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.
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…
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…
Obviously being inspiration for Dazed and Confused in being a simple plotless tale of a group of teenagers' 'last night', and the antics they get up to.
It's oddly nostalgic. Odd because it is set over 30 years before I was even born, so I don't exactly remember much from that era personally.
Also oddly nostalgic in that it was made only 10 years after it was set. It sheds the same glorifying stereotyped light on the era as Back to the Future or a film made today might. But I find it very hard to imagine watching a film made today, set 10 years ago, and find it a joyous, nostalgic experience. I guess times were'a'changing back then.
The cast and soundtrack are charming, but damn is this movie slow.
Good sound editing though.
While American Graffiti may have had its deserving respect as an influential American coming-of-age comedy, it doesn't quite strike genius in my book. For one good reason, my book's being written more than forty years after release. Some have managed it, but American Graffiti is not one of those films that has lasted through the years without fading. The pacing is slow, the characters are out of fashion, and the subject matter is completely unrelatable. I'm not saying the story is unrelatable as we all have been here and that's where the film still earns its respect today, but the general setting and actions the characters we're following take are just too far from today's society. The constant motion…
EVERYBODY NEEDS TO WATCH THIS MOVIE, is such a great film, great soundtrack, very entertaining, VERY accurate portray of the 60s Harrison Ford and Richard Dreyfuss are there that is a plus, very nostalgic movie and surprisingly heartwarming
I was expecting to like this as much as I did. After watching it I had to double check to make sure that 'Superbad' wasn't a remake of this film. Sure, the time period and humor are completely different, but the base structure and even some scenes are directly lifted from this movie. The visual style is wonderful, and while the final coda was unnecessary, it completely captures a culture that has long since faded in history.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For a bloke who spent the last 15 or so years facing charges of raping nerd’s childhoods by having the audacity to make movies for kids long after those nerds grew out of childhood, George Lucas had a way more interesting and eclectic start to his a career than the years since would suggest. He started with some serious, dark, adult sci-fi in THX-1138. A few years later, he had one of the most successful movies of all time and helped invent the concept of the blockbuster with not so serious, not so adult sci-fi in Star Wars. And in between, he made a small coming of age story that was love letter to America the 50s, American Graffiti.
George Lucas' American Graffiti is an unusual film, the only non-scifi work in his directing career, with elements that have dated badly, and others that still surprise with their emotionally honest characteristics, and some very fine acting from a breakout ensemble cast.
Made in 1973, but centered on a late summer night in 1962, it is fascinating to contemplate the changes in culture within those 11 years. A film made today, centering on events in 2004, would not have as much historical baggage.
One is less enamored of the plot complications, which are rather rudimentary, than with the unique and original characters brought to life by indelible performances, with particularly exceptional acting from Mackenzie Phillips as Carol. Paul Le Mat…
Als er één film het autobiografische werk van George Lucas genoemd kan worden, dan is dat American Graffiti.
Banaal gezegd zou American Graffiti omschreven kunnen worden als: “Grease, maar dan zonder gezang en gedans,” want ook deze film vertelt het verhaal van tieners in de jaren 60 die op het punt staan hun leven te veranderen, maar ontwijkend gedrag vertonen door bezig te zijn met auto’s, meisjes en muziek. Maar daar houdt de vergelijking op want waar Grease – bij wijze van vergelijking – een bombastische symfonie is, daar is American Graffiti intieme kamermuziek.
Deze kleinschaligheid – een unicum in de Lucas canon! – is mede te danken aan het kleine budget wat Universal bereid was eraan uit te besteden.…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…