American Graffiti

1973, Drama/Comedy, 1h 50m

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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. Read critic reviews

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On the last day of summer vacation in 1962, friends Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), Steve (Ronny Howard), Terry (Charles Martin Smith) and John (Paul Le Mat) cruise the streets of small-town California while a mysterious disc jockey (Wolfman Jack) spins classic rock'n'roll tunes. It's the last night before their grown-up lives begin, and Steve's high-school sweetheart, a hot-to-trot blonde, a bratty adolescent and a disappearing angel in a Thunderbird provide all the excitement they can handle.

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  • Jan 15, 2017
    Thankfully there is no where near as much empty headed nostalgia as I had suspected. That George Lucas could craft something of such deep emotional complexity will never cease to amaze me.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2015
    Proof that George Lucas can direct a great movie that isn't Star Wars or a Sci-Fi flick.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2013
    In 'American Graffiti,' George Lucas effectively captures teenage life before the Vietnam War came about. His episodic approach lends the film a sort of Altman-esque vibe that makes the misadventures of each character feel as genuine as they do. Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Paul Le Mat and Charles Martin Smith are formidable in their roles and their performances make the ending feel that much more authentic.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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