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Grease

7/10
Musical . Romance . Music
 

Australian 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 be able to rekindle their romance despite their eccentric friends?

 
Actors: Dinah Manoff , Jamie Donnelly , Kelly Ward , Michael Tucci , Barry Pearl , Didi Conn , Jeff Conaway , Stockard Channing , Olivia Newton-John , John Travolta
Directors: Randal Kleiser
Country: USA
Release: 1978-06-16
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  • Caroline Westbrook

    It's every bit the great songfest it's hailed as, with bucketloads of innuendo thown in behind some of the most energetic musical numbers ever to grace the inside of a movie theatre.

    Empire Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    Grease is a pure pop construct, fueled by movie-star poses, hit songs, and persistent audience fantasies of being an acceptable kind of "bad." Barry Gibb-penned disco theme aside, Grease doesn't really belong to any one era. It's like it's always existed.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Vincent Canby

    GREASE is not really the 1950's teen-age movie musical it thinks it is, but a contemporary fantasy about a 1950's teen-age musical—a larger, funnier, wittier and more imaginative-than-Hollywood movie with a life that is all its own. It uses the Eisenhower era — the characters, costumes, gestures and particularly, the music—to create a time and place that have less to do with any real 50's than with a kind of show business that is both timeless and old-fashioned, both sentimental and wise. The movie is also terrific fun.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    Grease has got it, from the outstanding animated titles of John Wilson all the way through the rousing finale as John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John ride off into teenage happiness.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    No revival, however joyously promoted, can conceal the fact that this is just an average musical, pleasant and upbeat and plastic.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Staff (Not Credited)

    You just can't hate anything this energetic and happy.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Grease works as a musical, a comedy, a light romance, and a gentle satire of teenage life during the '50s. In part because of its persistent high spirits, it's a delight to watch, even 20 years after it first appeared on the screen.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rachel Clarke

    Sandy, Danny, and their sexier counterparts Rizzo and Kenickie are spectacular fun to watch, especially in their non-TV-edited glory. Though it's virtually impossible to forget, and stay quiet during, the film's many songs, it's also surprising to remember all of the racy dialogue and double entendres in the original. Or maybe it's just that we never got them when we were ten.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Edward Guthmann

    Grease isn't a four-star musical. It's fluffy and unimportant, and it gets tedious toward the end with the car-racing sequence that Kleiser staged in the paved-in-concrete Los Angeles River. The friskiness of the performers, the choreography by Patricia Birch and most of all Travolta's phenomenal charm give it its value.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Jane Ganahl

    Sure, it's the same trite teenage fantasy it was 20 years ago when it was first released, but somehow now the energy seems infectiously giddier, the songs zingier, the camp higher.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Dave Kehr

    A limp, cheaply made version of the Broadway. Director Randal Kleiser shows no real sense of how a musical is constructed: the songs are bunched together, the production numbers don't move, and the whole project shifts awkwardly between naturalism and stylization.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    The screen Grease seemed at the time a big, overblown version of the sassy, gritty stage musical. Now the differences seem less important. What the two versions share are sizzle and a refusal to ignore the sexual energy of an exuberant cast. Grease seems kickier now than it did 20 years ago. [27 Mar 1998, p.D6]

    Boston Globe Full Review
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  • 2. Summer Nights Performer: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Pearl, Dinah Manoff, Didi Conn, Jeff Conaway, Kelly Ward, Stockard Channing, Jamie Donnelly and Michael Tucci Stream Music Online
  • 20. Youre the One That I Want Performer: John Travolta uncredited and Olivia Newton-John uncredited Stream Music Online
  • 47. The Grease Megamix: You're the One That I Want / Greased Lightnin' / Summer Nights Performer: John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Stream Music Online
  • 52. Grease Dream Mix: Grease / Sandy / Hopelessly Devoted to You Performer: Frankie Valli, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Stream Music Online