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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:

GREASE is the word. See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

John Travolta insisted that he have "blue black hair like Elvis Presley and Rock Hudson in the movies" because "it's surreal and it's very 1950s." See more »

Goofs

After Eugene pies Coach Calhoun in the face, Calhoun says to him, "I want you," [on a team]. Eugene is a graduating senior. 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

All pre-1998 prints of the film feature the then-current Paramount logo with an orchestral rendition of "Love is a Many Splendored Thing." Post-1998 prints up to 2018 plaster this with the 1986-2003 Paramount Pictures logo with the Viacom byline and the "Paramount on Parade" fanfare. The 2018 40th Anniversary restoration 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD restore the original Paramount logo seen in 1978. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 18 to Life: Part Time Lovers (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Performed by Stockard Channing
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One of the best (and most enjoyable) musicals!
31 March 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

GREASE (1978) **** John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Jeff Conaway, Stockard Channing, Dinah Manoff, Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, Edd `Kookie' Byrnes, ShaNaNa, Frankie Avalon, Joan Blondell, Ellen Travolta, Eddie Deezen, Lorenzo Lamas. One of the best Broadway musicals ever adapted for the big screen largely thanks to producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser set at Rydell High circa 1950s with Travolta (in his other iconic role) as leather jacket wearing, hunky hood with a heart-of-gold Danny Zuko recalling his `Summer Nights' with Aussie sexpot Newton-John (in her sunny to sultry iconic turn) as goody-goody Sandy who learns some things from The Pink Ladies' tough yet tender leader Rizzo (Channing, ditto). Good old fashioned knuckle-headed comedy and toe-tapping tunes that will have you dancing and singing along to `Greased Lightning' (imagine Elvis doing this!) , the dance contest's hyper-paced `Hand Jive' sequence and the closer `We Go Together'. Title tune by Franki Valli. A film I've seen probably a hundred times and never tire of.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grease See more »

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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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