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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.

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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)

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Taglines:

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

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Comedy | Musical

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6 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beksa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,266,343
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene where Wanda offers Cry-Baby alcohol while driving, he says "I don't drink and drive". This is ironic, seeing as Amy Locane, who plays Alison, was involved in a fatal motor vehicle collision, in which she was sentenced to three years in prison, and was released in 2015. See more »

Goofs

When Allison is singing with the "Squares", after she adjusts the microphone she is on the other side and the microphones' lengths change between shots. 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 »


Soundtracks

JUNGLE DRUMS
Written by Ernesto Lecuona, Carmen Lombardo and Charles O'Flynn
Performed by Earl Bostic
Courtesy of G.M.L. Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing
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"Grease" goes kinky!
6 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

John Waters' movies are perhaps acquired taste (read: first class TRASH!), but "Cry-Baby" is a fairly accessible and comical romp, complete with great music, very likable performances and a moody 50's atmosphere. Obviously mocking "Grease", the story is set in a Baltimore high school where teen idol Johnny Depp leads the "Drapes" thug gang versus the chic and fancy "Squares". The hormones work at maximum power and Depp's character inevitably falls for the most popular square-girl in school. Arguments like these can only be settled with rough fights and…dance contests! Johnny Depp and Amy Locane are both great in their lead roles, but it's the supportive cast that impresses the most. More particularly ex-porn star Traci Lords, Kim McGuire as Hatchet-Face (you can't but stare at her grimaces), Iggy Pop and Ricky Lake (as Depp's wild sister in a constant state of pregnancy). The gags are more tasteful than usual but all John Waters' trademarks are still present. "Cry-Baby" is a strangely sexy film that'll definitely bring a smile on your face. Recommended!


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