American Graffiti (1973)

GEORGE LUCAS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

USA, 1973.  , , .  Screenplay by George Lucas, , .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by Francis Ford Coppola.  Music by , .  Production Design by Dennis Lynton Clark.  Costume Design by Aggie Guerard Rodgers.  Film Editing by Verna Fields, Marcia Lucas.  Academy Awards 1973.  Golden Globe Awards 1973New York Film Critics Awards 1973.  

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 , whose radio broadcasts make for a tune-filled soundtrack. It launched the careers of its stars, including  and Richard Dreyfuss, gave Harrison Ford and  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.

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