Grease Special

Teruko Okabe 1979/01/24



Grease is a romantic comedy movie set in the late 1950s, directed by Randal Kleiser and released in 1978. It is based on the musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The film stars John Travolta as Danny Zuko, Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson, and Stockard Channing as Betty Rizzo.

The story revolves around Danny, a greaser from the T-Birds gang, and Sandy, a good girl from Australia who recently moved to America with her parents. They meet during summer vacation at the beach and fall in love. However, when Sandy has to go back to Australia at the end of summer break, they think it’s goodbye forever.

When school starts again at Rydell High School after summer break ends, Danny discovers that Sandy is now attending his school. He tries to act cool and indifferent around her in front of his friends but secretly longs for her company.

Meanwhile, Sandy hangs out with the Pink Ladies gang led by Betty Rizzo. She gets a makeover from them to fit into their group better but still remains true to herself. Despite being polar opposites in terms of their social status at school, Danny and Sandy can’t deny their strong attraction towards each other.

As they navigate through their high school senior year together, they face various challenges such as jealousy, peer pressure, misunderstandings, and teenage angst. In one instance, Rizzo reveals that she might be pregnant with Kenickie’s baby which causes tension within the group. Also, while trying to win back Sandy’s affection after neglecting her for some time due to peer pressure from his gang members earlier on when he was trying to prove his masculinity with bad boy ways he doesn’t actually feel comfortable with all of the time , Danny joins multiple sports teams (including track) and ends up disappointing her when he misses an important date they had planned together.

Despite all odds, Danny and Sandy’s love prevails in the end. In the final scene, they perform a memorable musical number at their school’s carnival and fly off in a car together as happy and in love as ever.

The movie Grease is known for its catchy tunes such as “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightning,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and “You’re the One That I Want.” It encapsulates the nostalgia and excitement of teenage life in America during the 50s. The film has since become a cultural icon that continues to influence fashion, music, and pop culture to this day.




The 1978 movie “Grease” is a classic American musical that has been beloved by generations. Directed by Randal Kleiser and starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, the film tells the story of a group of high school students in the late 1950s who navigate love, friendship, and peer pressure.

One of the strengths of “Grease” is its music. The soundtrack features iconic songs like “Summer Nights,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and “Greased Lightnin’,” which have become timeless classics. The upbeat tunes are catchy and memorable, making them perfect for singing along to or dancing to at parties. The music also helps to set the tone for each scene, with slower ballads like “Hopelessly Devoted to You” conveying a sense of vulnerability and yearning, while rock n’ roll hits like “Born to Hand Jive” are pure fun.

The performances in “Grease” are another highlight. John Travolta’s portrayal of Danny Zuko is charismatic and charming, bringing both humor and heart to his performance as he navigates his relationship with Sandy (played by Olivia Newton-John). Newton-John’s sweet voice is perfect for her role as Sandy, while Stockard Channing excels as Rizzo, the tough-talking leader of the Pink Ladies gang. Each character feels distinct and fully realized, making them easy to invest in as an audience member.

The film also tackles some weighty themes such as peer pressure and teenage pregnancy in a way that feels honest without being too heavy-handed. Throughout the movie, characters struggle with how they should behave around their peers versus what they really want out of life. Meanwhile, Rizzo deals with an unintended pregnancy that highlights how difficult it can be for teenagers to make mature decisions about their future.

That being said, there are elements of “Grease” that have not aged well. The film includes some sexist and homophobic jokes that might be uncomfortable for modern audiences. Additionally, some of the characters’ actions and attitudes may seem dated or even offensive, such as when Danny essentially mocks Sandy’s attempts to become more sexually assertive.

In conclusion, “Grease” is a classic American musical that still holds up in many ways today. Its music is timeless, its performances are terrific, and its themes of love and self-discovery remain relevant. However, it also has some problematic elements that may make certain viewers uncomfortable. Nevertheless, “Grease” remains an important piece of American pop culture that continues to inspire generations of fans to this day.



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As a child, I was moved by the movie “The Bad News Bears Go to Japan” where Japanese professional baseball players and American actors performed in front of a large audience. This made me fall in love with the movie. This blog is my review of the movie that I actually saw. Please use it as a reference when renting movies.

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Editor Teruko Okabe
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For a long time, in between housework,
I would go to the movie theater to watch films and then write reviews of the movies in a diary which I stored away in a closet.
When I showed these reviews to Azesan, he suggested turning them into a website.
I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity. I may be nearing the end of my life, but if reading my reviews can move the hearts of younger people,
I think that would be wonderful.
It may even become a catalyst for various realizations and changes in their lives moving forward.

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