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Greased Lightning (1977)

PG  |   |  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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Sheriff Cotton
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Beau Welles
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Wendell's Mother
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Bruce Atkins ...
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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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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 »

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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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Written by Fred Karlin & Bradford Craig
Performed by Roberta Flack
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Excellent cast
18 April 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This one has been a favorite of mine ever since I first watched it on cable in the late 70's. Richard Pryor is just perfect as Wendell Scott, the first black stock-car racing champion. The rest of the cast is great as well, all perfect in their roles. This is definitely a perfectly cast film!

The film itself is very decent but does have a few problems, most notably that once Wendell starts racing there seems to be too many large gaps in time, as if a lot of footage that has been left on the cutting room floor. But the script does move along well even with that problem.

I would think Pryor fans especially would pick this up on DVD if it ever got a proper release, in widescreen, some commentary, and with those obviously deleted scenes left behind. Hopefully this will be on DVD before some Hollywood clown remakes this with tons of computer effects crap and ruins the whole thing.


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