Cult director John Waters presents a tale of young love in 1950s Baltimore in this kitsch, comic musical, joining our QFT Late line-up in a rare 35mm screening.
Square Alison (Amy Locane) is the epitome of niceness until she falls for bad-boy orphan 'Cry-baby' Walker (Johnny Depp). She discovers the 'drapes' are good people inside - but her old square pals are bent on winning her back at any cost.
This glorious celebration of American rock ‘n’ roll films contains a chicken race, wrongful imprisonment and a great soundtrack. Like Hairspray, the film threatened to introduce Waters to a wider audience, but its tone and larger-than-life characters more than marked his territory. With Traci Lords, Iggy Pop, Ricki Lake and Patty Hearst.
Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk