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Car Wash -- Everybody is cleaning up and getting down in this classic comedy--the first "disco slacker" movie--from the decade that brought you the tube top, the polyester suit and lots of good times.

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Director:
Writer:
Joel Schumacher (written by)
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Release Date:
22 October 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hey, it's a '70s thing! [Video Title]
Plot:
Car Wash is about a close-knit group of employees who one day have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
It's a hit! See more (43 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Darrow Igus ... Floyd

Otis Day ... Lloyd (as De Wayne Jessie)
James Spinks ... Hippo

Antonio Fargas ... Lindy
The Pointer Sisters ... The Wilson Sisters

Richard Pryor ... Daddy Rich

George Carlin ... The Taxi Driver

Clarence Muse ... Snapper

Franklyn Ajaye ... T.C.
Tracy Reed ... Mona

Bill Duke ... Duane - Abdullah

Ivan Dixon ... Lonnie
Henry Kingi ... Goody

Pepe Serna ... Chuco
Ray Vitte ... Geronimo
Jack Kehoe ... Scruggs

Garrett Morris ... Slide
Leon Pinkney ... Justin

Renn Woods ... Loretta (as Ren Woods)

Lorraine Gary ... Hysterical Lady
Lauren Jones ... Marleen
Leonard Jackson ... Earl
Sully Boyar ... Leon 'Mr. B' Barrow
Irwin Corey ... The Mad Bomber (as Prof. Irwin Corey)
Richard Brestoff ... Irwin Barrow

Melanie Mayron ... Marsha
Arthur French ... Charlie
Michael Fennell ... Calvin
Antonie Becker ... Charlene
Erin Blunt ... Lonnie's Son
Carmine Caridi ... Foolish Father
Reginald Farmer ... Daddy Rich's Chauffeur
Ricky Fellen ... Hysterical Lady's Son
Ben Frommer ... Man Behind Ken
Cynthia Hamowy ... Bandaged Man's Wife
John Linson ... Foolish Father's Son

Ed Metzger ... Arresting Cop
Antar Mubarak ... Sonny Fredericks
Derek Schultz ... Foolish Father's Son
Mike Slaney ... Bandaged Man
Al Stellone ... Oldsmobile Owner
Jackie Toles ... Calvin's Mother
Janine Williams ... Lonnie's Daugher
Otis Sistrunk ... Otis

Tim Thomerson ... Ken (as Timothy Thomerson)
Jason Bernard ... Lonnie's Parole Officer
Jay Butler ... AM Disc Jockey (voice)
J.J. Jackson ... 2nd PM Disc Jockey (voice)
Rod McGrew ... PM Disc Jockey (voice)
Sarina C. Grant ... Newscaster (voice)
Billy Bass ... Newscaster (voice)

Brooke Adams ... Terry (scenes deleted)
Benny Baker ... Barney (scenes deleted)

Danny DeVito ... Joe (scenes deleted)
Lewis Lillian ... Bernie (scenes deleted)
Danny Tucker ... Cop at Big Joe's (scenes deleted)
Sunny Woods ... Kenny's Date (scenes deleted)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Gusse ... Tall Man Crossing Street (uncredited)
Anita Pointer ... Wilson Sister (uncredited)
Bonnie Pointer ... Wilson Sister (uncredited)
June Pointer ... Wilson Sister (uncredited)
Ruth Pointer ... Wilson Sister (uncredited)
Barbara Walden ... Saleswoman (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Schultz 
 
Writing credits
Joel Schumacher (written by)

Produced by
Art Linson .... producer
Don Phillips .... associate producer
Gary Stromberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Norman Whitfield 
 
Cinematography by
Frank Stanley (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Christopher Holmes 
 
Casting by
Don Phillips 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Clatworthy 
 
Set Decoration by
Anthony C. Montenaro  (as A.C. Montenaro)
 
Costume Design by
Daniel Paredes 
 
Makeup Department
Chuck Crafts .... makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist (as Robert Stevenson)
 
Production Management
Bud Brill .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... first assistant director
Daniel Franklin .... second assistant director (as Dan Franklin)
Richard Hashimoto .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Peter Berkos .... sound editor
Baker Bigsby .... music mix engineer
Willie D. Burton .... sound
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound (uncredited)
Earl Madery .... sound (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Don Wolz .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Rick Mitchell .... assistant editor
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
Paul Riser .... music arranger: songs
Norman Whitfield .... music producer
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Amato .... script supervisor
Michael Hamilton .... title designer
 

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Runtime:
97 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Even though it is stated that the Deluxe Carwash does everything by hand with no "big brushes", they are clearly visible in several scenes.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
The Taxi Driver:Did you happen to see a big, tall, black, blonde chick here?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Undercover Brother (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Going DownSee more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
It's a hit!, 16 June 1999
Author: anonymous

Outstanding, lively, well-paced, good-humored and very, very funny ensemble comedy. It has hardly any plot, but lots of great characters, lots of good laughs that keep on coming, and some memorable moments. Some genuinely touching moments fit in well and don't derail the comedy. It has an award-winning sound-track, too.

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