Friday, 13 April 2012

Grease Review (Updated)


Release Date: 3rd August 1978 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO)
Allan Carr Production

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Musical

Rating: PG

Runtime: 110 minutes

Budget: $6,000,000

Box Office Gross: $394,955,690

Plot Summary
Good girl Sandy and greaser
Danny fell in love over the
summer. But when they
unexpectedly discover
they're now in the same
high school, will they able
to rekindle their romance?


Principal Cast
John Travolta - Danny Zuko
Olivia Newton-John - Sandy Olsson
Jeff Conaway - Kenickie
Stockard Channing - Betty Rizzo

The T-Birds
Barry Pearl - Doody
Michael Tucci - Sonny LaTierri
Kelly Ward - Putzie

The Pink Ladies
Didi Conn - Frenchy
Jamie Donnelly - Jan
Dinah Manoff - Marty Maraschino

School Staff/Other Characters
Eve Arden - Principal McGee
Frankie Avalon - The Teen Angel
Joan Blondell - Vi
Edd Byrnes - Vince Fontaine
Sid Caesar - Coach Calhoun
Alice Ghostley - Mrs. Murdock
Dody Goodman - Blanche Hotel
Susan Buckner - Patty Simcox
Dennis C. Stewart - Leo Balmudo
Annette Charles - Charlene "Cha-Cha"
Eddie Deezen - Eugene Felsnic
Fannie Flagg - Nurse Wilkins
Lorenzo Lamas - Tom Chisolm
Dick Patterson - Mr. Rudie
Darrell Zwerling - Mr. Lynch

Director - Randal Kleiser
Based on Stage Musical/Songs & Lyrics -
Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
Screenplay - Bronte Woodard
Adaptation/Producer - Allan Carr
Producer - Robert Stigwood
Production Designer - Phillip M. Jeffries
Costume Designer - Albert Wolsky
Dance Consultant - Tommy Smith
Choreographer - Patricia Birch
Director of Photography - Bill Butler
Film Editor - John F. Burnett
Songs & Lyrics "You're the One That I Want"
& "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - John Farrar
Music - Michael Gibson


1979 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "Hopelessly Devoted to You" -
John Farrar (Nominated)

GREASE is such an extraordinary musical, but it does capture the spirit and nostalgia of the 1950s for which the film was set. The makers including director Randal Kleiser and choreographers did an incredible job for this slick movie and it does have great acting by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and energetically choreographed songs like "Summer Nights", "Grease Lightning" and my favourite "You're the One That I Want".

Forget its sequel GREASE 2 and the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL movies as they walk in the shadow of the original masterpiece. GREASE will always be the word as my favourite singing and dancing feature of all time and the best.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

1 comment:

  1. I really can't stand watching most musicals but I have always wanted to see this one since I love 50s music like Chuck Berry.