All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. 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…
You know who's great in this motion picture? Cindy Williams. Cindy Williams is great in this motion picture. Also, everyone/everything else.
1 star for Wolfman Jack, but otherwise I couldn't stand this movie.
A ravishing symphony of sights, sounds, colors, and movement. Spectacular.
I see you, George Lucas.
Make America Great Again.
2016 movie viewings, #170. One of those classic films that for some reason has slipped through my moviewatching cracks for decades, I'm glad to finally have George Lucas' 1973 American Graffiti under my belt; although it's weirdly disappointing to watch it for the first time here in the 21st century, and to have my viewing…
Oomph, yeah, that's the stuff. Cool, cool, cool
Best Picture nom? I don't think so ...
This is a film that's designed to hit the nostalgic sweet spot of baby boomers who yearn for the "good old days". Seeing as I'm not a baby boomer, there's little here for me to latch on to except a great cast of fresh-faced young actors who are now famous and a good soundtrack. There really isn't much of a story. The film mainly just captures a specific place and time in history and does so quite admirably, but overall American Graffiti didn't do much for me, I must admit.
Hey, cool. Cool.
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One of the most aesthetically stunning films I've ever seen. Like memories with the vibrancy of life. The brutally simplistic ending brought me to tears. A powerful and beautiful reminiscence.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…