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A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.
Pretty sad George Lucas died right after finishing this and he never made another movie. But what a legacy!
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.
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…
You know who's great in this motion picture? Cindy Williams. Cindy Williams is great in this motion picture. Also, everyone/everything else.
That George Lucas mindfully sought the approval of audiences with this unabashed crowd-pleaser is a sentiment that becomes complicated when one considers its formal inventiveness. While Lucas’ current reputation would suggest he’s a man who became increasingly tone-deaf throughout his career in attempting to cater to all audiences, American Graffiti found Lucas directing a picture for the masses that they didn’t even know they wanted—if the soundtrack full of pop hits was a draw, the film’s lasting impression is how well it deals with a specific period in history. It’s a film about the mood of a place more than it is about narrative, and even in that regard it is deceptively complicated. The universality of the film has much…
THIS IS THE MOST BITCHIN BOSS MOVIE EVER MADE
oh classic mr. brown, making us watch older films
it was okay, i tried not to fall asleep...
I've waited more than 20 years to finally see this on the big screen, and thanks to it being replayed in this year's Cinemark Classic Series, I have finally gotten to do just that.
There were, I believe, six of us in the auditorium. Perhaps eight, but certainly no more than that. My friend and I were easily the youngest of the lot. We were surprised that none of the others laughed along with us, not even once. I mean, if you're not going to at least chuckle at Terry (Charles Martin-Smith) telling the guy whose car he just hit that he wouldn't report him this time before driving off, what are you even getting out of it that brought…
CANDY CLARK IS MY WIFE!!!!! I LOVE HERRRRRR
"Why was Star Wars so tone-deaf with/about female characters until The Force Awakens?" WELL, GEE, I DUNNO.
Realizing too late that Animal House plays better as a parody. Hey, fair enough, I didn't graduate from high school in 1962. But what hasn't been eroded by the passage of time has already been absorbed into our popular lexicon. Not just the jokes about used car salesmen and incoherent drive-in speakers; not just the generic little smirks about teens with alcohol and telling off teachers who can't do anything about it (!!!). Now, American Graffiti only seems relevant as a joking roman à clef--the education of an artist soon to change the game--and that's the part that didn't need a parody. Who could that milquetoast boy in flannel possibly represent?
Who would have thought that a movie like this came from a man who would later go on to make the most successful and iconic Science Fiction movie franchise of all time?
American Graffiti follows a group of teenagers after graduating and what they get up to in one night in 1962. The characters and their multiple, intersecting storylines are all great. I don't think I disliked any of them.
This wouldn't be out of place sitting right next to some of Richard Linklater's films, as it definitely felt very similar in tone and structure, especially to Dazed and Confused.
I definitely prefer this one though. This era and the look of the film is great.
Watched with my daughter at the Cinemark theater. Just as good as when I last saw it in the theater in 1973.
Always fun to watch this movie. This has a brilliant soundtrack!! Great to have a few beers and enjoy this movie!
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…