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USA: New Line Cinema
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, Allison Janney, Jerry Stiller, Paul Dooley, Nikki Blonsky, Taylor Parks, Darren Frost, Ricki Lake, Joe Parro, Nick Loren, Bruce McFee, Sheldon Smith
Director: Adam Shankman
USA: 117 mins
UK: 116 mins
USA Rated: PG for language, some suggestive content and momentary teen smoking
UK Certificate: PG Contains mild language and sex references
USA Release Date: 20 July 2007
UK Release Date: 20 July 2007
UK DVD Release Date: 19 November 2007
In his first musical since GREASE, John Travolta returns to the dance floor with HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL's Zac Efron in this summers highly anticipated musical comedy HAIRSPRAY, a feature film adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway production Hairspray to life. Featuring new and original material based on John Waters' 1988 cult classic about star-struck teenagers on a local Baltimore dance show.
Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion - dancing. Her dream is to appear on "The Corny Collins Show," Baltimore's hippest dance party on TV. Tracy (Nikki Blonsky) seems a natural fit for the show except for one not-so-little problem - she doesn't fit in. Her plus-sized figure has always set her apart from the cool crowd, which she is reminded of by her loving but overly protective plus-sized mother, Edna (John Travolta). That doesn't stop Tracy because if there is one thing that this girl knows, it's that she was born to dance. As her father Wilbur (Christopher Walken) tells her, "Go for it! You've got to think big to be big."
After wowing Corny Collins (James Marsden) at her high school dance, Tracy wins a spot on his show and becomes an instant on-air sensation, much to the chagrin of the show's reigning princess, Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow), and her scheming mother, Velma (Michelle Pfeiffer), who runs television station WYZT. Even worse for Amber is the fact that it's not just the audience who loves the new girl in town; Amber's sweetheart, Link Larkin (Zac Efron), seems to be smitten with Tracy's charms as well. This dance party gets personal as a bitter feud erupts between the girls as they compete for the coveted "Miss Teenage Hairspray" crown.
At school, however, a short stint in detention and raised-eyebrows caused by the budding relationship between her best friend Penny Pingleton (Amanda Bynes) and Seaweed (Elijah Kelley) opens Tracy's eyes to a bigger issue than the latest dance craze or the coolest hairdo - racial inequality. Throwing caution to the wind, she leads a march with Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah) to fight for integration and winds up with an arrest warrant instead. Tracy is on the lam now and goes underground, literally, to her best friend Penny's basement.
Has Tracy's luck finally run out? Will she miss the final dance-off against Amber and forfeit the title of "Miss Hairspray," or will she sing and dance her way out of trouble again?
When big hair meets big dreams anything can happen - and does - in this high-energy comedy that proves you don't have to fit in to win.
HAIRSPRAY is directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman (BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, THE PACIFIER) from a screenplay by Leslie Dixon (FREAKY FRIDAY, MRS. DOUBTFIRE). The comedy features a remarkable collection of talent including 18 year-old newcomer Nicole Blonsky as Tracy Turnblad, John Travolta (PULP FICTION, GREASE) as her mother Edna Turnblad, Zac Efron (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL) as Link Larkin, Amanda Bynes (SHE'S THE MAN, WHAT A GIRL WANTS) as Penny Pingleton, Michelle Pfeiffer, (WHAT LIES BENEATH, FABULOUS BAKER BOYS) as Velma Von Tussle, Queen Latifah (CHICAGO) as Motormouth Maybelle, Christopher Walken (WEDDING CRASHERS) as Wilbur Turnblad, Brittany Snow (JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE) as Amber Von Tussle and James Marsden (SUPERMAN RETURNS) as Corny Collins.
Feature can be played alone or with a 'sing-a-long' lyric track option.
2-Disc 'Shake & Shimmy' Special Edition:
Sing along with the movie using the lyric track
Step-by-step dance instructions
5 Deleted scenes including Tracy's never-before-seen musical number "I Can Wait"
"You Can't Stop The Beat: The Long Journey of Hairspray" Documentary
"Hairspray Extensions: Breakin' Down the Dance scenes"
"The Roots of Hairspray - From Buddy Deane to Broadway!"
And Much More!