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Hairspray (1988)

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Release Date
Feb 26, 1988 (USA)
DVD Release Date
• R1: May 22, 2001

Budget $2,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 32 minutes

Country USA

Studio New Line Cinema

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• Hairspray
• White Lipstick (1987)

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, Teenage, Cult Classic, Campy, Gay/Lesbian, Suspense, Spoof, Satire, Coming Of Age

Tagline: Get Back To Your Roots!

Plot: Baltimore, 1962. Ample, energetic teen Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) wants nothing more than to get on hip local TV dance program THE CORNY COLLINS SHOW. When she finally gets her way, her lively dance moves and bubbly personality are met with unexpected popularity, along with the ire of a fellow dancer, scheming Amber Von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick). Furthermore, when she witnesses firsthand the terrible state of race relations in Baltimore, Tracy becomes an outspoken advocate for the desegregation of THE CORNY COLLINS SHOW.

John Waters’s first PG-rated film is also his most sweet-natured and accessible. Based on his appreciation of the real-life 1960s Baltimore dance program THE BUDDY DEANE SHOW, Waters's affection for the era and attention to authenticity shines through. Lake, in her first film performance, radiates charm and enthusiasm. Divine, in his last (dual) role, appears as both Tracy’s mother, Edna, and dastardly TV station manager Arvin Hodgepile. As if that weren’t enough, an inspired cast of cameos (Pia Zadora, Ric Ocasek, Waters himself) and a virtual instruction manual of faddish period dances and their accompanying songs serve only to make the deal even sweeter.

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 Directed by
John Waters
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 Written by
John Waters
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Sonny Bono
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Deborah Harry
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Ricki Lake
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Jerry Stiller
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Pia Zadora
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Josh Charles
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Ruth Brown
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 Music By
Kenny Vance
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