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Grease (1978)

PG | | Musical, Romance | 16 June 1978 (USA)
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Good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zuko fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

Director:

Randal Kleiser

Writers:

Jim Jacobs (based on the original musical by), Warren Casey (based on the original musical by) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Danny
Olivia Newton-John ... Sandy
Stockard Channing ... Rizzo
Jeff Conaway ... Kenickie
Barry Pearl ... Doody
Michael Tucci ... Sonny
Kelly Ward ... Putzie
Didi Conn ... Frenchie
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
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Storyline

A musical about teens in love in the 1950s. It's California 1958 and greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Australian Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) are in love. They spend time at the beach, and when they go back to school, what neither of them knows is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black leather jacket-wearing greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo (Stockard Channing). When they clash at Rydell's first pep rally, Danny isn't the same Danny from the beach. They try to be like each other so they can be together. Written by Alex Schultz <NedSDeclassified2967>

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Taglines:

The original high school musical is back! (2010 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to Didi Conn in an interview on KGO-AM, there were plans for a sequel named "Summer School" (distinct from Grease 2 (1982)), but Paramount Pictures later nixed the idea. This idea grew out of Coach Calhoun's (Sid Caesar's) line "See you in summer school" to Putzie (Kelly Ward) before he is hit with a pie in the carnival scene at the end. See more »

Goofs

All of the actors are far past the typical high school age of 14 to 18 years and do not accurately represent high-school aged children: John Travolta (Danny) was 23 years old at the time of shooting; Stockard Channing (Rizzo) was 33 years old; Olivia Newton-John (Sandy) was 29 years old; Both Barry Pearl (Doody) and Jeff Conaway (Kenickie) were 27 years old; Michael Tucci (Sonny) was 31; Kelly Ward (Putzie), at 21 years old, was the youngest of the bunch, while Didi Conn (Frenchy) was 26 years old at the time of filming. 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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Crazy Credits

The ending credits show actors' names to the side of mock-up yearbook pages featuring various characters from the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

Although the movie was edited during the first couple of airings on BBC television (in the early 80s), the network now show the original 1978 cinematic version. Even still, the edits amounted to no more than three minutes. Although the BBC's editing department has done an abysmal job of deleting the song's "Grease Lightning" sexual references (the words, "tit" and "shit" - which were once 'hilariously' dubbed with the word "HIT" - and the phrase "pussy-wagon" were the only deletions amounting to a noticeable edit - a deletion of two lines from a verse), the 'TV-friendly' song number only lost 15 seconds from what was almost (?) a four-minute track. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simple Life: Murrie Family (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock 'N' Roll Party Queen
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Performed by Louis St. Louis
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User Reviews

 
One of the best musicals brought to the big screen.
21 July 2007 | by uhmyeahhbrookeSee all my reviews

Although it is old, Grease is still loved and watching by adults and children alike. Once you watch Grease you just want to get up and dance! Grease is the story of bad-boy Danny and good-girl Sandy meeting each other over summer break then happen to returning to the same school. There's a great mix of kids, they all are very different and have one thing that separates them very much from each other. There's a great mix of songs too; slow and very fast. Also, the dancing is amazing. The end also blows your mind and just makes you so astonished, but in such a good way. The up-beat fun never stops and makes you want to watch the movie again and again. Grease is a definite must see for everyone!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,941,717, 18 June 1978

Gross USA:

$190,071,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$394,955,690
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Technical Specs

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DTS (re-release) (1998)| Dolby Digital (re-release) (1998)| Dolby (35 mm prints) (original release)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (original release)| SDDS (re-release) (1998)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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