6.0/10
5,354
48 user 23 critic

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:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Richard Pryor is playing three different roles here. The first being a poor orange picker named Leroy Jones who gets laid off when by mistake he joins the worker's union during one of their... See full summary »

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Lonette McKee, Margaret Avery
Bustin' Loose (1981)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Joe Braxton is an ex-con who has been given a second chance to freedom after violating his probation. He has been hired by a school teacher named Vivian Perry to repair and drive an old ... See full summary »

Directors: Oz Scott, Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Angel Ramirez Jr.
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

At Madame Zenobia's illegal nightclub, when Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin get robbed of their wallets containing a winning lottery ticket, they set out to recover it.

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte
Action | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing driver to win an upper tier NASCAR race.

Director: Michael Schultz
Stars: Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, Pam Grier
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After severely burning himself in a drug incident, a comedian has a near death experience in which he reviews his life.

Director: Richard Pryor
Stars: Richard Pryor, Debbie Allen, Art Evans
Crime | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dave Anderson and Manny Durrell are two high-class sneak thieves who have never been caught. Joshua Burke is a retired detective who has enough evidence on the both of them to put them ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Poitier
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor
Car Wash (Video 2013)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Cars, girls, water, and music.

Director: Miguel Gaudêncio
Stars: Ashia, Klaudia Stec
Claudine (1974)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the 1970s Harlem, garbage collector Roop feels intimidated by the idea of dating Claudine who is a single mother of six on welfare.

Director: John Berry
Stars: Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A 12-year-old is traumatised by the murder of his friend, a star basketball player.

Director: Joseph Manduke
Stars: Moses Gunn, Rosalind Cash, Bernie Casey
The Toy (1982)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason, Ned Beatty
Silver Streak (1976)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Where anything can happen and usually does! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

22 October 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Car Wash - Der ausgeflippte Waschsalon  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Even though Danny DeVito's scenes were cut from theatrical release, you can still see him in the "Kenny meets Marsha" scene. If you watch behind "Kenny" as he is approaching the office, and the intro to the "I Wanna' Get Next to You" starts, you will see DeVito's back as he appears to be storming off from a woman (Brooke Adams) and slaps a newspaper vending machine on the way out of view. This was following a deleted scene where Kenny flirts with Brooke Adams' character of Terry when he kisses her right hand after paying his bill at the Dog House eatery, and Danny DeVito's character of Joe begins an argument with her about it and storms off. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: I just don't understand white folk.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Country Bears (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

6 O'Clock DJ (Let's Rock)
Written and Produced by Norman Whitfield
Performed by Rose Royce, Orchestra conducted by Paul Riser
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's a hit!
16 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Outstanding, lively, well-paced, good-humored and very, very funny ensemble comedy. It has hardly any plot, but lots of great characters, lots of good laughs that keep on coming, and some memorable moments. Some genuinely touching moments fit in well and don't derail the comedy. It has an award-winning sound-track, too.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 48 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial