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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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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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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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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As a tribute to Divine's performance, most productions of the stage musical cast a man as Edna. See more »

Goofs

Little Peggy March's "I Wish I Were A Princess" was released in June 1963. 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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During the ending credits, there are footsteps moving to the beat of the song playing in the background. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

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Pony Time
Written by Don Covay and John Berry
Performed by Chubby Checker
Courtesy of ABKCO Records
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31 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw it when it first came out, I've seen it several times since, and my last viewing was just a few weeks ago. It never seems flat or old.

It takes a look at an issue that doesn't necessarily seem to be a goldmine of laughs (racial difficulties in the early '60s) and turns it into just that without robbing it of any dignity or sense of importance. John Waters seems to have pulled out all the stops to insure this outcome, and it really paid off.

The "pleasingly plump" pre-talk show Ricki Lake turns in a great performance in a role that's an inspiration to "chunky" girls everywhere.

As always, Waters picks cameo and supporting actors that are dead-on perfect. His own turn as a psychologist is an absolute scream! Brimming with hysterical lines and set-ups, this is a comedy you need to see, if you haven't already.


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