Greased Lightning is a pleasant, loose and relaxed comedy starring Richard Pryor in an excellent characterization based on real-life racing driver Wendell Scott.

Greased Lightning is a pleasant, loose and relaxed comedy starring Richard Pryor in an excellent characterization based on real-life racing driver Wendell Scott.

Beau Bridges plays a redneck driver who befriends Pryor’s stolid efforts to break the color barrier in car racing. Pam Grier is smashingly decorous but wasted in a supportive wife role, while Cleavon Little is cast as Pryor’s close friend.

Story covers about 25 years, from Pryor’s release from Second World War Army service to championship race in 1971.

Another virtue of the film is its discreet conveyance of an important theme: In any large society, progress by any minority group is accomplished through particular individuals doing notable things.

Greased Lightning

Production

Third World. Director Michael Schultz; Producer Hannah Weinstein; Screenplay Kenneth Vose, Lawrence DuKore, Melvin Van Peebles, Leon Capetanos; Camera George Bouillet; Editor Bob Wyman, Christopher Holmes, Randy Roberts; Music Fred Karlin; Art Director Jack Senter

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Richard Pryor Beau Bridges Pam Grier Cleavon Little Vincent Gardenia Richie Havens
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