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Cry-Baby

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Overview

John Waters does a quirky spin on '50s nostalgia in Cry-Baby, his musical homage to Rebel Without a Cause and Romeo and Juliet. Set in Baltimore in 1954 at the birth of rock & roll, the film features Johnny Depp as Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker. Depp is pure charisma as a juvenile delinquent with a permanent tear slithering down his cheek, a reminder of his state-executed parents. In the depths of his despair appears goody-goody girl Allison Amy Locane, who has a sexual crush on Cry-Baby. But Allison's Pat ...
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Overview

John Waters does a quirky spin on '50s nostalgia in Cry-Baby, his musical homage to Rebel Without a Cause and Romeo and Juliet. Set in Baltimore in 1954 at the birth of rock & roll, the film features Johnny Depp as Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker. Depp is pure charisma as a juvenile delinquent with a permanent tear slithering down his cheek, a reminder of his state-executed parents. In the depths of his despair appears goody-goody girl Allison Amy Locane, who has a sexual crush on Cry-Baby. But Allison's Pat Boone-like boyfriend, Baldwin Stephen E. Miller, the leader of the squares, is dead set against Cry-Baby and the rest of the juvenile delinquents and leads a revolt against them. In the resultant riot, the juvenile delinquents are blamed for the chaos, and Cry-Baby finds himself dispatched to reform school.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
If the word "mainstream" can even be used in the same sentence with his name, then this slyly funny, high-camp comedy from director John Waters is the Baltimore filmmaker's most mainstream cinematic effort. A zippy film performed with ardor by a talented cast, it's both a spoof of and an homage to the juvenile delinquent dramas of the 1950s that Waters clearly loves. While high on kitsch value and irony, Cry-Baby fails to keep the laughs coming or develop characters sufficiently, so that its energy flags by the conclusion. Waters and the type of film he's gently mocking are acquired tastes, but those with a predilection for both will be delighted by Cry-Baby.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 096898095839
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker
Amy Locane Allison Vernon-Williams
Susan Tyrrell Ramona
Polly Bergen Mrs. Vernon-Williams
Ricki Lake Pepper
Iggy Pop Belvedere
Traci Lords Wanda
Kim McGuire Hatchet-Face
Darren E. Burrows Milton
Holter Graham Strip Pokers
Patricia Hearst Wanda's Mother
Paula Herold
Pat Moran
Stephen Mailer Baldwin
Kim Webb Lenora
Alan J. Wendl Toe-Joe
Troy Donahue Hatchet's Father
Mink Stole Hatchet's Mother
Joe Dallesandro Milton's Father
Joey Heatherton Milton's Mother
Willem Dafoe Hateful Guard
Jonathan Benya Snare-Drum
Jessica Raskin Susie-Q
Robert Tyree Dupree
Angie Levroney Dupree's Girl Friend
Drew Ebersole Whiffle #1
Ken Curtis Whiffle #2
Scott Neilson Whiffle #3
Robert Walsh Judge
Jeni Blong Inga
Craig Wallace Cook #1
Phillip Broussard Cook #2
Reggie Davis Cook #3
Nick Fleming Cook #4
Robbie Jones Cook #5
Vivienne Shub Mrs. Tadlock
Robert Marbury Angelic Boy Friend
Skip Spencer Strip Poker #1
Susan Lowe Night Court Parent
Dan Griffiths Snake-eyed Hood
Kirk McEwen Convict #1
Eric Lucas Convict #2
Frank Maldonado Convict #3
Patrick Mitchell Convict
Mary Vivian Pearce Picnic Mother
Steve Aronson Mean Guard
Kelly Goldberg Pepper's Baby
John Blythe Barrymore Voice Only
David Nelson Wanda's Father
Technical Credits
John Waters Director, Screenwriter
Dave Alvin Songwriter
Ray Anthony Songwriter
Dolores Deluxe Art Director
Lori Eastside Choreography
Ray Gilbert Songwriter
Brian Grazer Executive Producer
Janice Hampton Editor
Paula Herold Casting
Jery Hewitt Stunts
David Insley Cinematographer
Jim Abrahams Executive Producer
Charles Johnson Songwriter
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Karen Koch Production Designer
Leonard Lee Songwriter
Jerry Leiber Songwriter
Bernie Lowe Songwriter
Becky Mancuso Musical Direction/Supervision
Virginia Nichols Set Decoration/Design
Chester Overlock III Set Decoration/Design
Vincent Peranio Production Designer
Don Redman Songwriter
Jimmie F. Rodgers Songwriter
Timothy R. Sexton Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Singleton Songwriter
Van Smith Costumes/Costume Designer, Makeup
John David Souther Songwriter
Mike Stoller Songwriter
Rachel Talalay Producer
Patrick Williams Score Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I don't know why this movie was not included in the "Very Crudely Yours, John Waters" Boxed Set, but it is ridiculous that it isn't. Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, Iggy Pop. This is a very entertaining fair on the same level as the original Hairspray. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Oh Yeah Crybaby!

    Wow such a good movie me and my bestfriend we just love this movie i mean who wouldn't ? its the best and the movie seems like the 50's all over again! nice movie! really nice!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Johnny-Depp-fan-must-see!

    This movie was funny, cute, sexy, and most of all, I absolutely love the soundtrack! If you are a Johnny Depp fan (Like I am!) I highly recommend you watch this. Johnny Depp does an incredible job playing as a sexy bad boy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love the movie

    I LOVE THE MOVIE B/C ITS ABOUT TRUE LOVE FINDING THEM SELF IN TWO DIFFRENT SIDES OF THE SAME TOWN. PLUS THERE PARENTS ARE NOT EVEN ALIVE TO SEE THEM SO MUCH.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this movie

    I love this Movie it has to be one of Johnny Deep's best movies. I don't know why you wouldn't like this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Crybaby is one of those movies I love sqares vs drapes Allison the good girl becomes a drape and has Crybaby Wade Walker Now she's cool and loves hot king crybaby This is a funny musical roamntic movie for anyone who loves Johnney Deep

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    best movie i have ever seen. its so good i watch it all the time. i love johnny depp hes amazing i love him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    How could you not see this great movie!

    This movie should be seen by everyone because its so great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loves It.

    This is one of the best movies i have ever seen. Im loving the whole singing scene. I love all the song they sing in it. I cannot get enough of the whole movie it simply puts me in awe. The whole "bad boy" role of Crybaby Walker falling in love with the "square" of Allison brings it all in together! Amazing movie i must say!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CRY BABY!!!

    is a REALY!! Good movie, 5 thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cry-Baby cries no more

    Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is a boy whose parents were executed for bombing different places using the alphabet as an order of bombing. Alison is a “square” but has a crush on “Cry-Baby”. Although her boyfriend is completely set on ruining any kind of relationship that Allison and Wade could possibly have. Johnny Depp plays the part of “Cry-Baby”. He is extremely HOTT! Wade is called Cry-Baby because when his parents were executed he tattooed himself a permanent tear under his eye. This movie was great and you get to hear Johnny Depp sing, and he is honestly pretty good! It was a good movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cry Baby Review...

    Though this movie has been silently looked over by most of the general public, it is a wonderful gem of a film. John Waters managed to make two great musical comedies from around the period of 1988-1990 - Cry Baby and Hairspray. I first watched both movies when I was 4 years old (this was probably right when the movies were released to video sometime in 1990 or 1991) and now I'm 20 and still love them. I remember going to a party when I was 4 and met Ricki Lake. My mom told me that I followed Ricki Lake around the whole party talking about Cry Baby and Hairspray, and she was very surprised and thought it was cute at the same time. It's cool to read that other kids (even younger than me) have taken a liking to this great film. I can't believe it's now on dvd.. I had no idea until just before writing this review! Hooray!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE JOHNNY DEPP

    this movie is the best omg it makes u loough so hard and johnny depp omg he looks so hot well he looks hot in all his movies.U have to watch this movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    Biggest Johnny Depp fan EVER :)

    The first time I saw this movie (6 yrs. old) I fell in love with it. Now I'm 16 yrs. old and still love watching the movies. I even know all the songs. That's how much I love this movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2004

    Couldnt find this anywhere, thank you B&N!

    The first time I watched this movie was when I was 10, now I am 24 and still love it. Definatly one of Johnny Depps best. I also became a fan of Ricki Lake and Traci Lords. The music was also great. I was searching for this a few weeks back and found out my local Blockbuster does not carry it, so I am thankful to find it here at B&N!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2004

    MY FAVORITE MOVIE!!

    Cry-Baby is the best movie ever. It has the traditional plot, the good girl in love with the bad boy. Johnny Depp was great in this movie, very hot!! I watched the movie when I was five years old and fell in love with it, and now I am 15 years old and its still my favorite movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2004

    Cry-Baby Johnny

    I think this is such a good movie if you are a johnny depp fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    WOW!

    Johnny Depp is so beautiful. I have been watching this movie since I was like 11, and now I'm 22. I still love it. It's got it all, and yes it's actually a musical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    JD

    OMG!!!!! If you see this movie you will fall in love with JD i mean he is AWESOME I love him and all of his movies I am going to buy every jd movie from you B and N

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2004

    OMG!!

    When I first saw this I knew I'd found my favorite non-animated movie! Does any one know if the extended version VH1 shows is avalible?

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