Hairspray (1988)

Director
John Waters

Main cast
Sonny Bono; Ruth Brown; Divine; Deborah Harry; Ricki Lake

Genres
Drama, Comedy, Music, Romance, Family

Description
Ample teen Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to be on the hip local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show" -- and when her dream comes true, her lively moves and bubbly personality meet with unexpected popularity. But after witnessing firsthand the terrible state of race relations in 1960s Baltimore, Turnblad becomes an outspoken advocate for desegregation.


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