Grease 2

  • Directors: Patricia Birch
  • Producers: Robert Stigwood, Allan Carr
  • Writers: Ken Finkleman
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Maxwell Caulfield, Michelle Pfeiffer, Adrian Zmed, Lorna Luft

It is 1961, two years after the events of the first film took place, and a new academic year is just beginning at Rydell High School (Back To School Again). The Pink Ladies are now led by the beautiful Stephanie Zinone (Michelle Pfeiffer), who feels she has “outgrown” her relationship with the arrogant leader of the The T-Birds, Johnny Nogerelli (Adrian Zmed) during summer break. A new arrival comes in the form of clean-cut English student Michael Carrington (Maxwell Caulfield), the cousin of Sandy Olsson (the character played by Olivia Newton-John in Grease). Michael quickly becomes smitten with Stephanie, despite the gentle protestation of the sole remaining lead character from the first film, Frenchy (Didi Conn), who observes that she will not date him since he is not a T-Bird.

At the local bowling alley, a competitive game (Score Tonight) turns sour due to the animosity between Johnny and Stephanie. Johnny flirts with Stephanie’s friend and fellow Pink Lady, Paulette Rebchuck (Lorna Luft), to make Stephanie jealous, and she retaliates by kissing the next man who walks in the door, which happens to be Michael. Bemused by this unexpected kiss, Michael attempts to ask her out the next day at an audition for the school talent show, but discovers that she has a very specific vision of her ideal man (Cool Rider). He realizes that he will only win her affection if he turns himself into a cool rider, and begins saving up for a motorcycle by selling completed homework assignments to the academically-challenged T-Birds. He buys the bike, fixes it up and spends all his spare time learning to ride it.

The school year ends with the graduation luau the next day (Rock-A-Hula Luau) during which Johnny and Stephanie later engage in another argument while being carried onto the pool in a floating throne. The Cycle Lords suddenly appear and begin to destroy the celebration, but are stopped by the emergence of the Cool Rider, much to the surprise of Stephanie. After roundly defeating the Cycle Lords and leaping over the pool on his motorcycle, he finally reveals himself to all in attendance to be Michael. After his initial shock, Johnny offers him a T-Bird jacket and welcomes him into the gang, and Stephanie finally accepts that she can have “two for the price of one” – a cool rider and a Shakespeare. All of the couples pair off (Michael/Stephanie, Johnny/Paulette, Lewis/Sharon, Davey/Dolores & Rhonda/Goose, happily (We’ll Be Together). The credits start rolling and just like in the first movie, it’s in the style of a yearbook.

Saturday Night Fever

  • Directors: John Badham
  • Producers: Robert Stigwood
  • Writers: Nik Cohn, Norman Wexler
  • Genres: Drama, Music, Romance
  • Actors: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney

The film is about 19-year-old Tony Manero (John Travolta), a young Italian American from the New York City borough of Brooklyn who works a dead-end job in a small hardware store by day, but rules the dance floor at night with his frequent appearances at 2001 Odyssey, a Brooklyn dance club.

While at 2001 Odyssey, Tony is seen in the company of his three close friends, Joey (Joseph Cali); Double J (Paul Pape); and the meek Bobby C. (Barry Miller), still in high school. It is presumed Bobby C., though younger, is part of the gang because he is the only one with a car (a run-down Chevrolet Impala). An informal member of their gang is Annette (Donna Pescow), a neighborhood girl who has apparently been Tony’s partner in previous dance competitions and longs for a more permanent relationship with him.

Tony, knowing Annette has the right moves to win an upcoming dance competition, recruits her to participate with him in the contest, much to her delight. Her happiness is short-lived, however, when Tony abruptly terminates their partnership after seeing Stephanie Mangano dance at the disco and later at a neighborhood dance studio. Stephanie is a tall, attractive, talented dancer with what Tony assumes is a more committed potential toward winning the competition.

After leaving his friends behind, a distraught Tony spends the rest of the night riding the subway. He finally shows up at Stephanie’s apartment, apologizing for his earlier bad behavior. He tells her that he plans on leaving Brooklyn and coming to Manhattan to escape from his family and friends, and what he considers to be a fake life. He also tells her that he wants to try to salvage their relationship by being friends first and see what develops from there. Recognizing Tony’s honest wish to change, Stephanie takes his hand in hers, and then him into her arms in this final scene.

Grease

  • Directors: Randal Kleiser
  • Producers: Robert Stigwood, Allan Carr
  • Writers: Musical, Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey, Screenplay, Bronte Woodard
  • Genres: Comedy, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway

The film begins with a cold open. In 1958, during their summer vacation, Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsen (Olivia Newton-John) meet at a beach but before long, Sandy and Danny say their last good-byes as Sandy is due to return to Australia. She is upset, thinking that this is the end of their romance and that they will never see each other again. Danny tries to comfort her by telling her “it’s only the beginning”.

However, Sandy’s family has a change of plans and does not return to Australia, but Danny is unaware of this. Sandy enrolls at Rydell High School as a foreign-exchange student, where Danny is a student, and is taken under the wing of Frenchy (Didi Conn), her cousin and a member of the schoolgirl clique “The Pink Ladies,” whose leader is Betty Rizzo (Stockard Channing), a former girlfriend of Danny.

Danny is the leader of the boys’ gang, “The T-Birds.” Kenickie, second in command of the T-Birds, encourages Danny to tell them what he did over the summer, while the Pink Ladies likewise persuade Sandy. Through “Summer Nights” Sandy and Danny describe their vacation with the other. Sandy focuses on the emotional aspects of their relationship while Danny brags about the physical to the T-Birds.

On the last day of school, the Seniors have a graduation carnival where Danny arrives wearing a letterman’s sweater (earned through track) over his usual black attire in an effort to prove to Sandy he is willing to change for her. Sandy arrives wearing a sexy “greaser” girl outfit. She and Danny reconcile and sing “You’re the One That I Want” (another song added for the movie, and a hit single before the movie even came out). Kenickie and Rizzo get back together after Rizzo tells him she is not pregnant. They gang wonder if they will remain in contact after high school but Danny assures them that they will and then everyone sings the big finale, “We Go Together”. Danny and Sandy fly off in Danny’s car and disappear into the horizon.