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Cry-Baby

  • 1989
  • John Waters (2)
  • 87 mins
  • 12
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

John Waters's hilarious send-up of Grease and Jailhouse Rock revolves around juvenile delinquent Johnny Depp having the hots for square Amy Locane. A superb hepcat soundtrack mixes real throbbing golden oldies with wonderful hormone-busting rock 'n' roll parodies, and the usual hip dream cast (including Iggy Pop and porn queen Traci Lords) pushes the vivid cartoon caricatures as close to the edge as possible, with Hell's Angel Susan Tyrrell going deliriously over it. The nostalgic delights in Waters's reform school drool are often more subtle than his other period offering, Hairspray, but it's still a polished debunking of pop culture from the "Pope of Trash".

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Credits

Cast

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Wade "Cry-Baby" WalkerJohnny Depp
Allison Vernon-WilliamsAmy Locane
RamonaSusan Tyrrell
Mrs Vernon-WilliamsPolly Bergen
BelvedereIggy Pop
PepperRicki Lake
WandaTraci Lords
Hatchet-FaceKim McGuire
MiltonDarren Burrows
Hatchet's fatherTroy Donahue
Hatchet's motherMink Stole
Milton's fatherJoe Dallesandro
Milton's motherJoey Heatherton
Wanda's motherPatricia Hearst
Hateful guardWillem Dafoe
Night Court parentSusan Lowe
Picnic motherMary Vivian Pearce

Crew

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DirectorJohn Waters (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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