American Graffiti [Blu-ray] [1973]

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  • Release Date: 07/12/2016
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (42 out of 44)

Synopsis


American Graffiti
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

Cast & Crew


  • Richard Dreyfuss
    Richard Dreyfuss - Curt Henderson
  • Ron Howard
    Ron Howard - Steve Bolander
  • Paul Le Mat
    Paul Le Mat - John Milner
  • Charles Martin Smith
    Charles Martin Smith - Terry Fields
  • Cindy Williams
    Cindy Williams - Laurie



Overall customer rating

4.7
96%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    DVD/ Blu-Ray

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    Kaleb
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    Loved American Graffiti case and your store always has what I want to view, helpful clerks available to help you find what your searching for, great prices on all DVDs. Dora is a great clerk, always there to help and reminder you of something you might have missed. Cheerful, pleasant , and great customer Service skills. Thank you Dora

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as I remember it

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    RoadKing
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    The cars and the music are outstanding. Most of the actors are good, and the story is reflective of its period. But in retrospect, the movie is much slower than I remember and just seemed to take forever to reach a turn in the plot. See it for the nostalgia and to see the actors as they were in 1973, but you will need to be patient.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Nice Classic

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    HALgonewild
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    Been wanting to see this movie for a long time on Blu-ray. Now I finally had the opportunity to buy the Blu-ray. It's a nice classic by George Lucas set in the early 60s era and focuses on some friends, a lot of classic cars, cruising, and women. The bonus feature is rich in detail on the making of the movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It is what it is

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    Scentesoro
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    Great movie which stands the test of time except the soundtrack. This would have been a wonderful movie if they had remastered the soundtrack along with the video. At least we got it on the cheap. I would advise waiting for an upgraded movie.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It Began Here

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    StuFluff
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    Love that I was finally able to get my hands on a copy of this! If anyone ever wondered where many of the “Star Wars” actors came from, this film holds the answer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brough back memories.

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    muffin
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    I enjoyed sharing this movie with my children who'd never seen it before. I love the music and have the LP. It was funny to see the reaction my kids had to seeing a young Richard Dreyfus and Ron Howards.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Classic film that needs a much deserved transfer

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    jasonjl
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    The PQ and AQ are a big disappointment. This needs to be remastered. I won't recommend this if you have it on DVD, but if you don't have this film on any format, I would go for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    one of my favorites

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    Guera
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    This has always been one of my favorite movies. Had it on VHS and no longer have a VHS player, so I just had to get it on DVD!!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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