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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
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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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The world was in a mess... but their hair was perfect!! 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

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$6,671,108
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1.85 : 1
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Frank Whaley auditioned for the role of Link Larkin. See more »

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When Seaweed visits Penny after the riot at Tilted Acres, he only cuts one bar with the bolt cutters but breaks out 2 bars. Also, when he dropped the bars behind him, the sound is of them hitting immediately behind him, not on the ground below, as he was breaking in on the 2nd floor. See more »

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[first lines]
Tracy Turnblad: Come on! Come on!
Penny Pingleton: Okay, all right.
Tracy Turnblad: Will you hurry up?
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Train to Nowhere
Written by Dave Burgess
Performed by The Champs
Courtesy of All-Star Masters Inc.
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Divine's swansong, and John Waters' commercial peak
14 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Arguably the high point of John Waters' career, HAIRSPRAY is a fun, energetic and infectious movie with a top-notch soundtrack and earnest performances from everyone involved. The story centers around Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake), a "pleasantly plump" teenager who spends her afternoons watching the Corny Collins Show, where teenagers dance the most popular dances to the latest tunes. She manages to get on the show, and from there hopes to bring integration to Baltimore, Maryland (this takes place in 1962). While still maintaining some of the weirdness which made John Waters (in)famous, this film rises above campiness because of the social ideas it embraces, e.g., racial equality. There's also hints of commentary on fame and child stars, akin to themes explored in more explicit ways in his previous films, but the focus here is on bringing people together. And what better way than through music and dancing? Just about everything in the movie works, from the retro fashion which has been lovingly recreated/exaggerated to the choreography and music. It's so catchy that you just want to get up and dance yourself. Still, the movie isn't without its negatives. The narrative is a bit thin, and the conflict is resolved a little too easily, but this can be mostly forgiven because of the strength of everything else around it. Recommended for moviegoers of all ages.


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