Grease

Grease

1978 romantic musical film directed by Randal Kleiser
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Grease

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 1971 musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Written by Bronte Woodard and directed by Randal Kleiser in his theatrical feature film debut, the film depicts the lives of greaser Danny Zuko and Australian transfer student Sandy Olsson who develop an attraction for each other. The film stars John Travolta as Danny, Olivia Newton-John as Sandy, and Stockard Channing as Betty Rizzo, the leader of the Pink Ladies.

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Edited by
  • John F. Burnett
  • Robert Pergament
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Paramount Pictures
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Release date
  • June 16, 1978 (1978-06-16)
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Running time
110 minutes
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Country
United States
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English
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Budget
$6,000,000 USD
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Box office
$187,000,000 USD
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Sonny: Geez! Every teacher I got this year has flunked me at least once! Doody: Yeah well if you don't watch it your gonna be spending all your time in McGee's office Sonny: Yeah well this year she's gonna wish she's never seen me Doody: OH yeah? and what are you gonna do? Sonny: I just not going to take any of her crap thats all, I don't take no crap from nobody Principal McGee: Sonny? Sonny: Oh, Hello ma'am Principal McGee: Aren't you suppose to be in homeroom right now? Sonny: I was just going for a walk Principal McGee: You were just dwalding weren't you? Sonny: Yes ma'am Principal McGee: That is no way to start a new semester Mr. Lateria Sonny: Another butibontana Principal McGee: Perhaps a session of banging erasers after school would put you on the right track? Sonny: yes ma'am Principal McGee: Are you just going to stand there all day? Sonny: No ma'am, I mean yes ma'am I just... Principal McGee: Well which is it, yes or no? Sonny: No Ma'am Principal McGee: Good! Then MOVE! Sonny: Yes Ma'am Danny: I'm sure glad you didn't take any of her crap Sonny, you would of really told her off huh?
  • Henry Winkler, who became a sensation as "Fonzie" on Happy Days, was considered for the role of Danny Zuko. However, he turned down the role for fear of being typecast.
  • Susan Dey and Deborah Raffin were the first choices for the role of Sandy (Dey declined the role after her manager advised against it). Marie Osmond later claimed on Larry King Live that she had been also been offered the role but declined "on moral grounds" though she later admitted this to be untrue.
  • Due to a zipper breaking, Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into the trousers she wears in the last sequence (the carnival at Rydell).
  • Set in high school, most of the principal cast were way past their teenage years. When filming began in June 1977, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 28, Stockard Channing was 33, Jeff Conaway was 26, Barry Pearl was 27, Michael Tucci was 31, Kelly Ward was 20, Didi Conn was 25; Jamie Donnelly was 30, and Annette Charles was 29. Only Dinah Manoff, Lorenzo Lamas, and Eddie Deezen, all 19, were still teenagers.
  • Randal Kleiser hated the song "You're The One That I Want" saying it "sounded awful".

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