Grease is the Word
Girls, grab your poodle skirts, Guys, grab your combs, hair grease and leather jackets. “Grease is the word” and after three decades since its original theatrical run its every bit had been enthralling as it ever was.
As for the numbers, they can speak for themselves, since two remarkable theatrical releases, the first being in the summer of 1978 and a reissue in the spring of 1998 made the worldwide box office hit a staggering total of $394.5 million !.
Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John who take the lead roles set in the shifty 1950’s of America at the famed Rydell High School, as what has to be considered to be Hollywood’s most triumphant film, thus leading to the nominations of Oscars and Golden Globes.
As mentioned, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John famously known for their lead roles, with the supporting cast containing the co T-Birds star Jeff Conaway (Kenickie) and with the female counterpart Stockard Channing (Rizzo). The key advents being the popular songs and music videos portrayed throughout the film and with all the cast singing “You’re the one that I want” at the end.
Central themes being based on camaraderie between the T-Birds (Danny’s Gang) and their female counterparts The Pink Ladies (Rizzo’s Gang). Whilst watching the film you get a sense of the camaraderie and also a sense of Danny’s peer pressure with his reunion with Sandy, however is anything but joyous – although Danny is secretly delighted to see Sandy he realizes that an overt display of joy will look bad in front of his friends so he plays it cool and lives up to Marlon Brando and the James Dean attitude on life.
John Joseph Travolta, born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey USA, landed the role in the touring company of Grease the musical at the age of 18 and then on to Broadway were he stared in “Over Here”. Travolta then moved to Los Angeles, to further his carer is show business, where he stared in his first film “Carrie” in 1976 hen on to “Saturday Night Fever” in 1977. Since, staring in the two films he was on his was to stardom, his terrific acting led to his placements in recent films such as Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty and many more.
Danny Zuko’s character is the leather-jacket wearing, the inspiration to the T-birds, whilst emerging form a countless teenage act of rebellion which seems to have no sign of ending. With counter-culture credentials are represented by the occasional cigarette.
John Travolta took his place at the 1979 Golden Globe awards, for his nomination for Best Actor in Motion Picture, due to his re-affirming abilities on the dance floor, singing and romantic lead in Grease.
Danny Zuko’s character makes his interesting for his Marlon Brando and James Dean look.
It’s clear from the start that John Travolta is the one who makes Grease work, well cast in the part, and coming off his tour-de-force of the seventies Saturday Night Fever, he...