Baby will be the downfall of her grandchild. Since she is left with Alison's care, she is over protective; but she wants Alison happy more than anything. In the end she comes around and tells Alison to choose the man her heart loves.

I believe director John Waters made a new twist to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and this provides a happy ending. Through his movie, Waters tells us that love happens when it happens and that no matter what background we come from, we should fight for love with all our hearts.

I love this movie. The first time I saw this movie as a four year old girl, I said I was going to marry Cry Baby. I recommend this movie to everyone. It has action for men and romance for women. I think that it transports us back in time and helps us see the conferences of the two social classes and feeds our belief that love really can conquer it all. I have probably watched this movie a thousand times and will probably watch it a thousand more. It definitely is worth the eighty-five minutes it takes to watch.

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