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Hairspray Details

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Forever interested in the kitsch built into past eras, director John Waters chooses the TV dance show craze of the early '60s for his playful focus in Hairspray. Ricki Lake plays Tracy Turnblad, just one of several alliteratively named characters coming of age in 1962 Baltimore, where "The Corny Collins Show" is the most popular Ricki Lake-type program, watched by hundreds of young dreamers each day after school. Being chosen to dance on it is the ultimate status symbol and every young girl's dream, and Tracy improbably wins a featured spot when she infiltrates a dance contest and makes a better impression than her favored rival, the catty Amber von Tussle (Colleen Fitzpatrick). Always able to have fun, even when she's being mocked by the jealous popular girls, Tracy wins the affections of Amber's boyfriend and soon begins leading a movement to integrate the dance show, which has previously featured blacks only in a once-weekly theme night. She is arrested following a demonstration at a local theme park owned by Amber's father (Sonny Bono), who subscribes to the same theory of race relations as "The Corny Collins Show." Tracy's adventures are also filtered through her loving but eccentric parents (Divine and Jerry Stiller) and involve a humorous cultural clash with pot-smoking beatniks (Ric Ocasek and Pia Zadora). ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

  • Release date:February 16, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards John Waters Best Director 1988 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards John Waters Best Screenplay 1988 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Ricki Lake Best Actress 1988 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Divine Best Supporting Actor 1988 Nominee
Sundance Film Festival John Waters In Competition 1987 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Deborah Harry Best Supporting Actress 1988 Nominee

Cast

Ricki Lake
as Tracy Turnblad
Michael St. Gerard
as Link Larkin
Divine
as Edna Turnblad
Colleen Fitzpatrick
as Amber von Tussle
Sonny Bono
as Franklin von Tussle
Ruth Brown
as Motormouth Maybell
Deborah Harry
as Velma Von Tussle
Clayton Prince
as Seaweed
Jerry Stiller
as Wilbur Turnblad
Mink Stole
as Tammy
Shawn Thompson
as Corny Collins
Ric Ocasek
as Beatnik Cat
David Samson
as WZZT Official
Leo Rocca
as Governor
Mary Vivian Pearce
as Hairhopper Mother
Joey Perillo
as TV Secruity Guard
James Parisi
as Governor's Aide
Alan J. Wendl
as Mr. Pinky
Kim Webb
as Carmelita
Michael Willis
as Governor's Mansion Newsman
Brook Yeaton
as Tough Guy #1
June Thorne
as Von Tussle Picket
Darrell Taylor
as Governor's Mansion Picket
John Waters
as The Psychiatrist
Adam Tucker
as Cop
Pia Zadora
as Beatnik Chick
Divine
as Arvin Hodgepile
Joseph Eubanks
as Governor's Mansion Picket
Holter Graham
as I.Q. Jones
Brenda Alford
as Trinklette #2
Jeff Gardner
as Tough Guy #2
W.H. Brown
as Governor's Mansion Picket
Josh Charles
as Iggy
Scheryll Anderson
as Amusement Park Patron
Mark Oliver
as Geometry Student
Toussaint McCall
as Himself
Susan Lowe
as Angry Mother
Patrick Mitchell
as Teen Street Fan
Matt Myers
as Singing Bum
Dan Griffith
as Brad
Mary Jefferson
as Street Lady #1
Charlie Hawke
as Amusement Park Patron
Peter Koper
as Governor's Mansion Policeman
Rosemary Knower
as Mrs. Shipley

Crew

John Waters
Director
Robert Shaye
Producer
Robert Maier
Producer
Sara Risher
Producer
John Waters
Screen Story
John Waters
Screenwriter
David Insley
Cinematographer
Ray Bryant
Songwriter
Dimitri Tiomkin
Featured Music
Ned Washington
Featured Music
Aaron Collins
Songwriter
Otis Hayes
Songwriter
Verlie Rice
Songwriter
Willa Bassen
Songwriter
Bonnie Greenberg
Musical Direction/Supervision
Kenny Vance
Composer (Music Score)
Toussaint McCall
Songwriter
Curtis Mayfield
Songwriter
Eddie Morrison
Songwriter
Janice Hampton
Editor
Vincent Peranio
Art Director
Rachel Talalay
Co-producer
John Waters
Co-producer
Robert Shaye
Executive Producer
Sara Risher
Executive Producer
Van Smith
Costume Designer
Rick Angelella
Sound/Sound Designer
Pat Moran
Casting
Mary Colquhoun
Casting
Robert Maier
Line Producer
Van Smith
Makeup
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