American Graffiti

7.41 h 53 min1973X-RayPG
Coming of age classic, directed by George Lucas, following four teenagers in the early 60s on their last summer night before college. Stars Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard.
George Lucas
Richard DreyfussRonny HowardPaul Le Mat
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Charlie Martin Smith
Francis Ford CoppolaGary Kurtz
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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Dr. OldsmobileReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you grew up in this period buy this movie!
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I have watched this movie prolly half a dozen times over at least. Considering I grew up right smack in the middle of this period in time makes it special to me. All the props and costumes in this movie are dead on. From Richard Dreyfuss "Madras" shirt of which I had three, to Milner running around with a pack of Camel Cigarettes rolled up in his T-Shirt sleeve was great.
Then there were the cars. Okay I'm a gear head. You couldn't have grown up in these times without being a little that way. The car factories really went out of their way to give us what we wanted, fast cars. Gasoline was $.29.9 a gallon like Milner says "burn up a whole tank of gas cruising. "
It must have taken a music crew a month to select all the songs this movie is full of. All right out of the early sixties too. If like me you grew up in these times and want to revisit them this is the best movie of all times to do that with. It's period correct, as are the cars, the acting is great, Harrison Ford makes a fairly convincing hot rod guy although he's not as good at it as Paul Le Mat (John Milner) is.
I finally bought this movie the other day. I know I'll watch it again. I use it to make me get off my butt and work on my Pro Street 68 Olds Cutlass, well that and realize why I still like music from the 60's and fast cars, and best of all proud that I was a part of this culture, I still am.
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GrandPaladinReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Greatest Teen movie ever made!
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I didn't grow up in the 60's (I was born in 1985, lived as a teen in the late 90's and early 2000's), but that doesn't mean I couldn't feel a little nostalgic watching this. George Lucas really puts you in the minds of his protagonists in one night as they stroll around in their groovy cars; making mends, enjoying themselves, getting into trouble, finding the woman they love and so on; all to many classic rock songs, nice touch. Teenage years are a two-sided coin, for some it's their best years, for others it's the worst, and George Lucas really portrays the highs and lows of the last years of teeanage life all in one night, and it's amazing how much was put in. Great casting choices from Richard Dreyfuss, Paul Lamatt, pre-Han Solo Harrison Ford, and even the great Wolfman Jack appears as well. You could watch this once, twice, or infinetely, it gets better with every viewing!
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Amazon WarriorReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such great memories, re-lived!
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I was in high school when this movie was filmed in and around our town, as well as others nearby. It started a "cruising" craze in San Rafael, Petaluma and Santa Rosa, CA that lasted through the 1970's. We all listened to 50:s music again (on our 8-tracks) and, of course, the awesome rock of the '70's, and drove up and down 4th Street checking one another out. It brings back such wonderful memories of better, more innocent, times...when we got to experience the '50's 20 years later!! If you've never seen it, you must. If you've not seen it in years, you must experience it again.
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Bernard J. PokorskiReviewed in the United States on February 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Buy It! You Will Not Regret It! The Commentaries Alone Are Worth "The Price of Admission"!
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This is one of my all-time favorite movies! I first saw it in 1972?, and This movie took me back to the day of cruising the streets of Omaha, NE with my High School buddies. I bought the VHS tape of this movie when it first came out, and then I bought the double DVD set that contained both "AMERICAN Graffiti" and "More American Graffiti". Sadly, there is a glitch in the double set's "American Graffiti" DVD...the film freezes when Bob Falfa's '55 Chevy pulls away from "Terry The Toad's" '58 Chevy when the light turns green, and the DVD doesn't not continue at that point. So, each time I had to back out to the DVD menu,and got to "Scene Selection" to continue the movie. I could not find out how to contact the manufacturer regarding that issue, so I just learned to live with it.
The commentary by the Writers. Producers and Starts is wonderful! When George Lucas starts talking about the original final movie having been 3 hours long, I started drooling! Man, would it be GREAT if they could somehow put that original, un-cut 3-hour movie out for the public to purchase on DVD! George Lucas /Universal Studios...are you listening?
It amazes me that The San Francisco Chronicle reviewed the movie as "The Worst Movie of All Time"! It just goes to show that one should take any critic's review "with a grain of salt", and make up their own mind!
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NosidinoReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Classic Film!
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This is the era my Mother and Father grew up in (Albeit On East Coast) and it really brings you back! Summer of 1962 (August). Seeing all of these great actors when they were young really brings you back. I barely recognized Charles Martin Smith and Richard Dreyfus! They looked so young! Then there was Ron Howard and all of the other guys and gals. The late great Wolfman Jack adds so much to this film, and a young Harrison Ford fills things out quite well, too.

Cruising was the thing in those days. Cool guys and fine chicks. In those days all you needed was a cool car and a confident attitude to score a chick! Girls didn't make you jump through hoops to get their numbers or get them to join your car (Like They Do Now). So many great performances in this film! George Lucas really got the most out of his actors, most of whom were not that experienced at the time. Each character shines in their own little vignette.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the music! Incredible! When this film was made it was rare to have so much American Top 40 hits playing throughout the film! It was great. The music almost becomes another character in the film. It breezes you along nd allows you to go with the flow of every scene involving all of the characters. I couldn't get enough of this music and I will buy the soundtrack when I get the chance.

This is a Five Star film. I highly recommend it and I'm proud to say that I'm the 1544th person to review this fine film! Buy it and you won't be disappointed.

A. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr.
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Joe O'BrienReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Director George Lucas gets nostalgic about his High School days and coming of age
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I first saw "American Graffiti" in the theater soon after it came out in the summer of 1973. I was 18 at the time well I'm 64 now and I got it on DVD at I appreciate it even more. It takes place at the end of summer of 1962 in Modesto, California. It features rock&roll songs from the late 1950's and early '60's on the soundtrack . All the songs picked by the Director George Lucas himself to enhance the mood of each scene. A trendsetter used in many movies to come.

The flick made stars of Ron Howard as Steve and Richard Dreyfus as Curt. It was nominated for the "Oscar" for Best Picture,("The Sting" won,) and it is on The American Film Institute's list of The 100 All-Time Greatest Films. The Library of Congress National Film Registry which was created back in 1988 to preserve films that are "historically,culturally and aesthetically significant" placed "American Graffiti" on the list in 1995. They add to the list every few years. There are only 800 films on the list as of 2020. Quite an honor. The movie was a big hit at the box-office also, on the list of The Top 100 Box-Office Champions of All Time,(adjusted for inflation as of 2020.) Also the movie inspired the hit T.V. series "Happy Days."

Produced by the great Francis Ford Coppola, famous for "The Godfather", it features fine cinematography by Haskell Wexler. The terrific cast includes then unknown 17 year old Charles Martin Smith who gets a lot of laughs as Terry "The Toad" or "The Tiger" as he likes to refer to himself and Candy Clark was nominated for the "Oscar" for Best Supporting Actress as his new love Debbie. Featuring then unknowns Harrison Ford who was 30 at the time the oldest in the cast as Bob Falfa , Cindy Williams as Laurie,Steve's love. She went on to play Shirley in the situation comedy "Laverne and Shirley" in the '70's. Kathleen Quinlan as Laurie's friend Peg . Paul Le Mat is really good as John Milner and his yellow Ford Deuce Coupe and Suzanne Sommers as the blonde in the '56 T-Bird.And the legendary DJ "Wolfman Jack" has a terrific cameo and is on the radio throughout the movie. The soundtrack album was really popular too. The DVD features entertaining interviews and commentary from 1998. In a late 1973 issue of "MAD" magazine they did a funny spoof called "American Confetti." The tagline for the movie poster designed by Mort Drucker of "MAD" magazine asked "Where Were You in '62 ?" I was in the first grade.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
All about nostalgia for a bygone era of middle America
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American Graffiti was George Lucas’ second film and first big hit. He had help from Francis Ford Coppola who produced it. It’s based in Modesto in California’s Central Valley, Lucas’ hometown. It has an ensemble cast of characters (Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Charles Martin Smith, Paul Le Mat) who are teens into Rock music, cars, and girls. At its heart American Graffiti is all about nostalgia for a time period, the early 1960s, that has passed in middle America.

Most of the main characters are seniors in high school and have to decide what’s their next step in life. Some are trying to decide whether they’re going to college or not. Others have to decide whether they want to stay couples or not. Others are jealous because they see their friends leaving for new places and they’re staying in Modesto. Mixed in with this is plenty of hot rods that will make any car buff happy and some teenage hijinks.

The movie definitely captures a mood and has an air of innocence about it because after all it’s based upon a dream and not reality.
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Phil S.Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Great movie. I usually watch it once a year or so. I own the DVD, but when I pause the picture for long periods of time the DVD Player overheats. I rented the program from Amazon for a project I was working on, and the movie load almost instantly. (The cars of American Graffiti). I needed to log every car type & style that was actually shown in the movie. This required a different style of watching a movie, because if you can not identify the car, you have to pause & do research on the car to find out what it is. I accomplished the task in 18 hours. This movie is one of the classics that everyone has seen a few times. I don't know why it keeps popping up today, because back in 1973, when it was made, it did not get very good reviews. The reviews today are better than what folks were thinking of the movie back than.
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