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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.

Director:

John Waters

Writer:

John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Alan J. Wendl ... Toe-Joe
Troy Donahue ... Hatchet's Father
Mink Stole ... Hatchet's Mother
Joe Dallesandro ... Milton's Father
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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:

Good girls want him bad. Bad girls want him worse. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cry-Baby See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,266,343
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Johnny Depp and Willem Dafoe previously appeared in Platoon (1986). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

Alternate Versions

The USA cable network version has a few extra scenes, including two extra songs, "Chicken" and "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane":
  • Hatchetface's parents selling cigarettes by the school
  • Toe-Joe's does a "work-with-me" spiel instead of thanking his "Nudie Cutie"
  • an added act of a flexible little girl in the RSVP charm school talent show
  • extra footage of Hatchtface chasing Snaredrum and Susie Q around Ramona's front lawn
  • Lenora's "gunboats" are now "goldmines"
  • The third verse of Allison's song, "Teenage Prayer," is included
  • Extra footage of Cry-Baby driving his motorcycle to the charm school, a cop chasing him and an air raid drill that interupts Allison's act
  • Cry-Baby combs his hair instead of adjusting his crotch when he gets off of his motorcycle;
  • "Lay That Pistol Down" dance number is included
  • Cry-Baby arrives during "So Young" instead of before the song beginning, as in video version
  • In the movie, Hatchetface says, "Ain't ya got tits? Stick 'em out for God's sake!" In the USA Network version, she says, "Ain't ya got a figure? Show it!"
  • There is a longer scene with Wanda, her parents, and Inga, the Swedish exchange student
  • The showdown is at Turkey Point instead of at the press conference in front of the prison
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Connections

References The Cry Baby Killer (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

I'M SO YOUNG
Written by William 'Prez' Tyus
Performed by The Students
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Don't expect Grease.
16 June 2004 | by IdolprincessSee all my reviews

If you're a fan of the rockabilly fashion of the 50's and of John Waters, you will like this movie. Personally, I was a big fan of it. It's one of my favorite movies.

This movie involves two groups: the "squares" and the "greasers". While most teen movies set in the 50's involve typical preppy high school students, this one was on the side of the greasers. This is what I found fun and interesting. The world in which the greasers live is fun and colorful. The characters are all social outcasts or "delinquents" as they call them in the movie. This is what is so particular. Maybe this isn't what life in the 50's was really about, but it gives the illusions that you're seeing an aspect of life during that time that you normally don't see.

It was a pleasant and fun to watch movie. It was also very cartoony, which is something I like in a movie very much. The imagery is very pleasant. However, it's not a movie for everyone. It can easily be seen as cheesy. And if you're expecting a typical 50's musical like Grease, there's a good chance you won't like this one, since it makes you root so much for the social outcasts. This movie doesn't show the typical "clean" 50's that people enjoy so much.

This movie also makes fun of the typical "bad boy" image of the 50's. But doesn't it also poke fun at the image that Johnny Depp had at the time? In several interviews done after the release of this movie, Depp mentioned that he enjoyed playing that role because it was a satire of the image he had and that he also disliked very much.

I think this is the type of movie that can easily become someone's favorite but that can be hated by a lot of viewers. Maybe the dancing and the singing isn't as good as in Grease. But you have to remember that this is a light and fun movie that doesn't take itself seriously. It can also be seen as a satire of typical musicals. I would definitely recommend it.


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