Cry Baby

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 40693910
UPC 025192195327
UPC 14 00025192195327
Format DVD
Release Date 7/12/2005
Rating NR
Campus Life
Cult Film
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
John Waters
Johnny Depp
Traci Lords
Ricki Lake
Cast & Crew
David Insley - Cinematographer
Iggy Pop - Actor
Janice Hampton - Editor
John Waters - Director
John Waters - Writer
Johnny Depp - Actor
Patrick Williams - Musical Score
Polly Bergen - Actor
Traci Lords - Actor
Vincent Peranio - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1990
Catalog ID 62021953
UPC 00025192195327
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 92 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review "Cry-Baby" is basically "Grease" without Divine inspiration, an agitated spoof of the leather-jacket
Reviewer Rita Kempley
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In every generation, teenagers find a way to express themselves and annoy adults. And the adults fin
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Director's Cut
Product Attributes
Actor Depp,Johnny
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Clint Morris, MOVIEHOLE Johnny Depp is a rockin' revelation...
Scott Weinberg, EFILMCRITIC.COM One of Waters' most accessible oddities.

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