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Writer (WGA):
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6 April 1990 (USA) See more »
Too young to be square... Too tough to be shocked... Too late to be saved See more »
In 1950s Baltimore, a bad-boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good-girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Depp ... Cry-Baby

Amy Locane ... Allison Vernon-Williams

Susan Tyrrell ... Ramona Rickettes

Polly Bergen ... Mrs. Vernon-Williams

Iggy Pop ... Belvedere Rickettes

Ricki Lake ... Pepper Walker

Traci Lords ... Wanda Woodward
Kim McGuire ... Mona 'Hatchet-Face' Malnorowski

Darren E. Burrows ... Milton Hackett

Stephen Mailer ... Baldwin

Kim Webb ... Lenora Frigid
Alan J. Wendl ... Toe-Joe

Troy Donahue ... Hatchet's Father

Mink Stole ... Hatchet's Mother

Joe Dallesandro ... Milton's Father

Joey Heatherton ... Milton's Mother

David Nelson ... Wanda's Father

Patricia Hearst ... Wanda's Mother

Willem Dafoe ... Hateful Guard
Jonathan Benya ... Snare-Drum

Scout Raskin ... Susie-Q (as Jessica Raskin)
Robert Tyree ... Dupree
Angie Levroney ... Dupree's Girlfriend
Drew Ebersole ... Whiffle #1
Kenny Curtis ... Whiffle #2
Scott Neilson ... Whiffle #3

Robert Walsh ... Judge

Jenni Blong ... Inga (as Jeni Blong)
Craig Wallace ... Conk #1
Phillip Broussard ... Conk #2

Regi Davis ... Conk #3 (as Reggie Davis)
Nick Fleming ... Conk #4
Robbie Jones ... Conk #5
Vivienne Shub ... Mrs. Tadlock
Robert Marbury ... Angelic Boyfriend
Skip Spencer ... Strip Poker #1

Holter Graham ... Strip Poker #2

Susan Lowe ... Night Court Parent
Dan Griffith ... Snake-Eyes Hood (as Dan Griffiths)
Kirk McEwen ... Convict #1
Eric Lucas ... Convict #2
Frank Maldonado ... Convict #3
Patrick Mitchell ... Convict #4
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Picnic Mother
Steve Aronson ... Mean Guard
Kelly Goldberg ... Pepper's Baby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brad Baker ... Mean Policeman (uncredited)
John Blyth Barrymore ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

John Calvin Doyle ... Drape Gang Friend (uncredited)
Patrick Egan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Cindy Geppi ... Square (uncredited)

Carl Glorioso ... Drape / Dancer (uncredited)

James Intveld ... Wade 'Cry-Baby' Walker (singing voice) (uncredited)
David Christopher Johnson ... Additional Conk (uncredited)

Michael Stanton Kennedy ... Baltimore Reporter (uncredited)
Peter Koper ... Corrections Officer (uncredited)
Autumn Lucas ... Drapette (uncredited)
Jeff Mandon ... Smoker Kid (uncredited)

Stephen William Moore ... Howling Square-Boy (uncredited)
Mark Moorhead ... Prison Screening Cop (uncredited)

Joey Perillo ... Ko Jo Jackson (uncredited)
Carmen Renee Reynolds ... Goody Two-Shoes (uncredited)
Rachel Sweet ... Allison Vernon-Williams (singing voice) (uncredited)
Gary Wheeler ... Reporter #2 (uncredited)
Greer Yeaton ... Girl at Vaccine Row (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Waters 
Writing credits
John Waters (written by)

Produced by
Jim Abrahams .... executive producer
Brian Grazer .... executive producer
Pat Moran .... associate producer
Rachel Talalay .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
David Insley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Janice Hampton 
Casting by
Paula Herold 
Pat Moran 
Production Design by
Vincent Peranio 
Art Direction by
Delores Delux  (as Dolores Deluxe)
Set Decoration by
Virginia Nichols 
Chester Overlock III 
Costume Design by
Van Smith 
Makeup Department
Betty Beebe .... key makeup artist (as Betty A. Beebe)
Nancy Broadfoot .... key makeup artist
Denise Cellucci .... hair stylist
Delia H. Hoover .... additional hair stylist
Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion .... additional makeup artist (as Cheryl Kinion)
Christine Mason .... hair designer
Howard 'Hep' Preston .... barber
Van Smith .... makeup designer
Production Management
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... post-production supervisor (as Chic Ciccolini)
Karen Koch .... unit production manager
Michael Nelson .... executive in charge of production
Michael S. Nelson .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
F. Cameron MacRae .... dga trainee (as Cameron MacRae)
Betsy C. Schrott .... second second assistant director (as Betsy Schrott)
Jeffrey Wetzel .... second assistant director
Mary Ellen Woods .... first assistant director
Art Department
Robert Barnaby .... construction coordinator (as Bob Barnaby)
Patty Burgee .... graphic designer (as Pat Burgee)
Michael Davis .... construction coordinator (as Michael E. Davis)
Kelley Finn .... art department assistant
Francesca Gerlach .... scenic painter (as Fran Gerlack)
Wayne 'Spider' Kehs .... set dresser
Michael Lambason .... carpenter
Ted Lubonovich II .... propmaker
Mark Oliver .... art department assistant
Lester Poser .... set dresser
David Russell .... storyboard artist
Richard Salinas .... painter
Curtis A. Schnell .... art director: Los Angeles
Douglas Scrivener .... carpenter
Patti Tronolone .... carpenter
Keith Weaver .... scenic painter
Brook Yeaton .... property master
Jay Koiwai .... painter (uncredited)
Silvija L. Moess .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Angelella .... production sound (as Richard Angelella)
Bobbi Banks .... sound effects editor
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Joel Berkovitz .... assistant sound editor
Noah Blough .... adr editor
Russell Brower .... sound effects editor (as Russel Brower)
Midge Costin .... dialogue editor
Samuel C. Crutcher .... dialogue editor
Dwayne Dell .... production sound
Lily Diamond .... foley editor
Carol Everson .... sound playback
Teresa García .... assistant sound editor (as Theresa Garcia)
David Gates .... apprentice sound editor
Gary Gegan .... adr mixer
Victor Grodecki .... supervising sound editor
Paul Grupp .... additional sound engineer
Julie Hall .... sound effects editor
Chris Jargo .... adr editor
David Kahne .... additional sound engineer
Stanley Kastner .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor
Lance Laurienzo .... first assistant sound editor
David Leonard .... additional sound engineer
Mark Linett .... additional sound engineer
Mark 'Frito' Long .... sound recordist
Richard U.S. McIntosh .... additional sound engineer
Patrick O'Sullivan .... dialogue editor
Craig M. Otte .... sound effects editor (as Craig Otte)
Craig Porteilis .... additional sound engineer
Travis Powers .... sound effects editor
Brian Risner .... sound effects editor
Duane F. Seykora .... additional sound engineer
Lisa Shaw Phillips .... assistant sound editor (as Lisa Shaw)
Greg Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Tinkham .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Lou Carlucci .... special effects
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator (as Steve Kirshoff)
G.A. Aguilar .... stunts (as George Aguilar)
Bill Anagnos .... stunts
Rick Barker .... stunts
Dana Bertolette .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunts
Lisa Cain .... stunts
Scott Alan Cook .... stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Jeff Habberstad .... stunts
Don Hewitt .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jennifer Huggins .... stunts
Brett A. Jones .... stunts
Sean Kelly .... stunts
Janet Lee Orcutt .... stunts (as Janet Orcutt)
Candice Orsini .... stunts (as Candi Orsini)
Janet Paparazzo .... stunts
Lori Petitti .... stunts
Denney Pierce .... stunts
Erik Rondell .... stunts
Harold T. Wright Jr. .... stunts
Brad Baker .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Bucossi .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Applefeld .... video assist operator
Scott Browner .... first assistant camera
Murdoch Campbell .... gaffer
Matt Craven .... grip
Donne Daniels .... key grip
Philip Davis .... grip
Mike DeMeyer .... musco lighting technician
Peter Deming .... additional camera operator
Dominic DeSantis .... additional first assistant camera
Matthew Dorsey .... grip
Robert W. Dorsey .... camera operator (as Robert Dorsey)
Bryan Duggan .... additional photographer
Bryan Duggan .... camera operator
Rusty Gardner .... electrician
Henny Garunkel .... still photographer (as Henny Garfunkel)
Francis J. Gill .... grip
William J. Gray .... additional first assistant camera (as Bill Gray)
Steve Hurson .... additional second assistant camera
Marianna Kissell .... electrician
Dave Kramer .... electrician
Michael Krebs .... additional second assistant camera
Ron Kunecke .... musco lighting technician
Thomas Lappin .... second assistant camera (as Tom Lappin)
Thomas Loizeaux .... additional camera operator (as Tom Loizeaux)
Edgar Martin .... best boy grip
Patrick McAllister .... electrician
Patrick McAllister .... generator operator
Michael Murray .... electrician
Doug Nelson .... electrician
Michael J. Purbaugh .... crane operator: Olympian crane (as Michael Purbaugh)
Steve Seitz .... electrician (as Steven Seitz)
Lee Shapira .... grip
Blackford 'Boots' Shelton .... first assistant camera (as Boots Shelton)
Josh Spring .... best boy electric
Keith Weiner .... dolly grip
Ed Slater .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Adam Fusco .... casting assistant: Baltimore
Jonathan Gorrie .... casting assistant: Baltimore
Greg Mason .... casting associate (as Gregg Mason)
Diane Silverstadt .... casting assistant: New York
Rei Spinnichio .... casting assistant: Baltimore (as Rei Spinnicchio)
John Strawbridge .... casting assistant: Baltimore
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rolande Berman .... wardrobe assistant
Bernice Blake .... wardrobe assistant
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Mara Majorowicz .... wardrobe assistant
Kathy Oberlin .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Anny Lowery Meza .... assistant editor
Paul Parsons .... assistant editor
Erica Shaevitz .... associate editor
Stuart Sperling .... assistant editor
Josie Wechsler .... apprentice editor
Music Department
A. James Akimoto .... music coordinator
Dave Alvin .... lyric adapter
Larry Benicewicz .... music consultant
George Doering .... musician
Michael Ferdie .... music editor (director's cut)
Garey Johns .... music consultant
Edward Karam .... orchestrator: score (as Eddie Karam)
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Al Kooper .... lyric adapter
Becky Mancuso-Winding .... music supervisor (as Becky Mancuso)
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor: MCA Records
Celest Ray .... music clearance
Dennis S. Sands .... score recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Timothy R. Sexton .... music supervisor (as Tim Sexton)
Rachel Sweet .... lyric adapter
John Waters .... lyric adapter
Channing Wilroy .... music consultant
Transportation Department
Larry Alexander .... transportation coordinator
Carole Fontana .... transportation coordinator
Sara Gardner .... picture car coordinator
Roy A. Grace .... driver
Lonnie Mace .... driver
Stephen C. Pollock .... driver (as Stephen Pollock)
Salvatore A. Raimond .... driver (as Sal Raimond)
Ronald Smith .... driver (as Ron Smith)
Frank Tamburo .... picture car coordinator
Foard J. Wilgis .... transportation captain (as Foard Wilgis)
Joe Zappacosta .... driver
Michael Luckeroth .... driver (uncredited)
Randy White .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
David L. Aaron .... title coordinator: end titles
Harriotte H. Aaron .... script supervisor (as Harriotte Aaron)
Mike Annen .... mechanic
Paul Bowman .... production assistant
Allison Caine .... adr group coordinator
Paula M. Cerrone .... assistant: Ms. Talalay (as Paula Cerrone)
Lori Eastside .... choreographer
Paul Ellis .... assistant craft service
Jerry Erwin .... assistant accountant
Christin Everly .... assistant location manager
Frank Ferro .... production assistant
Andrew Giannetta .... location assistant (as Drew Giannetta)
Katie Gilbert .... assistant production coordinator
Granville Greene .... production assistant
Gus Griffin .... animal wrangler
Rochelle Gross .... production assistant
Terry Gusto .... location manager
Peter Haas .... unit publicist
Jesse Hadaway .... helicopter pilot
Kathryn Loraine Hibbs .... production accountant (as Kathryn Hibbs)
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach
Robert Maier .... location manager
Steve McAuliff .... animal wrangler
Eric McLeod .... production coordinator
Pat Moran .... production associate
Chris Mosner .... location intern
David O'Ferrall .... production assistant
Alan Rose .... title designer
Colleen Roome Shelton .... assistant: Mr. Waters (as Colleen Roome)
Beth Siegel .... craft service
Cara Tapper .... post-production scheduler
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Kathleen M. Woolley .... assistant craft service

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85 min | USA:91 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2005) | Chile:14 | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Puerto Rico:PG-13 | Singapore:PG13 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1990) | USA:PG-13 | Venezuela:PG-13
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Iggy Pop shaved his hair for the film. John Waters still has a lock of his hair in a scrapbook at home.See more »
Continuity: Allison's hair changes length during the film. In the final scene at the end her goes from shoulder length to past her collar bone when she is singing.See more »
[first lines]
Wanda's mother:Hi Kids. Remember, always look both ways before crossing.
Wanda:[embarassed] Mother!
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Featured in It Came from... Baltimore!! (2005) (V)See more »


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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Snazzy and fun musical-comedy with John Waters' style., 1 August 2005
Author: William ( from Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Don't expect to watch a movie in the style of "Grease" when you watch "Cry-Baby." This is a John Waters musical-comedy, and it's full of his style and humor. John Waters has his own style of directing, and his own style for writing dialogue. The dialogue and acting are usually out of the mainstream norm, and viewers who are not familiar with John Waters may not enjoy his films unless they open their minds to possibilities of silly, ridiculous, vulgar, and campy humor. "Cry-Baby" is set in the 1950's, and it's mainly about two groups of people who don't accept each other: The drapes and the squares. The drapes don't have a lot of money, are more accepting to different types of people, and listen to the hep sounds of rhythm and blues and rockabilly. Some of them get involved with crime, and are juvenile delinquents. The squares are very conservative, have more money, more attitude, and listen to "your hit parade" music. The drapes will hang out with anyone as long as there's a good time to be had, and the squares only socialize with other squares. There is friction and disgust whenever the two types meet. Within this is a love story concerning Cry-Baby and Allison. Cry-Baby is a drape, and Allison is a square tired of being so conservative. Cry-Baby and Allison are attracted to each other, and Allison decides to associate with the drapes. Conflicts emerge, and drapes and squares clash. That sounds clichéd, but the movie has a lot of humor and atmosphere. It's also full of color, spirit, and fun music. The locations and sets create a 1950's atmosphere of small town and rural America. The cars, clothing, and hairstyles are also effective. Sometimes clothes, hairstyles, props, and sets are exaggerated and outrageous, but these are trademarks of John Waters' style and sense of humor. "Cry-Baby" has its charm, and is effective as both a comedy and a musical. The musical numbers are fun and lively, and a lot of care went into making the songs sound authentic to the period. They are also well choreographed. Some of the musical numbers were written for the movie, and a few songs were originally 1950's hits newly recorded for "Cry-Baby" (such as the song that opens the movie, Allison singing "Teenage Prayer," etc.) There are also original vintage recordings throughout the movie (my favorite is "Jungle Drums," by Earl Bostic, which really gives a summer feeling to the Turkey Point location.) The background score is also well done, and professionally orchestrated. This is a John Waters film, and you have to expect unusual characters, and unusual acting and dialogue delivery. The casting of the movie is an interesting mix of performers (another Waters' trademark), and very much a delight. The cast is terrific! Johnny Depp and Amy Locane are wonderful as the teenagers who are attracted to each other, but live in different worlds. Their pairing brings out a believable chemistry, and a sense of fun. Polly Bergen's performance is excellent as the extremely conservative matriarch who finally learns how to have a good time with people who are different. Susan Tyrrell is as offbeat as she can be (see her in the bizarre musical-comedy "Forbidden Zone"), and Iggy Pop is interesting in his role. Ricki Lake returns in her second John Waters movie as Cry-Baby's pregnant sister. Kim McGuire, Darren E. Burrows, and Traci Lords create fun characters who are in Cry-Baby's gang and music group. Kim McGuire has a knack for creating a character who's kookie and bold, and yet deserves sympathy at times. Traci Lords is very good at comedy, and it would be nice to see her in more comedies. She does a great job with her mostly-cranky, tough-girl character. Stephen Mailer does a fine job of creating a character you really learn to loathe. "Cry-Baby" also features small parts played by noted stars such as Troy Donahue, Joe Dallesandro, Joey Heatherton, David Nelson, Willem Dafoe, and John Waters regular Mink Stole. Patricia Hearst Makes her feature film debut, and is very amusing as the naive mother of a drape daughter. "Cry-Baby" was a lot of fun to watch on the big screen, and I'm again enjoying it since it's been released on DVD (with added scenes that were cut for its theatrical release.) "Cry-Baby" is a snazzy and fun musical-comedy that seems to be pleasing people who are not regular John Waters fans! By the way, I was a scrape (part square, part drape) in high school, but that's a different story from a different era.

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