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.
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.…
Pretty sad George Lucas died right after finishing this and he never made another movie. But what a legacy!
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…
Beautiful film. One of my favorites of all time.
This must have blown their minds in the 70s with its stunning recreation of the 50s - I have no doubt this would have made some people sick with nostalgia.
It's a fun movie, that meanders a long and keeps a loving eye on the cars, the clothes and the sounds of that era, in a really vivid and vibrant way, helped my the great characters and always-moving backdrops.
On the downside, the movie is a little overlong, and I was flagging in the last 20 minutes or so, but overall it was a nice movie to revisit - every 10 years or so.
This is one of those films that make me go, "Damn, why haven't I seen that one?" Okay, time to cross this film off that list. If I didn't know he made this film before the Star Wars franchise began to eat up his soul, I would be shocked at how great he was in making a really human film with excellent performances and really good dialogue. The ensemble cast filled with future stars (I often went, "Damn! They look so young!") beautifully brings to life a series of vignettes interwoven together into one big tapestry about a group of teenagers joy-riding around the night before one of them has to leave.
Before he became one of the industry's most financially successful filmmakers, most notably through his Star Wars and Indiana Jones series, George Lucas was a name nearly nobody had heard of. Lucas made his directorial debut in 1971 with the dystopian sci-fi film THX-1138. Paired with mixed critical reception and mediocre results at the box office, the film went under the radar until it slowly became a cult classic. However, one misstep wasn't enough to stop the young filmmaker, who promptly pumped out another film, this time a coming-of-age drama entitled American Graffiti. American Graffiti fared better upon theatrical release, and for good reason: Lucas managed to craft a perfect representation of the cruising, rock and roll culture of the…
Glorious meanderings of 1960s American teens on the brink of adulthood. There's no "story" per se, but it still satisfies as a cinematic time capsule.
up there with the favorites, a beautiful insight to the world of 1960s youth-moto-culture
Retains its splendour. An excellent time piece.
It remains George Lucas' second best film behind THX.
Amazing film! This is such a fun, honest, nostalgic take on the last days of summer before becoming something more... Its so hard to compare this to Lucas' other work and it feels so different. Brilliant performances, great stories and a fantastic soundtrack.
Dazed and Confused in 1962. It's difficult to reconcile the George Lucas of today with the George Lucas who made this honest and nuanced slice of baby-boomer nostalgia. The soundtrack is legendary of course, but what impressed me the most was the way it was used diegetically.
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