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Where were you when you saw this film?


I think a very interesting post for this film would be...where did you first see this film?

I'll proudly say that this was the FIRST FILM I remember seeing. I was probably about 3 1/2 years old, and my dad took me and my sister to see it at a small local theater in south Ft. Worth, TX...we were probably the only white people in the whole theater, but we all had a great time watching it...even a 3 year old like me, it has the best comedy and slapstick you'll ever find from the 70's.

So that's how I got my start as a child...no Disney films, no Bugs Bunny cartoons...just Car Wash...

Favorite line, from Lindy..."I'm more woman than you'll ever have...and more man than you'll ever be!"

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I saw it on TV the first time it was shown, TOTALLY fell in love with it!

Don't Make Me Have to Release the Flying Monkeys!


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It was the fall of 1976, "Car Wash" had just come out, and I was 8-years-old when my dad took me and my two sisters to downtown Chicago to see it. We too saw it at an all-black theater, albeit in Chicago's south Loop. We also happened to see it in one of those circa 1920's, neoclassical Plitt Theaters, that have since been demolished.

If you never been to a Plitt, think of the theater featured in "Last Action Hero" or the theater featured on the cover of STYX "Paradise Theater" album cover. These entertaiment halls, that doubled as paeans to neoclassical art, were all the rage during Al Capone's era. But sadly, their behemoth size and scale put them at odds with franchised operations like Cineplex, and in the early 80s, all of them came under the wrecking ball in the City of Chicago to make more room for parking lots and whatnot.

Anyways, during the movie, the all-black audience displayed that quintessential African-American idiosyncracy of talking, or rather yelling assorted warnings or insults at the screen during the entire course of the movie. For some, this is annoying, for others, like me, it was hilarious that these people would not shutup and watch the movie quietly like normal white people would!

Seeing this movie as an 8-year-old third grader in an all-black inner city theater at one of these historic theaters was one of the best and most hilarious experiences of my young life.

To say that the entire theater was reverberating during the movie would be an understatement. Not only was everybody hootin' and hollering' laughing and yelling -- all the while yelling obscenities, assorted warnings and pithy advice to the characters on the screen -- the experience was completely unlike anything I had ever seen in our corner of suburbia.

This movie is a must see for anyone who wants to have a good laugh.

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"..normal white people.." ?

That's quite a statement.

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I think i saw it at a buddys place some years ago, i think i saw it many times over too. I got totally hooked on the tune "Car Wash".. "car wash.. dadaaadaa.. daaadaaadadadaaa.. car wash yeah..."
I mainly saw it becouse i thought an actor in the movie would have had a much bigger role than he had.


i don't know what would be left of me if it wasn't for you,
seems like youve always been there after all ive been throw,
when everything else has gone, i've always had you to lean on,
and you never changed, you always have remained the same, and the flame hasn't gone,
you're like my oldest, most trust worthy buddy, that's always been by my side,
when i've been shut out, kicked out, mistreated, you've always been there during and after the fight,
when the whole world has let me down, youre the one i could always turn to,
i've always taken you for granted, i guess ive never thanked you enough for the things you do,
i never had to explain, never had to say a word, crazy how you always seem to understand what i feel,
some things have gone, some faded away, but you still got the same powerful hold on me,
you never expected anything, and you always let me be the way i am, even when i was wrong,
i've always felt welcome around you, like a place where i can feel that i belong,
i guess i just put my trust in you, it was just the most natural thing to do,
you must be a gift sent to be my side, so far i've always been able to count on you,
you have been by my side for so many years, you gave me a place where i can belong,
you gave me an identity, thank you for giving me a home.

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Back in 1990 on VHS.

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I was in a toilet puking because this movie was so nauseatingly bad!

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I saw it at a drive-in in Kansas along with "Aloha Bobby and Rose" in 1976. The music from both movies has always remained a special part of my life. Every time I hear the song "Car Wash" at a baseball game, my mind goes back briefly to that happy summer...

... I admire a person that's willing to do whatever is necessary.

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Saw this sucker at Grauman's Chinese theatre during it's premiere run...my friend Terri and I were in our last year of high school and I can remember us smoking a joint and laughing our asses off...good memory!

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I had just turned 21 when this movie came out, and we went out on a Friday night for drinks, dancing, and a movie. The movie happened to be Car Wash. I laughed so much that I almost peed my pants. I've seen it about 10 times since then, and I still almost pee my pants...LOL

Hell To The Naw!!!!

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I was 16 years old with a brand new Ford Maverick and I saw this movie on a Saturday night at the Starlight Drive-In in Troy, Alabama. Loved it then Love it now!!

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I first saw this film on commercial television when I was seven or eight years old. It cracked me up then and still makes me laugh even today. There's a real joy and vibrancy evident throughout this movie which makes it a total treat to watch.

Q: What's the biggest room in the world? A: The room for improvement.

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I was nine years old and saw it at the Hawthorne Six Theaters in Hawthorne, CA.

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funnyguyla

Hawthorne Six was hardcore - - located in the south end of the Hawthorne mall which opened in 1976...I was 6 at the time so didn't get to go. But I saw Krush Groove there in 1985 as a 15 yr old..I digress.

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I was 9 years old in Brooklyn, New York at the movies with my mom. We saw it on a Wednesday night in 1976. What made the movie more exciting was that the song "Car Wash" from Rose Royce was the number one song. It was being played all over the big apple.

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