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…
A fine movie, but it's nostalgia for a time I don't have the most nostalgia for, so I didn't connect with it very deeply. I did enjoy the plotline between the young girl and the racing driver - I'd have watched a whole movie about just their friendship.
I get how it was influential and certainly must ring true for some section of Baby Boomers, but as far as "generation-defining hang-out movies" go, I'll stick with Dazed and Confused.
Richard Dreyfuss trying to open his old locker though.
I just thought this was awful, terrible acting, terrible script, Lucas really is the worst director i have ever seen.
George Lucas, Where Did You Go!?
You were Amazing at one time. You gave us masterpieces! What the heck happened?
Also, baby-faced Harrison Ford is weird to watch. Whoa!
This movie is such a unique way to tell a story. It weaves around and digresses and explores the lives of these teenagers in a hyper realistic yet such an unfamiliar way. The music in this film is so much a part of telling the story and conveying the significance.
Just finished screening this one with my Film Studies kids. Suffice to say, they LOVED it! I usually stop the movie with 10 minutes left in a class period to give them time to complete a daily set of film notes, and they were clamoring for me to keep it going. Today, despite the bell ringing, almost every kid stayed in class after the bell to finish the last minute of the movie.
So, why does this film work like gangbusters with modern audiences, despite being set in 1962, and having been made in 1973?
It's pretty simple, really. The film is completely universal (nice pun, if I do say so myself). The struggles of Curt, Steve, Toad, and Milner…
I'd been saving this one for some reason, knowing how great it was supposed to be and waiting until I was really ready to receive it. Well, maybe I picked the wrong time, but it didn't impress me all that much. Sort of a proto-'Dazed and Confused,' it lacks the urgency and spark of that film, content instead to just sort of meander in quasi-amusing interludes that don't add up to particularly much. There's also an unintentional melancholy to watching it, as it's hard not to imagine all the directions George Lucas' career could have taken him if he hadn't ended up in a 'Star Wars' cul de sac that ended up devouring his life. It's a genial movie, but one that all too often dipped into boredom for me. Maybe I should stop saving movies up. This wasn't worth the wait.
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