Opinion

Much-loved Grease turns 40

By Shepparton News

This year is the 40th anniversary of the release of the well-loved movie Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Who am I kidding, we all know who it starred.

School dances, themed parties or every celebration function ever had, we all know the moves.

Forty years ago, Grease set the musical world on fire.

But it was not until more recently that fans questioned the storyline.

Ever thought the ending was a little dramatic?

Characters Danny and Sandy get in a car and fly off into the sky, Danny smiles and Sandy waves goodbye, while everyone else continues as normal.

This is not normal; cars don’t fly.

Some would say, don’t question a movie scene because it will ruin the plot.

But one fan took it to a dark place.

In the song Summer Nights, Danny explains when he met Sandy on the beach, ‘‘I saved her life; she nearly drowned’’.

According to the theory, Sandy did drown and the whole movie is just a fantasy playing in her head as she struggles for oxygen, and as she waves from the flying car she is on her way to heaven with her beloved Danny.

All musicals share the fantasy theme.

Imagine if your school, workplace or town all broke into song and all knew the exact same dance moves.

But the theory digs deeper into the lyrics of Summer Nights.

‘‘She swam by me, she got a cramp.’’

‘‘He ran by me, got my suit damp.’’

‘‘I saved her life, she nearly drowned.’’

‘‘He showed off, splashing around.’’

Clearly, Danny said, ‘‘I saved her life, she nearly drowned’’ — but because Sandy doesn’t reference her cramp, the entire movie is a coma dream.

It does explain the romantic first scene, on a deserted beach, when Sandy asks Danny, ‘‘Is this the end?’’ to which he replies, ‘‘Of course not. It’s only the beginning.’’

The beginning of a school year together, but they never spoke about that throughout their time together on the beach.

Forty years on, we’re still getting chills over this Grease theory, but it’s Danny and Sandy who finally get their magical kiss in the end scene.

The kiss, which was mysteriously removed from the film during editing, is now an extra on the 40th anniversary edition of Grease out now on Blu-ray and digital HD platforms.

Maybe Sandy and Danny really did fly off into heaven together.

Madeleine Caccianiga is a News journalist.