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Cry Baby: Director's Cut (1990)

Johnny Depp , Amy Locane , John Waters  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell, Traci Lords, Ricki Lake
  • Directors: John Waters
  • Writers: John Waters
  • Producers: Rachel Talalay, Brian Grazer, Jim Abrahams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009IOR6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,698 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cry Baby: Director's Cut" on IMDb

Special Features

  • It Came From Baltimore
  • Feature Commentary with Director John Waters
  • Deleted Scenes

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    Eisenhower is President. Rock 'n' Roll is king. And Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the baddest hood in his high school. Johnny Depp heads up a supercool cast as the irresistible bad boy whose amazing ability to shed one single tear drives all the girls wild - especially Allison Vernon Williams (Amy Locane), a rich, beautiful "square" who finds herself uncontrollably drawn to the dreamy juvenile delinquent and his forbidden world of rockabilly music, fast cars and faster women. It's the hysterical high-throttle world of 1954 in director John Waters' outrageous musical comedy.

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    88 of 97 people found the following review helpful
    I'm really excited to see this great film finally make its debut on dvd; it's been a long wait.

    John Waters has proven himself time and time again as America's avatar of bad taste and all things tacky, but he sidelined his more base urges for a greater good over a decade ago. Starting with Hairspray, Waters essentially re-created the American musical, and honed that to perfection with the castly underappreciated Cry-Baby. But it's not just a musical - it's also a heartfelt valentine to a simpler time, his beloved Baltimore of the late 1950's.

    Depp stars as "Cry-Baby" Walker, a juvenile delinquent from the wrong side of the tracks who spends his time hanging with his gang and singing that evil rock n' roll music. He and his way of life are constantly threatened by the town 'Squares' who are both threatened and repelled by Cry-Baby and those like him.

    Naturally, he falls for a Square girl and all hell breaks loose. That part of it is a simple story, and I won't waste time rehashing or giving it away here. No, what really stands out about this film is its gleeful embrace of 'white-trash culture,' its loving tribute to the great juvenile delinquent movies of the 50's and 60's, and its rambunctious energy.

    As usual, Waters peppers the film with eclectic casting; Susan Tyrell, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake, Mink Stole, Joe Dalessandro, Willem Dafoe, David Nelson (son of Ozzie), Traci Lords and Patty Hearst (yes, that Patty Hearst) are just a few of the many talents that form this wonderful ensemble cast. And of course, it's another one of Depp's great iconoclastic roles that have helped define him as one of the great idiosyncratic actors of our time.

    So grab yourself an RC Cola, a Moon Pie, and put yer teeth up on the windowsill while y'all enjoy this trashy good time. You'll thank me for it and if y'all don't like it, I'll eat me a bug.
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    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Funny October 4, 2005
    There are two movies that people who don't know John Waters and the types of films he normally makes always love. Cry Baby and Hairspray contain both John Water's sense of humor and style, but don't necessarily dig into the depths of depravity (like eating dog poo) some of his more subversive films do. I'm not a John Waters aficionado yet, but what I've noticed in his films is that they normally center around two opposite sides that will eventually come crashing into one another. From Hairspray to A Dirty Shame, the films do a great job of putting two sides in direct opposition to each other and then letting the fur fly.

    Cry Baby is no different. In this case, the Drapes and the Squares square off (pun not-intended) with Johnny Depp's Wade and Amy Locane's Allison at the center. Basically a love story that draws on the same dichotomous split seen in Romeo and Juliet, you have the poor and rowdy meet the rich and on the surface proper. What follows is a funny and zany ride as the two sides end up colliding in a winner-take-all car chase.

    The writing is sharp as is the directing. What I admire about Waters the most is his ability to create vivid characters with personality. Sometimes he relies heavily on stereotypes, but each character is his or her own. You won't ever confuse them. They stay sharp, even when the acting isn't exactly stellar. The acting, like a majority of John Water's films, is spotty. Its done in an over-the-top sort of way that you can't help but laugh at. It reminds you that this isn't real and that you shouldn't take it seriously. Water's employs not only great upcoming talent (like Depp) but also people like Hatchet Face who haven't been seen much in film since.
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    30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars why is cry baby not on DVD(5 Star Rating for the film) February 27, 2004
    cry baby what a great film! I am 16 and i have been watching Cry baby since i was 8 years old on a battered and worn out version on VHS. The film makes me feel really happy, the songs are unforgetable and the characters are just real funny especially Johnny Depp. I have mailed the director about releasing the film on DVD and i cant wait for it to happen. I am sure lots of people will buy. So "please Mr Jailer" give us Cry baby on DVD
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars We like to be bad cause it sure feels good!!! February 7, 2004
    By coocoo
    Format:VHS Tape
    This movie is so amazing! I watched it for the first time just cause Iggy was in it, but it was waaay better than I expected. Johnny Depp is incredibly gorgeous in this movie, with his hair, leather jacket.....This movie is not at all serious, so don't go in with that mindset or you'll hate it. It's campy, I mean its a musical for god's sake!!! The songs are really stupid and get stuck in your head weeks after you've seen the movie...but that's actually a good thing. This movie is not just for obsessed Johnny Depp freaks it is just generally a funny lovable movie. Oh and the Igster is hilarious as Uncle Belevedere he fits the part completely.
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    17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really Cool Documentary on the DVD July 18, 2005
    Fans of the movie Cry Baby should be pleased that the movie is finally available on DVD. I for one am very pleased with the release. The one short documentary, "It Came From Baltimore" basically features John Waters and others talking about the climate in Baltimore in the 50's and early 60's with the Drapers and the squares. It's really interesting as John Water goes on to discuss how he pitched the Baltimore Drapes to a major studio. Johnny Deepp looks really awesome in the interviews for the film. He has his hair kind of spiky and a tore off shirt, it's almost as if he got into character a little bit for his new interview, he looks a lot more like he used to then than his more unique style of today. The details about the film are good. One crew member mentions that the budget for Hairspray was about 2.5 million and the budget for Cry Baby was about 12.5 million. Amy Locane looks great in her current interview. In the documentary they also mention that it was required in the contract thaht the film get an PG-13 rating. Rikki Lake also appears in new interviews and she mentions how much she loved making the film and how she was single and flirted a lot while making the film.

    Cry Baby was released in 1990, after "Hairspray" but similar to "Hairspray," "Cry Baby" was a Baltimore coming of age film and both Waters films have developed a huge cuclt following. Johnny Depp, hearthrob of the time starred in the film as Wade. Rikki Lake, who was still a bit plump also appears in the film and so does Any Locane. 1980's former porn star Tracy Lords also made her major film big screen debut in the film. Cry Baby Directors' cut also features director commentary with John Waters and never before available deleted scenes.
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