Greased Lightning (1977)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Sports Drama  |   Release Date - Jul 1, 1977 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Based on the life story of NASCAR auto racing champion Wendell Scott, this film, starring Richard Pryor as Scott, covers his struggles -- from the end of World War II to 1971-- to overcome racism and gain the freedom to demonstrate his winning auto-racing skills to everyone. He is not without support: he has Mary Jones (Pam Grier), his loving wife, a sense of humor, and quite a few good friends, including the white race-car driver Hutch (Beau Bridges). Filmed in the Atlanta area, this movie features performances by folksinger Richie Havens, Julian Bond (later a Congressman), and Maynard Jackson (at one time Atlanta's mayor).

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Black [race], NASCAR, auto-racing, prejudice, race-car driver, racism