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(1982)

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In a 2003 interview, Didi Conn explained why her character, Frenchy, disappeared halfway into the movie. She said the script was not finished when they began filming, but the draft they were using still included Frenchy. The character was written out during filming, and she was told halfway through that she was no longer needed. The filmmakers ultimately decided to include Frenchy in the final cut, though they had limited footage. Didi described the filming process as "rushed, frantic, and unorganized".
Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield did not get along during filming. A few years after the film was released, Maxwell said in an interview that he and Michelle "got along infamously". Michelle stated in an interview that Maxwell was "self-adoring".
"Do It For Our Country" is a duet between Sharon and Louis. Maureen Teefy couldn't make it to the recording session, so Peter Frechette had to sing the whole song himself, which is why Maureen's vocals aren't on the movie's soundtrack. Her voice was dubbed in later.
Tom Cruise auditioned for the role of Johnny Nogerelli, but director Patricia Birch wanted someone older and taller.
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John met with the studio to discuss reprising their roles, but weren't pursued further after the initial conference.
This was Eve Arden's final film before her death on November 12, 1990 at the age of 82.
Andy Gibb was initially going to play the male lead, but he failed his screen test. Cher initially signed on to play Paulette Rebchuck, but backed out, complaining of a low salary and not having a finished script. Jennifer Beals signed on to play Sharon Cooper, but dropped out to play the lead character in Flashdance (1983).
The theatrical feature film debut for Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland, and half-sister of Liza Minnelli'.
Debbie Harry was initially asked to play Stephanie Zinone. She declined, saying she was too old to be playing a high school student.
Matt Lattanzi, playing Brad in this movie, had had a bit part in Xanadu (1980), where he met Grease (1978) star Olivia Newton-John. Whilst this sequel was being made, he was Olivia Newton-John's boyfriend. On Xanadu (1980), the two formed a romance which lead to marriage.
Though the connection was never acknowledged in the movie, Johnny Nogerelli was originally intended to be the cousin of Danny Zuko from the first film. But Michael was Sandy's cousin, and the writers thought there were too many similarities.
Michelle Pfeiffer's first major starring role. Publicity for the movie described her as a "newcomer".
Jeff Conaway was originally going to have a cameo as the Bowling Alley Manager. The idea was scrapped.
Two new teacher characters were both played by 1950s & 1960s movie idols Tab Hunter and Connie Stevens.
Pamela Adlon was unable to complete filming because she was in a car accident on her way to the set midway through. Most of her scenes were already filmed, but stand-ins were used some scenes, such as the talent show sequence.
Pat Benatar was considered for the role of Stephanie Zinone.
The film had 500 cast members.
Christopher McDonald originally auditioned for the part of Johnny before being cast as Goose.
Several scenes were cut from the film, including: Frenchy trying to help Michael become a "cool rider", Michael talking to Stephanie and comforting her after the talent show, Goose accidentally slamming a door into Rhonda's nose, Davey helping Dolores stuff her bra at the luau so that she can be dating material for him, and a sequence at the very end where Michael and Stephanie fly off into the sunset on a motorcycle, similar to the ending of "Grease", where Danny and Sandy fly off into the sunset in a car.
One of the first movie musical sequels since the Broadway Melody series of the 1920s, '30s and '40s.
Feature film debut for Peter Frechette as Louis DiMucci.
Characters and actors who reprised their roles from Grease (1978) included Didi Conn as Frenchy, Eve Arden as Principal McGee, Dody Goodman as Blanche Hodel, the principal's assistant, Sid Caesar as Coach Calhoun, and Eddie Deezen as Eugene Felnic. Dick Patterson, who played Mr. Rudie in Grease (1978), plays Mr Spears. Dennis Stewart, who played Scorpions member Leo in Grease (1978), plays Balmudo.
Director Patricia Birch said the movie was originally going to be titled "Son of Grease". Producers wanted something more straightforward, so it was switched to "Grease 2". Maxwell Caulfield tried hard to get it changed back, saying that "Grease 2" was a boring title.
Adrian Zmed played Danny Zuko in "Grease" on Broadway.
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Originally planned to be the second installment in a franchise of four movies and a TV series. Once the movie flopped, plans for a franchise were thrown out. However, Disney ended up adapting the unused script for the third film and editing it to become High School Musical (2006).
Singer Kim Carnes was offered the role of Stephanie Zinone, the female lead, but declined.
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Reportedly, Maxwell Caulfield won the lead male role over Shaun Cassidy, Greg Evigan, Andy Gibb, and Rick Springfield.
The film takes place in 1961.
Annette Funicello was originally signed on to play Ms. Mason, but dropped out due to schedule conflicts.
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Patricia Birch was the dance choreographer for the original Grease (1978). Publicity for this sequel stated that it was the first time a female choreographer had become a film director. This movie was her directorial debut, and her only theatrical film directing credit.
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A teaser for VH1 India said "If good girls like bad boys, and if bad girls like bad boys, so what happens to the good boys? They turn bad!"
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Director Patricia Birch said the script wasn't complete by the time filming began, so she had to try her best to work with what she had.
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The film had a 58-day shooting schedule.
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Maxwell Caulfield in this movie has been described as a James Dean look-a-like. Dean was famous for playing a rebel in Rebel Without a Cause (1955).
Maxwell Caulfield and Christopher McDonald acted together in "The Boys Next Door" (1985)
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John Alee, who is listed as Dancer / Boy with Basketball (uncredited), was the runner-up for the role of Davey.
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During the talent show audition scene, while the "Preptones" are auditioning, Ms. Mason, played by Connie Stevens, turns to the principal and secretary and says, "Those are my boys." This is a bit of an inside joke, as Stevens had sung in high school as part of a group called the Fourmost before leaving to take her role in Hawaiian Eye. The remaining three members decided to remain a trio and became the original iteration of the Lettermen, after whom the Preptones were modeled.
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Another similarity between Grease and Grease 2 is that Danny (Grease) and Michael (Grease 2) both were on the track team to impress their girlfriends
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Pamela Adlon was starring the on The Facts of Life when this movie came out
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Though Grease 2 got slammed by the critics, most of them did like Michelle Pfeiffer's performance, stating that she easily held her own (and even out acted) John Travolta and Olivia Newton John from the original.
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Eddie Deezen, AKA Eugene, was one of seven actors that were in Grease to return to Grease 2. None of the principals returned though, besides Didi Cohn as Frenchy. There had been talks about John Travolta, Olivia Newton John and Jeff Conaway among others coming back, but those all fell through; the producers could only get the extras from the original not the stars.
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Though this movie was eviscerated by the critics when it came out (the average rating was one star on this one back in 1982) the critical community has revisited this movie in recent years and upgraded it. The consensus is now that while it's not as good as the original, it is still watchable and fun, with good music and dance numbers and a great performance by Michelle Pfeifer.
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This was Maureen Teefy's second musical almost in a row, she had just played Doris in 1980's Fame.
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