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(1990)

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Tom Cruise, Robert Downey, Jr., and Jim Carrey were all considered for the role of Cry-Baby until Johnny Depp was cast.
Iggy Pop shaved his hair for the film. John Waters still has a lock of his hair in a scrapbook at home.
To find a young actor for the role of Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker, director John Waters bought thirty dollars worth of teen magazines, all of which showed Johnny Depp of 21 Jump Street (1987) on the cover. Depp thought the script was funny and strange, and took the offbeat role to avoid being typecast as a television teen idol.
Johnny Depp hates to dance, but Waters convinced him to for the film.
Willem Dafoe improvised the moment when he slaps Johnny Depp's ass.
Although the tattoo of the name "Cry-Baby" on Johnny Depp's arm is a fake, the Native American tattoo above it, is real.
Drew Barrymore was considered for the role of Allison Vernon-Williams.
James Intveld and Rachel Sweet did the singing for Johnny Depp and Amy Locane.
Originally, the square's show at the beginning was going to feature a child contortionist. The scene was filmed in its entirety with the contortionist, but the scene was later cut for the premiere. The contortionist was at the premiere, but no-one had thought to tell her that they cut her scene.
During the shooting of the movie, the FBI visited the set to search for co-star Traci Lords, who was being investigated, due to her porn past.
Wanda tells off Toe-Joe when he approaches her to pose for naked pictures. In real-life, Traci Lords became infamous for appearing in pornographic films as a minor.
The original Broadway production of "Cry-Baby" opened at the Marquis Theater in New York City on April 24, 2008, ran for 68 performances, and was nominated for the 2008 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book, and Score.
John Waters' first major studio film, with a week of re-shoots, and six months of post-production done in California.
Willem Dafoe only gets one minute of screentime.
Cry Baby, The Bonny Sisters song, was the first rock album John Waters ever owned.
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.
Troy Donahue (Hatchet's father) starred in Live Fast, Die Young (1958), a movie whose theme is spoofed by this one.
The original musical director of this film was Al Kooper. When he was dismissed from the movie, he was replaced by Dave Alvin.
Due to the huge success of Hairspray (1988), John Waters got offers from all the big studios to finance his next movie. The budget for this movie was twelve million dollars, while Hairspray (1988) was made for 2.5 million dollars.
The character "Inga" (Jenni Blong) only ever says "yah." She never says anything else.
Though the actors and actresses were supposed to be playing High School teenagers, none of Cry-Baby's group was of high school age. Johnny Depp was 26, Ricki Lake and Traci Lords were both 21, Kim McGuire was 34, and Darren E. Burrows was 23. Amy Locane was the only one of High School age at 18.
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In a scene where Wanda offers Cry-Baby alcohol while driving, he says "I don't drink and drive". This is ironic, seeing as Amy Locane, who plays Alison, was involved in a fatal motor vehicle collision, in which she was sentenced to three years in prison, and was released in 2015.
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Johnny Depp and Willem Dafoe previously appeared in Platoon (1986).
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At the beginning of the movie, when the school kids are getting shots, the boy in line behind Allison looks at the camera and winks.
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This movie, Serial Mom (1994), Pecker (1998), and Hairspray (1988) are avaliable on both DVD and Blu-ray. These four are more or less considered "mainstream" films in a genre best described as "camp comedy". His other movies, such as Pink Flamingos (1972) and Packers are intentional "trash" films that have gained a cult following, but are only avaliable on standard DVD.
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