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Grease [1978 film] (1978)

di Randal Kleiser (Director), Warren Casey, Jim Jacobs, Bronte Woodard (Screenwriter)

Altri autori: Eve Arden (Actor), Susan Buckner (Actor), John F. Burnett (Film editor), Sid Caesar (Actor), Stockard Channing (Actor)12 altro, Annette Charles (Actor), Jeff Conaway (Actor), Didi Conn (Actor), Jamie Donnelly (Actor), Lorenzo Lamas (Actor), Dinah Manoff (Actor), Olivia Newton-John (Actor), Barry Pearl (Actor), Dennis C. Stewart (Actor), John Travolta (Actor), Michael Tucci (Actor), Kelly Ward (Actor)

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Serie: Grease [Film Series] (1)

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It's love when a greaser falls for a good girl in this classic musical depicting young life in the fifties.
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A true classic ( )
  Duaneart | Oct 13, 2020 |
Grease (1978)

John Travolta – Danny
Olivia Newton-John – Sandy

Stockard Channing – Rizzo
Jeff Conaway – Kenickie
Barry Pearl – Doody
Michael Tucci – Sonny
Kelly Ward – Putzie
Didi Conn – Frenchie
Jamie Donnelly – Jan
Dinah Manoff – Marty
Eve Arden – Principal McGee
Frankie Avalon – Teen Angel
Joan Blondell – Vi
Edd Byrnes – Vince Fontaine
Sid Caesar – Coach Calhoun
Alice Ghostley – Mrs. Murdock
Dody Goodman – Blanche
Sha-Na-Na – Johnny Casino & The Gamblers
Susan Buckner – Patty Simcox
Lorenzo Lamas – Tom Chisum
Dick Patterson – Mr. Rudie
Eddie Deezen – Eugene
Dennis Stewart – Leo
Annette Charles – Cha Cha

Screenplay by Bronte Woodward, based on the musical (1971) by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Directed by Randal Kleiser

Paramount, n.d. Colour. 106 min. DD 5.1. 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen.


Danny: Guys! Be cool, huh?

Kenickie: I was just thinking...
Danny: Don’t think so much.

Musicals age fast. That is their curse. A few decades are usually enough to make their music and lyrics sound like the best boredom pills in the world. There are exceptions, though. Grease is one of them. An adorable work of art that doesn’t take itself seriously for a single second, I doubt it is possible to age at all.

Nobody could mistake John Travolta for a singer, but he is one hell of a dancer and a pretty good actor when it comes to campy fun (the strut is immortal). Olivia Newton-John is not much of a singer either, but she has a voice almost as lovely as her face. Stockard Channing, the poor man’s Elizabeth Taylor, nails the presumably nasty Rizzo. Jeff Conaway has all the fun in the world with lines like “Hey, cheer up. A hickey from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card.” Didi Conn is a riot as the “beauty school dropout” and so is Eve Arden (Ida Corwin in Mildred Pierce, remember her?) as the Principal: “In just a few moments the entire nation will be watching Rydell High, God help us...” Everybody from the huge supporting cast seems to be having the time of their lives. Even the young Lorenzo Lamas appears as the proverbial Dumb Muscleman, a perfect role for him.

Whatever the value of the soundtrack may be, it works swimmingly on the screen. The music and the lyrics are joined by some of the finest production design and choreography ever put on any screen. Even the colours have the vintage 1950s look. Everybody has heard and seen “Summer Nights” and “You’re The One That I Want”. They are justly famous. But “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee” and “Greased Lightning” are just the same pure, undiluted, unashamed fun. The dance contest and the car chase are beautifully conceived and executed with real flair. The arias are musical trifles, but pleasantly tuneful and quite effective, even revealing, in their context. “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” reveals Rizzo to be a more complex creature than she has seemed so far:

I could hurt someone like me
Out of spite or jealousy
I don’t steal and I don’t lie
But I can feel and I can cry
A fact I’ll bet you never knew
But to cry in front of you
That’s the worst thing I could do.

For the record, there is a story, pretty good one too, and by no means devoid of serious undertones. What could demonstrate better peer pressure than the hilarious scene in which Danny is confronted with Sandy out of the blue and in front of his own gang? Don’t underestimate the dialogue, either. It contains such daring idioms like “flog the log” and such pieces of timeless wisdom like “when a guy picks a chick over his buddies, something gotta be wrong”. On the whole, the story is sort of The Taming of the Shrew with the genders reversed and a cynical twist in the end by no means worse than Shakespeare’s. Even Will could hardly improve on that one:

“Tell me about it, stud.”

The greatest thing about Grease is neither the music nor the dancing, and certainly not the story or the acting, not even the gorgeous visuals. The greatest thing is the perfect job it does in capturing the spirit of high school, that magical time when the last traces of childhood innocence are joined by the raging hormones of adolescence. This is why the movie shows no visible signs of age. High school hasn’t changed much since 1978, or 1958 for that matter, in Europe or America, Australia or Malaysia.

I have a theory that people who degrade this movie have either forgotten their high-school years or never attended high school in the first place. Could it be that they did go there but forgot to live? Poor things, what do they know! ( )
1 vota Waldstein | Nov 1, 2019 |
The good thing about this book is that it has song lyrics. Its fun to sing along, at least for me. :)
  Monika_Ciszewska | Jun 28, 2016 |
1950s teenagers do cliche 1950s things.

I think 1978 was just a terrible time to make a musical. A lot of these songs would be good, but they've had all the life produced out of them. Meanwhile, there's no story to speak of. I guess it's supposed to be a romance, but nothing in that vein ever amounts to more than an excuse to feature 1950s scenery.

Concept: F
Story: D
Characters: D
Dialog: C
Pacing: C
Cinematography: C
Special effects/design: D
Acting: C
Music: C

Enjoyment: C

GPA: 1.5/4 ( )
  comfypants | Oct 29, 2015 |
Okay, I know it's the iconic musical of the Seventies, but I didn't like rock music then and I don't like it any better now. Also, I did my time in High School, and don't feel inclined for a refresher course. Very stereotyped characters (which is okay). Feels like a "poor man's West Side Story" to me. ( )
  librisissimo | Jul 29, 2014 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Kleiser, RandalDirectorautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Casey, Warrenautore principaletutte le edizioniconfermato
Jacobs, Jimautore principaletutte le edizioniconfermato
Woodard, BronteScreenwriterautore principaletutte le edizioniconfermato
Arden, EveActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Buckner, SusanActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Burnett, John F.Film editorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Caesar, SidActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Channing, StockardActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Charles, AnnetteActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Conaway, JeffActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Conn, DidiActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Donnelly, JamieActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Lamas, LorenzoActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Manoff, DinahActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Newton-John, OliviaActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Pearl, BarryActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Stewart, Dennis C.Actorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Travolta, JohnActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Tucci, MichaelActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Ward, KellyActorautore secondariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Carr, AlanAdapterautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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