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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
John Travolta
Olivia Newton-John
Stockard Channing
Jeff Conaway.
Directors
Randal Kleiser.
Screenwriters
Bronte Woodard.
Running Time
110 minutes

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Grease
Most definitely still the word.


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Plot
1958. Danny (Travolta) has a holiday romance with squeaky-clean Australian tourist Sandy (Newton-John). She sticks around and ends up going to the same high school. They meet again. They tiff. They make up. They tiff again. And so on. But that's only the story – it's the songs that matter here.


Review
If there have only been a handful of successful screen musicals since Grease first appeared, it's mainly because very few of them can hold a candle to the memorable song-and-dance routines and all-round exuberance on offer here. Unlike the other film from the late 70's that everyone remembers - Star Wars, Grease isn't necessarily one of those films that needs to be seen on the big screen to be appreciated fully. But the fun to be derived from going into a cinema to watch the highlights from the class of Rydell High's senior year with a like-minded audience renders this a truly unmissable experience.

However, Grease is a bit of a strange movie to be considered classic, given its lack of merit in other departments. The acting is hardly Oscar quality (although the gleefully mocking Channing and Conaway provide some spark), the direction is pedestrian, and it's likely that better scripts have been penned on postage stamps.

But ironically, it's this clunky kitsch quality that makes Grease such a perpetual joy, even after repeated viewings. There's something delightful about watching people obviously long out of school trying to play 17 again (Channing, in particular, was 32 when she took on the role of Rizzo) while they croon the likes of Greased Lightning and Summer Nights. The innocence of the decade is affectionately and none-too-seriously captured - though they may have dressed differently in the 1950s, 17-year-olds were rebellious too.

For its' 20th anniversary, there was a celebratory sprucing up - the sound effects are sharper, the print cleaner, the songs louder than ever before. Which is the icing on the cake for a film which almost no one will admit to liking, but is still universally adored. In short, re-release heaven.


Extras

Grease Grease
Released: 01 October 2002
There are a number of bonus bits that are interesting as historical pieces if nothing else: the original trailer, and best of all, a featurette including retrospective interviews with the most important cast and crew.


Verdict
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.


Reviewed by Caroline Westbrook


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I'm sorry but 5 stars

I have to leave the room everytime this comes on TV! I hate it . Mamma mia is far better and funnier ... More

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Posted by stp123192 at 17:58, 10 February 2012 | Report This Post


Watched it again on tv on friday: tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077631/]Greaseatc hed it for the 100.000th time but I still love it. Every time again I can enjoy it immensely, even though I know it from front to back. Lovely. /b] ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 16:31, 19 June 2011 | Report This Post


Grease: Summer Lovin'

This has to be the best musical ever, up there with the greats such as Footloose, Dirty Dancing and The Sound Of Music. Grease brings a normal high school in to song and dance with brilliant results. This amazing film has some of the most memorable quotes and songs from any films and the cast aren't that bad either, overall an amazing film, fun for everyone. ... More

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Posted by LUCASLITTLEWOOD at 22:07, 11 July 2010 | Report This Post


Grease (Tell me more, Tell me more)

A pure feel good classic which we get the whole family singing and dancing. Hearing Travolta sing high pitch to the song "SUMMER LOVING" great moment and im pretty sure we all had a crush on one of those characters in the film. A film which will never get old no matter how many times it gets passed down to generation to generation. ... More

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Posted by deppfanatic at 21:31, 21 September 2009 | Report This Post


are u sure?????

how on earth could u give grease 5 star everytime i see him in his movies i am scared he is going to dance and he does (i think we all remember a certain on with uma thurman) but watching a whole movie of him buliding a fucking car and dancing and singing its just unbearible and just when its about to end they hav to annoy us just 1 more time by the fucking car that they fucking made is fucking flying. fuck u john and fuck u all the other misable cast that no 1 gives a flying fuck about ... More

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in contention for the most over-rated film of all time ... More

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It never grows old. Amazing. ... More

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