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American Graffiti
- Richard Dreyfuss

Overview - Set in 1962; Produced and released in 1973. AMERICAN GRAFFITI presents a powerful collage of youth on the brink of maturity just before the assassination of J.F.K.. Based on George Lucas's own teenage hot-rodding days in Modesto, California, this brilliant, bittersweet comedy inspired numerous other productions, including the long-running TV series HAPPY DAYS.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Set in 1962; Produced and released in 1973. AMERICAN GRAFFITI presents a powerful collage of youth on the brink of maturity just before the assassination of J.F.K.. Based on George Lucas's own teenage hot-rodding days in Modesto, California, this brilliant, bittersweet comedy inspired numerous other productions, including the long-running TV series HAPPY DAYS. Lucas's second feature film (following THX 1138), AMERICAN GRAFFITI contains an early screen appearance by Harrison Ford, who would figure heavily in the director's next movie, the sci-fi epic STAR WARS. The film follows one night in the lives of several recently graduated high school students. The genial Steve (Ron Howard) prepares to leave for college the next day, and Laurie (Cindy Williams), his girlfriend, is upset by his impending departure. Laurie's brother, Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), the class intellectual, is also slated for college, but he has serious doubts about his future. Also included here are the hopeless nerd (Charles Martin Smith) and the eternally cool drag racer, John (Paul LeMat), who feels pressure to live up to his reputation. A nostalgic feeling is evoked in seeing the teenagers cruising in their hot rods, eating at Mel's Diner, and listening to Wolfman Jack spin the latest hits, with the camera jumping from character to character as they each enjoy--or fret over--their last moments of summer freedom.

Cast List

Ron Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Ronnie Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Ronny Howard - Actor/director, A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Cindy Williams - American television actress, LAVERNE & SHIRLEY
Wolfman Jack
Gary Kurtz - American Producer
George Lucas - Director/Producer, STAR WARS (1977)
Paul Le Mat
Charles Martin Smith - American Actor/Director
Dennis Lynton Clark - Screenwriter/Designer
Dennis Clark - Screenwriter/Designer
Bo Hopkins - American Supporting Actor
Douglas Freeman - Set Decorator
Richard Dreyfuss - American actor, JAWS
Francis Ford Coppola - American Director, THE GODFATHER SAGA
Harrison Ford - American actor, STAR WARS series/INDIANA JONES series
Willard Huyck - Screenwriter/Director
Aggie Guerard Rodgers - Costume Designer
Aggie Guerard - Costume Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers - Costume Designer
Marcia Lucas - American Editor
Ron Eveslage - Camera Operator
Jan D'Alquen - Camera Operator
MacKenzie Phillips - American actress, ONE DAY AT A TIME
Gloria Katz
Candy Clark - American Supporting Actress, AMERICAN GRAFFITI
Suzanne Somers - American Television Actress, THREE'S COMPANY (1977)
Verna Fields - American Editor

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 113
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192073700
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 2017

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Coming Of Age
Classic
Teenage
Recommended
Nostalgic
Sixties
Theatrical Release
1960s
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
Theatrical release: August 12, 1973. AMERICAN GRAFFITI was selected for the Library of Congress National Film Registry. The film was the second feature by George Lucas, the same director who would later go on to make the phenomenally successful STAR WARS trilogy. It was produced by Lucas's friend, Francis Ford Coppola, also an aspiring filmmaker at the time. Although the cast is studded with actors who are considered stars today, at the time they were all relatively unknown. The license plate number on John Milner's car is THX-138, closely resembling the title of Lucas' 1970 film, THX 1138. AMERICAN GRAFFITI was one of the first films that firmly established the importance of a new breed of American (mostly film school educated) directors sometimes known as the "Movie Brats." Also included in this school were Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jim McBride. Ron Howard, who acted with Kathleen Quinlan in AMERICAN GRAFFITI, directed her in APOLLO 13 more than twenty years later.

Reviews:
"...Lucas beautifully establishes his characters..." - 03/01/1974 Sight and Sound, p.116


"...[A] classic of cruising....An all-time word-of-mouth hit..." - 09/18/1998 USA Today, p.9E


"...This hugely influential docu-drama launched the careers of director George Lucas and its cast..." - 03/01/2001 Total Film, p.98


"[I]t felt new and fresh..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.12

 
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