Friday, February 6, 2015

Night 6 of the 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway

Welcome to night 6 of the 5th annual 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Giveaway. Stop by the main Giveaway Post and enter to win a $200 Prize Pack full of decadent treats from 8 fabulous shops! Tonight we have the next movie in the Valentine Movie Marathon. Follow along daily for extra entries and the chance for a bonus 20 entries at the end of the giveaway. Test your movie knowledge and play the Guess the Movie game for even more entries. Enjoy and have fun!

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14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon
Follow along with us for 2 weeks full of classic and modern love story movies. Each day there will be a review of the next movie in the marathon. Leave a comment on the post, with your opinion of the movie, and you can receive 1 entry in the giveaway. Each day you comment you can receive 1 entry. You will find the daily entries on the Rafflecopter on the main Giveaway Post.
*You may start following the marathon at any time and comment on past posts to catch up.

Comment on all 14 movies and you can receive a bonus 20 entries. On the last day of the giveaway you will find the magic phrase to unlock the bonus entries on the Rafflecopter.
*You must comment on each movie to qualify for the bonus 20 entries.

Guess the Movie Game
Each day there will be a clue to the next night's movie. Leave your guess on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main Giveaway Post, for 1 entry in the giveaway.
*Guesses must be posted the same day as their clue to receive the 1 entry.
*The Rafflecopter widget will reset to a new day 24 hours after you left your last guess.
*Please do not post guesses anywhere else on the blog or they will be deleted and not count.

Tonight's Clue ~ Can one band's music tell the story of a decade and the story of love?

Night 6 ~ Grease

Tagline - Grease is the word.

Directed by Randal Kleiser (Blue Lagoon, White Fang and Honey I Blew Up The Kid) and released on June 16, 1978 by Paramount Pictures (Rated PG). Good Girl Sandy (Olivia Newton John) and Bad Boy Danny (John Travolta) spend the summer together falling in love. All is good because Sandy is heading back home to Australia and they will never see each other again. But wait...Sandy's family decided to stay. And now she is enrolling in the same high school. Will their love be torn apart by the social differences of their friends? Or will summer lovin' turn out to be true love?

This is teen love circa the 50's by way of the 70's. It's my favorite musical. I love that it's set in the 50's and, being a child of the '70s, it's fun to see just how much 70's influence there is on the movie. It's funny, it's cool, it's sweet, it's silly and you know you love to sing along with it!

I mean what girl didn't want to be a "Pink Lady"? And, having been a hair dresser in earlier years of my life, I find the whole "Beauty School Dropout" bit to be most fun. Got to love Frenchy's pink hair.

So, if you haven't seen it for awhile, take a night to indulge. It's peachy keen Jelly Bean!

Grease is currently available to stream on Netflix and should be available to rent on most DVD services.

Take a look at the original trailer.

Some trivia about the movie.
1. Henry Winkler, who became a sensation as "Fonzie" on "Happy Days" (1974), was considered for the role of Danny Zuko. However, he turned down the role for fear of being typecast.
2. Susan Dey and Deborah Raffin were the first choices for the role of Sandy (Dey declined the role after her manager advised against it). Marie Osmond later claimed on "Larry King Live" (1985) that she had been also been offered the role but declined "on moral grounds" though she later admitted this to be untrue.
3. Due to a zipper breaking, Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into the trousers she wears in the last sequence (the carnival at Rydell).
4. Jeff Conaway had to walk slightly stooped so that John Travolta would appear taller.
5. When Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, her character's background had to be changed to accommodate Newton-John's own background. In the original Broadway musical Sandy was an all-American girl and her last name was Dumbrowski. In the movie version, she became Sandy Olsson, foreign-exchange student from Australia. Also, because of Newton-John's casting, John Farrar (Newton-John's frequent songwriter) had to write two new songs for the film while other songs from the Broadway musical were dropped.
6. Several musical numbers were not used in the film. They appear, however, as jukebox tunes, or band numbers at the high school dance. Among them "Freddy, My Love", "Those Magic Changes", and "It's Raining on Prom Night" all of which were performed by characters in the stage musical.
7. Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Rizzo.
8. The film was released in Spain as Brilliantina (Brilliantine) - because its English title translated as "fat" in Spanish.
9. Danny's blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
10. The scene in Frenchy's bedroom while Rizzo is singing the line about Elvis was actually filmed the same day that Elvis Presley died.
11. Randal Kleiser hated the opening title song, "Grease" (he thought that the cynical lyrics and disco beat were inappropriate for a film set in the 1950s).
12. In the song "Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee", it originally references Sal Mineo in the stage version. However, due to Mineo's murder the year before shooting began the reference was given to Elvis Presley.
13. The official premiere after-party was at Studio 54.
14. The original Broadway production opened at the Eden Theater on February 14, 1972 and ran for 3,388 performances, setting a record. Adrienne Barbeau and Barry Bostwick were in the original Broadway cast. John Travolta appeared at some time as a replacement on Broadway in the role of "Doody". Marilu Henner, an alumnus of the original Chicago production, appeared as a replacement in the role of "Marty". Patrick Swayze and Treat Williams were both replacements as Danny Zuko. Richard Gere is also listed as an understudy to many male roles, including Danny Zuko. Gere played Zuko in the London production in 1973.
15. Rydell High is a reference to teen idol Bobby Rydell who had a million selling hit with "Swingin' School" in 1960.
16. The production had a product placement plan with Coca-Cola, but it fell through. The Coke products were taken out or blurred. There is a huge hanging picture/advertisement in the diner that was blurred out. Photos on the inside flaps of the soundtrack album have Pepsi products.


  1. I love the musical Grease. It is one of my all time favorite moves. I have love John Travolta ever since this movie. I still watch it every time it comes on TV.

  2. I love Grease! I had my daughter hooked on that movie at age 5 - she watched it over and over much to my husbands dismay!

  3. I love this movie!! It's one of my all time favorite musicals. Might just need to watch this guy today. Reading the trivia was cool

  4. Such a classic film! John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are so great! :)

  5. Absolutely love this movie! Can watch it over and over again.

  6. I liked Grease, but my daughter loved it... I think she knows every lyric to every song in it!

  7. This was one of my favorites when I was little! I've seen it onstage and went as a pink lady one Halloween.

  8. Go grease lightening.!!!! I remember when this was a play!

  9. Haven't seen the movie in forever, but it's funny how every decade or so, we get collective nostalgia for another decade. In the 80s, it was the 50s. There was actually a lot of 30s-40s nostalgia in the 70s, in some of the clothes and movies. Then the 70s came back in the 90s. I don't have a point here. :)

  10. I have always loved Grease!! I could not believe that my husband had never seen it until after we got married.