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American Graffiti

A comedy movie directed by George Lucas

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American Graffiti

  • Mar 16, 2011
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American Graffiti is one of the best, if not the best teen movie of all time. It is presented in a series of intertwining storylines, which is a popular film technique nowadays. Let's say, every film that has multiple intertwining storylines nowadays owes everything to this film. American Graffiti is definitely an american classic and it was directed by pre- Star Wars/Indiana Jones George Lucas and starring former actor and now director Ron Howard amongst others.

American Graffiti follows the storylines of different teenagers over the course of one night. Steve (Ron Howard) and Lori (Cindy Williams) are a stereotypical prom king/queen high school couple on the skids because Steve wants to "leave the nest" and Lori does not. John (Paul Le Mat) inadvertently picks up an annoying young girl named Carol (Mackenzie Phillips) and hilarity ensues. Terry (Charles Martin Smith) picks up a girl in Ron Howard's car and proceeds to get said car stolen. Lastly, Curt (Richard Dreyfuss) comes across an elusive beautiful woman simply known as The Blonde and tries to meet her. He's also heading off to college. Plus, there's some stuff with drag racing and Harrison Ford also.

American Graffiti is an incredibly well-written movie and seeing it makes me desperately want to see the sequel that came out a few years after. American Graffiti was a very cleverly written film and single-handedly restored interest in portraying the 1950's on film. The characters are creative, well-written, and represent the time it was set in well. Some may find the movie jumbled or maybe a bit hard to follow, but its not that hard to follow if you pay attention. There are also some very funny moments that you have to pay attention to get. I only hope they continued the story as well as they did during the sequel.

It's quite the good thing that Ron Howard decided to switch from in front of the camera to behind because he is an unspectacular actor and a much better director. However, he manages to turn in a good performance here, along with Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Martin Smith, and Paul La Mat. Who definitely stole the show in my opinion though were Candy Clark as platinum blonde-type person Debbie and Harrison Ford as the incredibly irresistable drag racer Bob Falfa. I absolutely adore Harrison Ford (he played two of my childhood heroes after all) and in this movie, he is in a small supporting role, but he proves that he is a good actor. However, out of all the actors, Mackenzie Phillips was definitely the funniest and had the funniest one-liners as the young girl.

The 50's set pieces were wonderful and depicted toe nostalgia of that time perfectly. Therefore, the movie looked as great as it sounded. The sets and the dialogue/characters were matched perfectly and like I said, they just depicted the times so well. American Graffiti is definitely the best teen movie of all time and influenced the existence of John Hughes movies. Also, I'm glad that there are no plans to remake it, that would certainly suck. Great performances, great dialogue, and great nostalgia make this just a great movie

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March 16, 2011
Gotta say, I never understood all the love for this flick. Other than its nostalgic appeal, I just didn't see any real compelling story here.
 
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review by . April 28, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
It is the summer of 1962 and a group of teenage friends have reached a point of decision. High school is over and they are in that uncertain time of trying to decide what to do, where to go and what to leave behind. Their old habits are still there, so they hang out at the drive-in diner and cruise their main street.    A wide variety of teen personalities are portrayed, from those making decisions about college to the ace mechanic driving the hottest car. None of them wants the night …
review by . February 06, 2009
posted in Screen Gems
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I was still in college when "American Graffiti" hit the silver screen way back in 1973.  The first time I saw it I was absolutely captivated!  Set in Southern California in 1962 "American Graffiti" follows the exploits of a group of teenagers who are "cruising" around town on a warm summer night.  George Lucas assembled a young and talented cast for this film including Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Candy Clark, Cindy Williams, MacKenzie Phillips …
review by . December 08, 2003
This movie never gets dated and has an all-star cast, many of whom were first starting their movie careers. Richard Dreyfuss was great and reminded me of several people I went to high school with. His search for the mysterious blonde in the car (Suzanne Sommers) is something that many males must have gone through.On the eve of graduation, seniors prepare for a high school dance. The plot seems to revolve Ron Howard and Cindy Williams relationship problems. Though they had different names, they seemed …
review by . September 15, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
I saw this film and Diner (1982) when each was first released and have since followed with interest the subsequent careers of their youthful lead actors, notably Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Charles Martin Smith and Cindy Williams in American Graffiti and Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, and Paul Reiser in Diner. Separated by nine years, the two films offer informative as well as entertaining perspectives on their respective youth cultures. George Lucas …
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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 Mar...
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