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.
Pretty sad George Lucas died right after finishing this and he never made another movie. But what a legacy!
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…
It is clear that Lucas has put some personal touches into this film and means it to be a love letter to his past, but at times it fails due to its need to cover all the tropes of the teenage summer movie.
Not the best entry in the “One crazy night” subgenre that I have ever seen, but a really good one. Some stories were more entertaining than others (for example I didn’t care at all for Richard Dreyfuss’ subplot), but all in all I was constantly entertained. I just wonder if cars were really such a social network back then, as it was portrayed in this movie.
Set in the small town of Modesto, CA, the movie American Graffiti tells the stories of Curt and Steve on their last night of “freedom” before they head off to college. Everything from the music that was used to the way the characters spoke and acted made this movie popular with teen audiences. It was very much a nostalgia film as well, American Graffiti came out in the year 1975 and was set in 1962, the costumes, activities, and music helped to reinforce that it took place in the early 60’s. The movie is steady paced, with the climax happening towards the end of the film. The slower pace of the film allows viewers to relax and enjoy the show…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
American Graffiti (1973) is a cult classic written and directed by George Lucas. The plot focuses on Steve Bolander and Curt Henderson, who have just graduated high school and are celebrating their last night in their hometown of Modesto, California before they head off to college the following day. Their friends include Terry Fields, nicknamed “the Toad”, as he is the dorkier member of their group, and John Milner, who is much older and a bit of a troublemaker.
They begin the night at Mel’s Diner, and each friend ends up taking different cars and splitting up. Occasionally, as the night progresses, their stories intertwine. Car culture is heavily emphasized throughout the movie, as they spend the majority of the…
Dazed and Confused before Dazed and Confused.
This remark centers on a breakdown of the film American Graffiti. This is a message as translated from its recognized structure. In other arguments, this is not commenting on how “good” or “bad” I considered the film. A particular sequence of shots that was attempting to display teen attitudes was the end of the movie. In this sequence the characters are caught in a dangerous street race. This shot made an effort to show teen arrogances and recklessness. A street races was risky business to show at the time because of the outlaw and care free life style that came with it. The shot also seemed to pop out of know where and that made it seem like it was…
In the movie American Graffiti produced in 1962 there were many scenes involving teenage rebellion. From an outside and 21 century perspective, the movie showed a lot of aggressive bullying. There were countless shots of street harassment and crude humor. An example of this in the film was when all the kids were at Mel’s Diner and one kid got “de-pantsed” and there was an instant shot back to a group of teenagers laughing. This scene really portrayed the crude humor involved within this movie and what is portrayed in youth culture in the 1960’s. This crude humor still is relevant in today’s society and teen movie genre, but the concept of bullying has been addressed in more depth and…
American Graffiti was a step up in teen movies, for its time. With the extensive amount of music in each scene, almost entirely rockin’ roll and its use of provocative characters. This film had a unique structural layout, with a very steady and calm outline, then towards the ending reached its climax and then ended. The creators of this film relied on the upbeat music to really carry the movie and provide most of the up beat emotion. This is one of the few movies I have seen that had the meat of the film with the characters in their cars. It’s interesting to see how the director of this film had to compensate for having such small and fine-nute…
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…