All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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.
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…
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…
No es tan increíble como el retrato de Dazed and confused, pero aún así American Graffiti marcó a toda esa generación americana de los 60. Nominada a 5 Oscar de La Academia, entre ellas Mejor película y Mejor guión, es una muy entretenida película con personajes lo suficiente interesante como para terminar de verla con unas ganas de haber vivido un último día como la que aquí se muestra. Creo que terminó gustándome más que la decepcionante Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
"You're the most beautiful, exciting thing I've ever seen in my life and I don't know anything about you."
Captures the innocence of being lost in a time and place of great change, the blonde in the car says it all, visions of beauty spotted briefly on the next street, over the next hill.
it's like star wars but not in space
The first "nostalgia" movie and one that set about a paradigm shift in how films were made that's still prevalent today. You wouldn't have your ANIMAL HOUSES, PORKY'S, LEMON POPSICLES or pretty much the entire teen romp genre without it, but as STAR WARS and all the superhero movies today prove, reveling in childhood heroes and pastimes has proven to be the true legacy of Lucas and his AMERICAN GRAFFITI breakout. The movie itself is enjoyable with a cast of up and comers that feels real - from the bucktoothed Charles Martin Smith to a 12-year-old Mackenzie Phillips a few years before all the coke and incest. The GTA-like soundtrack of non-stop radio tunes sets the mood, and all the…
G_D Dammit, Richard Dreyfuss is just so fucking adorable in this and I can't take it.
Opie, as per usual, is an asshole.
more movies like this please.
This may actually be one of the coolest movies I've seen in awhile.
What a time [period] !!!
Not much to say about this one, it was a solid coming of age story that give a great look into the 50's/60's.
Now I understand the film that countless other coming of age movies I've seen in my life have been striving to be.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…