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Cry-Baby (1990)

In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

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John Waters

Writer:

John Waters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Cry-Baby
Amy Locane ... Allison Vernon-Williams
Susan Tyrrell ... Ramona Rickettes
Polly Bergen ... Mrs. Vernon-Williams
Iggy Pop ... Belvedere Rickettes
Ricki Lake ... Pepper Walker
Traci Lords ... Wanda Woodward
Kim McGuire ... Mona 'Hatchet-Face' Malnorowski
Darren E. Burrows ... Milton Hackett
Stephen Mailer ... Baldwin
Kim Webb ... Lenora Frigid
Alan J. Wendl Alan J. Wendl ... Toe-Joe
Troy Donahue ... Hatchet's Father
Mink Stole ... Hatchet's Mother
Joe Dallesandro ... Milton's Father
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Storyline

Allison is a "square" good girl who has decided she wants to be bad and falls hard for Cry-Baby Walker, a Greaser (or "Drape" in John Waters parlance). Spoofing Elvis movies and Juvenile Delinquency scare films of the '50s, this movie follows the adventures of Cry-Baby who, though he is sent to juvie, is determined to cross class (and taste) boundaries to get Allison back. Written by Linda (& Moo)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Too young to be square... Too tough to be shocked... Too late to be saved See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beksa See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,266,343
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Though the actors and actresses were supposed to be playing High School teenagers, none of Cry-Baby's group was of high school age. Johnny Depp was 26, Ricki Lake and Traci Lords were both 21, Kim McGuire was 34, and Darren E. Burrows was 23. Amy Locane was the only one of High School age at 18. See more »

Goofs

The prisoners are wearing 3D glasses while watching Creature from the Black Lagoon, but the print they're viewing is normal black-and-white. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wanda's mother: Hi Kids. Remember, always look both ways before crossing.
Wanda: [embarassed] Mother!
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Crazy Credits

The film begins with an old-fashioned 50's style Universal logo. It's also accompanied by 50's doo-wop music. A stage curtain opens up the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dreamlanders: Little Taffy (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

JAILBIRD
Written by Bruce Morgan
Performed by Sonny Knight
By Arrangement with Deck Records c/o Original Sound Entertainment
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A brilliant performance
17 April 2004 | by wifeofsamSee all my reviews

I admit, on first hearing about this film even I (the major Johnny Depp fan) was a bit skeptical to view it. But, I figured, hey, it's JD, why not? And, I now must say, that is goes down as one of my favorite movies. Why? because it's an amazing spoof my John Waters. As a lover of old musicals from the 50s and 60s, it's just amusing to watch a spoof of them, especially one done so well as this. My fav scene (don't worry..no spoilers..) is one where Crybaby (JD) performs a song in a comedic Elvis Presley fashion, which shows how dynamic JD is as an actor. what else makes this movie great? The music. There's not one boring song where you feel like it'll never end, because you don't want it to end. (yes, i own the soundtrack..i'm pathetic, i know). It's just a great movie..well, if you like a musical that spoofs other musicals.


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