Car Wash 1976 PG CC

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Everybody is cleaning up and getting down in this classic comedy--the first "disco slacker" movie--from the decade that brought you the tube top, the polyester suit and lots of good times.

Starring:
Darrow Igus, Otis Day
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

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Car Wash

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Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Michael Schultz
Starring Darrow Igus, Otis Day
Supporting actors James Spinks, Antonio Fargas, The Pointer Sisters, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Clarence Muse, Franklyn Ajaye, Tracy Reed, Bill Duke, Ivan Dixon, Henry Kingi, Pepe Serna, Ray Vitte, Jack Kehoe, Garrett Morris, Leon Pinkney, Renn Woods, Lorraine Gary
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

One of my very favorite movies from the '70's.
jdamario@flash.net
This movie defined an era, The actors and music take you back to a time when things were so much better and life was good.
Bernard Hash
Watch this movie to remember the good old days and have a great time laughing.
Jack

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 11, 2003
Format: DVD
I first saw this film when it came out in the theatres... I was ten (you do the math...) and it was one of those transgressive '70s comedies that all the kids in 5th and 6th grade were psyched to sneak into the theatres to see, all filled with sex and drugs and cuss words. I rented it recently because I was in the mood for some '70s exploit-o-kitsch, and was quite surprised at how much depth the film actually had. Written by future Hollywood honcho Joel Schumacher, "Car Wash" is a tragedy that masquerades as a farce, capturing the antics of a dozen clownish, stereotypical losers during a single day spent scrubbing cars at a grimy Los Angeles car wash. They lighten their work day through pranks, daydreams, slapstick and even a little bit of sex, drugs and sweet, funky music. (The theme song by Rose Royce remains one of the best disco-era pop tunes.) Behind the comedic facade, though, lies an earnest exploration of the sadness of a truly dead-end job, and by the film's end, its true heroes are revealed as Abdullah (Bill Duke), an angry, humorless African-American Muslim who is the butt of everyone else's jokes, and Lonnie, the underpaid, ex-con foreman of the gang, who are the only ones facing up to the harshness of their economic situation. They're just trying to hang on to their dignity and not slip through the cracks, while all the other guys have pretty much given up, or just don't care. Admittedly, there's an whiff of condescention to the script, and a film-schoolish formalism to its dualistic structure, but there's also a surprisingly sincere, substantive human element. What seems like an "Saturday Night Live-" ish, sketch-based light comedy is actually kind of a painful film at heart.Read more ›
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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Lunarcontact on April 11, 2005
Format: DVD
Carwash is a classic film in its own genre. However, the DVD version is cut. If you watch the Television broadcast version (Such as on BET: Black Entertainment Television) you will see the original scenes that were in the original theater version. For instance, the scene with Danny DeVito in a jealous rage with his wife is NOT on the DVD. Nor is: The Hooker watching the apology; the extended bus scene; and NOT EVEN THE TOUCHING ENDING WITH MARSHA (Melanie Mayron). I strongly encourage you to act on this DVD deciet by contacting Universal @ DVD Manufacturing 10 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91601. You can't email them because they don't recognize Carwash in their online library. Another note; The "Widescreen" addition is NOT widescreen.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "mskeisha23" on January 28, 2002
Format: DVD
Car Wash is a classic.
It doesn't send some life changing message.
It's not profound.
Its not revolutionary.
So what!!!
Afros, Bell Bottoms, Smoggy days in LA....this was just a day in the life.....normal folks! A trip down memory lane for some of us I am sure.
But the MUSIC!!! CLASSIC CLASSIC CLASSIC!
I know i'm not the only person who sings along EVERY time I watch!
Two thumbs up from me...
There are FAR worse movies out there than this....
Folks that diss (that's disrespect for the non slang speakers),
really shouldn't take this movie...or THEMSELVES so seriously.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tisha Parti-Smith on June 22, 2009
Format: DVD
I've been a fan of Car Wash since it came out in the theater when I was a teen. It played a 2nd bill with of all things Hitchcocks last flick FAMILY PLOT (horrible!) But Car Wash was just down right funny. I went back many times to see it. They would always promise to finally show it on TV but it never happened till the early 80's--at least in L.A. when they showed it on KTLA I believe. That version they cut almost 45 minutes of the movie out, mostly Antonia Fargas (being Gay was still too much for TV then) part and replaced it with extended scenes of the Hamburger stand next door. In the original movie the stand is cut quite a bit, just barely there which is as it should be, it's about a Car Wash, right? Still it was interesting to see extra footage of Danny DeVito as the hamburger stand owner. The TV version and all later releases cut a few scenes like the end with Melanie's date not being all it's cracked up to be. I don't know why they don't restore the movie to it's original cut and then add the other stuff as fun extras but I don't think they love this movie as much as the fans do. We all need to find a 35 mm print of the original film and get a transfer going so we fans can enjoy the movie as we remember it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1999
Format: DVD
I've seen this movie many times. It's funny and I don't agree when people say this movie is funny but doesn't have a lot to say. One of the characters struggles with his identity as a black man in "white" America and his character struck me as being very real. You could sense his frustration and in the end understood him better. Another part of the movie deals with a character who is an ex-con who is trying to move on with his life and put his negative past behind him. But you have to sympathize with him because he is a middle aged man whose only skilled enough to work at a car wash.
I think basically the story is this; everyone who works at the car wash dreams of something better. In the mean time they just keep working at the car wash. I think you'll like it. The characters are great and it's a good movie if you want to check out how people REALLY dressed in the 70's. That alone should give you a good laugh. Don't forget guest appearances by Richard Pryor and George Carlin. Rose Royce also did a great job with the Soundtrack.
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