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Car Wash (1976)

A comedic take on the daily life of a car wash employees, chronicling their hopes, fears, joys, dreams and tribulations. And meeting a few eccentric costumers along the way.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darrow Igus ... Floyd
... Lloyd (as De Wayne Jessie)
... Hippo
... Lindy
... The Wilson Sisters
... Daddy Rich
... The Taxi Driver
... Snapper
... T.C.
... Mona
... Duane - Abdullah
... Lonnie
... Goody
... Chuco
... Geronimo
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This movie is about a close-knit group of employees who one day have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt, including Richard Pryor as a preaching "wonder-man" who is loved by most, but loathed by one, and a man who looks like a thief by the way he is holding his bottle, but it is really his urine sample as he is off to the hospital. T.C.'s love life takes a turn for the better, and the songs keep coming. Written by Graeme Huggan <hia95gh@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Hey, it's a '70s thing! [Video Title] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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22 October 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Car Wash - Der ausgeflippte Waschsalon  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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In 1976, Norman Whitfield (for this movie's soundtrack) won a Grammy Award for Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special. See more »

Quotes

The Taxi Driver: You probably noticed I ain't got nothing against you people. I ain't got nothing against you people. I ain't got nothing against any people. That's what I think we need, is more love in the world. I don't know about marriage, I don't know if I'd go that far. But, ah, I believe in the lunch counter thing. I think if a guy wants to be able to get something to eat, he oughta be able to get something to eat, you know.
[honking and yelling at traffic]
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The list of all the main actors and actresses in alphabetic order scroll up at the film's beginning, followed by the film's title. See more »


Soundtracks

You Gotta Believe
Music by Henry Garner, Lyrics by Jobe 'Duke' Lequeint
Performed by The Pointer Sisters
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this is what slice-of-life stories are all about
25 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Richard Pryor's recent death brings to mind all his work, including "Car Wash". This movie portrays one day in the life of several car wash employees in LA. They get a gaggle of wacky customers (including Pryor as cool dude Daddy Rich). Also, some people are trying to develop relationships with each other and such things. Among the other people in the movie are George Carlin as a taxi driver, DeWayne Jessie (aka Otis Day in "Animal House") as one of the employees, and also Antonio Fargas (who apparently played Huggy Bear on "Starsky and Hutch"). Maybe the movie is very much a product of the '70s, but that's part of what makes it so great. A true comedy gem.


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