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Grease (1978)

PG | | Musical, Romance | 16 June 1978 (USA)
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Good girl Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) and greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) 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 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

The famous men mentioned in the song "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" (Troy Donahue, Elvis Presley, Rock Hudson, and, in the original stage version, Sal Mineo) were all popular, highly desirable teen heartthrobs of the 1950s, so their presences in the song are supposed to represent a sarcastic reinforcement of Sandy's virtue and imperviousness to sexual temptation (the idea being that if even men as famously attractive as Donahue, Presley, Hudson, or Mineo couldn't tempt her into sexual impropriety, nobody could). However, there is a double meaning to the Hudson and Mineo mentions: both men were gay, though their homosexuality was not widely known outside of the gay community during either the time Grease was set (the 1950s) or first staged (the early 1970s). After Rock Hudson died of AIDS in 1985 (which essentially was what "outed" him as gay to the general public), the line "Even Rock Hudson lost / his heart to Doris Day" took on a new meaning. See more »

Goofs

When Frenchie is about to pierce Sandy's ear, the bottle of wine switches between Jan and Sandy in between shots. 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

The BBC television preview featured a version of the slumber party/Sandra Dee song in which the girls wore provocative lingerie and did a sexy dance routine which was from the 70mm roadshow version which has never been released on video. See more »


Soundtracks

Born to Hand Jive
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Performed by Sha-Na-Na
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Grease Will Always Be The Word...
31 May 2005 | by Theater_Princess19See all my reviews

How do I start? I love this film! It has a great plot line and incredible music. It is a fun musical that makes you want to get up and dance.

Grease is the story of Danny Zucko and Sandy Olsen (or Dumbruski) two high school seniors who fall in love over the summer. They have a wonderful summer together and are sad to see it end. The first day of school arrives and little does Danny know him and Sandy would soon be reunited. But Sandy is shocked to find the nice guy she meet at the beach is the leader of a greaser gang called 'The T'birds' Meanwhile Sandy is trying to fit in with her new "friends" the T'birds female counterparts The Pink Ladies. Will Sandy and Danny ever be together again? Along with this plot comes song that will be stuck in your head for centuries. Such songs include Summer Nights, Beauty School Dropout and the now famous song Greased Lightining. Grease is a timeless classic that will have you singing and dancing by the end of the movie.


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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:

$189,969,103

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$396,961,563
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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)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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