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Still of Johnny Depp, Traci Lords and Ricki Lake in Cry-Baby


In 1950s Baltimore, a bad-boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good-girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 6.3/10 (23,734 voted)

John Waters

Stars: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane

"Drape" (or Greaser) Wade Walker, also known as Cry-Baby for his ability to shed a single tear, falls head over heels for square Allison Vernon-Williams who, incidentally, is tired of being good.


Johnny Depp


Amy Locane

Allison Vernon-Williams

Susan Tyrrell

Ramona Rickettes

Polly Bergen

Mrs. Vernon-Williams

Iggy Pop

Belvedere Rickettes

Ricki Lake

Pepper Walker

Traci Lords

Wanda Woodward

Kim McGuire

Mona 'Hatchet-Face' Malnorowski

Darren E. Burrows

Milton Hackett

Stephen Mailer


Kim Webb

Lenora Frigid

Alan J. Wendl


Troy Donahue

Hatchet's Father

Mink Stole

Hatchet's Mother

Joe Dallesandro

Milton's Father

Good girls want him bad. Bad girls want him worse.

Release Date: 6 April 1990

Filming Locations: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,000,000


Gross: $8,266,343

Technical Specs


(director's cut)

Did You Know?


James Intveld and Rachel Sweet did the singing for Johnny Depp and Amy Locane.


After the immunizations, in the scene were Allison talks to the drapes for the first time, Lenora is standing on the steps trying to pose. The scene shoots away from her, but when it shoots back to her, her hair barrette has changed sides.


[first lines]

Wanda's mother:
Hi Kids. Remember, always look both ways before crossing.


User Review

Silly, sweet fun. Don't take it seriously, just enjoy it


There seem to be two types of folks who detest "Cry-Baby;" those who
Waters sold out by making anything that cost more than $500 and didn't
include coprophagy, and those who insist that all movies be Art with a
capital A.

I was well into my 20's when the movie first came out, not a fan of 21
Street, and no stranger to movies, including masterpieces and early John
Waters, but I LOVED it, and have caught the uncut version on USA network
quite a few times.

Cry-Baby is no Citizen Kane, and it's no Pink Flamingos, but, at risk of
being pretentious, I will say that its full of something that makes art:
Truth. Even in incredibly silly scenes, the movie is based in real and
emotions. John Waters' love for the fun parts of the 50's, (and hatred of
the status quo that obviously made his teen years a living hell) is all
this film.

Yes, scenes such as the orphanage are silly, but the cynicism of the
orphanage workers and the angst of the mother are as real as can be. The
silliness works because the John Waters BELIEVES in what he is saying, and
makes damn sure that his actors are with him!

All of the actors, from Johnny Depp who (as with all of his roles)
the character to Joe Dallesandro who barely can get his lines out, believe
in their characters.

"Cry-Baby" parodies 50's "Teen Rebel" musicals such as "Rock Around the
Clock" and "Don't Knock the Rock", but with obvious affection.

Yes, it's a musical. If you're one of those cynics who says things like
"But people DON'T just start singing in real life" don't see
Movies exist to give us a break from real life while mirroring it enough
be cathartic. Musicals and parodies take it one step further.
They're not diaries, they're not reality, they're MOVIES!

"Cry-Baby" is a lot of fun, and the soundtrack is terrific (and
"Hairspray"'s is even better!).

If you liked "Cry-Baby", I recommend "Hairspray" (not quite so silly, just
as sweet.) and "But I'm A Cheerleader," which is definitely
from its use of pink to its incredibly true emotions within very silly

If you didn't like Cry-Baby, how sad. You obviously missed