Grease: Theme


Only in the 90's are we fully beginning to appreciate this 70's movie about the 50's. GREASE is a cult favorite that appeals to everyone from teenagers to nostalgic baby boomers, even people like me who aren't too fond of musicals. So what's the appeal?
Let's start with John Travolta. He's been enjoying the comeback of a lifetime these past two years and so have all his old movies. Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Urban Cowboy, they get rented out of the video store on a daily basis. People are so Travolta-hungry they watch the dread American Bandstand reruns on VH1 waiting for the one episode he performed (i.e. lip-synched) in.
Then there's Olivia Newton-John. She's actually pretty in ...

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That brings up the main draw of GREASE -- the music. As I type this, at least one Top 40 station across the country is playing the "Grease Megamix," a medley of the three most popular songs from the movie ("You're the One That I Want," "Greased Lightning" and "Summer Nights"). Travolta and Newton-John's songs in the film have become karaoke favorites, and the movie soundtrack is actually back in the upper reaches of the charts.

Travolta, the archetype of cool, plays Danny Zuko, car- loving greaser who bosses around a bunch of tough-guy clones. Newton-John plays Sandy, the virginal good-girl from Australia he had a fling with over the summer. They parted ways, him headed for his senior year and her headed back for Australia, only to find themselves at the same school. Sandy finds out that the sensitive, caring boy she knew over the summer acts completely different at school, but she's hopelessly devoted to him anyway. There's a song about it, of course.

The plot is ...

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