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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 ... See full summary »

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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 <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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22 October 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Car Wash - Der ausgeflippte Waschsalon  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The main location of this film was an actual Los Angeles car wash, the Figueroa Car Wash, in Westlake, a few blocks from McArthur Park. The actual address was the corner of Rampart Boulevard and 6th Street. It was demolished during the late 1980s. When it was open after the release of this movie, its marquee declared its involvement as a location in this major motion picture. See more »

Quotes

Duane: Why don't you tell everybody how you "got so rich" Daddy Rich? This is one nigger you aint fooling! I'm onto the game you're running to these people here.
Daddy Rich: What can I do for you, brother?
Duane: The same thing you're doing for everyone else. Nothing!
Daddy Rich: Guess you don't believe in my church. The Church of Divine Economic Spiritual Light.
Duane: Yeah, that's right. I don't belive in it.
Daddy Rich: So, you don't belive in God?
Duane: Not "your" God. I'm a Muslim.
Daddy Rich: My God's doing all right by me. Why don't you come on board brother, ...
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Crazy Credits

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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I Wanna Get Next to You
Written by Norman Whitfield
Performed by Rose Royce
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Car Wash
24 February 2005 | by (united states) – See all my reviews

Car Wash is absolute genius. Here you have 1976 Los Angeles, the day in the life of a car wash. With the funky sounds of Rose Royce laying the back drop to the wacky, zany, out of control antics of the employees and various visitors to the Dee-luxe car wash, you simply can't go wrong! Marsha, the wanna be chic/vogue cashier is delightful to watch, "I got a date"! T.C. (Theodore Chaunce) has an alter ego called "The Fly" zzzzzzzz. Floyd and Lloyd, aspiring entertainers are ridiculously funny, "Is ribs pig?". Duane, uh I mean Abdula, the frustrated militant "I don't eat slave food. Is that alright with you?!" Calvin, the pesky skate board riding kid, "See you tomorrow, turkeys." And his mom, "Boy, look where you're going'!" And all the rest. Car Wash is a must see if you haven't already see it. And shame on you if you haven't!


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