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…
We're overdue another one of these, aren't we?
Well, we got American Graffiti in 1973, Dazed And Confused in 1993, but we didn't get our 'late night outgoing high-schoolers' comedy drama in 2013. Did we? Maybe I missed it. But I sure as hell liked both those films so if someone wants to have a shot at that, I would really like to see it.
American Graffiti is a really smooth and enjoyable ride. It's nothing too heavy or oppressive. There's rarely any threat or viciousness behind it. There are no really hateworthy antagonists. In fact, there really isn't that much of a plot. You just have to sit back and enjoy the antics of the assembled cast members, and…
A solid film, but perhaps too classic for me to understand fully. The details that might've been missed at the time, are now painfully obvious. So much has changed.
American Graffiti is a 70's film set in the 60's that is actually quite a funny and also fun adventure. With some greats of cinema so young acting in this and a script and direction done by a known name, this turns out to be well not in my opinion as good as people sometimes say it is, but nevertheless is good. I thought going into it that maybe it would be dull and just another teen comedy than runs out of jokes on the first corner but this is different and maybe being set in the 60's helped it out a bit. I thought it was a solidly good movie, and here below is why.
The story is one…
George Lucas's best film isn't in the sci-fi genre at all. It is a small, personal film about teenagers transitioning from high school students to college students, or just from kids to adults.
I recently watched the Apu trilogy, and I found a lot of comparisons between those films and this one. They are both "coming of age" films, be be overly dismissive. They are also both set strongly in a particular time and place. Apu being the 1950 India, and American Graffiti being the 1960's small town America. The really interesting thing is that even though these movies are so specific…
Mostly a big yawn, but it had a few interesting moments. Really just a novelty watch to see something what Lucas has done outside of Star Wars and Indy. I know I have that THX movie of his rumbling around somewhere in my watchlist too.
Lo que hizo Lucas para que le tomaran en serio después del batacazo de THX1138, un film basado en coches y música, con un guión disperso y con Richard Dreyfuss y Harrison Ford casi en pañales.
Me ha vuelto a gustar.
Lucas does 60s Americana better in the 5 minutes of Dex's Diner from Episode II.
Μελαγχολικό, συγκινητικό, σπαρακτικό, αληθινό. Τίποτα από αυτά και, ταυτόχρονα, κάθε ένα από αυτά και ακόμα περισσότερα. Καρδούλα.
Rare, intimate storytelling. AMERICAN GRAFFITI crafts an intoxicating portrait of the 60's, transporting you to a time and place long gone. The characters may initially seem to be caricatures, but they are all imbued with depth through subtle characterization. This is a euphoric experience, and anyone who spent late summer nights chasing girls and getting into trouble can relate. These are the moments you never forget. But just like real life, nothing can last forever and the epilogue makes it crystal clear that this night in '62 was the death of a certain kind of America that we'll never get back. Youth is a limited commodity, and as the dark stares of John Milner or the melancholic truth of Wolfman…
It may be old but it's brilliant! Well maybe no brilliant but still a nice one to sit down with a cuppa and have a laugh. It may not be star wars but George Lucas has done a good job with his debut feature and the acting's great. So if your looking for a funny easy to follow classy classic this is one for you.
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…