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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.

Director:

John Waters

Writer:

John Waters
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Cry-Baby
Amy Locane ... Allison Vernon-Williams
Susan Tyrrell ... Ramona Rickettes
Polly Bergen ... Mrs. Vernon-Williams
Iggy Pop ... Belvedere Rickettes
Ricki Lake ... Pepper Walker
Traci Lords ... Wanda Woodward
Kim McGuire ... Mona 'Hatchet-Face' Malnorowski
Darren E. Burrows ... Milton Hackett
Stephen Mailer ... Baldwin
Kim Webb ... Lenora Frigid
Alan J. Wendl Alan J. Wendl ... Toe-Joe
Troy Donahue ... Hatchet's Father
Mink Stole ... Hatchet's Mother
Joe Dallesandro ... Milton's Father
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Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Good girls want him bad. Bad girls want him worse. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Trivia

Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., and Jim Carrey were all considered for the role of Cry-Baby until Johnny Depp was cast. See more »

Goofs

Movie is set in mid-Fifties but in effort to add period detail, Universal Pictures opening logo is old shot of plane circling globe - a studio logo that hadn't been used since Thirties or early Forties at latest. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The USA cable network version has a few extra scenes, including two extra songs, "Chicken" and "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane":
  • Hatchetface's parents selling cigarettes by the school
  • Toe-Joe's does a "work-with-me" spiel instead of thanking his "Nudie Cutie"
  • an added act of a flexible little girl in the RSVP charm school talent show
  • extra footage of Hatchtface chasing Snaredrum and Susie Q around Ramona's front lawn
  • Lenora's "gunboats" are now "goldmines"
  • The third verse of Allison's song, "Teenage Prayer," is included
  • Extra footage of Cry-Baby driving his motorcycle to the charm school, a cop chasing him and an air raid drill that interupts Allison's act
  • Cry-Baby combs his hair instead of adjusting his crotch when he gets off of his motorcycle;
  • "Lay That Pistol Down" dance number is included
  • Cry-Baby arrives during "So Young" instead of before the song beginning, as in video version
  • In the movie, Hatchetface says, "Ain't ya got tits? Stick 'em out for God's sake!" In the USA Network version, she says, "Ain't ya got a figure? Show it!"
  • There is a longer scene with Wanda, her parents, and Inga, the Swedish exchange student
  • The showdown is at Turkey Point instead of at the press conference in front of the prison
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Soundtracks

RUBBER BISCUIT
Written by Charles Johnson
Performed by The Chips
Courtesy of Rhino Records Inc.
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Silly, sweet fun. Don't take it seriously, just enjoy it
3 September 2002 | by kidlitfanSee all my reviews

There seem to be two types of folks who detest "Cry-Baby;" those who think Waters sold out by making anything that cost more than $500 and didn't include coprophagy, and those who insist that all movies be Art with a capital A.

I was well into my 20's when the movie first came out, not a fan of 21 Jump Street, and no stranger to movies, including masterpieces and early John Waters, but I LOVED it, and have caught the uncut version on USA network quite a few times.

Cry-Baby is no Citizen Kane, and it's no Pink Flamingos, but, at risk of being pretentious, I will say that its full of something that makes art: Truth. Even in incredibly silly scenes, the movie is based in real and true emotions. John Waters' love for the fun parts of the 50's, (and hatred of the status quo that obviously made his teen years a living hell) is all over this film.

Yes, scenes such as the orphanage are silly, but the cynicism of the orphanage workers and the angst of the mother are as real as can be. The silliness works because the John Waters BELIEVES in what he is saying, and makes damn sure that his actors are with him!

All of the actors, from Johnny Depp who (as with all of his roles) *becomes* the character to Joe Dallesandro who barely can get his lines out, believe in their characters.

"Cry-Baby" parodies 50's "Teen Rebel" musicals such as "Rock Around the Clock" and "Don't Knock the Rock", but with obvious affection.

Yes, it's a musical. If you're one of those cynics who says things like "But people DON'T just start singing in real life" don't see it. Movies exist to give us a break from real life while mirroring it enough to be cathartic. Musicals and parodies take it one step further. They're not diaries, they're not reality, they're MOVIES!

"Cry-Baby" is a lot of fun, and the soundtrack is terrific (and "Hairspray"'s is even better!).

If you liked "Cry-Baby", I recommend "Hairspray" (not quite so silly, just as sweet.) and "But I'm A Cheerleader," which is definitely Waters-inspired, from its use of pink to its incredibly true emotions within very silly situations.

If you didn't like Cry-Baby, how sad. You obviously missed something.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,004,905, 8 April 1990

Gross USA:

$8,266,343

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,266,343
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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