Long-time cult film director John Waters burst into the mainstream with this cheerfully zany spoof of 1960s TV teen dance shows.
Ricki Lake may be better known for her weird and wonderful US chat show (that ran until 2004), but it was director Waters who launched her into stardom with this kitsch classic.
Waters toned down his usual excesses, but his mischievous black sense of humour was still very much to the fore in this affectionate salute to Z-grade teen movies.
Lake was the fun-loving Tracy Turnblad, who became the new teen dancing queen much to the horror of her wealthy, snobbish parents, who wanted their daughter to shine.
The eclectic cast – which ranges from Waters’ regulars Divine (his last movie) and Mink Stole, through to Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Pia Zadora and former Cars singer Ric Ocasek – scored big, and the soundtrack dredged up some brilliant old toons, with oldies both golden and mouldy.
Edna Turnblad/Arvin Hodgepile
Franklin von Tussle
Amber von Tussle
Velma von Tussle
Michael St Gerard
Leslie Ann Powers