Greased Lightning

Synopsis: This is the true story of Wendell Scott, America's first African American NASCAR driver, once he returns from WWII to find his hometown the way he left it. With seed money for a taxicab business, he learns all the county roads. With his new knowledge an opportunity presents itself with some steep consequences. After an invitation to the local race track, a race car driver is born. The ethnic boundaries are a part of everyday life in 1950's Amercan life. You become part of his fight for equality, fairness and the American dream.
Director(s): Michael Schultz
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
96 min


Go get them!

We can go faster!

Let's go!


Let's go.

We're going to win the big race!

We win it!

We did it!

Hang on, Peewee.

What's your name, boy?

Wendell Scott.

Want to race?

Where are we going to race to?

That white fence.

I mean to the end of the fence.

Get ready...



Go, Wendell! You got to win!

You want to know something?

You won!

You won! You won!

You're one crazy n*gger!

You won!

You won! You won!

you see the child

Become a man

You know you can't

Forsake it

You know he's got

A dream inside

And he's going to fight

To make it

Make it all come true

The lord gave him

A heavy load

Then gave him dreams

To free it

The dream that he

Can be a king

And he gave him eyes

To see it

See it all come true

All come true

See it all come true

He's got to face

Them good ol' boys

He's going to have to make it

They'll try to stop him

If they can

But he's got the heart

To take it

And make it all come true

All come true

Make it all come true

Ooh oo-ooh ooh ooh


[Band plays 'Dixie']

Oh, there he is.


Oh, Wendell!

Wendell, my baby!

Thank god you're home.


There he is, mama.

How come you done got so thin?

What they been feeding you?

Mama, I gained 20 pounds.

20 pounds!

Y'all look great, mama!

I thought some of my friends

Would be there

To meet me at the station.

They probably thought

we'd like some time alone.

I know, mama,

But Peewee should have been there.

You'll see him later on.

Come in. You're home.

I'll make you a nice dinner.

Surprise! Surprise!


Who's she?

Good to see you.

Hey, how you doing?


How you doing, man?

Mama wrote me you was

going to be a lawyer.

That's right. I'm almost finished.

Hey, Jimmy!

That's great, man.

I don't see any bullet holes.

Let me introduce you

to Mary Jones.

Hello, Wendell. Welcome home.

The n*gger ain't changed a bit.

Ignores his old friends

And heads straight for the ladies.


Jeez! Oh!

It's good to see you, Wendell.

I got a good old moonshine

That helps you get

up with your mind.

Y'all, come on, let's party.

Quit standing around here.

Let's party.

Hey, hey!

[Music plays]

That's a nice lady with Russell.

Oh, yeah, but don't

mess around with her.

She's already spoken for.

[Speaking French]

Daddy gave me this...

Number 34.


Something worrying you?

No, ma'am.

I'm just thinking about

What I'm going to do.

Well, the mill isn't

hiring any more people.

I don't want to work at the mill.

I got my mustering-out pay.

I'll buy a taxi.

I'll be my own boss.

That sounds good.


I won a minirace

In the back yard with this.

You were always crazy about cars.


You haven't changed a bit.



You'll go on driving a cab?

I'll open a garage.

This area needs a good mechanic.

Garage? That's nice, son.

Is that what

you always wanted to do?

Pretty much, sir.

Didn't you ever have crazy ideas?

I had a few when I was your age.

I had a few,

But I shouldn't talk about it.

Go ahead.

We all family here.

Well, sir, I wanted to be

A champion race car driver.

That's the craziest one

I ever heard, all right.

You didn't think you'd race

with them white boys?

Yes, sir. It all depended.

Depended on when hell

freezes over.

Ha ha ha ha!

A race car driver.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

I imagine it's pretty funny...

A race car driver.

Where are we going, Wendell?

We're going to see

the moonlight, baby.

What moonlight?

You just want to go

somewhere and park, huh?


This is real nice

Where I'm taking you.

Here it is! Hang on!

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