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Grease (1978)

PG-13 | | Musical, Romance | 16 June 1978 (USA)
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Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny 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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Randal Kleiser

Writers:

Jim Jacobs (original musical), Warren Casey (original musical) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 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 50's! It's California 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson 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. 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

GREASE is the word. See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$188,755,690

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$394,955,690
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jim Casey, the show's creator, said the controversial ending, when Sandy conforms to the Greasers and changes her look to fit in with the T-birds and the Pink Ladies, was actually supposed to be spoofing movies when the rebel gives up his bad ways at the end and decides to turn over a new leaf. Instead of having the bad boy repent and become a good guy at the end of Grease, which is what the audience was expecting, the good girl goes bad. See more »

Goofs

When Sandy and Rizzo are talking outside the school, just before Rizzo sings "There are Worse Things I Could Do," Sandy's white and pink hair barrettes switch sides in some 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

UK Alternate (TV) Version: although the movie was rated (in the UK) as a 'PG' and usually received an early-afternoon TV screening (during the early 80's), most of the 'sexual references' featured throughout the movie (edited version) were kept in, mainly because of the cultural differences between the US and the UK. In other words, the terminolgy used by American 'teenagers' differs from their British counterparts. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Veronica Mars: Ain't No Magic Mountain High Enough (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee (reprise)
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
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User Reviews

Disco Hound Dog
28 December 2007 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Well golly gee whiz, I don't even know where to begin with this one. To its credit, it does have energy ... lots of high voltage zing and zest, hyper kinetic hubbub, in that optimistic spirit of high school days, with all that singing, dancing, and chattering like magpies. And the production design and costumes are colorful and splashy.

"Grease" also has two terrific songs that function as musical bookends. At the beginning, we get to hear "Grease (Is The Word)", sung by Frankie Valli. I've always liked that song. And near the end, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John dazzle and electrify with the snappy, pulsating sounds of "You're The One That I Want" ... "oo-oo-oo, honey". Marvelous.

Trouble is, both those songs engender a 1970's disco flavor into a film ostensibly about the 1950s. So where are all those really great oldies-but-goodies? Sha-na-na sings a few oldies, like Elvis' "Hound Dog". But the missed musical opportunities are striking.

The film's story, about high school romance, is not original. And the plot is choppy, and lacks scene transitions, or any sense of logical progression or flow. Plot points seem placed almost in random order, a result of poor script structure.

Although the film is a comedy, the jokes aren't really funny. The writers are trying too hard, and the humor comes across as forced and unnatural.

One of the worst elements of "Grease" is the "Greased Lightning" segment, which has John Travolta acting like a jerk, as he struts and prances in an auto garage. Wearing too much makeup, he comes across as a poor imitation of 1970's singer Freddie Mercury, from the 1970's rock band "Queen".

The film's casting is terrible. Most of them look too old to be high school seniors. Not for a microsecond did I think Stockard Channing was 17 years old.

What's good about this film is really, really good. And what's bad is really, really bad. But overall, "Grease" fails to engender a sense of the 1950s. Instead, it looks, sounds, and feels like an homage to the 1970s disco era.


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