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

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John Waters
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonny Bono ... Franklin von Tussle
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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The world was in a mess... but their hair was perfect!! See more »


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John Waters cast Pia Zadora because he was impressed with her performance in Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984). See more »

Goofs

While they are watching "The Corny Collins Show" on TV, Wilbur Turnblad reads a "Life" magazine published March 19, 1965. 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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The main title credits in the Italian version mis-spell Ric Ocasek's name as "Rock Ocasek" See more »

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Referenced in This Filthy World (2006) See more »

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The Bug
Written by Jerry Dallman and Milton Grant
Performed by Jerry Dallman and The Knightcaps
Courtesy of Punch Records
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Actually an excellent black comedy.
9 February 2008 | by DaleHirstSee all my reviews

And by that I don't mean the colour of someone's skin, but in the manner of The League of Gentlemen etc but rather than using gross or weird out comedy it parodies one of the most disgusting periods of humanity's history, when someone could be looked down on, legally, with the full backing of the law and the public unwillingness to integrate when it was finally legislated against.

This really was a more than decent watch if you let yourself suspend your incredulity a little. The dancing show was a hilarious parody of a 60s show, the performance by the parents and the 3 presenters outside of the show environment especially stand out as works of comedy genius with the children just there as a plot device to move the story on.

7.5/10.


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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

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1.85 : 1
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