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American Graffiti

A comedy movie directed by George Lucas

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One of my favorite films of all-time! The film that inspired the hit TV show "Happy Days"

  • Feb 6, 2009
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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 and Harrison Ford.  Meanwhile, it seems that no matter which car you happened to be in the radio was tuned  to "Wolfman Jack" whose program was emanating from border blaster station XERB just over the Mexican border.  The legendary DJ  makes a brief appearance in the film is well. 

There is so much to like about "American Graffiti".  The writing is superb and the performances are outstanding.  There is also lots of eye candy in this film.  Beautiful girls, handsome guys and "boss" cars can be found throughout.  Meanwhile, you really do get a feel for what life was like back in 1962.  In addition,  the music is outstanding.  It was "American Graffiti" that introduced me to "doo-wop" music and I have been a fan ever since.   As I recall, the "American Graffiti" soundtrack contains 41 tracks featuring some awesome rock and roll and doo wop from that era.  
At the end of the day "American Graffiti" remains one of my ten favorite films of all-time.  It is a movie I can see again and again and the passage of time has not diminished my enjoyment of it one little bit.   A resounding +5 all the way!    Highly recommended!
American Graffiti One of my favorite films of all-time! The film that inspired the hit TV show One of my favorite films of all-time! The film that inspired the hit TV show One of my favorite films of all-time! The film that inspired the hit TV show

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review by . March 16, 2011
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 …
review by . April 28, 2010
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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 . 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
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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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