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American Graffiti [DVD] [1973]

  • SKU: 32528219
  • Release Date: 03/28/2017
  • Rating: PG
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (41 out of 43)

    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 43 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Favorite Movie

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      Gail4
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      If you lived it, you already know. If you whippersnappers need to catch up on your grandparents--here ya go! And the much ignored follow-up "Graffiti 2" accurately shows how we changed during the turbulent 60's. Google '1968'...

      I would 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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Film

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      Bones1987
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      What a great movie! I love that it is on Blu-Ray, but wish I could have a digital download with it, as well, as it makes it easier when I show films to my class.

      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



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