Car Wash PG

Hey, it's a '70s thing!
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DVD Features:

  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Recommendations
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 23


User Ratings: 8,259
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The screenplay and the direction juggle the characters so adroitly, this is almost a wash-and-wax M*A*S*H. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
Uses gritty humor to polish clean the souls of a lot of likeable street people. Full Review
Jun 5, 2008
Critics seemed to like this less than audiences; personally, I had a ball. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
A cheerful, somewhat vulgar, very cleverly executed comedy...
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Rating: A- -- It was both a riot and surprisingly had something poignant to say about race relations. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 22, 2008
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
Oct 22, 2019
Car Wash marks the point at which defiant blaxploitation turned decisively into upbeat crossover entertainment. Full Review
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Aug 21, 2009

Product Description:

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.


Production Notes:

  • 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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  • Sales Rank: 16,230
  • UPC: 025192274725
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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