(out of 5)
This nostalgic look back at the glory days of carhops and jukeboxes was the basis for a whole retro wave in the seventies, even inspiring the television show Happy Days. It takes place on the night before four high school graduates are going to leave for college, and in celebration they spend their time tearing up their town and having as much fun as possible. Interspersed with the action, or propelling it, are the sounds of famed DJ Wolfman Jack, whose radio broadcasts make for a tune-filled soundtrack. It launched the careers of its stars, including Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss, gave Harrison Ford and Suzanne Somers their first notable moments on screen and garnered critical raves for a delightful Candy Clark. George Lucas directs with flair, and the success of this film made his little space opera project possible four years later.
Directed by George Lucas
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola
Production Design by Dennis Lynton Clark
Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers