Grease

Grease

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Director: Randal Kleiser

Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

     
 

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"Grease," said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, "is the word." Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz '50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978. 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and

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"Grease," said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, "is the word." Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz '50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978. 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their "Summer Nights" falling in love, but once fall comes, it's back to Rydell High and its cliques. As one of the bad-boy T-Birds, Danny has to act cool for best pal Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) and their leather-clad mates Sonny (Michael Tucci) and Doody (Barry Pearl, in the role Travolta played on-stage). Despite befriending Frenchy (Didi Conn), one of the rebel Pink Ladies, virginal Sandy is "too pure to be Pink," as the Ladies' leader, Rizzo (Stockard Channing), acidly observes. Declaring their devotion in such ballads as "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Sandy," Sandy and Danny split, reconcile, and split again amidst a pep rally, dances, drive-ins, and a drag race, before deciding "You're the One That I Want" at the climactic carnival. With Travolta white-hot from Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease soundtrack singles climbed the charts and summer movie crowds poured in. With the presence of Joan Blondell, Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, and Frankie Avalon appealing to grown-up memories, Grease became the highest-grossing film of 1978, the highest-grossing movie musical ever, and the third most popular film of the new blockbuster '70s after Star Wars (1977) and Jaws (1975). Its sequel, Grease 2, did not exactly set the world on fire in 1982.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - David Abolafia
One of the last of the big movie musicals, Grease succeeds in spite of itself, with singers who can't act, actors who can't sing, and a plot so corny it should have a husk. But this tale of true love and teen angst circa 1955 is sure to leave one's toes a-tapping, thanks to a dynamite soundtrack of golden oldies, plus original music by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with key contributions by John Farrar (the Oscar-nominated "Hopelessly Devoted to You") and Barry Gibb (the snappy title tune). Danny Zuko (John Travolta) is the leader of the T-Birds, a goofball gang who approach a possible "rumble" with a water gun and a switchblade comb. They are matched in their mischief (and romantic entanglements) with the Pink Ladies: Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Frenchy (Didi Conn), Marty (Dinah Manoff), and Jan (Jamie Donnelly). It's all about being cool, cutting class, and getting a date for the big dance -- except that Danny's still stuck on his summer love, Sandy (Olivia Newton-John), a "good girl" that his greaser cronies would be hard-pressed to accept. Fortunately, neither Danny nor the audience has to think too hard to find a happy ending. Along the way there are terrific dance sequences (choreographed by Patricia Birch), appearances by a variety of old pros (Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, Dody Goodman, Edd Byrnes, Alice Ghostley, and Fannie Flagg) and a winning performance by Channing -- ironically, the oldest of these high-school wannabes.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1998
UPC:
0097360110838
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Danny Zuko
Olivia Newton-John Sandy Olsson
Stockard Channing Rizzo
Jeff Conaway Kenickie
Didi Conn Frenchy
Eve Arden Principal McGee
Joan Blondell Vi
Dinah Manoff Marty
Barry Pearl Doody
Michael Tucci Sonny
Kelly Ward Putzie
Susan Buckner Patty Simcox
Eddie Deezen Eugene
Lorenzo Lamas Tom Chisum
Dennis Stewart Leo
Annette Charles Cha Cha
Dick Patterson Mr. Rudie
Fannie Flagg Nurse Wilkin
Darrell Zwerling Mr. Lynch
Ellen Travolta Waitress
Frankie Avalon Teen Angel
Edward Byrnes Vince Fontaine
Sid Caesar Coach Calhoun
Alice Ghostley Mrs. Murdock
Dody Goodman Blanche
Sha Na Na Johnny Casino and the Gamblers
Johnny Casino & the Sha-Na-Na Johnny Casino & the Gamblers (as Sha-Na-Na)
James Donnelly Jan
Gamblers Actor
Mimi Lieber Dancer
Dennis Daniels Dancer
Daniel Levans Dancer
Sean Moran Dancer
Andy Tennant Dancer
Michael Biehn Jock (Basketball Player)
Steve M. Davison Leader of the Scorpions

Technical Credits
Randal Kleiser Director
James I. Berkey Set Decoration/Design
Patricia Birch Choreography
John F. Burnett Editor
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Allan Carr Producer,Screenwriter
John Farrar Songwriter
Barry Gibb Songwriter
Philip M. Jefferies Production Designer
Bill Oakes Musical Direction/Supervision
J. Scott Simon Songwriter
Louis St. Louis Songwriter
Robert Stigwood Producer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Bronte Woodard Screenwriter

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Grease 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 12 years old and I've seen this movie about a million times and I never get tired of it! It was funny, the songs were amazing and it had the best actors and actresses. I saw the play 5 times and I think it's better but if you can't see the play at least see the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that Grease was the most spectacular musical I have ever watched in my whole entire lifetime.It is a movie that should be watched over and over again.It is a movie that you will never forget.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie grease is a great movie im glad that their bringing it out on dvd
Guest More than 1 year ago
This DVD is a must have to anyone's DVD collection - right next to West Side Story and Sound of Music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so psyched that they've decided to release it on DVD! This is the quintessential movie for anyone who has ever had a summer love, gone to high school, or just wanted to believe that there is hope in this world and that the girl *can* get the guy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have waited so long for GREASE to be released on DVD. I refused to buy a DVD player until GREASE became available. GREASE would be the first movie I would watch on DVD. I have waited so long and now I have both!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a good movie!!!!! I got it for my birthday and have watched it everyday since. *Birthday last of September* I will end with a marvey quote : Kenickie: A hickey from Kenickie's like a hallmark card. You care enough to send the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always loved watching grease abd now its on DVD i dont have to rewind it i can just watch it again. whats also great it the picture is so perfect. all id like to know now is, is Ali-G on DVD? (init)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember in 4th grade, I had a sleepover and one person wanted to watch Grease, but everyone else said they hated that movie, and I had never seen it before. I saw it sooner or later, and I don't see how anyone can not like this movie. It is timeless, and it is so darn fun. There are so many laughs, and you feel for the cast because you can relate to them in many cases. The acting is great, and the supporting roles were picked out right to the ''T'' (pun was intended).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grease was the most spectacular musical I have ever watched in my whole entire lifetime.It is a movie that should be watched over and over again.It is a movie that you will never forget.and it is movie that you will make you keep asking for more and more more more more more more. now that it is on dvd well what can i say wife no taking the trash out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie! John Travolta is awesome.This is my favorite movie and I am only 10 years old !
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I could give this movie 100 stars, I would. This is my FAVORITE movie!! I love John Travolta! I have one thing to say. John, YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT!! OO OO OO HONEY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME!!!! I'd give it a million stars i love Olivia, John and Didi! they rule!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Grease, my mom introduced it to me as a kid and I have been watching it ever since and i'm 25 yrs old now!! I actually watched it again last night for the millionith times! I just love the chemistry of Oliva/John (Sandy/Danny) and all the other characters and timeless!! My future kids will know Grease is the word too!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grease isn't only about punks. It has music and acting. It's what high school was years ago this is my favorite musical ever. Buy it! I guarentee you'll love it.