GREASED LIGHTNING - by Ken Vose and Laurence Dukore


Book Version

Film Version

In Danville, Virginia, Wendell Scott was a hero. Back from World War II in one piece, he was the toast of his hometown's black community. Now, they said, he should find a nice girl and settle down. But Wendell had ideas beyond that. All his life he'd loved fast cars, and his dream was to become America's first black stock car racing champion.

It wasn't going to be easy. Stock car racing champions needed money, they needed mechanics, they needed experience. All Wendell had was a beaten-up Plymouth and a lot of guts. And the promoters weren't interested in seeing what a backwoods boy could do on the track. But then he got a lucky break. And in the dangerous, prejudiced, world of 1950's stock car racing, Wendell Scott, black racing driver, was on his way...

Ken Vose originated and co-wrote the screenplay for the motion picture, Greased Lightning, released by Warner Bros. in 1977. Starring Richard Pryor, Beau Bridges, Pam Grier, Cleavon Little and Richie Havens, and directed by Michael Schultz.


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PUBLISHER:
GREASED LIGHTNING - Warner Books, 1977
GREASED LIGHTNING - Sphere Books (UK) 1977
GREASED LIGHTNING (Film) - Warner Bros. 1977

 

REVIEWS:

GREASED LIGHTNING: Review by Nick Martin & Marsha Porter
         Video Movie Guide 2000
, Ballentine Books

***   Greased Lightning is a funny and exciting film. Richard Pryor is a knockout in the lead role, and the film is a real audience pleaser. Because the story is true, it carries a punch even Rocky couldn't match. Wendell Scott's story is more dramatic. Scott was the first black man to win a NASCAR Grand National stock car race.

DIRECTOR: Michael Schultz.
CAST: Richard Pryor, Pam Grier, Beau Bridges, Cleavon Little, Richie Havens.
(1977, Rated PG, Approx 96 Min., Color.)



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