A 'pleasantly plump' teenager teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.
Release Year: 1988
Rating: 6.8/10 (9,826 voted)
Critic's Score: 76/100
Stars: Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown, Divine
'Pleasantly Plump' teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show's former star, Amber Von Tussle, as well as Amber's manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.
Franklin von Tussle
Velma Von Tussle
(as Debbie Harry)
Amber von Tussle
Michael St. Gerard
Leslie Ann Powers
Beatnik Cat (special apperances)
Baltimore, 1962. The heyday of hair-dos and hair-don'ts, Heartthrobs and hefty girls, hot dates and hip talkers, beatniks and hair hoppers, and one magical potion that keeps it all together.
Release Date: 26 February 1988
Filming Locations: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $577,287
(28 February 1988)
Did You Know?
John Waters' first PG-rated film.
In his advertising spot on the Corny Collins show, Mr. Pinky states that his 'Hefty Hideaway' "clothes for the ample woman" are "available in size 12 to 26" which, in 1988, would have been considered 'plus size'. However, in 1962 sizing, a size 12 was not a 'plus size'. In fact the approximate measurements, in 1962, for a size 12 dress would have been 32-25-34.
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As a HUGE fan of John Waters films, I have nothing but praise for this
So fun, so campy, so enjoyable ( and you know…there IS a real plot
the film. It's not just music and hair! ) The characters are at once
and loveable, esp. Divine as Edna Turnblatt. And who can't love Ricki
as the voluptous teen sensation, Tracy Turnblatt!?! It's such a great
The one liners alone make me howl, as well as the great 60's look they
able to COAT the film with ( like hairspray? ) The clothes, the
the makeup, EVERYTHING. Stellar pseudo B-movie casting ( Debbie Harry,
It's a favorite!!!