Carrie (1976)

Carrie (1976)

Taglines: Take Carrie to the prom. I dare you!

It’s nearing the end of the school year. High school senior Carrie White is a social outcast, largely due to being unwise to the ways of the world based on her upbringing. Her mother, Margaret White, is a religious fanatic, her extreme views primarily targeted against sex, which she believes is a sin. She even believes natural associated processes such as menstruation are a sin, about which she has refused to mention to Carrie.

Mrs. White’s beliefs were taken to that extreme largely because of her own failed marriage and her husband Ralph long ago having run off with another woman. The only adult authority figure who tries to help Carrie with her life is her phys ed teacher, Miss Collins, who is nonetheless warned not to get too close to go against how Mrs. White chooses to raise Carrie, Mrs. White whose beliefs are well known in the community. An impromptu event that happens among Carrie’s phys ed classmates against her leads to her classmates being punished.

Carrie (1976)

Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film[3] based on Stephen King’s 1974 epistolary novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and produced by Paul Monash, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen.

The film received two Academy Award nominations, one for Sissy Spacek in the title role and one for Piper Laurie as her abusive mother. The film featured numerous young actors – including Nancy Allen, William Katt, Amy Irving, and John Travolta – whose careers were launched, or escalated, by the film. It also relaunched the screen and television career of Laurie, who had not been active in show business since 1961. Carrie was the first of more than 100 film and television productions adapted from, or based on, the published works of Stephen King.

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Carrie (1976)

Directed by: Brian De Palma
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, John Travolta, ancy Allen, Betty Buckley, Priscilla Pointer
Screenplay by: Lawrence D. Cohen
Cinematography by: Mario Tosi
Film Editing by: Paul Hirsch
Costume Design by: Rosanna Norton
Set Decoration by: Robert Gould
Music by: Pino Donaggio
Distributed by: United Artists
Release Date: November 3, 1976

Grease (1978)

Grease (1978)

Taglines: Grease is the word.

In the summer of 1958, Sandy Olsson (Newton-John) meets local boy Danny Zuko (Travolta) at the beach while on vacation and they soon fall in love. As the summer comes to an end, Sandy worries about returning home to Australia and never seeing Danny again, but he assures her that it is only the beginning for them.

On the first day of their senior year at Rydell High, Danny, the leader of a greaser gang known as the T-Birds, meets with his fellow T-Birds, Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) (second-in-command and Danny’s best friend), Sonny (Michael Tucci), Doody (Barry Pearl), and Putzie (Kelly Ward), and they all catch up on what they did over the summer. Danny briefly mentions that he met a girl and they joke around with it.

Sandy, meanwhile, enrolls at Rydell after an apparent change in her plans but is unaware of Danny’s presence, as is he of hers. Sandy has made friends with Frenchy (Didi Conn), a member of the Pink Ladies, an associated female equivalent of the T-Birds. Frenchie introduces Sandy to fellow Pink Ladies Rizzo (Stockard Channing), the group’s leader, Jan (Jamie Donnelly), and Marty (Dinah Manoff). Rizzo notes she looks “too pure to be Pink.”

Grease (1978)

At lunch, Sandy tells them about meeting an amazing boy over the summer and falling in love (“Summer Nights”). After Rizzo discovers she is speaking of Danny, her ex-boyfriend, she deviously arranges a surprise meeting at a pep rally. Despite his excitement at seeing her, Danny acts indifferently in an effort to protect his cool reputation, causing Sandy to run off in disgust. Frenchy invites Sandy over to her house to join the rest of the girls for a slumber party that night to cheer her up

At the party, Rizzo mocks Sandy (“Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”) and the other girls join in, until Sandy overhears and goes outside to be alone where she laments missing Danny (“Hopelessly Devoted to You”). The T-Birds crash the party and Rizzo ends up driving off alone with Kenickie. Later, their makeout session is interrupted by Leo (Dennis C. Stewart), the leader of the Scorpions, a rival greaser gang from another high school. Leo rear-ends Kenickie’s car, insults them, and drives away.

After the T-Birds help repair Kenickie’s car (“Greased Lightnin'”) in autoshop class, Danny asks Coach Calhoun (Sid Caesar) to help him find a sport so he can impress Sandy, who has begun dating Tom (Lorenzo Lamas), one of the school’s football players. After trying various sports, Danny eventually discovers an aptitude for track and rekindles his relationship with Sandy.

They attempt a date at the Frosty Palace, a local malt shop hangout, but their date is crashed by both the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds, who are gradually pairing off. Kenickie and Rizzo have an argument and the two groups depart, leaving Frenchy alone to ponder the wisdom of dropping out of high school to attend beauty school after a mistake in hair dyeing class turned her hair bubblegum pink. She is then visited by her guardian angel (Frankie Avalon), who urges her to return to high school (“Beauty School Dropout”).

A few weeks later, the school dance arrives. Rydell High had been picked for a live national TV broadcast on National Bandstand, hosted by DJ Vince Fontaine (Edd Byrnes) (a fictional version of Alan Freed), who flirts with Marty throughout the night. Rizzo and Kenickie attempt to score off each other by bringing Leo and his on-and-off girlfriend Cha Cha (Annette Charles), who was with Leo when he interrupted their makeout session, respectively as their dates, while Danny and Sandy go together. During the final dance, Danny and Cha Cha (who were also once boyfriend and girlfriend) perform together and win the national dance-off (“Born to Hand Jive”), which hurts Sandy’s feelings. She leaves alone.

Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. The film is an adaptation of Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs’ 1971 musical of the same name about two lovers in a 1950s high school. The film stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing and Jeff Conaway.

Released on June 16, 1978, the film was successful both critically and financially at the box office, becoming the highest grossing film of the year. As of 2016, the film remains the highest-grossing movie musical in the United States. Its soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best selling album of the year in the U.S., behind the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever, another film starring Travolta. The soundtrack is also the top-selling soundtrack in history. The film was nominated for one Academy Award for Best Original Song. A sequel, Grease 2, was released in 1982, featuring few cast members reprising their roles.

Grease Movie Poster (1978)

Grease (1978)

Directed by: Randal Kleiser
Starring: John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Barry Pearl, Michael Tucci, Kelly Ward, Dinah Manoff, Eve Arden, Frankie Avalon
Screenplay by: Bronte Woodard
Production Design by: Philip M. Jefferies
Cinematography by: Bill Butler
Film Editing by: John F. Burnett
Costume Design by: Albert Wolsky
Set Decoration by: James L. Berkey
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: June 16, 1978

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Taglines: Where do you go when the record is over.

Nineteen-year-old Brooklyn native Tony Manero lives for Saturday nights at the local disco, where he’s king of the club, thanks to his stylish moves on the dance floor. But outside of the club, things don’t look so rosy. At home, Tony fights constantly with his father and has to compete with his family’s starry-eyed view of his older brother, a priest. Nor can he find satisfaction at his dead-end job at a small paint store.

However, things begin to change when he spies Stephanie Mangano in the disco and starts training with her for the club’s dance competition. Stephanie dreams of the world beyond Brooklyn, and her plans to move to Manhattan just over the bridge soon change Tony’s life forever.

Saturday Night Fever is a 1977 American dance film directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero, a young man whose weekends are spent visiting a local Brooklyn discotheque; Karen Lynn Gorney as Stephanie Mangano, his dance partner and eventual friend; and Donna Pescow as Annette, Tony’s former dance partner and would-be girlfriend. While in the disco, Tony is the king. His care-free youth and weekend dancing help him to temporarily forget the reality of his life: a dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his associations with a gang of macho friends.

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

A huge commercial success, the film significantly helped to popularize disco music around the world and made Travolta, already well known from his role on TV’s Welcome Back, Kotter, a household name. The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, featuring disco songs by the Bee Gees, is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.

The film is the first example of cross-media marketing, with the tie-in soundtrack’s single being used to help promote the film before its release and the film popularizing the entire soundtrack after its release. The film also showcased aspects of the music, the dancing, and the subculture surrounding the disco era: symphony-orchestrated melodies; haute couture styles of clothing; pre-AIDS sexual promiscuity; and graceful choreography.

The story is based upon a 1976 New York magazine article by British writer Nik Cohn, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night”. In the mid-1990s, Cohn acknowledged that he fabricated the article.[4] A newcomer to the United States and a stranger to the disco lifestyle, Cohn was unable to make any sense of the subculture he had been assigned to write about; instead, the character who became Tony Manero was based on a Mod[5] acquaintance of Cohn’s. In 2010, Saturday Night Fever was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthecially significant” by the Library of Congress and therefore preserved for all time in their National Film Registry. The sequel Staying Alive (1983) also starred John Travolta and was directed by Sylvester Stallone.

Saturday Night Fever Movie Poster (1977)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Directed by: John Badham
Starring: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Donna Pescow, Paul Pape, Julie Bovasso, Sam Coppola, Fran Drescher
Screenplay by: Norman Wexler
Production Design by: Charles Bailey
Cinematography by: Ralf D. Bode
Film Editing by: David Rawlins
Costume Design by: Patrizia von Brandenstein
Set Decoration by: George DeTitta Sr.
Music by: Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: December 14, 1977