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Car Wash

Director: Michael Schultz Run Time: 87 min. Format: DCP Rating: PG Release Year: 1976

Starring: Antonio Fargas, Bill Duke, Clarence Muse, Franklyn Ajaye, George Carlin, Irwin Corey, Ivan Dixon, Jack Kehoe, Lorraine Gary, Richard Pryor, The Pointer Sisters

Lather, rinse, and repeat at the CAR WASH.

Comedy is filled with surprise, so when I cross a line, I like to find out where the line might be and then cross it deliberately, and then make the audience happy about crossing the line with me. – George Carlin

Scandalous humor abounds in Car Wash (George Carlin and Richard Pryor star after all) as these eccentric car wash employees have the strangest day ever. This episodic comedy takes place in one day at a Los Angeles full-service car wash detailing one bizarre encounter after the next including fare-dodging prostitutes, transvestites, full body casts, evangelists and the Pointer Sisters. But lest you think it’s all laughs, Car Wash is a cult film way ahead of its time in its forthright depiction of the African American working class and openly gay characters.

Part of Nitehawk’s summer program COMEDIANS IN FILM (Late Nite).