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Greased Lightning
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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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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 »
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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)
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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
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
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Bradford Craig .... composer: source music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ursula Alexander .... location manager
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Wendell Scott .... technical advisor
 

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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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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Storm Never Comes., 12 May 2004
Author: tfrizzell from United States

The true autobiographical story of Wendell Scott (Richard Pryor), the first African-American race car driver in the 1960s, struggles through with a strange production that just never really feels right for some reason. This is meant to be a drama and Pryor just does not feel right playing an important part like this. Pryor's rival/friend Beau Bridges and Pryor's wife Pam Grier also seem out-of-place in this strained picture that seems to be suffering an identity crisis. A lot of rough drama mixes with ho-hum race sequences and waning attempts at romance and comedy that end up being more detrimental than beneficial to the overall cohesiveness and effectiveness of the film. Fair, but really no flair. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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