June 16th, 1978

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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?

Release Year: 1978

Rating: 7.0/10 (78,874 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Randal Kleiser

Stars: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

A musical about teens in love in the 50's! It's California, 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love. They spend time at the beach, but when they go back to school, what either of them don't know is that they both now attend Rydell High. Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black-jacket greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. When they clash at Rydell's first pep rally, Danny isn't the same Danny at the beach. They try to be like each other so they can be together.

Writers: Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey

John Travolta - Danny Zuko
Olivia Newton-John - Sandy Olsen
Stockard Channing - Betty Rizzo
Jeff Conaway - Kenickie
Barry Pearl - Doody
Michael Tucci - Sonny
Kelly Ward - Putzie
Didi Conn - Frenchy
Jamie Donnelly - Jan
Dinah Manoff - Marty Maraschino
Eve Arden - Principal McGee
Frankie Avalon - The Teen Angel
Joan Blondell - Vi
Edd Byrnes - Vince Fontaine
Sid Caesar - Coach Calhoun

Taglines: Grease is the word


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 16 June 1978

Filming Locations: 4524 Kingswell Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,941,747 (USA) (18 June 1978) (862 Screens)

Gross: $394,589,888 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Susan Dey and Deborah Raffin were the first choices for the role of Sandy (Dey declined the role after her manager advised against it). Marie Osmond later claimed on Larry King Live that she had been also been offered the role but declined "on moral grounds" though she later admitted this to be untrue.

Continuity: During Summer Nights, Rizzo's shades repeatedly jump between her face and her hand between shots.

[first lines]
Sandy: I'm going back to Australia; I might never see you again.
Danny: Don't... don't talk that way, Sandy.
Sandy: But it's true! I've just had the best summer of my life, and now I have to go away. It isn't fair.
[Danny starts kissing her]
Sandy: Danny, don't spoil it!
Danny: It's not spoiling it, Sandy, it's only making it better.
Sandy: Danny... is this the end?
Danny: Of course not; it's only the beginning.

User Review

Grease Will Always Be The Word...

Rating: 10/10

How do I start? I love this film! It has a great plot line and incredible music. It is a fun musical that makes you want to get up and dance.

Grease is the story of Danny Zucko and Sandy Olsen (or Dumbruski) two high school seniors who fall in love over the summer. They have a wonderful summer together and are sad to see it end. The first day of school arrives and little does Danny know him and Sandy would soon be reunited. But Sandy is shocked to find the nice guy she meet at the beach is the leader of a greaser gang called 'The T'birds' Meanwhile Sandy is trying to fit in with her new "friends" the T'birds female counterparts The Pink Ladies. Will Sandy and Danny ever be together again? Along with this plot comes song that will be stuck in your head for centuries. Such songs include Summer Nights, Beauty School Dropout and the now famous song Greased Lightining. Grease is a timeless classic that will have you singing and dancing by the end of the movie.

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