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HAIRSPRAY! (1988) on TCM Tuesday!

The original John Waters version of "Hairspray!" will be on TCM Tuesday May 4 at 8 pm Eastern and 5 pm Pacific.

It will immediately be followed by "Muriel's Wedding."

Two great movies in a row!! Don't miss it.

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by Anonymousreply 105Last Sunday at 11:17 AM

Divine is the best thing about this movie.

Although I have to say I do miss the songs from the 2007 version.

The 1988 movie is all acting, and no singing.

by Anonymousreply 105/04/2021

I miss the TCM classic, "Who Gives A Flying Fuck". I do hope they have a screening soon.

by Anonymousreply 205/04/2021

"You're terrible, Muriel."

"It's Mariel."

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by Anonymousreply 305/04/2021

Two of the best things to come out of the movie Muriel's Wedding, were Toni Colette and Rachel Griffiths.

by Anonymousreply 405/04/2021

Thank, op.

Can't wait!

by Anonymousreply 505/04/2021

Is the original version of Hairspray worth watching?

by Anonymousreply 605/04/2021

Yes it is R6. It's John Waters' first real "movie movie" (Polyester is a close second). The trailer OP provided really doesn't convey how warm and funny the film is. For me, this is John's love letter to Baltimore and the early1960s before Baby Boomers were consumed by Vietnam, real rock 'n roll, drugs, and dropping out.

Ricky lake is terrific and once you see Divine as Edna Turnblad, you'll hate John Revolta all the more for his horrific performance as Edna is the musical version of the film. The cast of the original movie has so many delightful and surprising appearances too.

Free Tracy Turnblad!

by Anonymousreply 705/04/2021

So many "names" in this movie.

Sonny Bono, Divine, Debby Harry, Jerry Stiller, Ricki Lake, Ric Ocasek, Pia Zadora...

How did John Waters get them all to be in his movie?? lol

by Anonymousreply 805/04/2021

As a kid I rented this on VHS tape and I couldn't understand why my brother thought John Waters was "gross". It was a funny movie with great music. When I finally saw Pink Flamingos I understood why my brother thought JW was gross but it made me love him all the more.

by Anonymousreply 905/04/2021

In our area, Comcast (Infinity) has bundled TCM with various sports channels into a new package. I refuse to pay another cent for sports channels that I will never watch.

by Anonymousreply 1005/04/2021

Bummer R10.

TCM has been showing some good movies lately.

by Anonymousreply 1105/04/2021

Love BOTH movies. Thanks OP.

by Anonymousreply 1205/04/2021

Muriel's Wedding always makes me weep (I know-- Mary!). Thanks for the reminder to catch it OP!

by Anonymousreply 1305/04/2021

Any movie in which Divine, Jerry Stiller, Debbie Harry, and Sonny Bono play the parents . . .

by Anonymousreply 1405/04/2021

I like the scene in Muriel's Wedding when Rhonda is having sex with the two American soldiers in her apartment.

They both had nice naked asses.

Interestingly, is it normal for two military guys to be having sex with one girl at the same time? That part always intrigued me.


by Anonymousreply 1505/04/2021

John Waters IS gross!!!

I hated the scene where Velma squeezes Amber's zit. EW!

"One, two CHA CHA CHA! One, two CHA CHA CHA!" Haha That part always cracks me up.

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by Anonymousreply 1605/04/2021

Daniel Lapaine was so hot in Muriel's Wedding.

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by Anonymousreply 1705/04/2021

The original Hairspray is infinitely better than the awful musical remake2007 remake which is bland, Disney-like and woke. The original captures the time period more effectively and Ricki has a lot more presence than Nikki. The original is a musical in the same sense that Saturday Night fever and Dirty Dancing are musicals and I saw the Broadway musical the 2007 film is adapted from and Michael McKean, (Lenny on Laverne and Shirley) was good as Mrs. Turnblad, but the 1988 movie is the best. And I just realized that Jerry Stiller is in both film versions.

by Anonymousreply 1805/04/2021

[quote]In our area, Comcast (Infinity) has bundled TCM with various sports channels into a new package. I refuse to pay another cent for sports channels that I will never watch.

If you have HBO on Comcast (or HBOMax separately), you can watch a lot of TCM stuff there.

by Anonymousreply 1905/04/2021

I saw the (original) trailer several times on TCM and it's interesting that Sonny Bono gets top billing.

by Anonymousreply 2005/04/2021

Divine is huge! lol

by Anonymousreply 2105/04/2021

Penny Pingleton you are permanently punished!

by Anonymousreply 2205/04/2021

Oooh Papa Tooney, we got a looney!

by Anonymousreply 2305/04/2021

It’s the times - they are a changin’. Something’s blowin’ in the wind... Fetch me my diet pills, would you hon?

by Anonymousreply 2405/04/2021

WHET Michael St. Gerard?

by Anonymousreply 2505/04/2021

R23, don’t you try to cast one of your voodoo spells on me, you... NATIVE WOMAN!

by Anonymousreply 2605/04/2021

This movie is currently available free on Tubi

by Anonymousreply 2705/04/2021

Hey! You!

Is your daughter mulatto???


by Anonymousreply 2805/04/2021

I knew there would be a thread on DL - and you bitches didn't disappoint!

by Anonymousreply 2905/04/2021

I got ironing to do and my diet pill is wearing off.

by Anonymousreply 3005/04/2021

R17- Muriel's Wedding is one of my favorite movies and it gets very little love here on DL.

by Anonymousreply 3105/04/2021

How is the musical any more "woke" than the original?

by Anonymousreply 3205/04/2021

There’s no bugs on my baby!

by Anonymousreply 3305/04/2021


by Anonymousreply 3405/04/2021

Wow, John Waters really nailed the Deplorable MAGATS, decades before people even realized who they were!

by Anonymousreply 3505/04/2021

I didn't realize that Divine died the same year that Hairspray! was released.

He must have died shortly after filming.

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by Anonymousreply 3605/04/2021

Amber von Tussle became 90s one hit wonder Vitamin C

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by Anonymousreply 3705/04/2021

Hey, The Roach is a pretty good dance! lol

by Anonymousreply 3805/04/2021

The soundtrack is really fabulous.

I love the title song by Rachel Sweet.

by Anonymousreply 3905/04/2021

[quote]Two of the best things to come out of the movie Muriel's Wedding, were Toni Colette and Rachel Griffiths.

Well Toni Collette anyway.

by Anonymousreply 4005/04/2021

Michael St. Gerard was dreamy.

by Anonymousreply 4105/04/2021

He was, R41! MSG had such a beautiful ass.

I didn't know he became a pastor.

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by Anonymousreply 4205/04/2021

Muriel's Wedding is up next.

"No more bloody fucking Abba!" - Bernadette Bassenger

by Anonymousreply 4305/04/2021

Followed by Georgy Girl and then .... Shag!

by Anonymousreply 4405/04/2021

MSG really had the perfect look for this film. I had such a crush on him.

I forgot Josh Charles was one of the council members.

I used to crush on Shawn Thompson, who played Corny Collins.

by Anonymousreply 4505/04/2021

YES to everything you wrote, R45!

On all three guys.

by Anonymousreply 4605/04/2021

[quote] Two of the best things to come out of the movie Muriel's Wedding, were Toni Colette and Rachel Griffiths.

[quote] Well Toni Collette anyway.

Rachel was on Brothers & Sisters (aka The Sally Field Programme) not long ago, so she is still relatively famous.

by Anonymousreply 4705/04/2021

R31, where do you think DL's Muriel got her name? Now, she doesn't get a lot of love anymore, but she'd older than RuPaul.

by Anonymousreply 4805/04/2021

How dare you forget her as Brenda on 6 Feet Under?!?!

by Anonymousreply 4905/04/2021

Squeals from Gays around the country

by Anonymousreply 5005/04/2021

Diedre Chambers!

Look everyone, it's Diedre Chambers!

Penelope shift over!

by Anonymousreply 5105/04/2021

Great photo, R42

by Anonymousreply 5205/04/2021

Damn, sometimes it sucks to be a Canadian.

We got Hairspray but no Muriel.

by Anonymousreply 5305/04/2021

I sometimes wonder if Muriel's Wedding is a tragedy, and not a comedy.

It's actually quite a depressing movie.

by Anonymousreply 5405/04/2021

R32 The pro integration is theme is brought more to front as Tracy leads a march for integration. In the 2007 film the whites teach the blacks how to fight for their civil rights the protest rally that has more political weight than this silly , flimsy film can bear.

by Anonymousreply 5505/04/2021

Josh Charles kind of looks like a MALE version of Helen Hunt.

by Anonymousreply 5605/04/2021

there will never be another John Waters/ Divine match up. How it ever happened is a miracle.

by Anonymousreply 5705/04/2021

[quote]I didn't realize that Divine died the same year that Hairspray! was released.....He must have died shortly after filming.

No, actually John Waters and Divine made personal appearances at the four theaters it played in New York on opening night including The Waverly. That was February 26, 1988. Divine flew to LA to play a recurring role guest on "Married With Children" but died the day before filming. That was March 7, 1988.

by Anonymousreply 5805/04/2021

I saw Hairspray at the Waverly.... vivid memory!

by Anonymousreply 5905/04/2021

Great theme song, should have been Oscar nominated but the Academy will never go anywhere near Waters. The musical should have been nominated for production design and costumes, and Kathleen Turner should have been for her hilarious "Serial Mom".

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by Anonymousreply 6005/04/2021

Fat whores, rejoice -- it's YOUR night on TCM!

by Anonymousreply 6105/04/2021

Is it just me, or did Rachel Griffiths totally out shine Toni Colette in this movie?

by Anonymousreply 6205/04/2021

[quote]Divine is the best thing about this movie.

I’m here in spirit, bitches!

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by Anonymousreply 6305/04/2021

This thread is as good as an ABBA song

by Anonymousreply 6405/04/2021

R7 Divine as EDNA is ......divine.

But Travolta was cute as a bug.

Can't we like both?

by Anonymousreply 6505/04/2021

R65- NO

by Anonymousreply 6605/04/2021

I had fun watching this tonight.

by Anonymousreply 6705/04/2021

It's hard for me to hate Travolta. I did at first, but on repeated viewings warmed up to him. He knew he couldn't come close to Divine's portrayal, so he chose to do it a completely different way. Millions of viewers never saw the original, so to them he was just fine.

by Anonymousreply 6805/04/2021

[quote] How is the musical any more "woke" than the original?

It’s a question of tone. The stage version is a bit more heavy-handed than the original film and the movie version of the stage version even more so.

by Anonymousreply 6905/04/2021

R10: The same happened to me. I don't get TCM, anymore.

by Anonymousreply 7005/04/2021

Shag is on now (at least on the Canadian station).

I forgot how many late '80s films were set in the early '60s such as Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, Shag, The In Crowd.

by Anonymousreply 7105/04/2021

What is Shag about, R71?

It sounded interesting, but wasn't sure if I wanted to sit through the movie.

Is it worth it?

by Anonymousreply 7205/04/2021

R10 They did that all over the country. It was such an obvious money-grab, so disrespectful to subscribers. It was the last straw for me and I ditched Xfinity/Comcast.

by Anonymousreply 7305/04/2021

It's cute r72. Four girls go to Myrtle Beach for fun and boys in 1963. Not much of a story but the music is good, it has sexy Robert Rusler and the cast is charming.

It's probably better as a rainy Sunday afternoon matinee than a late-night watch but it's still worth seeing.

by Anonymousreply 7405/04/2021

Muriel's mother was such a sad figure.

I felt so bad for her, but the movie just basically glossed over her death.

I hated the way she was treated, and even more so the way that she died.

I think this is the reason people are confused by this movie.

It sells itself as a comedy, but it's not really a comedy.

by Anonymousreply 7505/05/2021

Cute as a bug, r65??? He looks like he has Down syndrome.

by Anonymousreply 7605/05/2021

OP’s hair is probably all ratted up like a teenage Jezebel!

by Anonymousreply 7705/05/2021

It’s *feathered*, not “ratted.”

by Anonymousreply 7805/05/2021

[quote]"No more bloody fucking Abba!" - Bernadette Bassenger

Better stay off of TCM, then.

Airing tomorrow.

(And Grease 2, with DL icon Lorna Luft is showing on Friday.)

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by Anonymousreply 7905/05/2021

Sorry ... my ABBA link messed up.

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by Anonymousreply 8005/05/2021

Trying again. (I was not aware this movie even existed.)

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by Anonymousreply 8105/05/2021

When I get high I **AM** Odetta!

by Anonymousreply 8205/05/2021

"Why, even our First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, rats her hair!"

by Anonymousreply 8305/05/2021

I liked Travolta’s version of Edna just fine. His Edna had a vulnerability that Divine’s Edna needed.

by Anonymousreply 8405/05/2021

“Segregation today. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever!”

- the Von Tussles

by Anonymousreply 8505/05/2021

Not a fan of the film but I do love how the iconic Miss Connie Francis gets mentioned in it.

by Anonymousreply 8605/05/2021

All three, original, Broadway and movie musical are all pretty fabulous and hilarious to think the director of Pink Flamingos doesn't really have to work another day in his life.

by Anonymousreply 8705/05/2021

[quote]Four girls go to Myrtle Beach for fun and boys in 1963.

Where the Boys Are set in South Carolina. Without the rape.

by Anonymousreply 8805/05/2021

[quote] And Grease 2, with DL icon Lorna Luft is showing on Friday.

I was molested on a Friday.

by Anonymousreply 8905/06/2021

Me yike blue.

by Anonymousreply 9005/06/2021

R75 I disagree that the mother's death gets glossed over. It gives so much emotional heft to a film with so many characters that are downright unlikable, Muriel included. After her mom dies Muriel undergoes an extreme shift, and while it's tragic that it took a death to realize it all Muriel goes from making a scrapbook of her fake weddings to viewing her mother's with a seemingly real, loving life contained therein-- photos of Muriel growing up, ending with newspaper clippings and a Polaroid of a seemingly happy & content mom from Muriel's wedding of convenience. It's devistating, but in the end Muriel and friend are running and wheeling off to some more authentic life, for once.

So, I agree that it is NOT a particularly comedic movie. It's still criminally underrated imo.

by Anonymousreply 9105/06/2021

"Everyone has their limits. Divine met Richard Simmons and became homophobic!" 😂

John Waters is hilarious during this stand-up gig, discussing his life and movies. Gets going pretty steady after about 20 minutes or so.

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by Anonymousreply 9205/06/2021

What did you guys think of the TV version with Harvey as Edna? I enjoyed it overall and thought parts of it were even better than the film but neither as good the stage show. I really like both the musical and Waters' original film but it's hard compare them. One's a stage musical, the other's a film with songs and they are different in tone and intentions. But only one has Divine.

by Anonymousreply 93Last Friday at 2:22 AM

Weinstein, R93?

by Anonymousreply 94Last Friday at 4:54 AM

R94 Fierstein. But you knew that.

by Anonymousreply 95Last Friday at 7:20 AM

[quote] What did you guys think of the TV version with Harvey as Edna?

All I remember is Garrett Clayton flaming up the stage with his dancing.

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by Anonymousreply 96Last Friday at 7:38 AM

The cast of the live tv version was awful.

Especially that stupid Ariana Grande.

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by Anonymousreply 97Last Friday at 7:41 AM

[quote] How is the musical any more "woke" than the original?

As someone said above, it's tone.

The original treats earnest integrationism as just one more thing to make fun of ("We SHALL overcome some day!" "Not with that hair, you won't."), and also mocks segregationism and racism (".Pardon me, but is your daughter a mulatto?").

The musical remake is deadly serious about race relations.

by Anonymousreply 98Last Friday at 7:45 AM

[quote] Pardon me, but is your daughter a mulatto?

Rofl, that is one of the funniest lines in the movie, because it literally comes out of nowhere.

"Hey! You! Can I ask you a personal question? Is your daughter mulatto??"

The absurdity of it, makes the line so hilarious.

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by Anonymousreply 99Last Friday at 7:49 AM

r99, so is this line. LOL

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by Anonymousreply 100Last Friday at 8:09 AM

The NBC live version was completely forgettable. Save for Firestein as Edna and loudmouth yell-singer JHud as Motormouth Maybelle, I have no recollection of who was in it.

Also, both filmed versions of the Broadway musical cut out the best, most John Waters-y number -- "The Big Dollhouse"; for this they can both go to hell.

by Anonymousreply 101Last Friday at 9:09 AM

The Hairspray musical is on HBO Max, and it was interesting to watch it a few days after watching the John Waters original. The musical has three fun songs (Good Morning Baltimore, Welcome to the Sixties and You Can't Stop the Beat) and a bunch of mediocre ones. The original movie zips by with its 90 minute running time, but the musical feels quite padded at two hours. I found John Travolta's performance okay but nowhere near as good as Divine's, and that rubber face mask on Travolta was quite distracting. Christopher Walken was a blank as Tracy's father, and poor Michelle Pfeiffer had the crappiest song in the musical and not much variety in her dialogue. The scene where she seduced Tracy's father in the joke shop seemed to go on for days, as did Motormouth Maybelle's marching song.

by Anonymousreply 102Last Sunday at 9:31 AM

THAT fat thing?

by Anonymousreply 103Last Sunday at 10:18 AM

The 2007 musical is fine but as has been said, it takes itself a little too seriously but it still has some of the quirks and charms of the 1988 film, but they're all smoothed over in an attempt to make it more palatable for a wider audience.

I thought Amanda Bynes was very good as Penny. Loved Allison Janney as her mother. That aspect of the musical still felt like it had the Waters DNA.

I think if they had remade Hairspray as a musical today it would be really insufferable.

by Anonymousreply 104Last Sunday at 10:32 AM

She was right in the car in plain sight of just everybody at the hop, She was nude.

by Anonymousreply 105Last Sunday at 11:17 AM
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