Grease

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Overview

"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, ...
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Overview

"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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929302246
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 6,019

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
Michael Biehn Jock (Basketball Player)
Dennis Daniels Dancer
Steve M. Davison Leader of the Scorpions
James Donnelly Jan
James Donnelly Jan
Gamblers
Johnny Casino & the Sha-Na-Na Johnny Casino & the Gamblers (as Sha-Na-Na)
Daniel Levans Dancer
Mimi Lieber Dancer
Sean Moran Dancer
Andy Tennant Dancer
Technical Credits
Randal Kleiser Director
James I. Berkey Set Decoration/Design
Pat Birch Choreography
John F. Burnett Editor
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Allan Carr Adaptation, Producer, Screenwriter
Warren Casey Songwriter
John Farrar Score Composer, Songwriter
Barry Gibb Songwriter
Jim Jacobs Songwriter
Philip M. Jefferies Production Designer
Bill Oakes Score Composer, 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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    The Best Musical I have ever watched

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grease in HD - WOW!

    Grease - always a favorite of mine - now in HD clarity. You can't beat that. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    really cool movie!

    Grease a really cool movie the good girl Sandy and the bad boy Danny and Kenicki this is a great movie i really like it

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I've always loved this movie

    This is a classic. The best musical ever!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    This movie's awesome!

    I like many movies, but Grease is the one I love more. I only saw part of it at first. But, when I saw the whole movie, I loved it! It took my breath away.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    SPECTACULAR!!!

    The most spectacular musical I have ever watched. Great songs and great performances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!!

    i love this movie! The casts voices are just heart melting! i think that this was an awesome movie! i would rate it a 1,000,000 stars if i can! i recommend this to ANYBODY! you will not be dissapointed with this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A fun musical ride!

    Grease is a fun and jump up and dance kind of movie.I really recommended this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    Great movie! Great songs! Great performancees! It's been an incredible, bestelling movie since the late 70's. Definitely a must see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb!

    When I was a young girl, around 13 years old I went to movie theaters several times with friends and relatives to see Grease and I loved it and I still love it and bought it on DVD. I bought the widescreen version. The whole cast is superb but especially John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Jeff Conaway and Stockard Channing. I don't know how many times I have seen this movie, I lost count after 20 but I still enjoy it and never get tired of this movie! After I saw the movie back in the late 70's I was taken to see the Broadway stage musical and it was okay but I preferred the movie and still do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    this movie is awesome.. i watch it all the time and its my fave movie! watch it sometime

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding!!

    This movie/musical is one of my all time favorites!! My whole family loves this movie, especially my dad. I even have the sound track. When i watch the movie i feel like im a part of it. All of the actors did an awesome job, especially John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. They had great chemistry! One of the reasons i love this movie is because its regular high schoolers living life, i also like the love story within. I absolutely love all the songs too. This is definately a must see movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREASE IS THE BEST

    If you dont like grease you are horrible it was one of the best play/movies to ever come out. It is a must see for all ages. I love the movie and it was made way before my mother even thoguth of having me. its a cross over movies everyone can enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Musical

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best musical ever

    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!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREASE LOVER

    THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME!!!! I'd give it a million stars i love Olivia, John and Didi! they rule!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Movie

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grease Rocks

    I love this movie! John Travolta is awesome.This is my favorite movie and I am only 10 years old !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what? I'll call you back got to which grease

    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.

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