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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.

Director:

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 ... Seaweed
Mink Stole ... Tammy
Shawn Thompson ... Corny Collins
Ric Ocasek ... Beatnik Cat (special apperances)
Pia Zadora ... Beatnik Chick
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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It's way beyond Grease. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,671,108
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During a road trip to promote the film following its release, John Waters and Divine were making the circuit. Two weeks into the trip, Divine collapsed and died. John Waters was devastated and later made the comment, "After you've worked hard all your life and finally succeed, I think you deserve more than two weeks to enjoy it". See more »

Goofs

When Corny introduces himself at the auto show, the audio is not in sync with his lips. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Music Movies: Hairspray (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bug
Written by Jerry Dallman and Milton Grant
Performed by Jerry Dallman and The Knightcaps
Courtesy of Punch Records
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I'm an integrationist. We shall overcome someday.
23 February 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

It is hard to believe that we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of this film this week. It is even harder to believe that just one week after it opened Divine left the world's stage forever.

But, the star of the show was Ricki Lake in her first year as a film actress. She camped up John Water's script and delivered an enjoyable musical movie with a message that is just as important today as it was 20 years ago.

It was really interesting seeing people like Sonny Bono, Blondie, Jerry Stiller, Pia Zadora, and, of course, writer/director John Waters himself.

A goofy satire that is just as good today as it was then.


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