PG | | Comedy, Drama, Music
Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.
To facilitate filming for the "Run and Tell That" dance number, the production cut up a 1957 GMC transit bus. According to the DVD commentary, it was cut into 6 pieces. The bus wasn't really moving; that part was filmed in a soundstage.
Oh, oh, oh, woke up today, feeling the way I always do. Oh, oh, oh, hungry for something that I can't eat. Then I hear that beat. That rhythm of town starts calling me down. It's like a message from high above. Oh, oh, oh, pulling me out to the ...
In almost every scene in the Corny Collins studio, the red "tally" lights for every camera are active at the same time. A "tally" light indicates to the talent and operator which camera is live, thus having them all on at once would defeat the purpose. During "The Nicest Kids In Town" when the film transitions from the television in the Turnblad's home to the viewfinder on the camera, that camera's tally lamps are all off.
In an alternate ending on the Hairspray DVD, Corny Collins convinces the police chief to arrest Velma von Tussle during the "You Can't Stop the Beat" finale. In addition, Amber von Tussle reforms her ways and dances with one of the "Negro Day" dancers during the final refrain of the song.
£2,045,912 (UK) (22 July 2007)
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