- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: RCA / Columbia Pictures (1988)
- ASIN: B002I7NC8A
- Package Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 389 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,603,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hairspray (1988 Film) [VHS Video] Unknown Binding – VHS, 1988
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VHS Video! 1988 John Waters film starring Divine and Ricki Lake! In John Waters's HAIRSPRAY, teenager Tracy Turnblad has the biggest bouffant on the block. She also has all the right moves to be on the local dance show and win the crown of Miss Auto Show, as well as the ex-steady of the snooty reigning princess, Amber. But Amber isn't too happy about that and has other plans for Tracy. John Waters's first PG-rated film is also his most sweet-natured and accessible. Based on his appreciation of the real-life 1960s Baltimore dance program THE BUDDY DEANE SHOW, Waters's affection for the era and attention to authenticity shines through. Lake, in her first film performance, radiates charm and enthusiasm. Divine, in his last (dual) role, appears as both Tracy's mother, Edna, and dastardly TV station manager Arvin Hodgepile. As if that weren't enough, an inspired cast of cameos (Pia Zadora, Ric Ocasek, Waters himself) and a virtual instruction manual of faddish period dances and their accompanying songs serve only to make the deal even sweeter.
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This movie is a delight. Waters crams it with period detail (one of the kids on line for the Corny Collins Show is reading a paperback of BLACK LIKE ME) without sacrificing his usual shock value -- this is Divine's last film role, as Tracy's agoraphobic mother Edna Turnblad. Edna's husband is played by Jerry Stiller, who is worried about Tracy's growing activism. Edna soothes him by saying -- utterly deadpan -- "After all, dear, the times are a'changing." With self-aware nuggets like that, and a supporting cast that includes Debbie Harry and the late Sonny Bono, it's no surprise it went on to spawn a Broadway musical, a film of the musical, and a revival. In fact, my only gripe about this original HAIRSPRAY is that it may be a little too busy -- but it is always fun. Recommended.