American Graffiti


American Graffiti

Critics 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.

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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
Jody Carlson
as Girl in Studebaker
Debra Scott
as Falfa's Girl
Cam Whitman
as Balloon Girl
John Bracci
as Gas Station Attendant
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
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Critic Reviews for American Graffiti

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (7)

  • The movie is a comic poem which celebrates the past but also catalogues its textures with telling precision. American Graffiti looks like no other movie, an achievement which is always the best measure of a truly gifted director.

    Aug 1, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    A.D. Murphy

    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.

    Jun 27, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The film that launched a thousand careers.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    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.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Graffiti

  • 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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