American Graffiti (1973)
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Directed by: George Lucas
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Harrison Ford, Paul LeMat, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith
American Graffiti ranked # 77 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed by George Lucas.
It tells the story of a group of middle-class American teenagers in small-town California, on the last night of the summer vacation after their graduation from high school.
It is set in 1962 against the backdrop of commentary and music spun by disc jockey Wolfman Jack.
This film is number 48 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". This movie ranked number 6 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.
The script was written by George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. Although the movie was based upon the memories of George Lucas regarding his teenage years in Modesto, California it was shot on location around San Rafael and Petaluma in the Bay Area of Northern California.
It features Mel's Drive-In formerly located at 140 S. Van Ness in San Francisco. The low-budget movie was mostly filmed at night over the course of less than a month.
American Graffiti starred Richard Dreyfuss (Curt Henderson), Ron Howard (Steve Bolander), Paul Le Mat (John Milner), Charles Martin Smith (Terry Fields), Candy Clark, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and Harrison Ford. It also featured one of the first major public appearances by disc jockey Wolfman Jack.
Suzanne Somers had a small but notable part as a blonde in the Ford Thunderbird, and Kathleen Quinlan appears briefly (as a friend of Cindy Williams' character) at the school dance.
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