Grease is a 1978 American musical film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs’ 1971 musical of the same name about two lovers in a 1950s high school. The film stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, and Jeff Conaway. It was successful both critically and at the box office. Its soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best selling album of the year in the United States, behind the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever, another film starring Travolta.
I solve my problems and I see the light
We got a lovin’ thing, we gotta feed it right
There ain’t no danger we can go too far
We start believing now that we can be what we are
Grease is the word
They think our love is just a growing pain
Why don’t they understand, it’s just a crying shame
Their lips are lying only real is real
We stop the fight right now, we got to be what we feel
Grease is the word
It’s got groove it’s got meaning
Grease is the time, is the place, is the motion
Grease is the way we are feeling
We take the pressure and we throw away
Conventionality belongs to yesterday
There is a chance that we can make it so far
We start believing now but we can be who we are
Grease is the word
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.
Ford Motor Company introduced its De Luxe Ford line in 1938 as an upscale alternative to bridge the gap between its base model (usually called Standard)and luxury Lincoln offerings. The ‘Deluxe’ name was used intermittently before and after this to specify an upscale trim, but the De Luxe Ford line was differentiated as a separate ‘marque within a marque’ with separate styling and pricing through 1940. During 1939, Ford had five lines of cars: Ford, De Luxe Ford, Mercury, Lincoln-Zephyr, and Lincoln. After the war, this was simplified to Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln. The 1941 Ford line included ‘De Luxe’ and ‘Super De Luxe’ trim, but these vehicles were not marketed as a separate line.
The De Luxe Fords of 1938 featured a more sloping hood and ornamental heart-shaped grille. This look was passed on to the standard line for 1939, as the De Luxe Fords gained sharp v-shaped grilles with vertical bars. The standard line once again inherited the De Luxe look for 1940, this time with body-colored vertical bars. The 1940 De Luxe Ford featured a three-part grille with horizontal bars.
In the summer of 1958, local boy Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and vacationing Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) meet at the beach and fall in love. When the summer comes to an end, Sandy—who is going back to Australia—frets that they may never meet again, but Danny tells her that their love is ‘only the beginning’. The film moves to the start of the seniors’ term at Rydell High School. Danny, a greaser, is a member of the T-Birds, consisting of his best friend Kenickie (Jeff Conaway), Doody (Barry Pearl), Sonny (Michael Tucci), and Putzie (Kelly Ward). The Pink Ladies, a popular clique of girls, also arrive, consisting of Rizzo (Stockard Channing), Frenchy (Didi Conn), Marty (Dinah Manoff), and Jan (Jamie Donnelly).
Release date: 14 September 1978 (United Kingdom)
Director: Randal Kleiser
Producers: Allan Carr, Robert Stigwood
Vince: It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s what you do with your dancin’ shoes.
Danny: You can’t just walk out of a drive-in.
Vince: Thank you, fans and friends and odds and ends. And now, for you gals and guys, a few words to the wise. You Jims and Sals are my best pals. And to look your best for the big contest, just be yourselves and have a ball. That’s what it’s all about, after all. So, forget about the camera and think about the beat. We’ll give the folks at home a real big treat. Don’t worry about where the camera is, just keep on dancin’, that’s your biz. Hey, if I tap your shoulder, move to the side. Let the others finish the ride! This is the event you’ve all been waiting for, the National Dance-Off. And away we go with Johnny Casino and the Gamblers!
Rizzo: I’ve got so many hickies people will think I’m a leper.
Kenickie: Relax… A hickie from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card, when you only care enough to send the very best!
Rizzo: You pig!
Kenickie: Oh, I love it when you talk dirty!
John Travolta points in the air (his signature dance move) in Grease at the end of the Summer Nights number just like he points in the air on the dance floor in Saturday Night Fever.
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.