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Cry-Baby (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim McGuire ...
Mona 'Hatchet-Face' Malnorowski
Darren E. Burrows ...
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


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


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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 »


When Allison is singing with the "Squares", after she adjusts the microphone she is on the other side and the microphones' lengths change between shots. 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 Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.11 (2012) See more »


Written by Jimmie Rodgers
Performed by Webb Pierce
Courtesy of MCA Records
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User Reviews

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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