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…
Still...so, so good....
It's really a shame that we've lost the director of American Graffiti for a fuckin' luna park franchise.
You know a film perfectly captures the atmosphere of an era when it makes you feel nostalgic for a time you never personally experienced. American Graffiti simultaneously bursts at the seams with youthful bravado and shrinks in fear from impending maturity and life changes. It's Dazed and Confused for the hot rod era.
After that night, nothing would ever be the same again is my favorite genre.
I love this movie. It gets more corny as I get older but I still love it. The classic cars, the legendary soundtrack, and all the Wolfman Jack you can handle. I finally noticed that the license plate on John's coupe reads THX-138. Lucas was pulling that out right from the start.
It's amazing how many so-called unknowns were in this movie that are now household names. Ron Howard (billed as Ronnie), Richard Dreyfus, Cindy Williams, MacKenzie Phillips, Kathleen Quinlan, Suzanne Somers, Susan Richardson, Bo Hopkins and, of course, Harrison Ford.
Beautiful. The cars, Richard Dreyfuss, the dialogue, the delivery of the dialogue, Richard Dreyfuss, the music, the absence of plot, Richard Dreyfuss' shirt, and Richard Dreyfuss; all make this film beautiful.
Everything feels like it was done on the first take. Actually, it feels like there were no takes. It feels so natural. It makes you feel like you're watching people you know. And that's why having no plot actually makes this film awesome. Time that would have been spent on plot development, is spent on the characters and their personalities/mannerisms. You feel drawn to them. Dreyfuss is just so enjoyable to watch. He's my favorite part of the entire movie. Terry was great too.
I'm not sure, but I bet a lot of movies were inspired by this. Diner, Deathproof, The Outsiders, and many more. It's a pure classic.
"Rock'n'roll's been going downhill since Buddy Holly died."
Ok, I'm a little biased on coming-of-age stories, but damn this was good! It's got great relatable characters, excellent direction by George Lucas (yes, THAT George Lucas), and some really funny intertwining story-lines. It's a little basic, but the entertainment value and messages the film sends are not to be overlooked. Overall, it's great film.
The next movie on the American Film Institute list was #62 - American Graffiti starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard. The only George Lucas film I hadn't seen, I was pumped to watch this for that reason as well as all the positive things I have heard about the film over the years.
The film is a coming of age story set in the early 1960s and centers around a time when "cruising" was the way to pick up girls and show off your car. Both Curt (Dreyfuss) and Steve (Howard) are planning on going to college the next day, Toad wants to try to pick up girls, and John has the hottest and fastest car around. Many things happen…
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