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American Graffiti (1973) Movie Information

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George Lucas


Ron Howard
Richard Dreyfuss
Charles Martin Smith
Candy Clark
Mackenzie Phillips
Harrison Ford





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A group of graduating high school students enjoy their last time together as they eat at the drive in, drive around, and woo the local girls.

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SteelCity99 04/22/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Sublime, iconic and ultimately accurate portrayal of those rebel teen generations. Lucas explores a unique area here before reaching sci-fi stardom, and I definitely approve this brilliant triumph of a success. Ask those who rode nice cars and went to restaurants often during the 70s. The genre is officially dead (John Hughes was the last guy to get lost inside the minds of pop-cultured youths), so we are actually left with these classic masterpieces, especially with so many goddamn American Pies floating around! 92/100

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Camper 01/25/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I liked the idea of this more than the actual movie itself. I guess the point is that not everything that ends will end on a particularly interesting or exciting note and I understand that, but I just didn't feel as attached to any of the characters as much as the movie might have wanted me to.

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Snoogans 08/07/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One of the best high school films. A coming-of-age period piece that was a hit in it's time that is still a fun and entertaining flick today. Lucas should make more movies of this quality.

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mitchellyoung 09/15/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Remember when George Lucas used to make good movies? This film is a classic - full of nostalgia, youthful awakening, laugh-out-loud funny moments, and an ode to the changing times of American history.

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  Daniel Corleone
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10/24/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

American Graffiti review

Can't go wrong with a nice cast and a producer named Francis Ford Coppola. The special features such as the tidbits and trivia of the film being Lucas personal writing and based on his personal experiences. Funniest moments were Milner/Carol interactions and Terry trying to get alcohol. A cool line from the film - Curt - "I think she said, 'I love you.' That means nothing to you people? You have no romance, no soul?" Boasts one of the best soundtracks and coming of age stories. Weak-points would be the uninteresting story-lines of certain characters and a flawless cast. American Graffiti is a good coming of age film enjoyed by anyone. If only Lucas can do more films such as these.

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  Franz Patrick
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03/10/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Once Upon a Boring Night...

I didn't find it particularly poignant perhaps because I couldn't relate to the characters at all. Platitudes run abound for one night and I wish I could say that enjoyed a few handful parts of it. The best thing about the movie is the music, such as The Beach Boys. I thought it captured that generation pretty well. A lot of older people say it stood the test of time. Ehh, I don't think so. The current generation is more like "Superbad" than "American Graffiti." I guess one could compare these two films regarding how much things have changed in thirty years. Other than that, there's nothing much to recommend. There were too many scenes shot in cars, people goofing around, not saying anything especially deep. After an hour into the picture, I wished the night would just end already.

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