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Director: George Lucas     Starring: Ron Howard Richard Dreyfuss
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Format: DVD
Sku: 220307566
UPC: 025195051026
UPC 14: 00025195051026
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Where Were You in '62?
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.

"Great performances, a great score and a great feel to it...the first and best of its kind.  Find-A-Video
"The nostalgia boom has finally produced a lasting work of art.  The New York Times

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/10/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 113 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1973
Video UPC UPC: 00025195051026
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ron Howard
Video Cast Info Cindy Williams
Video Cast Info Wolfman Jack
Video Cast Info Paul Le Mat
Video Cast Info Charles Martin Smith
Video Cast Info Bo Hopkins
Video Cast Info Richard Dreyfuss
Video Cast Info Harrison Ford
Video Cast Info MacKenzie Phillips
Video Cast Info Candy Clark
Video Cast Info Suzanne Somers
Video Cast Info Verna Fields - Editor
Video Cast Info Gloria Katz - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Willard Huyck - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Aggie Guerard Rodgers - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Marcia Lucas - Editor
Video Cast Info Ron Eveslage - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jan D'Alquen - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Francis Ford Coppola - Producer
Video Cast Info Douglas Freeman - Set Designer
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Dennis Lynton Clark - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Gary Kurtz - Producer
Video Cast Info George Lucas - Director

Professional 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

"[I]t felt new and fresh..." 12/01/2003 p.12

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