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.
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…
This isn't a review, but if you're ever in San Francisco, go to Mel's Drive-In. Both locations are decked out in a throwback to the Fifties, and there's American Graffiti memorabilia everywhere! They have terrific food and make the best damn malts. :)
I just got home from a double bill drive-in movie experience that I won't soon forget nor one that is going to likely be matched anytime soon. The first movie to screen was American Graffiti which also happens to be one of my all-time favorite films. I firmly believe after many re-watches that the film is unequivocally a masterpiece. What's more, it's also George Lucas's finest filmmaking achievement. Don't believe me? Just take a look for yourself and you'll discover a truly wonderful and highly entertaining piece of pop filmmaking. I couldn't think of a more perfect film to see on a warm summer's night under a blanket of stars.
To many American Graffiti is a skillfully done slice of…
It's not that I disliked the music of the era, it's just that I wished they'd have given me a break from it during the course of the movie. I suppose most will argue that the music is something that sets American Graffiti apart from other movies and really gives it the feel of 1962, but I personally didn't care for this tactic. As it pertains to everything else, I just don't think I ever really felt a connection with these characters. It's as if they were from a different world, a different country. I realize this is a slice of Americana, but it's not a slice that I'm familiar with and perhaps my dad could get nostalgic watching something…
Started well. Struggled to finish. Didn't get the hype.
Features the worst final shot in film history. It's beyond laughable.
An excellent coming-of-age ensemble piece, wonderfully evocative of its particular time and place, anchored by a uniformly great cast and a tight script that deftly balances numerous plot threads.
I had little interest in watching AMERICAN GRAFFITI the first time I saw it when I was probably ten or twelve years old. To persuade me, my uncle mentioned that the film was directed by George Lucas and that Harrison Ford was in it. But even that wasn't quite enough to get me out to watch until about 20-30 minutes in. I enjoyed the film, but it wasn't an all-time favorite until the end of my senior year of high school when I convinced myself to buy it on DVD and give the film a second chance.
Maybe AMERICAN GRAFFITI is best first viewed in as close proximity to the characters' ages as possible, because it wasn't until I was…
Why'd they have to put those damn epilogue cards at the end of the movie. I was on board for every minute of this thing until those came up. Those 4 tiny epilogue cards are the only reason I'm subtracting half a star. Petty? Maybe. But I really felt they were completely unnecessary. Amazing film as a whole, though.
Movie #8 in Scavenger Hunt #5.
Task #25: A film with a great soundtrack
Great cast. Great soundtrack.
It gives a good picture of the time.
But the movie just didn't do anything for me.
I found it a bit boring and not that interesting.
I bought the sequel along with this movie, but I think it's going to be a while before I get to watch that.
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…