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Greased Lightning (1977)

 -  Action | Biography | Comedy  -  July 1977 (USA)
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The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Cotton
Richie Havens ...
Julian Bond ...
Beau Welles
Minnie Gentry ...
Wendell's Mother
Lucy Saroyan ...
Hutch's Wife
Billy Joe Byrnes
Bruce Atkins ...
Deputy Turner
Steve Fifield ...
Deputy Drinkwater
Mr. Jones
Georgia Allen ...
Mrs. Jones


The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race.

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Richard Pryor Drives 'Em Wild


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July 1977 (USA)  »

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Greased Lightning  »

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Maynard Jackson, Jr., the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, appears in the film as the minister at Wendell and Mary's wedding. See more »


[searching for car parts in a scrap yard]
Peewee: What'chyou looking for, Wendell?
Wendell Scott: Some of this, some of that, some of everything. A universal joint.
Peewee: Hmph. I wouldn't know a universal joint if it bit me.
Wendell Scott: Well, one's about to bite you.
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Written by Fred Karlin & Bradford Craig
Performed by Roberta Flack
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One of the best stock car driver movies ever...
18 January 2004 | by (Calif.,U.S.) – See all my reviews

..seeing as how there aren't that many to begin with.This is one of the best if not thee best! Partly due to the fact that it's based on a true story.The rest is due to the action/racing and the acting.I feel this is one of Richard Pryors best perfomances,by far.I don't think many people remember this movie due to this not by a Pryor type of comedy.It's more of an action/dramodey.

Anyway,this is a must see for the NASCAR fan.You'll get a real glimpse of vintage NASCAR racing from the early 60's to the early 70's.Not to mention Earl Hindman aka "Wilson" of T.V.'s "Home Improvement",minus the fence.There's also a snappy soundtrack/theme song provided by one of the movies stars,Ritchie Havens.I swear you'll be humming or singing this song for a few days after you see this film.

A good movie overall,I believe it was a sleeper in it's original release.Go,Wendell!!Go!!

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