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Mon, Mar 14 at 5:45pm, 8:00pm


  • Dir. Michael Schultz
  • USA
  • 1976
  • 97 min.
  • PG
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Music City Mondays: Michael Schultz.

All Screenings: Director Michael Schultz provides a special pre-recorded introduction to CAR WASH

It’s just a typical day in the lives of the employees, customers and passersby at L.A.’s Dee-Luxe Car Wash. There’s an assembly line of the weirdest, baddest, shadiest characters you’ve ever met — and lots of ’70s music to pass the hours till quitting time. Featuring outrageously hilarious performances by George Carlin, Professor Irwin Corey, the Pointer Sisters, and Richard Pryor as Daddy Rich –- a flamboyant Reverend who preaches the goodness of the dollar – CAR WASH is a timeless classic celebrating an era devoted to living life in the fast lane. 

Of local and non-local interest, director Michael Schultz has referred to CAR WASH as a knowing nod to Robert Altman’s NASHVILLE — albeit a far funkier one no doubt that would have folks moving in their seats. Keep an ear out for the iconic theme and funky soundtrack by Rose Royce.

“...One of the great ensemble comedies and musical films of the decade, as well as one of the few Hollywood movies that might legitimately be called Brechtian in its pondering of the nature of earning a living.” —J. Hoberman, New York Times

“...Marvelously funny and inventive” —Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“A cheerful, somewhat vulgar, very cleverly executed comedy…” —Vincent Canby, New York Times