Cry-Baby

  • Film
  • Comedy
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An energetic and hyperactively hormonal romp through '50s kitsch from trash-master Waters. In Baltimore, 1954, the town's youth are divided into Squares and Drapes, the latter presided over by gang-leader Wade 'Cry Baby' Walker (Depp), orphaned son of the electrocuted Alphabet bomber. When Cry Baby ('That's Mister Baby to you!') falls for lithesome daughter-of-wealth Allison Vernon-Williams (Locane), she is sucked into a world of 'coloured' music, skin-tight slacks and reckless driving, from which her erstwhile companions seek to extract her forthwith. Replete with a thumpingly good soundtrack mixing old standards with modern pastiches, this is Waters' finest film to date, a worthy successor to Hairspray which exudes teen angst and young lust from every pore. Cameos from notable degenerates Iggy Pop and Traci Lords beautifully complement Depp's spunkily hollow-cheeked performance, while Patty Hearst plays the American middle class nightmare to a tee. Seriously sexy stuff.

Release details

Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Waters
Screenwriter: John Waters
Cast: Joey Heatherton
Mink Stole
Susan Tyrell
Patty Hearst
Joe Dallesandro
Troy Donahue
Willem Dafoe
Traci Lords
Polly Bergen
Johnny Depp
Iggy Pop
Amy Locane
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