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Car Wash (1976)

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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Darrow Igus ...
Floyd
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Lloyd (as De Wayne Jessie)
James Spinks ...
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Lindy
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The Taxi Driver
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Duane - Abdullah
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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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Where anything can happen and usually does! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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22 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Car Wash - Der ausgeflippte Waschsalon  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reverend Ike was a real-life preacher and inspiration for the Daddy Rich character. When Reverend Ike was unavailable for the film, they chose Richard Pryor who filmed his role in two days. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: I just don't understand white folk.
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The list of all the main actors and actresses in alphabetic order scroll up at the film's beginning, followed by the film's title. See more »

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Referenced in The Office: Here Comes Treble (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

You Gotta Believe
Music by Henry Garner, Lyrics by Jobe 'Duke' Lequeint
Performed by The Pointer Sisters
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Funny And Influential
9 January 2000 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

A great ensemble cast, a loose, funky script that left room for improvisation and a great (nonstop) pulsating disco/soul soundtrack make this film a pleasant diversion and definitely a document of its' era. It also served as a blueprint for many other primarily black-cast comedies to come. When writing 1997's "Friday," Ice Cube was quoted as saying he wanted to create a fun film just like "Car Wash." Many funny scenes, some in questionable taste, but still harmless enough. For those who lived through the period, it'll bring back some memories.


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