All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Where were you in '62?
A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.
George Lucas' observational Altmanesque film remains far and away his best work with actors as well as his best all around film. A likable and talented cast keeps the lulls to a minimum and the soundtrack as score is outstanding. It is hard to believe that after showing an ear for dialogue in this film that Lucas went deaf so quickly.
Editor Verna Fields and sound designer Walter Murch should get equal credit with the cast for elevating the film high above the AIP film it could have been. Their work here is as impactful as any they did for Spielberg or Coppola at this time. You can have Star Wars, I'll take American Graffiti.
Pretty sad George Lucas died right after finishing this and he never made another movie. But what a legacy!
You're the most beautiful, exciting thing I've ever seen in my life and I don't know anything about you.
Films that sweep you away into a time long gone, and make you feel like you've always been there are a rarity. Theyre even more antiquated today, which makes the existence of films like American Graffiti worthy of being put in special little time capsules. (Or a certain Library of Congress.)
This film may take place in the very early 60's but the laid back, nocturnal, real time hangout vibe of the film is the story of every American youth's summer years. This is your fathers story. This is your grandfathers story and his father before him. This is our story.…
The first time I saw this I was on the cusp of starting my 1.5 years of community college and staying in town while all my friends went off to college, so I think I was too distracted and put off by the parallels between me and Richard Dreyfuss's character to appreciate the movie. Seen now with a little bit of distance I have a much better appreciation for George Lucas' almost Truffaut-like commitment to a tone of feather-light-yet-bittersweet nostalgia, with none of the clunky dialogue that we've come to expect from him. Funny, incredibly well-acted, and featuring a cool through-line in the form of Wolfman Jack's all-night radio show, the whole thing is actually pretty masterful - I've said this before but I think if you were to make an attempt to judge the future of Lucas' career by his first three movies, you'd probably think he was shaping up to be one of the very best.
I remember The Ron talk about how he failed to relate to certain older films regarded as classics. I've tended to go the other way , with only a couple of exceptions but unfortunately this happens to be one of them.
George Lucas's coming of age drama has a stunning reputation as both a cultural phenomenon and a box office sensation. This look at the lives of a group of teenagers in a small Californian town during one night in 1962 is a bit of a tough sell for me. It has a terrific young cast of future greats, a decent soundtrack, and enough emotional turmoil and drama to keep you interested. So why didn't it draw me in? I…
That George Lucas buried his characters under tons of CGI and terrible dialogue in the later part of his career as a director is all the more frustrating now that I've seen American Graffiti. In this simple tale of a group of friends and their misadventures one wild night in 1962, Lucas not only focuses on the characters, he does so without any big action scenes or special effects, and the script is even good.
The film is not without its flaws, the pacing is a little clunky, causing the film to drag at times, and the final scene, with floating heads and written epilogues for all the characters was just plain awful and completely…
Oh, George Lucas. It's strange to see his career before he took a neverending journey to a Galaxy Far, Far Away.
At times surprisingly poetic—Curt's visit to the radio station in particular was lovely and unexpected—but as usual with this kind of film, it's uneven, with the value of its four main characters' threads wildly varying. The Terry stuff is like a middling if well-observed broad teen comedy. The little Milner and Carol two-hander is adorable and compelling but slight. Everything with Ron Howard is predictable and kinda dull. But overall, it has a dreamy but clear-eyed nostalgia that is, frankly, infectious and charming, even if it doesn't end up having much to offer.
One of my favorite films of all time. It's a classic coming-of-age, loss of innocence story but the honesty with which Lucas tells the tale never fails to impress.
Hay películas que son en si mismas estilo, un estilo de vida en el que a uno le gustaría perderse.
Coches clásicos, brillantes y ruidosos.
Conducir por la calle como andar por una pasarela de moda.
Comida rápida y grandes batidos.
Alcohol para mayores de edad.
Toque de queda parental.
Chicas que solo quieren diversión.
Y sobre todo, la banda sonora de nuestras vidas.
Estilo para enamorarse de él y como el protagonista, no mirar atrás.
"We`ll take them all"
3.5 out of 5 (B)
The shot of the blonde mouthing "I love you" through the T-Bird's window is what cinema is all about.
I appreciate how the film was incredibly influential for all future coming of age films. I appreciate how this is a fairly strong example of a true ensemble film. Lastly, I appreciate how big of a staple the film was at the time.
Having said that, I think that these days, if someone pitched this film it would be a hard sell. What really does help it hold out is the themes that everyone can relate to. Everyone will feel the way these characters do at some point in their life.
But you know...they're just driving around all night. I enjoyed it, but was hoping for a bit more.
Realising, not too long ago, that I hadn't actually watched much Lucas, I am starting to set that right. So first we have the coming of age film 'American Graffiti'.
I have to say, it is one odd film. We thoroughly enjoyed it, but not a lot actually happened. With usual teen antic abound, but to a more restrained level than today's teen films, there is a great deal of humour on display. With random gangs, cars, the diner, cars, more cars and cars.
Some cracking acting, and just a solidly enjoyable film, with one hell of a soundtrack. American Graffiti is an enjoyable last night in town, with a lot of heart.
Still...so, so good....
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