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Grease -- John Travolta solidified his position as the most versatile and magnetic screen presence of the decade in this film version of the smash hit play Grease. Recording star Olivia Newton-John made her American film debut as Sandy, Travolta's naive love interest. The impressive supporting cast reads like a "who's who" in this quintessential musical about the fabulous '50s. Grease is not just a nostalgic look at a simpler decade--it's an energetic and exciting musical homage to the age of rock 'n' roll!
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Grease -- Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Grease -- The Original High School Musical is Back.

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Director:
Writers:
Jim Jacobs (original musical) and
Warren Casey (original musical) ...
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Release Date:
16 June 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The original high school musical is back! (2010 re-release) See more »
Plot:
Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
'It's Still the Word' See more (336 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

John Travolta ... Danny

Olivia Newton-John ... Sandy

Stockard Channing ... Rizzo

Jeff Conaway ... Kenickie

Barry Pearl ... Doody

Michael Tucci ... Sonny

Kelly Ward ... Putzie

Didi Conn ... Frenchy

Jamie Donnelly ... Jan

Dinah Manoff ... Marty

Eve Arden ... Principal McGee

Frankie Avalon ... Teen Angel

Joan Blondell ... Vi

Edd Byrnes ... Vince Fontaine

Sid Caesar ... Coach Calhoun

Alice Ghostley ... Mrs. Murdock
Dody Goodman ... Blanche
Sha-Na-Na ... Johnny Casino & The Gamblers

Susan Buckner ... Patty Simcox

Lorenzo Lamas ... Tom Chisum
Fannie Flagg ... Nurse Wilkins

Dick Patterson ... Mr. Rudie

Eddie Deezen ... Eugene
Darrell Zwerling ... Mr. Lynch

Ellen Travolta ... Waitress

Annette Charles ... Cha Cha
Dennis Stewart ... Leo (as Dennis C. Stewart)
Barbi Alison ... Dancer
Helena Andreyko ... Dancer
Jennifer Buchanan ... Dancer
Carol Culver ... Dancer
Cindy DeVore ... Dancer
Deborah Fishman ... Dancer
Antonia Franceschi ... Dancer
Sandra Gray ... Dancer
Mimi Lieber ... Dancer
Judy Susman ... Dancer
Dennis Daniels ... Dancer
Larry Dusich ... Dancer
John Robert Garrett ... Dancer
Daniel Levans ... Dancer
Sean Moran ... Dancer
Greg Rosatti ... Dancer
Andy Roth ... Dancer
Lou Spadaccini ... Dancer

Andy Tennant ... Dancer
Richard Weisman ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lennie Baker ... Johnny Casino & The Gamblers (uncredited)
Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman ... Johnny Casino & The Gamblers (uncredited)
Paula Beyers ... Dancer (uncredited)

Michael Biehn ... Mike - School Athlete (uncredited)
Greg Bradford ... Dancer (uncredited)
Tod Burton ... Baseball Catcher (uncredited)
Johnny Contardo ... Johnny Casino & The Gamblers (uncredited)
Carole Demas ... Girl Fixing Hair in Mirror at Drive-in (uncredited)
Donna Felix ... Dancer (uncredited)
Vinny Genna ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kristine Greco ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frederick 'Dennis' Greene ... Johnny Casino & The Gamblers (uncredited)
J. Andrew Kenny ... Andy - Wrestler (uncredited)
Jocko Marcellino ... Johnny Casino & The Gamblers (uncredited)
John Mooney ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Bob Quinn ... Dancer (uncredited)
'Screamin' Scott' Simon ... Johnny Casino & The Gamblers (uncredited)

Wendie Jo Sperber ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lora Marie Oberhofer Taylor ... Girl in Quad on the First Day of School (uncredited)
Donald 'Donny' York ... Johnny Casino & The Gamblers (uncredited)

Directed by
Randal Kleiser 
 
Writing credits
Jim Jacobs (original musical) and
Warren Casey (original musical)

Bronte Woodard (screenplay) (as Bronté Woodard)

Allan Carr (adaptation)

Produced by
Allan Carr .... producer
Neil A. Machlis .... associate producer
Robert Stigwood .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
 
Casting by
Joel Thurm 
 
Production Design by
Philip M. Jefferies  (as Phil Jefferies)
 
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey  (as James Berkey)
 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
 
Makeup Department
Edwin Allen .... makeup artist (as Eddie Allen)
Christine George .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)
Charlene Murray .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Bron Roylance .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Neil A. Machlis .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
Wally Samson .... production manager: studio features (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Grandey .... assistant director
Paula Marcus .... second assistant director
Lynn M. Morgan .... second assistant director (as Lynn Morgan)
 
Art Department
Eugene S. Kelley .... construction coordinator (as Gene Kelly)
Richard Valesko .... property master
John Rozman .... leadman (uncredited)
Lewis Splittgerber .... set designer (uncredited)
George Stewart .... painter (uncredited)
George Tuers .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sean Hanley .... looping editor
Jerry Jost .... sound mixer
Charles E. Moran .... sound effects editor (as Charles Moran)
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Bill Dager .... playback operator (uncredited)
Joseph Kite .... boom operator (uncredited)
Bill Mancoch .... cableman (uncredited)
Jack Snyder .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Joseph P. Mercurio .... special effects (uncredited)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ron Hays .... electronic visual effects
Dion Hatch .... roto artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Wally Crowder .... stunt coordinator (as Wallace Dwight Crowder)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Dunn .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunt double (uncredited)
Eddie Paul .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin J. Campbell .... gaffer (as Colin Campbell)
George Hill .... key grip
Dave Barrow .... grip (uncredited)
Earl L. Clark .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Peter Lyons Collister .... camera intern (uncredited)
James R. Connell .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (uncredited)
John M. Hennessy .... best boy (uncredited)
Rene Menoni .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alvin Presley .... second electrician (uncredited)
George Staubs .... grip (uncredited)
Joel Stout .... electrician (uncredited)
Buzz Warren .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
John Wilson .... animator: main titles
 
Casting Department
Marion Dougherty .... casting: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betsy Cox .... wardrobe: women
Bruce Walkup .... wardrobe: men
Patricia Zinn Etheridge .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Bill Mas .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robert Pergament .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
June Edgerton .... music editor
Michael Gibson .... music post-scoring
David J. Holman .... musical engineering consultant
Bill Oakes .... music supervisor
Louis St. Louis .... creative music consultant
Louis St. Louis .... music adaptor
John Farrar .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... conductor (uncredited)
Charles Fox .... musical director (uncredited)
Peter Frampton .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Jay Graydon .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Cubby O'Brien .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Lee Ritenour .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Ernie Watts .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joel Marrow .... transportation captain (uncredited)
John Reade .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Patricia Birch .... dances & musical sequences staged & choreographed by
Carol Culver .... assistant choreographer
Alan B. Curtiss .... location manager
Wayne Fitzgerald .... end title design
Gary Kalkin .... unit publicist
Joyce King .... script supervisor
Tommy Smith .... dance consultant
Irene Berkman .... production secretary (uncredited)
Charles Eicherly .... craft service (uncredited)
Cathy Kinsock .... production trainee (uncredited)
Freeman Packard .... production: studio (uncredited)
Marty Eli Schwartz .... location manager (uncredited)
Tommy Smith .... production associate (uncredited)
Linda Zimmerman .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Anthony D'Amato .... acknowledgment: produced on the Broadway stage in association with
Maxine Fox .... acknowledgment: produced on the Broadway stage by
Kenneth Waissman .... acknowledgment: produced on the Broadway stage by
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Grease Sing-A-Long" - International (English title) (reissue title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language (sing-a-long version)
Runtime:
110 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS (re-release) (1998) | Dolby Digital (re-release) (1998) | Dolby (35 mm prints) (original release) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (original release)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Belgium:KT | Brazil:12 (re-rating) (2014) | Brazil:Livre (1991) | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:PG (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1998) | East Germany:(Banned) | Finland:K-16 (original rating) (1978) | Finland:K-12 (re-rating) (1978) | France:U | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Ireland:PG (sing-a-long version) | Netherlands:AL | Norway:7 | Norway:12 (1978) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (Sing-A-Long version) (2010) | UK:PG (Blu Ray rating) (2009) | UK:PG (re-release) (re-rating) (1998) (2008) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1992) (1998) (2003) | USA:PG (No. 25098) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46185) (sing-a-long version) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, who wrote the original stage play, were originally supposed to serve as executive producers of the film but got kicked off the set by Allen Carr. Patricia Birch who was choreographer on the Broadway stage continued her role in the movie version and the film original song "Sandy" was co-written by Louis St. Louis who wrote some songs used in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the last part of the racing sequence, along the river's banked edge, Leo's black convertible loses its front license plate, only to have it re-appear moments later.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sandy:I'm going back to Australia; I might never see you again.
Danny:Don't... don't talk that way, Sandy.
Sandy:But it's true! I've just had the best summer of my life, and now I have to go away. It isn't fair.
[Danny starts kissing her]
Sandy:Danny, don't spoil it!
Danny:It's not spoiling it, Sandy, it's only making it better.
Sandy:Danny... is this the end?
Danny:Of course not; it's only the beginning.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mamma Mia! (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Tears on My PillowSee more »

FAQ

What is a 'greaser'?
Who is Sandra Dee?
How does the movie end?
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83 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
'It's Still the Word', 5 May 2004
Author: Kelly Archer from Cheltenham, England

Sandy and Danny, their names alone mean nothing, together they represent the film we all know and love that brought us 'Summer Nights' and 'Greased Lightnin'. Grease is an infamous musical-play turned film, adapted and produced by Allan Carr, chartering the summertastic rock 'n' roll of the 1950s, centring on the highs and lows of a group of teenagers at high-school, Rydell High.

The film begins with two people having a summer romance, Sandy (Newton-John) an uptight, naïve, nerdy Australian girl and Danny (Travolta), a 'jack-the-lad' 'T' bird. After the opening credits which are amusing cartoons of the main characters we see the two well known groups of teenagers, the Pink Ladies and the 'T' Birds going back to school after summer vacation. The rest of the film centres mostly on the relationship of Sandy and Danny, the problems they face, and the ups and downs of their high school chums. The main characters and the unusual pairing of Sandy and Danny makes for comfortable viewing.

My favourite part of the film is the music, this film has such a brilliant soundtrack. If you have the chance to watch the film on DVD you get the added bonus of a songbook. However with a musical film you do find some parts unrealistic when they sing, why would a group of lads sing Summer Nights for example? Yet that aside the songs, mostly corny love songs are addictive and easy to pick up unfortunately will be in your head all day. Grease may not have had a lavish budget like films made today, but this 1978 film directed by Randal Kleiser still manages to have great audience appeal. Its' scenes and costumes are basic and probably didn't break the bank to produce but this all adds to the realism of the film.

I like the film and could watch it over and over again. Newton-John's debut performance is excellent but her character Sandy is too 2D and has no depth. Travolta's performance is to perfection and this film benchmarked his film career. Danny is 3D, he can be loving, self obsessed, a saviour and a winner, whereas Sandy to me is just a bore. All characters bring something different to the film making it a success. Rizzo is the hard nosed cow, bitchy about Sandy, possibly jealous, who seeks revenge on her boyfriend by going out with his arch enemy. There is also Marcy who loves the men and has lots of boyfriends, and Frenchy who becomes Sandy's best friend who is caring.

This uplifting, audience grabbing film may be slightly cheesy but there is just so much to love about it, especially the soundtrack and dance moves! This gives it longevity making it such a great film that could be the best musical ever made. This classic film deserves a 5/5 just for being groovy! But I just can't stop thinking why is it called Grease?!

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