Cry baby

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German title Cry baby
Original title Cry baby
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1990
length 85 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director John Waters
script John Waters
production Jim Abrahams ,
Brian Grazer ,
Rachel Talalay
music Patrick Williams
camera David Insley
cut Janice Hampton

Cry-Baby ( English for 'Heulboje') is an American comedy film from 1990 and a parody of musicals such as Grease and the Elvis Presley films. Directed by John Waters . Johnny Depp plays the role of Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker, a rebellious rock 'n' roller of the 1950s and leader of the drapes. Amy Locane , Iggy Pop , Traci Lords and Patty Hearst can also be seenin other roles. Afterinitiallyfailing Cry-Baby , it later became a cult film.


The plot revolves around the youth gang Drapes and their opponents, the Squares ( English for 'philistines') in Baltimore in the 1950s. Cry-Baby Walker, the leader of the Drapes, and Allison, the friend of Baldwin, the leader of the Squares, fall in love and turn the city into an uproar.

After a fight between the two groups instigated by the Squares, Cry-Baby is arrested. As a juvenile offender, he has to work in a juvenile detention center until his 21st birthday . There he learns that Allison thinks he is a liar because another girl has claimed in front of the press that she is his girlfriend and is expecting a child.

The Drapes undertake a rescue operation and land in prison with a helicopter, but fail. Cry-Baby's attempt to escape through the sewer ends at the feet of the prison guards in the prison's own hairdressing salon. Cry-Baby is about to lose its head of hair and is threatened with a brush cut.

At a party where Allison sings with Baldwin, the drapes appear and tell her that Cry-Baby needs them.

Allison's grandmother advises her granddaughter to choose the man she loves most. Allison then musically begs the judge with the plaintive song Please Mr. Jailer, to release Cry-Baby, which the judge then does shortly before the forced haircut.

Upon release, the argument between Drapes and Squares comes to a head. Cry-Baby and Baldwin go for a car race where they race towards each other while lying on the car roof; whoever evades first is a "cowardly chicken" ( chicken , see Feiglingsspiel ). Since Baldwin and friends believe Allison's grandmother is one of theirs, they force her to ride in the car. In Cry-Baby's car drives his heavily pregnant sister, who gives birth to her third child during the race and accepts her friend Toc Joe's proposal of marriage. The race ends in Cry-Baby's favor, and he and Allison find each other.



Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times of April 6, 1990 that he was only now able to recognize the 1950s. He also wrote that it is part of human history to long nostalgically for the wickedness of the youth of the previous generation and at the same time to be afraid of the youth of the present day. The film reminds you of that.

“A garish pop musical whose stylistic principle is coarsening, but which also derives a large part of its entertaining moments from it. No film for every taste, but this well thought-out nonsense can entertain young audiences. "

Gross profit

The film grossed approximately $ 8.3 million in United States cinemas.


James Intveld and Rachel Sweet lent their voices to Johnny Depp and Amy Locane, respectively, for the songs.

In the scene in which Mona "Killer-Face" Malnorowski and the curly-haired Milton Hackett break into the prison, numerous inmates are sitting in a darkened room with white 3D glasses and are watching the horror film Der Schreck vom Amazonas by director Jack Arnold von 1954.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Film review by Roger Ebert (English).
  2. ^ Cry baby. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed July 11, 2015 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. ^ Cry baby. Retrieved May 15, 2020 .