Trivia: John Travolta made up the "cool dude walk" that Danny uses in the first scenes, when trying to create a bad boy image.


Trivia: Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into her trousers at the end of the film as the zipper broke. They were put on in the morning and she was not allowed to take them off or go to the restroom while they were on, as the crew would have to waste time sewing them back on.


Trivia: Jeff Conaway had to walk slightly stooped to make John Travolta appear taller.


Trivia: When a group of waitresses at the ice-cream parlour watch the National Dance Off on television, one of them says, "There's Danny and Sandy". This waitress is John Travolta's real-life sister, Ellen.


Trivia: In the stage shows before Grease was made into a film, Jeff Conaway, who plays Kenickie, played Danny and John Travolta played Doody. Richard Gere also auditioned to play Danny in the movie, but John was given the part because of his role in 'Saturday Night Fever'. Also Didi Conn, who plays Frenchy, wanted to play Rizzo.


Trivia: Stockard Channing was 33 when Grease was made, but was supposed to be playing a teenager. She was the oldest of the main cast members.


Trivia: During the song "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee", Rizzo (Stockard Channing) goes to a photo of Elvis Presley and sings, "Elvis, Elvis, let me be." This shot was filmed on the same day Elvis died.


Trivia: When Danny and the gang are in the ice cream parlour, Rizzo is sitting at Danny's table with hickeys on her neck - these were real.


Trivia: Towards the end of the film, we see a group of students rushing out of Rydell High and onto the fields for the Graduation Carnival. All of these 'students' were winners of a contest which producer Allan Carr had organised and director Randal Kleiser chose the graduation scene as the right moment.


Trivia: Singer Olivia Newton-John had hardly done any acting, and was terrified of starring in a big-budget musical. John Travolta (who was also a singer) was really supportive, and when Newton-John made a mistake during filming, he would make it look like it was his fault and take the blame for it.


Trivia: Jamie Donnelly (Jan) had to dye her hair black daily during the shoot as she had prematurely grey hair.


Trivia: Dinah Manoff (Marty) could not dance at all, so they left her out of all the big dance numbers.


Trivia: Dinah Manoff (Marty) was the only main cast member who was of high school age during filming, she was 18.


Trivia: The Saran Wrap they are wrapping the car in during "Greased Lightning" is a blatant sexual reference (check out John Travolta rubbing it on his crotch). In the 50's, Saran Wrap was often used in lieu of condoms.


Trivia: During the dance, Marty, the girl in the green strapless dress, is talking to the TV presenter next to the camera or something. Just at the end of the scene, she turns, and you can just see the top of her dress fall down quickly. It's only for half a second, so you have to look really carefully.


Trivia: At the end of the group dance when Danny and Cha-Cha get the trophy, you can see Marty fall and she is unable to get up because she keeps stepping on her dress.


Trivia: The film that Danny and Sandy watch at the drive-in features Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Lewis was one of director Randal Kleiser's teachers at the USC in Film Directing.


Trivia: When grease lightning has just won the rally, the water in the place was really polluted and when Kenickie runs through you can see him really afraid of the water and almost tip-toeing through it.


Trivia: During the dance, Danny is shown dancing with Sandy and singing a portion of the song "Those Magic Changes." Sandy then says he's very good and that he should take singing up professionally. This is a reference to the fact that John Travolta played Doody on Broadway before going on to play Danny in the movie. (Doody sings "Those Magic Changes" in the stage version. The song was used as a dance number in the film).

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Trivia: After Cha-Cha and Danny win the dance-off, and all the group including extras group together for the big finale and ending of the song, look for the girl in the green dress behind Vince Fontaine. As everybody gets up, her partner slyly kisses her foot and she laughs.


Visible crew/equipment: In the soda shop scene where Sandy and Danny are at the jukebox, the reflection of the boom mic is clearly visible in the chrome part of the jukebox. [True of videos and early DVD releases - in later DVD releases the reflection has been removed].

More mistakes in Grease

Rizzo: I got so many hickeys, people'll think I'm a leper.
Kenickie: Cheer up! A hickey from Kenickie is like a Hallmark card.

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Question: Who Is Annette? Two Quotes: "Nobody's Jugs Are Bigger Than Annette's" and during the Sandra Dee song "Would you pull that crap with Annette"... My question is who is she?

Answer: Annette Funicello, a movie star from the 50s who was known for her bosom and roles in beach/surfer themed movies. She was also one of the original members of the Mickey Mouse Club.


I was teased about that all my school years - my name is Annette.

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