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Cry-Baby (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Musical | 6 April 1990 (USA)
In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

Director:

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:

He's a doll. He's a dreamboat. He's a delinquent. 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:

Cry-Baby 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

Wanda tells off Toe-Joe when he approaches her to pose for naked pictures. In real-life, Traci Lords became infamous for appearing in pornographic films as a minor. See more »

Goofs

After the immunizations, in the scene were Allison talks to the drapes for the first time, Lenora is standing on the steps trying to pose. The scene shoots away from her, but when it shoots back to her, her hair barrette has changed sides. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The USA cable network version has a few extra scenes, including two extra songs, "Chicken" and "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane":
  • Hatchetface's parents selling cigarettes by the school
  • Toe-Joe's does a "work-with-me" spiel instead of thanking his "Nudie Cutie"
  • an added act of a flexible little girl in the RSVP charm school talent show
  • extra footage of Hatchtface chasing Snaredrum and Susie Q around Ramona's front lawn
  • Lenora's "gunboats" are now "goldmines"
  • The third verse of Allison's song, "Teenage Prayer," is included
  • Extra footage of Cry-Baby driving his motorcycle to the charm school, a cop chasing him and an air raid drill that interupts Allison's act
  • Cry-Baby combs his hair instead of adjusting his crotch when he gets off of his motorcycle;
  • "Lay That Pistol Down" dance number is included
  • Cry-Baby arrives during "So Young" instead of before the song beginning, as in video version
  • In the movie, Hatchetface says, "Ain't ya got tits? Stick 'em out for God's sake!" In the USA Network version, she says, "Ain't ya got a figure? Show it!"
  • There is a longer scene with Wanda, her parents, and Inga, the Swedish exchange student
  • The showdown is at Turkey Point instead of at the press conference in front of the prison
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Connections

Referenced in Angels in New York: Episode #1.4 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I'M A BAD, BAD GIRL
Written by Gladyees DeJesus
Performed by Little Esther Phillips
Courtesy of G.M.L. Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing
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User Reviews

Something Wonderful
26 September 2004 | by black_star_dust_84See all my reviews

There's really nothing wrong with this film. It's funny, it's fun, and it's got a cameo of Willem Dafoe. With Johnny Depp as the star, what else could you want? Apart from being a satire, it's an entertaining and hysterical, relatable satire. It takes a lot of skill to take a concept that could so easily teeter from funny to ridiculous, and while certain parts of the film seem to be heading towards that thin barrier, they always save face at the last minute. The movie doesn't just ride on Johnny Depp's talent, either. Every member of the cast displays a genuine understanding of the somewhat SNL-esque humour required to make everything work. I've yet to meet someone face to face that has not seen this movie and truly enjoyed it for what it is: something wonderful.


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