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Greased Lightning -- Superstar Richard Pryor ("Uptown Saturday Night," "Stir Crazy") is Wendell Scott, a top stock car racer, in this action-filled biopic with a comic twist.

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Director:
Writers:
Kenneth Vose (written by) &
Lawrence DuKore (written by) ...
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Release Date:
July 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Richard Pryor Drives 'Em Wild
Plot:
The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race. | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Excellent cast See more (14 total) »

Cast

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Richard Pryor ... Wendell Scott

Beau Bridges ... Hutch

Pam Grier ... Mary

Cleavon Little ... Peewee

Vincent Gardenia ... Sheriff Cotton
Richie Havens ... Woodrow
Julian Bond ... Russell

Earl Hindman ... Beau Welles
Minnie Gentry ... Wendell's Mother
Lucy Saroyan ... Hutch's Wife

Noble Willingham ... Billy Joe Byrnes
Bruce Atkins ... Deputy Turner
Steve Fifield ... Deputy Drinkwater

Bill Cobbs ... Mr. Jones
Georgia Allen ... Mrs. Jones
Maynard Jackson ... Minister
Danny Nelson ... Wayne Carter
Cara Dunn ... Restaurant Owner
Alvin Huff ... Moonshiner
Willie McWhorter ... Wendell Jr
Frederick 'Dennis' Greene ... Slack (as Frederick Dennis Greene)
Bill Connell ... Speedway Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charlie Briggs ... Race Official (uncredited)
Clara Dunn ... Restaurant Owner (uncredited)
Clebert Ford ... Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Schultz 
 
Writing credits
Kenneth Vose (written by) &
Lawrence DuKore (written by) and
Melvin Van Peebles (written by) and
Leon Capetanos (written by)

Produced by
Richard Bell .... executive producer
Lester Berman .... producer
J. Lloyd Grant .... executive producer
James E. Hinton .... associate producer
Hannah Weinstein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fred Karlin 
 
Cinematography by
George Bouillet 
 
Film Editing by
Randy Roberts 
Bob Wyman 
Christopher Holmes (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Teddy Stewart 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Senter 
 
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey 
 
Costume Design by
Celia Bryant 
Henry Salley 
 
Makeup Department
Scott Cunningham .... makeup artist
Sandra Henderson .... hair stylist
Bob O'Bradovich .... makeup artist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Lester Berman .... unit production manager
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence A. Donnelly .... assistant director
Preston L. Holmes .... second assistant director
Dwight Williams .... second assistant director
Charles Bail .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Wayne Hartman)
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Don Cahn .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Chaney .... sound effects editor
Mark Dennis .... sound effects editor
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Billie Owens .... sound effects editor
Arthur H. Pullen .... sound effects editor
Harlan Riggs .... sound mixer: second unit
Hank Salerno .... sound effects editor
Ed Scheid .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Candy Flanagin .... special effects
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects (as Tom Ward)
 
Stunts
Neil Castles Sr. .... stunt driver
Ted Duncan .... stunt coordinator
Whitey Hughes .... stunts
Don Pike .... stunt driver
Ernest Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Ernest Robinson .... stunt double: richard pryor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Colean .... camera operator
John T. Dustin .... camera operator: second unit
Richard C. Glouner .... director of photography: second unit (as Richard Glouner)
George Holmes .... gaffer
Harry Rez .... key grip
Doyle Smith .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen P. Butler .... costumer
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor (as Don Harris)
Bradford Craig .... composer: source music (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ursula Alexander .... location manager
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Wendell Scott .... technical advisor
 

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96 min
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Scott's only major Grand National win came on December 1, 1963 at the Jacksonville (Florida) Speedway Park. This is the race in which he was initially denied the trophy. Over his career he had 147 top ten finishes with 20 being top five coming from 495 starts. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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 »
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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Soundtrack:
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Excellent cast, 18 April 2004

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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