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Cry Baby (1990)

Director: John Waters     Starring: Johnny Depp Traci Lords Ricki Lake
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40693910
UPC: 025192195327
UPC 14: 00025192195327
Rating: NR
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Cry-baby has the talent to shed one tear and have the girls screaming. He has a gang of hoodlums as his circle of friends. Allson is a rich girl who is falling for cry-baby. This is a very strange musical with a variety of weird characters.

"Johnny Depp is a rockin' revelation...  Clint Morris, MOVIEHOLE
"One of Waters' most accessible oddities.  Scott Weinberg, EFILMCRITIC.COM

Editor's Note
Cult director John Waters goes mainstream -- sort of -- in this send-up of 1950s teen melodramas. Heart-throb Johnny Depp stars in the title role as a glamorous delinquent who heads a gang of hoods known as the Drapes. Trouble starts when Cry-Baby falls for a squeaky clean blonde from a rival group, the Squares. Their star-crossed romance sets off a rumble between the warring factions and Cry-Baby ends up doing time in reform school. Chock-full of rock 'n roll and Waters' usual cavalcade of eccentric celebrities, including Patty Hearst, Iggy Pop and former porn star Traci Lords.


Video Features DVD, Director's Cut

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/12/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 92 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1990
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 62021953
Video UPC UPC: 00025192195327
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Iggy Pop
Video Cast Info Johnny Depp
Video Cast Info Polly Bergen
Video Cast Info Traci Lords
Video Cast Info David Insley - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Janice Hampton - Editor
Video Cast Info John Waters - Director
Video Cast Info John Waters - Writer
Video Cast Info Patrick Williams - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Vincent Peranio - Production Designer
Plot Summary
Wade is the coolest hood in his high school. His ability to shed a single tear drives all the girls wild, including the beautiful square Allison. Unable to resist, she soon finds herself drawn into his world of fast cars and Rockabilly music.

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...It's tawdry celebrity on the rampage. Waters revels in it....The wizard of odd still runs amok..." 04/19/1990 p.37

USA Today
"...Waters embellishes CRY-BABY's endless set-pieces with inimitable touches..." 04/06/1990 p.4D

New York Times
"...Vintage trivia [turns] into crazily overblown little triumphs..." 04/06/1990 p.C10

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] jailhouse-rockin' tribute to '50s juvie movies..." 07/15/2005 p.58

Sight and Sound
"[I]ts charm derives from a palpable affection for the Elvis-era mores it's sending up." 01/01/2006 p.87-88

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a triumphant retooling of Waters' trash aesthetic for the multiplex." 09/01/2011

Washington Post 6 of 10
"Cry-Baby" is basically "Grease" without Divine inspiration, an agitated spoof of the leather-jacket - Rita Kempley

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
In every generation, teenagers find a way to express themselves and annoy adults. And the adults fin - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Depp,Johnny
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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