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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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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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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 »

Quotes

[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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Under rated, but one of Richard's best!
12 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're a race fan, you may not have heard of Wendell Scott. He was one of the most under rated race car drivers of all time, and for all of the wrong reasons. It really makes a person wonder how great he might have been if someone looked beyond the color of his skin.

This movie captures that struggle Wendell must of felt. This movie also shows what a great actor Richard Pryor really could have been if he was cast in more serious rolls, instead of just comedies. Sure there there was some humor in this movie, but nothing like his later movies. Richard and Clevon Little played well off of each other. Maybe this is why this movie is all but forgotten about because this movie is somewhat out of character for Richard. Sure, it is not completely an accurate account of Wendell's life, but it is one best movies Richard Pryor ever made.

So if you see it, don't expect a scream fest. But may I suggest that you see it just to see what a great actor, not comedian Richard Pryor was.


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