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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.
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…
Damn! I knew that this was going to be good, I just didn't think it was going to be this good. A brilliant movie by George Lucas. In the first 20 minutes, this movie reminded me of Dazed and Confused, a movie that I really need to rewatch. But after the first 20 minutes, this becomes a better movie than Dazed and Confused.
The characters are brilliant. Except Harrison Ford, I did not notice another very famous actor. That was great. All these unknown actors, at least to me, were brilliant in their roles and they were very natural. All the stories were great. My favorite…
American Graffiti was released in 1973 and takes place in 1962. After more than 40 years, the movie feels like it could fit in the modern era. This movie was made by George Lucas before Star Wars, so not a lot of people know about this movie, but they should. This is something George Lucas captures so well in the movie, and that subject is memories. In the movie, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss's characters are going away to college and they spend the night reliving memories from their high school years. Those are only two of the many brilliant characters in the movie. my favorite scene in the movie is where Richard Dreyfuss's character is walking down the high…
I'll have to do a double bill of this and Dazed And Confused on day. They're basically the same movie in different time periods.
Man, Ron Howard is a scumbag in this movie.
I really liked this film, mainly for the INCREDIBLE soundtrack though. Favorite story was with John and the little girl in his car, but the ending that revealed where each main guy's life went was unnecessary and depressing.
What can I say, I'm a sucker for coming-of-age movies. This one was pretty good. This is me catching up with all the great 70's movies I didn't see when I was younger. Lucas seems to be a pretty good director in this one, but I did notice that he doesn't move the camera much. Instead he just bolts it down and pans. Loved the symbolism of the blonde in the T-Bird. Solid story, solid movie.
When Disney reboots this, those downer "where are they now"s at the end will be the first thing to go.
George Lucas knows how to hire a sound editor, lemme tell you.
I was all in at the beginning with all the story lines, but as they progressed I found myself only caring about two of the four. I couldn't stand the storyline involving the nerd borrowing the car. I was lukewarm on Ron Howard's plot line, it had its moments. Richard Dreyfuss' arch worked really well, I enjoyed it through and through. The spectacular line, though, what should have made up the entire movie, was the cruising street racer storyline. The bouncing back and forth between him and the young girl he picked up had me way more invested than all the other storylines combined.
Damn good soundtrack too.
Oh and Wolfman. Everybody loves the Wolfman.
what an excellent movie this was!! one of the best George Lucas films in my humble opinion...great cars,cool cast and a fantastic soundtrack to boot as the 50's craze was a big thing in the 70's....this is a must see film for those who love cool cars and good time rock and roll
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!