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1988 | 1h 36m | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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Forever interested in the kitsch built into past eras, director John Waters chooses the TV dance show craze of the early '60s for his playful focus in Hairspray. Ricki Lake plays Tracy Turnblad, just one of several alliteratively named characters coming of age in 1962 Baltimore, where The Corny Collins Show is the most popular American Bandstand-type program, watched by hundreds of young dreamers each day after school. Being chosen to dance on it is the ultimate status symbol and every young girl's dream, and Tracy improbably wins a featured spot when she infiltrates a dance contest and makes ...


John Waters


Sonny Bono Ruth Brown Divine Deborah Harry Ricki Lake

Release date

01 Jul 1988

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