Hairspray

Waters' most hygienically commercial film is a Retro schlock-fancier's delight. Remember backcombing and the beehive, pale-pink lipstick, acid yellows, that first kiss? Tracy Turnblad (Lake), fat teenie offspring of fatter Edna (Divine), dreams of winning the dance crown on The Corny Collins Show on TV, but falls foul of bitchy queen-of-the-hop Amber von Tussle (Fitzpatrick) and her grotesquely unscrupulous parents (Harry and Bono). Also on the strength are Ruth Brown as Motormouth Maybelle, Pia Zadora as a beatnik, and plenty of vigorous hoofing to the unlamented Madison.

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Waters
Screenwriter: John Waters
Cast: Colleen Fitzpatrick
Mink Stole
Sonny Bono
Ricki Lake
Ruth Brown
Debbie Harry
Pia Zadora
Divine
Ric Ocasek
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