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Directed by Michael Schultz • 1976 • United States
Starring Ivan Dixon, DeWayne Jessie, Bill Duke
“Workin’ at the car wash, yeah!” It doesn’t get more awesomely ’70s than this funky, freewheeling disco comedy. It’s just another day at the Dee-Luxe Car Wash in Los Angeles, which means that the close-knit employees can expect all manner of surprises, dramas, and oddball customers, including Richard Pryor and the Pointer Sisters as an evangelist and his singing entourage who preach the virtue of money, George Carlin as a befuddled taxi driver on a mission, and Bill Duke as a Black Muslim revolutionary. Propelled by its dynamite ensemble cast—which also includes Franklyn Ajaye, Ivan Dixon, and Antonio Fargas—and megahit soundtrack, CAR WASH is not only one of the most inventive comedies of its era but also a hilariously observed commentary on race, class, and labor in America.