American Graffiti (Widescreen Special Edition)

Directed By: George Lucas Starring: Ron Howard Richard Dreyfuss

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From director George Lucas (Star Wars) and producer Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), American Graffiti is a classic coming-of-age story set against the 1960s backdrop of hot rods, drive-ins and rock n? roll. Starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and Suzanne Somers in their breakout roles, this nostalgic look back follows a group of teenagers as they cruise the streets on their last summer night before college. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, American Graffiti features the howling sounds of Wolfman Jack and an unforgettable soundtrack with songs by Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys and Bill Haley & His Comets.

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Studio Universal
SKU 220307566
UPC 025195051026
UPC 14 00025195051026
Format DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 780
Keywords
1960s
Classic
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Nostalgic
Recommended
Sixties
Teenage
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...Lucas beautifully establishes his characters..." 03/01/1974 p.116
USA Today "...[A] classic of cruising....An all-time word-of-mouth hit..." 09/18/1998 p.9E
Total Film "...This hugely influential docu-drama launched the careers of director George Lucas and its cast..." 03/01/2001 p.98
Premiere "[I]t felt new and fresh..." 12/01/2003 p.12
Directors
George Lucas
Actors
Ron Howard
Richard Dreyfuss
Cast & Crew
Ron Howard - Star
Cindy Williams - Star
Wolfman Jack - Star
Paul Le Mat - Star
Charles Martin Smith - Star
Bo Hopkins - Star
Richard Dreyfuss - Star
Harrison Ford - Star
MacKenzie Phillips - Star
Candy Clark - Star
Suzanne Somers - Star
Verna Fields - Editor
Gloria Katz - Screenwriter
Willard Huyck - Screenwriter
Aggie Guerard Rodgers - Costume Designer
Marcia Lucas - Editor
Ron Eveslage - Director of Photography
Jan D'Alquen - Director of Photography
Francis Ford Coppola - Producer
Douglas Freeman - Set Designer
George Lucas - Screenwriter
Dennis Lynton Clark - Production Designer
Gary Kurtz - Producer
George Lucas - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1973
UPC 00025195051026
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Find-A-Video Great performances, a great score and a great feel to it...the first and best of its kind.
The New York Times The nostalgia boom has finally produced a lasting work of art.

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