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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…
This isn't a bad film at all, in fact I enjoyed most of it, but it still feels like the kind of film one is more likely to appreciate the most if they grew up with it and/or are old enough now to relate to the kind of experiences George Lucas portrays in it. For example, my Dad loves this movie, but then again, he was roughly the same age as the characters when the movie was first released and he also loves the type of music used, so it's understandable. I mean, the characters are mostly fun and I like how the film essentially is just a night in their lives as opposed to a full-blown story, but at…
Mel's Drive In.
Is it wrong that this mostly just makes me want to watch 'Grease'?
It had been at least 20 years since I had seen this film and I approached it with trepidation fearing that it could not stand up to my earlier enjoyment/appreciation (it was a huge hit amongst my S. Californian car culture family when it came out -- I was 9 yrs old and saw it in a theater). I am happy to say not only did it stand up, but I think I appreciate it even more now.
Delightfully evocative snapshot of youth in the 50s, the film follows a groups of teens on a night out before Howard and Dreyfuss depart to college. Heartfelt, genuinely funny, with an excellent cast of youthful rising stars providing natural performances. American Graffiti is also as fun as a good night out. Kudos to the production design and non-stop soundtrack DJ-ed by Wolfman Jack, both elements helping the audience transport themselves completely to the 50s era.
A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. - IMDB
This has always been a film where I've seen bits and pieces of, just never got around to watching the whole thing in it's entirety. Finally did and it's not too bad at all.
It really didn't feel like there was too much at all to the story in the film. It was just a feeling and testament to American culture at the time. The cars, the music, the relationships. It's all there in this one night affair.
I'd be much more inclined to direct someone to this film, rather than Grease. For one, it's not a musical and although I give Grease props for being entertaining, it's this film that gives me a little more a sense of the time. Did I mention that doesn't have the songs?
The biggest flaw of George Lucas' 1973 nostalgia trip down the '62 Memory Lane, is really that a guy named Richard Linklater in 1993 took a much better nostalgia trip down the '76 Memory Lane.
American Graffiti has an iconic and nostalgic air to its memory, but it never really stands out in any way. Quality-wiser it's essentially an 80's teen-movie done a decade earlier, just with a little less charm and impact. In short; American Graffiti really didn't do all that much for me, all though the potential of the premise was enormous. Maybe that's the only reason Linklater went down his road later on; and if that's the case it's more than enough of a reason to embrace…
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