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Adam Shankman's adaptation of the stage musical Adam Shankman, itself an adaptation of the non-musical John Waters film of the same name, stars Nikki Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, an overweight high-school student whose only dream is to be on a local Baltimore teen dance program. While her father (Christopher Walken) tells her to follow her dreams, her mother Edna (John Travolta in drag) reminds her that she doesn't look like the girls on that show. After impressing the show's host (James Marsden), Tracy earns a coveted spot on the program, but when she becomes a popular addition to the cast, she earns the wrath of the prettiest girl in school -- a girl whose mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) just happens to operate the local television station. Tracy's visit to detention hall opens her eyes to the racial tension on the show, as does the budding relationship between her best friend (Amanda Bynes) and an African-American boy named Seaweed (Elijah Kelley). Thus empowered, Tracy attempts to integrate the races on her favorite program. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:July 20, 2007


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Travolta Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2007 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Nikki Blonsky Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2007 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Nikki Blonsky Best Young Actress 2007 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Nikki Blonsky Best Newcomer 2007 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Nikki Blonsky Most Promising Performer 2007 Nominee


John Travolta
as Edna Turnblad
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Velma Von Tussle
Christopher Walken
as Wilbur Turnblad
Amanda Bynes
as Penny Pingleton
James Marsden
as Corny Collins
Queen Latifah
as Motormouth Maybelle
Brittany Snow
as Amber Von Tussle
Zac Efron
as Link Larkin
Elijah Kelley
as Seaweed J. Stubbs
Allison Janney
as Prudy Pingleton
Jerry Stiller
as Mr. Pinky
Paul Dooley
as Mr. Spritzer
Tabitha Lupien
as Becky
Nikki Blonsky
as Tracy Turnblad
Taylor Parks
as Little Inez
Hayley Podschun
as Tammy
Kelly Fletcher
as Lu Anne


Adam Shankman
Neil Meron
Craig Zadan
Leslie Dixon
Bojan Bazelli
Marc Shaiman
Composer (Music Score)
Marc Shaiman
Michael Tronick
David Gropman
Production Designer
Dennis Davenport
Art Director
Daryl Freimark
Michael Disco
Travis Knox
Linda Rae Favila
Associate Producer
Anson Downes
Associate Producer
Toby Emmerich
Executive Producer
Garrett Grant
Executive Producer
Mark Kaufman
Executive Producer
Scott Wittman
Executive Producer
Jennifer Gibgot
Executive Producer
Marc Shaiman
Executive Producer
Adam Shankman
Executive Producer
Michael Lynne
Executive Producer
Bob Shaye
Executive Producer
Gordon Sim
Set Decorator
Rita Ryack
Costume Designer
David MacMillan
Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Silverberg
First Assistant Director
Adam Shankman
Richard Hicks
Tina Gerussi
Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Supervising Sound Editor
Scott Wittman
John Waters
From Screenplay by
Tony Gardner
Makeup Special Effects
Mark Freund
Visual Effects Supervisor
Mark O'Donnell
Book (Musical)
Pacific Title
Visual Effects
Doug Hemphill
Re-Recording Mixer
Rick Kline
Re-Recording Mixer
Lev Kolobov
Visual Effects Supervisor
Ron Bartlett
Re-Recording Mixer
Milena Romanin
Second Unit Director
Branko Racki
Stunts Coordinator
Susan Dawes
Supervising Sound Editor
Thomas Meehan
Book (Musical)
Marc Shaiman