Over 40 years since its original theatrical release, and Grease still is the word! Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll with the hit screen rendition of the Broadway musical look at ’50s teen life. Can greaser gang leader Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Australian good girl Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) continue their summertime romance when Sandy shows up at Rydell High for the start of the school year? With Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Eve Arden, and Frankie Avalon.
With one iconic moment after another and songs that include “Greased Lightning,” “Summer Nights,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and the title track, the movie is a perennial favorite, that rare example of the overlap between blockbuster and cult film given its enduring success. For this week’s Open Thread, we want you to share your favorite moments from the film. Frenchie’s unfortunate dye job? The Ipana toothpaste commercial sing-along? The reveal of Greased Lightning? Tell us in the comments what part (or parts) of Grease that you love best. After all, it’s the time, the place and the motion, and the way that moviegoers will always be feeling!
(This post originally ran in February and is being reprinted as we continue to remember Olivia Newton-John and as part of our Summer of Blockbusters series).