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?


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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


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 »


Musical | Romance


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Did You Know?


In 1978, this movie grossed just under one hundred sixty million dollars domestically, more than other renowned movies that year. As of December 2017, it has grossed a domestic total of 188,755,690 dollars and a worldwide total of 394,955,690 dollars, against a budget of six million dollars. It also became the highest-earning musical of all time. The second highest is Chicago (2002). See more »


Stockard Channing briefly stops singing during the end of "Beauty School Drop-out". See more »


[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

1998 theatrical re-release featured a heavily remixed soundtrack. Reverb and, in some cases, background vocals were added to many of the songs, and new sound effects were added in certain scenes. All DVD and Blu-ray releases up to 2018 feature only this remix. The 40th Anniversary 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD restoration contain a remix of the original stereo soundtrack, restoring all of the original sound effects and undoing all of the revisions (most notably the background vocals) to the songs from the 20th anniversary version. See more »


Referenced in Fred: Fred: A Star in His Own Mind (2008) See more »


Hopelessly Devoted to You
Music and Lyrics by John Farrar
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
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Energetic, good spirited nostalgic fun!
11 February 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I will admit I didn't like "Grease" very much at one point, but like some other musicals, it has grown on me. It is just a fun film, yes with some corny dialogue and some slow moments, but the performances, choreography and songs more than make up for any misgivings. I like how "Grease" is filmed, the cinematography is smooth, and the costumes are lovely to look at. The script has some nice raunchy humour, if a little corny at times. Also there is a nice compelling story in general, even if it is slow in spots. The performances are of high energy. John Travolta, is it just me or wasn't he really sexy here? I thought Tim Curry was sexy in "Rocky Horror Picture Show" but Travolta's Danny who swivels his hips like Elvis brings a different kind of sexiness as well as acting like a tough kid, which he isn't really. Olivia Newton-John, dressed in whites and creams looks beautiful and is appealing as Sandy, she is almost unrecognisable in the final musical number. Stockard Channing provides a voluptuous contrast as Betty Rizzo, and does it with swagger. What makes this movie enjoyable are the song and dance numbers. I wasn't keen on the songs when I first saw the film seven years ago, but as I have been re watching the film over the years, like the film they have really grown on me. "Summer Nights", "Hopelessly Devoted to You", "Grease Lightening" and "We Go Together" are classics. Overall, this film is fun, you mayn't like it first time, but if you give it another chance it could well grow on you. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

16 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,941,717, 18 June 1978

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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)


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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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