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Eisenhower is President. Rock 'n' Roll is king. And Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the baddest hood in his high school. Johnny Depp heads up a supercool cast as the irresistible bad boy whose amazing ability to shed one single tear drives all the girls wild - especially Allison Vernon Williams (Amy Locane), a rich, beautiful "square" who finds herself uncontrollably drawn to the dreamy juvenile delinquent and his forbidden world of rockabilly music, fast cars and faster women. It's the hysterical high-throttle world of 1954 in director John Waters' outrageous musical comedy.


  • Johnny Depp
  • Amy Locane
  • Susan Tyrrell
  • Polly Bergen
  • Iggy Pop
  • Ricki Lake
  • Traci Lords
  • Kim McGuire
  • Darren E. Burrows
  • Stephen Mailer

Did You Know?


  • Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr., and Jim Carrey were all considered for the role of Cry-Baby until Johnny Depp was cast.
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  • At the beginning when they are waiting to get a shot, Wanda is standing in front of a girl with a red dress. Then suddenly she stands behind the girl.
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    • [to Wanda]
    • Wanda's mother: Let's all put on a folk hat and learn something about a foreign culture!
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It throbs with innocence; like prom night itself, it's an instant good memory. And like its creator, the always surprising John Waters, it's sideshow weird. They don't make 'em like this anymore. They never did, either. [6 Apr 1990, p.G5]

Metacritic review by Bill Cosford
Bill Cosford
Miami Herald

It is only now that I am in a condition to appreciate the 1950s.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

For a while the actors seem intimidated by the `50s references, but the film eventually develops a musical energy that carries the day. Amy Locane shows promise as the virtuous girl who falls for juvenile delinquent Johnny Depp.

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune