Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy film based on Jim Jacobs and Warren Caseys musical of the same name. The film depicts the life of Rydell High School students Danny Zuko, directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard, the film stars John Travolta as Danny, Olivia Newton-John as Sandy and Stockard Channing as Betty Rizzo. Grease was successful critically and commercially. Only a few of the original cast members reprised their roles, in the summer of 1958, local boy Danny Zuko and vacationing Sandy Olsson met at the beach and fell in love. When the summer comes to an end, Sandy, who is going back to Australia, frets that they may never meet again, the film moves to the start of the seniors term at Rydell High School. Danny, a greaser, is a member of the T-Birds, consisting of his best friend Kenickie, Doody, Sonny, the Pink Ladies, a popular clique of girls, also arrive, consisting of Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty, and Jan. After her parents not to return to Australia, Sandy enrolls at Rydell and is befriended by Frenchy. Unaware of each others presence at Rydell, Danny and Sandy tell their respective groups the accounts of events during the brief romance. Sandys version emphasizes the romance of the affair, while Dannys version is more sexual. When Sandy finally says Dannys name, Rizzo arranges a reunion for the two, but Danny is forced to maintain his bad-boy attitude in front of his pals, upsetting Sandy. Frenchy invites the girls to a party, but Sandy falls ill from trying a cigarette. As she recovers in the bathroom, Rizzo makes fun of her innocence, the T-Birds almost crash the party in Kenickies Greased Lightning car, but a guilty Danny leaves, followed by Rizzo, who departs to make out with Kenickie, who later becomes her boyfriend. Sandy laments over her feelings towards Danny, despite his earlier behavior, the two are disturbed by Leo Balmudo, leader of the T-Birds rival gang, the Scorpions, and his girlfriend Cha-Cha, leading to a planned car race between Leo and Kenickie. Kenickie purchases an old car and the group repair it. In an attempt to impress Sandy, Danny turns to Coach Calhoun to get into sports and he reunites with Sandy and they attempt to go on a date, but their friends crash it, resulting in Kenickie and Rizzo arguing and parting. Left alone, Frenchy is visited by an angel who advises her to return to school after a mishap in beauty class leaves her with bubblegum-pink hair. The school dance arrives, broadcast live on television and hosted by DJ Vince Fontaine, Rizzo and Kenickie attempt to spite one another by bringing Leo and Cha-Cha as their dates, while Danny and Sandy arrive together. Danny and Sandy dance well and are expected to win, Danny and Cha-Cha end up performing together and winning
Theatrical release poster
The car race in the film took place at the Los Angeles River.