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Grease

Year: 1978
Director: Randal Kleiser
Cast: John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Jeff Conaway, Stockard Channing, Sid Caesar, Frankie Avalon
There's not much to say about this seminal turning point in cinema history that hasn't been said. It's still somewhat of a mystery exactly why it was such a big hit – maybe because it brought an era back to life the kids of the 60's and 70's had never seen before, maybe in anticipation of how the long running Broadway musical would look on screen.

Maybe it's just because of the same reason everyone loved Happy Days – a yearning for a more fun and more innocent bygone era that episodes like the Vietnam War put to death forever.

After spending the summer holidays being in love, Danny and Sandy are parted forever. Back at school, Danny falls into his hip persona but is shocked to see Sandy back after her family has decided to stay.

The two are the focus for the conflict of a whole generation – to fall in love, or be cool for your friends. To have fun, or grow up. But in the midst of all the heartache and choice, music, dancing, cool guys, hot chicks and fast cars are a must.

It's hard to see it objectively as the music is so ingrained in our culture now, but the story rolls along nicely and the characters are interesting to watch in their various relationships and idiosyncracies.

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