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  • Manufacturer: Universal Studios
  • UPC #025192073700
  • Model #MHV61115348BR



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      It's the last night of summer 1962, and the teenagers of Modesto, California, want to have some fun before adult responsibilities close in. Among them are Steve (Ron Howard) and Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), college-bound with mixed feelings about leaving home; nerdy Terry "The Toad" (Charles Martin Smith), who scores a dream date with blonde Debbie (Candy Clark); and John (Paul Le Mat ), a 22-year-old drag racer who wonders how much longer he can stay champion and how he got stuck with 13-year-old Carol (Mackenzie Phillips) in his deuce coupe. As D. J. Wolfman Jack spins 41 vintage tunes on the radio throughout the night, Steve ponders a future with girlfriend Laurie (Cindy Williams), Curt chases a mystery blonde, Terry tries to act cool, and Paul prepares for a race against Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford), but nothing can stop the next day from coming, and with it the vastly different future ushered in by the 1960s. Fresh off The Godfather (1972), producer Francis Ford Coppola had the clout to get his friend George Lucas's project made, but only for $750,000 on a 28-day shooting schedule. Despite technical obstacles, and having to shoot at night, cinematographer Haskell Wexler gave the film the neon-lit aura that Lucas wanted, evoking the authentic look of a suburban strip to go with the authentic sound of rock-n-roll. Universal, which wanted to call the film Another Slow Night in Modesto, thought it was unreleasable. But Lucas' period detail, co-writers Willard Huyck's and Gloria Katz's realistic dialogue, and the film's nostalgia for the pre-Vietnam years apparently appealed to a 1973 audience embroiled in cultural chaos: American Graffiti became the third most popular movie of 1973 (after The Exorcist and The Sting), establishing the reputations of Lucas (whose next film would be Star Wars) and his young cast, and furthering the onset of soundtrack-driven, youth-oriented movies. Although the film helped spark 1970s nostalgia for the 1950s, nothing else would capture the flavor of the era with the same humorous candor and latent sense of foreboding. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Comedy Drama
    Movie Level Themes
      Party Film, Sexual Awakening, High School Life, First Love, Innocence Lost
    Movie Level Tones
      Summery, Humorous, Matter-of-Fact, Nostalgic, Bittersweet, Reflective

    DVD Features

    • Picture in picture video commentary with director George Lucas
    • The music of American Graffiti - Instantly indentify the songs heard while watching the film, create a custom playlist of your favorites and even them from iTunes
    • BD-Live
    • Pocket BLU app
    • The making of American Graffiti - An original documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew
    • Screen Tests - Never before-seen screen tests with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Paul Le Mat and Charles Martin Smith
    • 1973--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Gloria Katz-Nominee
    • 1973--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Richard Dreyfuss-Nominee
    • 1973--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Paul Le Mat-Winner
    • 1973--Directors Guild of America, George Lucas-Nominee
    • 1973--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Candy Clark-Nominee
    • 1973--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Lucas-Nominee
    • 1973--New York Film Critics Circle, Willard Huyck-Winner
    • 1973--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Gary Kurtz-Nominee
    AMG Rating


      Nostalgic but unsentimental, American Graffiti is a seminal coming-of-age film that speaks to anyone who has ever been a teenager. George Lucas's second feature film, it recalled a simpler time while reminding audiences that things weren't really that simple. An elegy for childhood freedom, it captured yearning conflict without exploiting it and refused to exchange its tough-love treatment of its subjects for a more breezy, simplistic rendering. The film was a surprise success (much like Lucas' next film, Star Wars) that set the tone for subsequent youth-oriented movies. It also sparked a craze for nostalgia films set in the pre-Vietnam era, an interesting detail given that, while certainly nostalgic, American Graffiti avoided the sort of sappy, one-dimensional pitfalls encountered by its numerous imitators. A classic by any standards, its message remains unforced and universal, making the film identifiable with but not defined by one particular era. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi


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