on One main character is Abdullah, formerly Duane (Bill Duke), a Black Muslim revolutionary. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Michael Fennell was born in 1967 in California, USA. "Film Reviews: Car Wash". Photos. Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. "[14] The "sophisticated sissy" characterization is often used as an easy contrast to the "appropriate" masculine behaviour that heterosexual black male characters are expected to display. Photo Credits: Netflix; Pop TV; Robert Viglasky, Hartswood Films; Fred Hayes/Disney+, Fox, PopTV; Bettina Strauss/Netflix; Nicole Rivelli/Amazon, Netflix, Frank Masi/Apple, Disney, Jasper Savage/Hulu; Diyah Pera/CW. Later at the end of the movie, Abdullah, after being fired by Mr. B for his unexplained absences, appears in the office with a gun while Lonnie is closing up, intending to rob the business. His first films were Avalanche (1978) and Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979), with Corman. The prostitute, Marleen, has her own hopes shattered as a customer with whom she apparently has fallen in love has given her a false telephone number. [4], The film presently has a score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 24 reviews, with an average score of 6.68 out of 10. Starring Franklyn Ajaye, Bill Duke, George Carlin, Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas, Jack Kehoe, Clarence Muse, Lorraine Gary, The Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor, Car Wash is an episodic comedy about a day in the lives of the employees and the owner, Mr. B (Sully Boyar), of a Los Angeles, California car wash (filmed at a Westlake car wash at the corner of Rampart Boulevard and 6th Street). Michael Fennell was born in 1967 in California, USA. Looking for some great streaming picks? George Carlin appears as a taxi driver searching fruitlessly for a prostitute who stiffed him for a fare. Marlene the Hooker, The Pointer Sisters Career Highlights. T.C. Early credits include playing the role of Calvin in the feature film "Car Wash," released in 1976. (Franklin Ajaye) is another young employee who is determined to win a radio call-in contest to win tickets for a rock concert and to convince his estranged girlfriend Mona (Tracy Reed), who works as a waitress in a diner across the street, to accompany him. Ex-con Lonnie (Ivan Dixon) is the foreman of the car wash who tries to mentor Abdullah while struggling to raise two young children and fend off his parole officer (Jason Bernard). Car Wash, recorded by Rose Royce, was a major success, yielding three Billboard R&B Top Ten singles: "Car Wash", "I Wanna Get Next to You", and "I'm Going Down". Car Wash … Filmography. Most Recent Projects . Car Wash is a 1976 American comedy film released by Universal Pictures. Apps. Their scenes were restored for the edited television version. Finnell worked for the American producer Roger Corman before emerging as a producer in his own right. Michael Fennell. © 2020 TV GUIDE, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now. 1976. actor (1 credit) Car Wash. Calvin. 1976 American comedy film directed by Michael Schultz. If you've binged every available episode of the hit Disney Plus series, then we've got three picks to keep you entertained. Download the TV Guide app for iPhone, iPad and Android! One of the first without Corman was the movie Airplane!, in … [2] Joel Schumacher was chosen to write based on his work writing "Sparkle"[2], Unusual for film production, the sound track was recorded prior to filming of the movie. Gay film historian Vito Russo cites the character Lindy, played by Antonio Fargas, as being both funny and challenging through his gay militancy. 1976. voice of radio DJ. "[7] Gene Siskel gave the film three stars out of four and called it "quite entertaining" with "plenty of strong performances. T.C. Michael Finnell is a film producer active from the 1970s to the present. The film was directed by Michael Schultz from a screenplay by Joel Schumacher. Mini Bio (1) Michael Fennell was born in 1967 in California, USA. Car Wash is a 1976 American comedy film released by Universal Pictures. (1989). Starring Franklyn Ajaye, Bill Duke, George Carlin, Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Antonio Fargas, Jack Kehoe, Clarence Muse, Lorraine Gary, The Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor, Car Wash is an episodic comedy about a day in the lives of the employees and the … Originally the project was intended as a stage production, which would feature a replicate car wash on stage. "[8] Arthur D. Murphy of Variety wrote, "An enormous, and enormously talented, cast is put through its paces masterfully by director Michael Schultz, making the most of Joel Schumacher's zany screenplay. Movies Streaming Showtimes Trailers. View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro 6:21 PM PST The Car Wash soundtrack won a 1977 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album.[15]. He is an actor, known for Car Wash (1976), Sing (1989) and Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! Though they had speaking roles, nearly all of their scenes were deleted from the theatrical version and they are only seen in the background. Michael Fennell. "[10] Sander Vanocur of The Washington Post called it "more than a movie. [13] African American cultural critic Angela Nelson identifies Lindy as a "sophisticated sissy. Richard Pryor also appears in a cameo as a money-hungry evangelist named 'Daddy Rich' who preaches a pseudo-gospel of prosperity theology; The Pointer Sisters play the parts of his loyal (and singing) entourage, The Wilson Sisters. 12:40 AM PST (Part 2). STZENB (650), Tue, Nov 10 To replace these shortened scenes, and therefore shortened film, a subplot of a diner owner (Danny DeVito) (scenes shot for the theatrical version but cut prior to release) were re-inserted. The film also featured the speaking voices of local L.A. disc jockeys Jay Butler, J.J. Jackson, Rod McGrew, Sarina C. Grant, and Cleveland's Billy Bass, all heard in the background of the film on the fictional "KGYS" radio station. "[9] Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times called it "a high-energy, high-entertainment, raucously well-observed slice of life. [12] In the same year it was nominated for a Golden Globe, plus it won a Grammy for Best Album of Original Score written for a Motion Picture or Television Special. Learn how and when to remove this template message, Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Car_Wash_(film)&oldid=978311531, Films with screenplays by Joel Schumacher, Articles that may contain original research from June 2014, All articles that may contain original research, Articles with unsourced statements from December 2010, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 14 September 2020, at 04:12. See full bio » Lonnie, on the other hand, is full of ideas on how to save the car wash that he cannot get Mr. B or anyone else to listen to, mostly due to Mr. B being a cheapskate. 1 actor Credit. We weren't sure at first what "relay dances" were either…. Trailer 1. Mr. B is constantly tense and worried throughout the film as he fears about his car wash going out of business due to a competitor a few miles down the street. Low-key comedy detailing a day in the life of an L.A. car wash, featuring an ensemble cast of superb performers. Russo deems Lindy's response to the militant Abdullah as being potentially revolutionary had it not been placed strictly within a comedic context. It's an experience that will make you feel good."[11]. It is a melancholy ending to the day as they all go their separate ways, knowing that they will be back tomorrow to do it all over again. There are no photos to display. [5], Roger Ebert gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, calling it "a sunny, lively comedy" with a "tremendous sense of life. Justin (Leon Pinkney) clashes with his girlfriend, Loretta (Renn Woods), who wants him to go back to college, but he refuses out of the feeling that a black man like him will not get anywhere in the world with any kind of education. Because it's never too early to plan Thursday night... two months from now. "[6] Vincent Canby of The New York Times called it "a cheerful, somewhat vulgar, very cleverly executed comedy," adding, "Nothing terribly dramatic happens, and some of the comedy gets a bit forced, but the wonder of the film is how it manages to succeed so much of the time. (Franklyn Ajaye), who's invented and hopes to market a black...read more, Lorraine Gary Danny DeVito and Brooke Adams appeared in the movie as Joe and Terry, the owners of a food stand called 'Big Joe's Dog House' which is located next to the car wash. actor. It causes employees, customers, and the owner of the car wash, Mr. B (Sully Boyar), to fear for their lives, but the strange man's "bomb" is simply a urine sample he is taking to the hospital. Floyd and Lloyd are musicians who have an audition for an agent at the end of their shift and spend the entire movie doing their jazz-blues dance moves in front of bewildered customers. Upon telling the idea to then head of Universal Ned Tanen, the producers were persuaded to make the film version instead. He has produced several horror-comedy films, particularly with the director Joe Dante. Among his other misadventures in the film, the employees must deal with a man ("Professor" Irwin Corey) who fits the profile of the notorious "pop bottle bomber" being sought that day by the police. Videos. Justin's elderly grandfather, Snapper (Clarence Muse), works as the shoe shine man at the car wash and is a follower of Daddy Rich. As of 2013, commercially available versions of the movie were of the original theatrical release, not the revised TV version. Among everything, Mr. B constantly makes passes against the receptionist Marsha (Melanie Mayron) as an escape from his troubled home life. Basically plotless, the film shows the lives, hopes, dreams, ambitions, and foibles of the multiracial employees and customers of the Dee-Luxe Car Wash through comic vignettes. The film was directed by Michael Schultz from a screenplay by Joel Schumacher. He is an actor, known for, Thu, Nov 05 Murphy, Arthur D. (September 1, 1976). Car Wash had its network television premiere on NBC Monday Night at the Movies in 1978. Car Wash (1976) Michael Fennell as Calvin. [citation needed] The film won the Best Music Award and the Technical Grand Prize at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival plus a nomination for Golden Palm. on The Best Shows and Movies to Watch This Week: Jim Carrey's Joe Biden Is Visited By the Ghost of Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton in the, Sean Connery, Legend of Screen and Stage, Dead at 90, What's New on Hulu in November: Kristen Stewart's. Login. [3] The director wanted the actors to actually listen to the same music that would later be added in post-production while filming the scenes.