Hairspray (1988)

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It's Baltimore, 1962, and a rebellious "pleasantly plump" teenager attempts to be one of the featured stars on a popular dance show and win the coveted "Miss Auto Show" crown.


  • Sonny Bono
  • Ruth Brown
  • Divine
  • Debbie Harry
  • Ricki Lake
  • Jerry Stiller
  • Vitamin C
  • Michael St. Gerard
  • Leslie Ann Powers
  • Clayton Prince

Did You Know?


  • The role of Edna Turnblad was originally written for famed transsexual Christine Jorgensen. However, when the role of Tracy had to be rewritten, John Waters also rewrote the role of Edna in order to keep his friend and muse Divine in the production.
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  • When Corny introduces himself at the auto show, the audio is not in sync with his lips.
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    • Prudence: Penny Pingleton, you know you are punished. From now on you're wearing a giant P on your blouse every day to school so that the whole world knows that Penny Pingleton is permanently, positively, punished.
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Basically the movie is a bubble-headed series of teenage crises and crushes, alternating with historically accurate choreography of such forgotten dances as the Madison and the Roach.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times