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Hairspray (1988)

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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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... Franklin von Tussle
Ruth Brown ... Motormouth Maybelle
... Edna Turnblad / Arvin Hodgepile
... Velma Von Tussle
... Tracy Turnblad
... Wilbur Turnblad
... Amber von Tussle (as Colleen Fitzpatrick)
... Link Larkin
Leslie Ann Powers ... Penny Pingleton
... Seaweed
... Tammy
... Corny Collins
... Beatnik Cat (special apperances)
... Beatnik Chick
... Prudence Pingleton (as Joann Havrilla)
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'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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Baltimore, 1962. The heyday of hair-dos and hair-don'ts, Heartthrobs and hefty girls, hot dates and hip talkers, beatniks and hair hoppers, and one magical potion that keeps it all together. See more »


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26 February 1988 (USA)  »

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White Lipstick  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$577,287, 28 February 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,671,108
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Trivia

The role of Velma Von Tussle was offered to Mary Weiss of the 1960s band The Shangri-Las. See more »

Goofs

When Toussaint McCall is singing, he's clearly lip-syncing the record that's being played as his words don't quite match the song being heard. 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 »

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Referenced in The Graham Norton Show: Episode #8.6 (2010) See more »

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Mashed Potato Time
Written by William Garrett, Robert Bateman, Georgia Dobbins,
Brian Holland, and Freddie Gorman
Performed by Dee Dee Sharp (as Dee Dee Sharp)
Courtesy of ABKCO Records
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Hairspray is the best!
18 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This has to be without a doubt my favourite movie. There are probably better but none that I have enjoyed as much. Its perfectly cast and well written. Ricki Lake, Divine, Vitamin C and of course Debbie Harry all shine. It deals with such a sensitive issue thats still relevant today (prejudice) in an easily digestable and engaging way. I love the dances and the whole feel of this movie. Its one you love or hate and I definatly love it! 10/10


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