This film will never go out of style. It is a film about the 1950s that was popular in the late 70s when it came out and has never dropped off the radar since. Its popularity extended to the soundtrack and has led to it becoming a Broadway musical. As far as the acting and story it is nothing great, but something about the music and dancing really captured the public’s attention.
During the summer vacation of 1958 Danny Zuko (John Travolta – Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever) meets Australian Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John – Xanadu, Two of a Kind) at the beach. They fall for each other and a short romance ensues. At the end of summer they say goodbye to each other.
Sandy’s parents have a change of plans and stay in the United States. She is enrolled in Rydell High School. Danny also attends Rydell High and is surprised to see Sandy there when classes begin. He is the leader of the Thunderbirds and tries to protect his reputation as Sandy is not the type of girl he usually dates.
After being rejected by Danny, Sandy goes to a sleepover at Frenchy’s (Didi Conn – Frida, Grease 2) house. Rizzo (Stockard Channing – Six Degrees of Separation, Must Love Dogs) grows tired of Sandy’s goody-two-shoes ways quickly and makes fun of her. Sandy is not sure where she fits in.
Danny can’t seem to stay away from Sandy as his attraction to her is bigger than his desire to be seen as cool. The two struggle with their attraction for each other and their need to be true to themselves. Does their romance stand a chance?
Yes, it is unbelievable a story. Yes, it is corny. But for these two reasons and others we love it all the more. What would be perceived of as weaknesses for most films is what makes this one so enjoyable.
During almost every moment of this movie musical you will find yourself fighting the urges to sing at the top of your lungs and get up to dance along with the cast. It is upbeat fun until the very last second.
- BRAND NEW RESTORATION of the film
- NEW Grease: A Chicago Story
- NEW Alternate Animated Main Titles
- NEW Alternate Ending
- Audio Commentary by director Randal Kleiser and choreographer Patricia Birch
- Introduction by Randal Kleiser
- Rydell Sing-Along
- The Time, The Place, The Motion: Remembering Grease
- Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes with Introduction by Randal Kleiser
- Grease Reunion 2002 – DVD Launch Party
- Grease Memories from John & Olivia
- The Moves Behind the Music
- Thunder Roadsters
- John Travolta and Allan Carr “Grease Day” interview
- Olivia Newton-John and Robert Stigwood “Grease Day” interview
- Photo Galleries