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American Graffiti PG

Where were you in '62?
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 31, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1973
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Audio Commentary with Director George Lucas
    • The Making of American Graffiti: An Original feature-length Documentary featuring Interviews with Director George Lucas, Producer Francis Ford Coppola and members of the cast including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford and Suzanne Somers
  • Dual Layer
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh96%

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Total Count: 48

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 64,492
Rating: 5/5 -- Wonderfully evoking the feel and spirit of the era, this is one of those rare movies you live through rather than watch. Full Review
Radio Times
Jul 7, 2014
The film that launched a thousand careers. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Rating: 4/4 -- American Graffiti acts almost as a milestone to show us how far (and in many cases how tragically) we have come. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
Stop reading this and go out and see it! Full Review
Gannett News Service
Oct 1, 2019
Rating: 5/5 -- ...it transports you to 1962, to a moment in American history in which all you had to worry about was your car, your music and your friends... [Full review in Spanish] Full Review
Me gusta el cine
Jun 5, 2018
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
Chicago Reader
Jun 27, 2007
[I]t felt new and fresh...
Premiere
Dec 1, 2003

Product Description:

Set in 1962; Produced and released in 1973.

AMERICAN GRAFFITI presents a powerful collage of youth on the brink of maturity just before the assassination of J.F.K.. Based on George Lucas's own teenage hot-rodding days in Modesto, California, this brilliant, bittersweet comedy inspired numerous other productions, including the long-running TV series HAPPY DAYS. Lucas's second feature film (following THX 1138), AMERICAN GRAFFITI contains an early screen appearance by Harrison Ford, who would figure heavily in the director's next movie, the sci-fi epic STAR WARS. The film follows one night in the lives of several recently graduated high school students. The genial Steve (Ron Howard) prepares to leave for college the next day, and Laurie (Cindy Williams), his girlfriend, is upset by his impending departure. Laurie's brother, Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), the class intellectual, is also slated for college, but he has serious doubts about his future. Also included here are the hopeless nerd (Charles Martin Smith) and the eternally cool drag racer, John (Paul LeMat), who feels pressure to live up to his reputation. A nostalgic feeling is evoked in seeing the teenagers cruising in their hot rods, eating at Mel's Diner, and listening to Wolfman Jack spin the latest hits, with the camera jumping from character to character as they each enjoy--or fret over--their last moments of summer freedom.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: August 12, 1973.
  • AMERICAN GRAFFITI was selected for the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
  • The film was the second feature by George Lucas, the same director who would later go on to make the phenomenally successful STAR WARS trilogy. It was produced by Lucas's friend, Francis Ford Coppola, also an aspiring filmmaker at the time. Although the cast is studded with actors who are considered stars today, at the time they were all relatively unknown.
  • The license plate number on John Milner's car is THX-138, closely resembling the title of Lucas' 1970 film, THX 1138.
  • AMERICAN GRAFFITI was one of the first films that firmly established the importance of a new breed of American (mostly film school educated) directors sometimes known as the "Movie Brats." Also included in this school were Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jim McBride.
  • Ron Howard, who acted with Kathleen Quinlan in AMERICAN GRAFFITI, directed her in APOLLO 13 more than twenty years later.

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  • Sales Rank: 44,754
  • UPC: 025195051026
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