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Hairspray (2007)

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Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

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Adam Shankman

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Leslie Dixon (screenplay), John Waters | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Edna Turnblad
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Velma Von Tussle
Christopher Walken ... Wilbur Turnblad
Amanda Bynes ... Penny Pingleton
James Marsden ... Corny Collins
Queen Latifah ... Motormouth Maybelle
Brittany Snow ... Amber Von Tussle
Zac Efron ... Link Larkin
Elijah Kelley ... Seaweed
Allison Janney ... Prudy Pingleton
Nikki Blonsky ... Tracy Turnblad
Taylor Parks Taylor Parks ... Little Inez
Jayne Eastwood ... Miss Wimsey
Paul Dooley ... Mr. Spritzer
Jerry Stiller ... Mr. Pinky
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Storyline

Tracy Turnblad, a teenager with all the right moves, is obsessed with the Corny Collins Show. Every day after school, she and her best friend Penny run home to watch the show and drool over the hot Link Larkin, much to Tracy's mother Edna's dismay. After one of the stars of the show leaves, Corny Collins holds auditions to see who will be the next teen regular. With the help of her friend Seaweed, Tracy is chosen, angering evil dance queen Amber Von Tussle and her mother Velma. Tracy then decides that it's not fair that black kids can only dance on the show once a month (on "Negro Day"), and with the help of Seaweed, Link, Penny, Motormouth Maybelle, her father, and Edna, she's going to integrate the show.....without denting her 'do. Written by leoprez1030

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You Can't Stop The Beat...July 2007 See more »


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Rated PG for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lak za kosu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,476,745, 20 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$118,871,849

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$202,548,575
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The creative team modified several songs from the Original Broadway production, removed others, and added some new songs. "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now", a number performed in the stage musical by Tracy, Penny, and Amber opposite their respective mothers, was reluctantly cut from the script during pre-production - but was sung over the credits by all three "original" Tracys (Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur, and Nikki Blonsky). While the crew liked the song, screenwriter Leslie Dixon felt the number did not adequately advance the plot, and would also be impossible to film without a three-way split screen, which neither she nor director Adam Shankman wanted to use. "It Takes Two", sung in the stage musical by Link to Tracy during her first day on "The Corny Collins Show", was moved to an earlier scene in the film; Link sings it just before Tracy learns that the TV station will be holding auditions for a new Council Member. However, only the song's coda remains in the final release. "Cooties", performed by Amber at the climactic "Miss Teenage Hairspray" pageant in the stage musical, is an instrumental during the pageant contestants' dance-off. "Mama" and "It Takes Two" are also instrumentals during scenes featuring broadcasts of "The Corny Collins Show". A reprise of "Big, Blond, and Beautiful", sung by Velma and Edna, was added to the film as part of a new subplot involving Velma Von Tussle's attempt to seduce Tracy's father Wilbur. "I Can Wait", a climactic ballad written for the film, was to have been performed by Tracy as she is hiding out in Penny's basement. The sequence was cut from the final release print. "The New Girl in Town" was written for the stage musical, dropped during the workshopping stage, resurrected, and used in this film to underscore Tracy's rise-to-fame montage, and to show "The Corny Collins Show" on Negro Day. "Ladies' Choice", performed by Link at a school dance, was added to replace "The Madison", a dance number carried over into the stage musical from Hairspray (1988). "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" was written for the film for use during the closing credits. See more »

Goofs

In the first "Nicest Kids In Town" number Amber Von Tussle is wearing a stripped pink dress and has her hair done like a bee hive. In the second "Nicest Kids In Town" number you can see a small clip from behind of her wearing the same thing. The first clip was used a second time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tracy Turnblad: [singing] Oh, oh, oh, woke up today, feeling the way I always do. Oh, oh, oh, hungry for something that I can't eat. Then I hear that beat. That rhythm of town starts calling me down. It's like a message from high above. Oh, oh, oh, pulling me out to the smiles and the streets that I love. Good morning, Baltimore!
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Alternate Versions

Starting in August, in select theaters, a sing-along version of the film with on-screen lyrics was released. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 30 Rock: Señor Macho Solo (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Morning Baltimore
(2000)
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Performed by Nikki Blonsky
© 2000 Winding Brook Way Music (ASCAP)/Walli Woo Entertainment (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved
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Fantastic!
26 June 2007 | by scmovieguySee all my reviews

As a fan of the stage musical, I was worried that the film might not measure up - but they hit this one out of the ballpark! Bright, bouncy and joyously hilarious! A big smile hit my face as soon as it started and I didn't stop grinning until the end of the credits.

I haven't heard a press screening audience applaud after musical numbers since "Chicago" - and they cheered! The huge cast is uniformly terrific. Travolta, Pfeiffer and Walken are a hoot and Nikki Blonsky couldn't be more perfect.

The performances, script, lyrics, sight gags and costumes wage an all-out assault on your funny bone. Even the set dressing gets laughs!

This is the movie musical that Grease, Rent and Dreamgirls should have been.

Bravo!


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