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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

Henry Winkler, who became a sensation as "Fonzie" on Happy Days (1974), was considered for the role of Danny Zuko. He turned down the role for fear of being typecast. See more »

Goofs

On the first day of school, Sandy mentions that there are 86 days until Christmas vacation. She is referring to school days, not calendar days. 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 film originally had a Coca-Cola sign in the diner behind Olivia Newton-John and Lorenzo Lamas as well as several other Coke signs around the diner. Before the film was first released, the Coke painting seen in the diner had to be blurred out due to a deal made with Pepsi and not Coca-Cola, and all home media releases have also had this blur in front of the large painting. However, for the 40th anniversary release, editors digitally constructed Pepsi art over the place where the blur covering the Coke art was, making the cover up much less obvious and jarring. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bob's Burgers: Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Greased Lightning
Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Performed by John Travolta and Jeff Conaway
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

 
Adorable
13 September 2004 | by frankwhatSee all my reviews

I hated this movie when I was a teenager and I'm so pissed at myself because of that. Looking at this movie now in my 20's I can appreciate what a fun-loving view of life this provides. All the songs are of at least decent quality but three of them in particular are just amazing. This is hands down one of the better musicals out there. The choreography can't be more well done than shown here. It's funny because I liked "Saturday Night Fever" better when I was younger but now I don't care for that movie and the exact opposite happened with this one...go figure. Olivia Newton-John is just gorgeous, why she didn't star in many movies afterward I'll never understand and god what a voice!!! John Travolta was great, and everyone else (especially Stockard Channing) were all fabulous. Oh and if you ever go to a Karaoke night make sure you do the "Grease Megamix" sometime throughout the night as it'll get the crowd pumped guaranteed.

Final Synopsis:

Movies : I did see this when I was in high school because it was re-released in the late 90's in theaters but stupid macho me back then didn't care for it. This is one you can view easily on the silver screen and enjoy it just as much for a lot cheaper.

DVD Purchase : Couldn't resist for only $9.

Rental : This could easily be a once a year habit.


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