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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.

Director:

Michael Schultz

Writer:

Joel Schumacher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Darrow Igus Darrow Igus ... Floyd
Otis Day ... Lloyd (as De Wayne Jessie)
James Spinks ... Hippo
Antonio Fargas ... Lindy
The Pointer Sisters ... The Wilson Sisters
Richard Pryor ... Daddy Rich
George Carlin ... The Taxi Driver
Clarence Muse ... Snapper
Franklyn Ajaye ... T.C.
Tracy Reed ... Mona
Bill Duke ... Duane - Abdullah
Ivan Dixon ... Lonnie
Henry Kingi ... Goody
Pepe Serna ... Chuco
Ray Vitte ... Geronimo
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Storyline

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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Where anything can happen and usually does! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Car Wash - Der ausgeflippte Waschsalon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Brooke Adams, Benny Baker, Lewis Lillian, Danny Tucker, Danny DeVito and Sunny Woods appeared in this movie, but their scenes were deleted. See more »

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[repeated line]
The Taxi Driver: Did you happen to see a big, tall, black, blonde chick here?
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Soundtracks

You're On My Mind
Music by Henry Garner, Lyrics by Jobe 'Duke' Lequeint
Performed by Rose Royce, Orchestra conducted by Paul Riser
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10 May 2002 | by moxhambiSee all my reviews

Following American Graffiti, a bunch of slice of life movies were made. Car Wash is a look at a day in the life of average Joes who have to work for a living. It looks at people who's dreams can't be wrapped up in their 8 to 6 minimum wage job. Their life, is their cars, their families, their politics, their music. They come to work and try to find ways to make the days bearable. Like Sisyphus pushing his rock ever uphill, the only satisfaction, comes at the end of the movie; at the end of the day. The drive for the top has a great beat driven by Rose Royce and punctuation by the pointer sisters. I love the tempo of this little movie and its always satisfied me.


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