Universal Pictures, 1990, 85 minutes
Starring Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell, Polly Bergen, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, Kim McGuire, Stephen Mailer

Johnny Depp in Cry Baby

Thanks to the success of Hairspray, John Waters was a hot property for the first time in his career. Everyone wanted to make his next movie, but it was Universal Studios' Imagine Entertainment who ponied up the 12 million dollars it took to create this over-the-top movie musical.

The story centers around juvenile delinquent Wade "Cry Baby" Walker, played by 80s teen heart throb Johnny Depp, and his unexpected love interest, Allison. See, Wade is a Drape. Allison is a Square. And Drapes and Squares don't mix. But Allison is tired of being good.

Traci Lords in Cry Baby

The cast of Cry Baby is absolutely outrageous. No one will ever top this bizarre combination of stars, punks and legends. Featuring former teenage porn star Traci Lords, punk progenitor Iggy Pop, a very large Ricki Lake, a rough and raunchy Susan Tyrell, prim and proper Polly Bergen, and everyone's favorite Kim McGuire - better know to Dreamland Fans as HATCHETFACE!

Those are just the major roles. The supporting cast boggles the mind. Patty Hearst, David Nelson, Mink Stole, Troy Donohue, Joey Heatherton, Joe Dallesandro and Willem Dafoe as a perverse prison guard. "Stunt casting is used a a negative term, but with Cry-Baby I certainly helped invent it. I had David Nelson married to Patty Hearst, with Traci Lords as their daughter," said John. Unfortunately this was the first movie he made after the passing of Divine, and she is sorely missed in this misfit cast.

Iggy Pop and Susan Tyrell in Cry Baby

Packed with musical numbers and plenty of tawdry jokes, this movie has actually held up really well. And it's finally been released on DVD in a Director's Cut edition with commentary from Waters, as well as a few deleted scenes - some of which may be familiar to those of you who've seen the many variations of Cry Baby that have floated around since it's release. It also has a short making-of documentary including lots of great interviews with the cast and crew. A very entertaining bonus for fans.


A Dirty Shame
Cecil B. Demented
Serial Mom
Cry Baby
Desperate Living
Female Trouble
Pink Flamingos
Multiple Maniacs
Mondo Trasho
Dorothy the Kansas City Pothead
The Diane Linkletter Story
Eat Your Makeup
Roman Candles
Hag In A Black Leather Jacket

Divine Trash & In Bad Taste
This Filthy World
I Am Divine
Love Letter To Edie

Documentary Roles
Acting Roles