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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.
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…
After my dad and I saw Boyhood he recommended this film to me. At the time I didn't think anything of it, but then after re-watching Boyhood I finally said why not lets watch American Graffiti. And what a compliment it was to watch it right after Boyhood.
This is a fantastic film. It's not as good as Boyhood, but still an amazing film. It's similar to Boyhood in the way that it's acted. It seems realer and more heartfelt a quality that's hard to attain in films. It also deals with the anxiety of going to college, and makes it clear that college isn't for everyone. An ideal that is easily apparent by watching other kids around me who…
A work of nostalgia that is, in its own way, ALSO about nostalgia (or, perhaps more specifically, about our idealization of our own youth and hesitation towards letting it go). Dig the unity of place/time thing, even as I'm not sure the stories' timelines would exactly mesh, especially as the film itself drags after the 80-90 min mark. Easy to see something like the roots of Linklater here (though this is surely not his sole or even primary influence, his Dazed and Confused owes a debt). It's an interesting window on a place/time/way of life that don't exist anymore and didn't even really exist by the time the film was made. It's so personal and genuine, I'm not sure you…
This was a great coming of age film. Did a time like this really exist? where the biggest problem you have is if you are going to college or not? I wasn't really around to be a part of the era depicted in this movie, so this isn't a nostalgia trip for me. I think I was going through a Iittle bit of a culture shock. How the Facebook / twitter of the 1960s was driving (cruising) around Everyone seemed so innocent and trusting. women jumping in to strangers' cars, even their insults “ go kiss a duck”. I would not know how to respond to that. I still found the Characters deeply relatable. characters coming from a time and…
Upon seeing the opening credits, my first thoughts were, George Lucas did works outside of ‘Star Wars?’ Followed by a clarifying of course he did, he’s a director and producer. Aside from that, this was a good film to view. There were some elements that felt familiar to how Lucas approaches his films. Character introductions were well executed as well as their development throughout the course of the movie. The musical soundtrack was also set up in a way that went along with the environment, story progression, and some pivotal points as well.
As the actors are taking the stage one by one, you begin to notice some noticeable differences in their personas. The main point of this, which is…
American Graffiti was a fantastic film with a great cast and a phenomenal soundtrack. I really enjoyed this film and how it showed what everything was like for the teens of that time. My favorite part was probably the cars, I'm a junkie for 50's cars and there were beautiful cars in this film. The '32 Deuce Coupe was my favorite. I love the clear hood over the engine and that it was used as his racing car. Milner’s Ford, Falfa’s Chevy, Steve’s Impala, the mystery girl’s T-Bird, the cop car and the Pharaohs’ Mercedes were all gorgeous cars and I love that they all had a big part in the movie. My favorite scene would be where Curt hooked…
Loved the way the vignettes interacted with each other while maintaining their own independent story lines. Whole movie had a light and nostalgic feel; made me feel like I understood the cruising culture which I was really not even aware of.
Photography was consistent and color and light all reminded me of 50's 60's classic imagery, all starting from the opening shot of the diner with the orange sky in the background. Nothing too deep or complicated in the plot line, but it all flowed perfectly and was classically written.
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…
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