American Graffiti

A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Plot

The early sixties will be alive again! With a rock’n roll soundtrack of the finest and an armada of chrome-glittering, wing-decorated oldtimer, this film describes the eventful farewell night of the four friends.

Curt, Steve, Terry and John. High school is behind them, college is waiting. Nothing will be the way it was. The warm California evening is still young, the first big adventure begins, the voice of the disc jockey star Wolfman Jack from all radios is booming ….

Background

Film critic Roger Ebert described the unique and lasting value of George Lucas’ American Graffiti cinema success from 1973 as follows: “It is not just a great film, but a brilliant work of historical fiction. As well, as it was, to live at that very moment in history as this film does. ” The time that Ebert and the film relate to is the summer in 1962, and American Graffiti captures the look, feel, and sound of that era by giving a memorable night in the lives of several young Californians who are on the threshold to adulthood.

The plot is driven by the music from Wolfman Jack’s Rock’n’Roll radio, a soundtrack of pop hits that was as successful as the movie itself. From the moment Lucas develops the action lines for the individual characters , American graffiti becomes an impeccable time bubble, which consists of carefully re-created memories, as authentic as a documentary, and vividly staged by the innovative use of camera and sound. The absolutely unique composition of the cast consists of actors who are so much in their roles, that they do not appear to anybody at all as an actor, and a who’s who of performers, Including Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, and Paul Le Mat. As a true American classic, the film is ranked 77th of all time by the American Film Institute.