DVD 110 mins IMDB 6.8 (27,160 votes)
PG
Grease
Paramount Pictures (1978)
In Collection
#41

My Rating:
7

Seen It:
Yes
Comedy, Musical, Romance
USA  /  English

John Travolta Danny Zuko
Olivia Newton-John Sandy Olsson
Stockard Channing Betty Rizzo
Jeff Conaway Kenickie
Barry Pearl Doody
Michael Tucci Sonny
Kelly Ward Putzie
Didi Conn Frenchy
Jamie Donnelly Jan
Dinah Manoff Marty Maraschino
Eve Arden Principal McGee
Joan Blondell Vi
Frankie Avalon The Teen Angel
Edd Byrnes Vince Fontaine
Sid Caesar Coach Calhoun

Director Randal Kleiser
Producer Allan Carr; Robert Stigwood
Writer Jim Jacobs; Warren Casey; Bronte Woodard; Allan Carr
Cinematography Bill Butler
Musician John Farrar; Barry Gibb; Louis St. Louis
User Credit 1 John F. Burnett
User Credit 2 Albert Wolsky

"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. — Lucia Bozzola

Edition Details
Barcode 097361557441
Region Region 1
Chapters 17
Release Date 12/12/2003
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 Grease is the word
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Notes
Trivia: Choreographer Patricia Birch worked with Sha-Na-Na to ensure that the tempo of the dance contest would be correct. She appears, uncredited, as one of the dancers during the contest. (more)

Goofs: Anachronisms: During Danny's attempt to play basketball you can hear a jet airplane taking off from LAX airport. Jet airplanes weren't in common use in 1959. (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.
(more)

Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations (more)