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Car Wash is about a close-knit group of employees who one day have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt, including Richard Pryor as a preaching 'wonder-man' who is loved by most but loathed by one, and a man who looks like a thief by the way he is holding his bottle, but it is really his urine sample as he is off to the hospital. T.C's love life takes a turn for the better and the songs keep coming. Written by Graeme Huggan <>

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Release Date:

22 October 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Car Wash - Der ausgeflippte Waschsalon  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Bill Duke. See more »


Lonnie: Mr. B, about Abdullah... I'm really sorry about Abdullah. I know he's really wired up. I wish you'd think about giving him another chance.
Mr. B: I gave him a thousand chances. That's it! I don't want that belligerent trouble maker around my car wash anymore.
Lonnie: Mr. B, the man is just confused. He really is.
Mr. B: Lonnie, now is not the time.
Lonnie: Mr. B, every week I keep trying to talk to you, and every week you keep telling me "now is not the time". I've been working for you for over a year now. When is it gonna ...
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The principal cast members credits at the end of the film are spoken out loud by one of the radio deejays. See more »


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Written and Produced by Norman Whitfield
Performed by Rose Royce, Orchestra conducted by Paul Riser
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10 May 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Following American Graffiti, a bunch of slice of life movies were made. Car Wash is a look at a day in the life of average Joes who have to work for a living. It looks at people who's dreams can't be wrapped up in their 8 to 6 minimum wage job. Their life, is their cars, their families, their politics, their music. They come to work and try to find ways to make the days bearable. Like Sisyphus pushing his rock ever uphill, the only satisfaction, comes at the end of the movie; at the end of the day. The drive for the top has a great beat driven by Rose Royce and punctuation by the pointer sisters. I love the tempo of this little movie and its always satisfied me.

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