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Greased Lightning (1977)

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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Sheriff Cotton
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Woodrow
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Russell
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Beau Welles
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Wendell's Mother
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Billy Joe Byrnes
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Georgia Allen ...
Mrs. Jones
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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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Richard Pryor Drives 'Em Wild


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July 1977 (USA)  »

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Any wreck on any NASCAR track that involves between three and five cars or more. Are called "the big one". Daytona and Talladega are the origins of the phrase "the big one". Being super speedways with high banking. And where speeds reach 210 mph. Wrecks tend to collect many cars. And the banking tends to bring them all down to one place making it worse. But with the speeds involved many tracks can have wrecks that can be called the big one. See more »

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In many of the in-car shots during the races you can hear that they are manual transmissions being double clutched, but the drivers never take their hands of the wheel to shift. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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Maybe Tomorrow
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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