A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

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John Waters

Writer:

John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonny Bono ... Franklin von Tussle
Ruth Brown Ruth Brown ... Motormouth Maybelle
Divine ... Edna Turnblad / Arvin Hodgepile
Debbie Harry ... Velma Von Tussle
Ricki Lake ... Tracy Turnblad
Jerry Stiller ... Wilbur Turnblad
Vitamin C ... Amber von Tussle (as Colleen Fitzpatrick)
Michael St. Gerard ... Link Larkin
Leslie Ann Powers Leslie Ann Powers ... Penny Pingleton
Clayton Prince Clayton Prince ... Seaweed
Mink Stole ... Tammy
Shawn Thompson ... Corny Collins
Ric Ocasek ... Beatnik Cat (special apperances)
Pia Zadora ... Beatnik Chick
Jo Ann Havrilla Jo Ann Havrilla ... Prudence Pingleton (as Joann Havrilla)
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Storyline

'Pleasantly Plump' teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show's former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber's manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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1962... JFK was in The White House... John Glenn was in orbit... Cadillacs had fins... Beehives were in... And girls really knew how to tease! See more »


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Divine's last film with John Waters. See more »

Goofs

Velma and Amber are at the stage side watching the Lafayettes and at the same time she's on the other side near the entrance making accusations against Traci to her mother and then is right back again with her daughter watching the Lafayettes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tracy Turnblad: Come on! Come on!
Penny Pingleton: Okay, all right.
Tracy Turnblad: Will you hurry up?
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Crazy Credits

During the ending credits, there are footsteps moving to the beat of the song playing in the background. See more »

Alternate Versions

The main title credits in the Italian version mis-spell Ric Ocasek's name as "Rock Ocasek" See more »

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References Carrie (1976) See more »

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Let's Twist Again
Written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell
Performed by Chubby Checker
Courtesy of ABKCO Records
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Fun and surprisingly watchable John Waters film...
24 November 2008 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 11/12/2008- (Dir-John Waters): Fun and surprisingly watchable John Waters film about an overweight teen trying to make it on a 50's dance show. Rikki Lake is great in the lead and Divine does a good job as her understanding mother. Despite the filmmakers reputation there are very few gross-out scenes and a good anti-racial theme protecting both overweight people and blacks. The movie has a silly premise and approach but actually does a good job of showing how stupid some of the laws against African-Americans were in the fifties and the sixties. The movie also just flat out entertains and doesn't try to take itself too seriously. I'm actually now looking forward to watching other John Water's films because of this one although I'm sure most of them are not as tame as this one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

White Lipstick See more »

Filming Locations:

Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$577,287, 28 February 1988

Gross USA:

$6,671,108

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,673,032
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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