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Grease Details


"Grease," said the poster and the Barry Gibb song, "is the word." Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz '50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978. 1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their "Summer Nights" falling in love, but once fall comes, it's back to Rydell High and its cliques. As one of the bad-boy T-Birds, Danny has to act cool for best pal Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) and their leather-clad mates Sonny (Michael Tucci) and Doody (Barry Pearl, in the role Travolta played on-stage). Despite befriending Frenchy (Didi Conn), one of the rebel Pink Ladies, virginal Sandy is "too pure to be Pink," as the Ladies' leader, Rizzo (Stockard Channing), acidly observes. Declaring their devotion in such ballads as "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Sandy," Sandy and Danny split, reconcile, and split again amidst a pep rally, dances, drive-ins, and a drag race, before deciding "You're the One That I Want" at the climactic carnival. With Travolta white-hot from Stockard Channing (1977), Grease soundtrack singles climbed the charts and summer movie crowds poured in. With the presence of Joan Blondell, Eve Arden, Sid Caesar, Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, and Frankie Avalon appealing to grown-up memories, Grease became the highest-grossing film of 1978, the highest-grossing movie musical ever, and the third most popular film of the new blockbuster '70s after Frankie Avalon (1977) and Frankie Avalon (1975). Its sequel, Frankie Avalon, did not exactly set the world on fire in 1982. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:September 14, 1978


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Farrar Best Original Song 1978 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Farrar Best Song 1978 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Barry Gibb Best Original Song 1978 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Travolta Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1978 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Olivia Newton-John Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1978 Nominee


John Travolta
as Danny Zuko
Olivia Newton-John
as Sandy Olsson
Stockard Channing
as Rizzo
Jeff Conaway
as Kenickie
Didi Conn
as Frenchy
Eve Arden
as Principal McGee
Joan Blondell
as Vi
Dinah Manoff
as Marty
Michael Tucci
as Sonny
Kelly Ward
as Putzie
Susan Buckner
as Patty Simcox
Eddie Deezen
as Eugene
Lorenzo Lamas
as Tom Chisum
Dennis Stewart
as Leo
Annette Charles
as Cha Cha
Dick Patterson
as Mr. Rudie
Fannie Flagg
as Nurse Wilkin
Darrell Zwerling
as Mr. Lynch
Ellen Travolta
as Waitress
Frankie Avalon
as Teen Angel
Edward Byrnes
as Vince Fontaine
Sid Caesar
as Coach Calhoun
Alice Ghostley
as Mrs. Murdock
Dody Goodman
as Blanche
Sha Na Na
as Johnny Casino and the Gamblers
James Donnelly
as Jan
Mimi Lieber
as Dancer
Dennis Daniels
as Dancer
Daniel Levans
as Dancer
Sean Moran
as Dancer
Andy Tennant
as Dancer
Michael Biehn
as Jock (Basketball Player)
Sean Moran
as Dancer
James Donnelly
as Jan
Daniel Levans
as Dancer
Andy Tennant
as Dancer
Dennis Daniels
as Dancer
Mimi Lieber
as Dancer


Randal Kleiser
Robert Stigwood
Allan Carr
Allan Carr
Bronte Woodard
Bill Butler
Louis St. Louis
John Farrar
Bill Oakes
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jim Jacobs
From Musical by
Barry Gibb
Ritchie Valens
Featured Music
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Patricia Birch