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Grease

A limp, cheaply made version (1978) of the Broadway (ne Chicago) play about growing up cool in the 50s. Director Randal Kleiser, making his theatrical film debut, 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. John Travolta does little with a pallid part (although he does have a chance to dance an unabashedly gratuitous disco number); Olivia Newton-John is merely pallid.

Credits

Director:

  • Randal Kleiser

Cast:

  • John Travolta
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Stockard Channing
  • Jeff Conaway
  • Didi Conn
  • Eve Arden
  • Sid Caesar
  • Joan Blondell
  • Edd Byrnes
  • Alice Ghostley
  • Dody Goodman
  • Lorenzo Lamas
  • Michael Tucci
  • Jamie Donnelly
  • Dinah Manoff
  • Barry Pearl
  • Kelly Ward
  • Susan Buckner
  • Annette Charles
  • Dennis Stewart
  • Eddie Deezen

Writer:

  • Bronte Woodard

Producers:

  • Allan Carr
  • Robert Stigwood

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