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Car Wash

Director: Michael Schultz Run Time: 97 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG Release Year: 1976

Starring: Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Sully Boyar, Richard Brestoff, George Carlin, Irwin Corey, Otis Day, Ivan Dixon, Bill Duke, Michael Fennell, Garrett Morris

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.