Grease (1978)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 50 mins

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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, but when they go back to school, what either of them don't know is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black-jacket 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 at the beach. They try to be like each other so they can be together.
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Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Crew: Randal Kleiser (Director), Bill Butler (Director of Photography), Jim Jacobs (Music Director), Warren Casey (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Musical, Romance

Release Dates: 16 Jun 1978 (India)

Tagline: The original high school musical is back!

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Did you know? For a time, it was the third highest-grossing movie of all time behind only Jaws (1975) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Read More
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as Danny
as Mrs. Murdock
as Cha Cha
as Doody
as Mr. Rudie
as Frenchy
as Marty
as Vince Fontaine
as Eugene
as Principal McGee
as Teen Angel
as Kenickie
as Putzie
as Tom Chisum
as Sonny
as Coach Calhoun
as Patty Simcox

Direction

Director
Second Assistant Director
Assistant Director

Production

Associate Producer

Writers

Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography

Music

Music Director
Background Music

Art

Production Designer
Set Decorator

Casting

Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer

Editorial

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Artist
Hair Stylist

Stunts

Stunt Coordinator
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby, Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
The original high school musical is back!
Grease is the word
Goofs:
Audio/Video Mismatch
At the cotton candy stand, Blanche is seen silently mouthing the question, "How many?" Moments later, from a different camera angle, the same question is asked - this time with audio intact.

Audio/Video Mismatch
In the final sequence while singing "You're the One That I Want," Danny and Sandy spin twice in the amusement park walkthrough (The Shake Shack). On the second twirl, you can tell that it is not perfectly in sync with the music.

Continuity
In the diner, Vai turns off the lights with her elbow, despite missing the switch by six inches.

Continuity
In the beginning of "You're the One that I want" Danny Zuko falls down in the dirt and when he gets up his black shirt is dirty in the belly area. Also, Olivia Newton-John's character puts her dusty shoe on his shirt as well. Several scenes later, his shirt is clean again and remains clean for the rest of the song.

Continuity
As Rizzo being escorted into the dance hall by the leader of the Scorpions, he removes his sunglasses. In the next shot, we see him remove them again.

Continuity
During the drag race after the white Ford jumps the hood pops open, the grille falls out of place, and the trunk opens up, but in the next shot the only damage is a crooked bumper.

Continuity
In the closing number, "We Go Together," Doody and Frenchy switch places between the lines, "When we go out at night/And stars are shining bright." Also, the blonde guy to the left of them goes from a sitting position to a standing position in the same error.

Revealing Mistakes
Stockard Channing momentarily slips out of character and briefly stops singing during the end of the "Beauty School Drop-out" number.

Revealing Mistakes
When Sonny snaps Tom's suspenders as he is walking into the gym, a very visible microphone can be seen on the top right corner, and also part of the crew can be seen in the bottom right corner.

Revealing Mistakes
Marty's kneepad exposed when sliding at the end of the big dance.

Revealing Mistakes
During "Greased Lightning" when the motor is dropped in the car and the fan is spinning, a string can be seen for a second making the fan spin.
Trivia:
Rizzo's hickeys were real. Stockard Channing said in an interview that Jeff Conaway insisted on applying them himself.

The dance contest scene was filmed during the summer, when the school was closed. The gym had no air conditioning and the doors had to be kept closed to control lighting, so the building became stifling hot. On more than one occasion, an extra had to be taken out due to heat-related illness.

In the stage play, the song "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" had a reference to Sal Mineo, who was murdered in 1976. For the movie, the lyric was changed to reference Elvis Presley, who died the same day the scene was filmed.

"You're the One That I Want" took just one afternoon to film.

"Hopelessly Devoted to You" was written and recorded after the movie had wrapped. The producers felt they needed a strong ballad and had Olivia Newton-John come back to film her singing this song. This song ended up receiving an Academy Award nomination.

Jeff Conaway stated in an episode of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008) that while filming the scene/song "Greased Lightning" he was dropped by his fellow cast members and injured his back leading to his addiction to prescription painkillers.

For a time, it was the third highest-grossing movie of all time behind only Jaws (1975) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

"Greased Lightning" was supposed to be sung by Jeff Conaway's character, Kenickie, as it is in the stage version. John Travolta used his clout to have his character sing it. The director felt it was only right to ask Conaway if it was okay. At first he refused, but he eventually gave in.

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

When Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, her character's background had to be changed to accommodate Newton-John's own background. In the original Broadway musical Sandy was an all-American girl and her last name was Dumbrowski. In the movie version, she became Sandy Olsson, foreign-exchange student from Australia. Also, because of Newton-John's casting, John Farrar (Newton-John's frequent songwriter) had to write two new songs for the film while other songs from the Broadway musical were dropped.

In the scene where the cast are near the bridge after the car race, the water on the ground was stagnant and dangerous. Some cast members became ill from filming as the setting was a derelict place full of dirt and rubbish.

Randal Kleiser shot a scene of Kenickie and Rizzo getting into a heated argument, which explained their attitude towards each other in the diner scene (where Rizzo threw the malt at Kenickie). The fight scene was cut because it didn't match the tone of the rest of the film; it was much grittier, described by one crew member as "looking like something Martin Scorsese might have directed."

The final musical scene, "You're the One That I Want" was filmed with the help of a traveling carnival. However, director Randal Kleiser decided the next day that additional scenes were needed for close-ups. Unfortunately the carnival had left town, so set decorators were called in to build replica backgrounds that matched the carnival ride's construction for the close-ups.

Olivia Newton-John requested to have a screen test before she accepted the role of Sandy. The director Randal Kleiser agreed and they shot the "drive-in movie" scene with Danny and Sandy as a trial. Newton-John was pleased and went on with filming.