Bfi Black Star Season: Car Wash

  • PG

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Turn the volume up and get the soap suds flying: we’re about to have a block party! Car Wash is the classic, zany comedy about the staff and patrons of De Luxe Car Wash. As Roger Ebert describes it, the film is ‘a dizzying, nonstop kaleidoscope of cars, soul music, characters, crises, crazy kids on skateboards, hookers, television preachers and lots of suds and hot wax.’

Featuring a classic disco soundtrack (including the ever-funky title track by Rose Royce), the film is a hilarious snapshot of the care-free seventies. Yet there’s social commentary aplenty, from Abdullah (Bill Duke), the Muslim revolutionary to Lindy, praised by queer cinema historian Vito Russo for its progressive depiction of a black gay man.

Including a knock out cameo from comedy legend Richard Pryor (as a televangelist, ably backed by soul superstars The Pointer Sisters), this is one drive-through you won’t want to miss!

Director: Michael Schultz

USA 1976

Run time: 97 mins

Car Wash is part of the BFI’s BLACK STAR season, taking place UK-wide, supported by the Independent Cinema Office and Film Hub North West Central, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

The BFI Black Star Season is Supported by:

BFI Film Audience Network

The National Lottery


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