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American Graffiti (1973)



Critic Consensus: One of the most influential of all teen films, American Graffiti is a funny, nostalgic, and bittersweet look at a group of recent high school grads' last days of innocence.

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This Academy Award-nominated classic, voted one of the American Film Institute's top 100 Films Of All Time, features the coming of age of four teenagers on their last summer night before college. Rediscover drag racing, Inspiration Point and drive-ins all over again in this nostalgic look back at the early '60s. The incredible soundtrack brings you the most memorable rock 'n' roll hits of the era. Directed by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, this classic stars Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack and Mackenzie Phillips. Capture the heart of America's last age of innocence with American Graffiti.more
Rating: PG (N/A)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 15, 1998
Universal Pictures


Suzanne Somers
as Blonde in T-Bird
Wolfman Jack
as XERB Disc Jockey
Bo Hopkins
as Joe Young
John Brent
as Car Salesman
Caprice Schmidt
as Announcer
Charles Dorsett
as Man at Accident
Donna Wehr
as Carhop #2
Jim Bohan
as Policeman Holstein
Ron Vincent
as Jeff Pazzuto
Fred Ross
as Ferber
Debra Scott
as Falfa's Girl
Jody Carlson
as Girl in Studebaker
Cam Whitman
as Balloon Girl
John Bracci
as Gas Station Attendan...
Ed Greenberg
as Kip Pullman
Lisa Herman
as Girl in Dodge
Debralee Scott
as Falfa's Girl
Chuck Dorsett
as Man at Accident
Stephen Knox
as Kid at Accident
Terry McGovern
as Mr. Wolfe
Del Close
as Manin Alley
Jan Dunn
as Old Woman
Scott Beach
as Mr. Gordon
Terry McGovern
as Mr. Wolfe
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Critic Reviews for American Graffiti

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (6)

This superb and singular film catches not only the charm and tribal energy of the teen-age 1950s but also the listlessness and the resignation that underscored it all like an incessant bass line in one of the rock-'n'-roll songs of the period.

Full Review… | July 7, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

There is brilliant interplaying and underplaying, of script, performers and direction which will raise howls of laughter from audiences, yet never descends on the screen to overdone mugging, pratfall and other heavy-handed devices normally employed.

Full Review… | June 27, 2007
Top Critic

A brilliant work of popular art, it redefined nostalgia as a marketable commodity and established a new narrative style, with locale replacing plot, that has since been imitated to the point of ineffectiveness.

Full Review… | June 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film that launched a thousand careers.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

American Graffiti acts almost as a milestone to show us how far (and in many cases how tragically) we have come.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It is a very good movie, funny, tough, unsentimental.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for American Graffiti

My favorite George Lucas film, "American Graffiti" nails youthful nostalgia almost perfectly, with believably charming, yet confused characters, an incredible, almost omnipresent soundtrack, and great car-based visuals which are trance-inducing as well as useful in placing audiences firmly within the strangely familiar world of teenagers in 1962.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

"American Graffiti" is the type of movie that I can see a lot of people disliking, but by the end of the movie, after all the characters go through their transformations, it is very interesting, funny, and heart warming to see how mature kids used to be, when they needed to be. They still have an insane amount of fun while knowing that life is coming, tomorrow. Their plan is to have one last great night on the town, picking up girls, having sex, and street racing. There have been many films made that are similar to this concept, but George Lucas directs this in ways that I never would have seen coming. The characters are loveable, the premise is relatable, an the era of the 1960's was captured with perfection. The retro feel of the entire movie had a smile on my face. Still, it feels a little too long and some of the dialogue is corny. Overall, "American Graffiti" is a classic teen dramedy that everyone can relate to. It's terrific entertainment!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


An entertaining and sweet drama comedy with great cast and direction. American Graffiti flaw with a very sad ending to a very funny film. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

American Graffiti Quotes

Debbie: Besides, it only took me one night to realize if brains were dynamite you couldn't blow your nose.
– Submitted by Thomas M (3 years ago)
Carol: Your car is uglier than I am. That didn't come out right.
– Submitted by Eduardo T (4 years ago)
Curt Henderson: I'm telling you this was the most perfect, dazzling creature I've ever seen!
Steve Bolander: She's gone. Forget it.
Curt Henderson: She spoke to me, she spoke to me right through the window. I think she said I love you. That means nothing to you people? You have no romance, no soul? Someone wants me. Someone roaming the streets wants me. Will you turn the corner?
– Submitted by Hector H (4 years ago)
Steve Bolander: You wanna end up like John? You just can't stay seventeen forever.
– Submitted by Hector H (4 years ago)

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