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sku: LMTB 22747D
- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 6, 2003
- Originally Released: 1976
- Label: Universal Studios
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Irwin Corey & Franklyn Ajaye|
|Performer:||Sully Boyar, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas, Tracy Reed, Richard Brestoff & Bill Duke|
|Directed by||Michael Schultz|
|Edited by||Christopher Holmes|
|Screenwriting by||Joel Schumacher|
|Composition by||Norman Whitfield|
|Produced by||Art Linson & Gary Stromberg|
|Director of Photography:||Frank Stanley|
Rating: 4/5 -- Surprisingly good ensemble comedy with Antonio Fargas a standout.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Uses gritty humor to polish clean the souls of a lot of likeable street people. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Norman Whitfield's great musical score is integrated into the movement of the scenes to give the film a funky rhythm. Full Review
A cheerful, somewhat vulgar, very cleverly executed comedy...
New York Times
Rating: 3/5 -- Funny antics with great cast
Car Wash" is a free wheeling, sprightly, sometimes wild, sometimes funny, and always fast moving account of a day in the life of a car wash establishment. Full Review
Gannett News Service
Car Wash marks the point at which defiant blaxploitation turned decisively into upbeat crossover entertainment. Full Review
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Director Michael Schultz follows up his critically acclaimed and commercially successful COOLEY HIGH with this hilarious day-in-the-life tale set in modern day Los Angeles. At Sully Boyar's car wash, a juvenile, motley crew of city dwellers "work their fingers to the bone" waiting on the eccentric and sometimes haughty clientele. Throughout the day, the young men find time to indulge in personal pursuits: one fellow fantasizes about the pretty waitress working at a local restaurant, a militant preaches politics, while more disgruntled workers find a way to justify their laziness. As the day wears on, the many levels of oppression that control each individual's lives gradually become apparent. Luckily, Schultz and screenwriter Joel Schumacher don't dwell on the potentially depressing aspects of their subject matter; proving that sometimes laughter is the best medicine, they stuff their film with enough verbal, visual, and situational humor to keep the audience laughing throughout. This can also be attributed to the performances by the all-star ensemble of performers, including Franklin Ajaye, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Duke, and Garrett Morris. Cementing the deal is the film's soundtrack, which features the soulful music of diva Rose Royce.
Cult Film | Classic | Recommended | Theatrical Release | Los Angeles, California | 1970s | African Americans | Urban Life | Essential Cinema | African American Cinema | African American Culture
- Theatrical Release: October 22, 1976.
- Shot on location in Los Angeles.
- In the 1970s, Michael Schultz proved to be one of Hollywood's most prolific Black directors. Though the 1974 film HONEYBABY, HONEYBABY failed commercially, the films COOLEY HIGH (1975) and CAR WASH (1976) were very successful.
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