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Release Date:
11 August 1973 (USA) See more »
Tagline: back! [1978 Re-release] See more »
A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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An eventful summer night for teenagers in 1962 California town See more (246 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Curt

Ron Howard ... Steve (as Ronny Howard)

Paul Le Mat ... John

Charles Martin Smith ... Terry (as Charlie Martin Smith)

Cindy Williams ... Laurie

Candy Clark ... Debbie

Mackenzie Phillips ... Carol

Wolfman Jack ... Disc Jockey

Bo Hopkins ... Joe

Manuel Padilla Jr. ... Carlos
Beau Gentry ... Ants

Harrison Ford ... Bob Falfa
Jim Bohan ... Holstein

Jana Bellan ... Budda
Deby Celiz ... Wendy

Lynne Marie Stewart ... Bobbie

Terence McGovern ... Mr. Wolfe (as Terry McGovern)

Kathleen Quinlan ... Peg (as Kathy Quinlan)
Timothy F. Crowley ... Eddie (as Tim Crowley)
Scott Beach ... Mr. Gordon
John Brent ... Car Salesman
Gordon Analla ... Bozo
John Bracci ... Station Attendant
Jody Carlson ... Girl in Studebaker

Del Close ... Man at Bar (Guy)
Chuck Dorsett ... Man at Accident (as Charles Dorsett)
Stephen Knox ... Kid at Accident
Joe Miksak ... Man at Liquor Store
George Meyer ... Bum at Liquor Store
James Cranna ... Thief
Johnny Weissmuller Jr. ... Badass #1
William Niven ... Clerk at Liquor Store
Al Nalbandian ... Hank
Bob Pasaak ... Dale
Christopher Pray ... Al (as Chris Pray)

Susan Richardson ... Judy
Fred Ross ... Ferber
Jan Dunn ... Old Woman
Charlie Murphy ... Old Man
Ed Greenberg ... Kip
Lisa Herman ... Girl in Dodge
Mark Anger ... Mr. Kroot (as Irving Israel)

Kay Lenz ... Jane (as Kay Ann Kemper)
Caprice Schmidt ... Announcer at Dance

Joe Spano ... Vic

Debralee Scott ... Falfa's Girl
Ron Vincent ... Jeff
Donna Wehr ... Carhop
Cam Whitman ... Balloon Girl
Jan Wilson ... Girl at Dance

Suzanne Somers ... Blonde in T-Bird
Warren Knight ... Herby & the Heartbeats (as Flash Cadillac And The Continental Kids)
Sam McFadin ... Herby & the Heartbeats (as Flash Cadillac And The Continental Kids)
Kris Moe ... Herby & the Heartbeats (as Flash Cadillac And The Continental Kids)
Linn Phillips III ... Herby & the Heartbeats (as Flash Cadillac And The Continental Kids)
George Robinson ... Herby & the Heartbeats (as Flash Cadillac And The Continental Kids)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Christensen ... Girl (uncredited)
Paul J. Donohue ... Sleeping Police Officer (uncredited)
Rick May ... Boy In Car (uncredited)

Directed by
George Lucas 
Writing credits
George Lucas (written by) and
Gloria Katz (written by) &
Willard Huyck (written by)

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Gary Kurtz .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Jan D'Alquen (director of photography)
Ron Eveslage (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Verna Fields 
Marcia Lucas 
George Lucas (uncredited)
Casting by
Mike Fenton (casting)
Fred Roos (casting)
Ann Brebner (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Dennis Lynton Clark  (as Dennis Clark)
Set Decoration by
Douglas Freeman 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
Makeup Department
Bette Iverson .... key hair stylist (as Betty Iverson)
Gerry Leetch .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Jim Hogan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ned Kopp .... first assistant director
Charles Myers .... second assistant director
Art Department
Doug von Koss .... property master (as Douglas Von Koss)
Sound Department
Walter Murch .... re-recording
Walter Murch .... sound montage
James Nelson .... sound editing
Art Rochester .... production sound (as Arthur Rochester)
Michael Evje .... boom operator (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Maley .... gaffer
Ken Phelps .... key grip
John Bonfield .... electrician (uncredited)
Tony Coangelo .... grip (uncredited)
Lawrence Gruenberg .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Ryan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Kim Fowley .... music producer
Kim Fowley .... music recorded for the film
Karin Green .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
Henry Travers .... transportation supervisor
Frank Khoury .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Toni Basil .... choreographer
Jim Bloom .... production associate
Christina Crowley .... script supervisor
Nancy Giebink .... production associate
Geno Havens .... dialogue coach (as Gino Havens)
Al Locatelli .... design consultant
Beverly Walker .... assistant to the producer
Haskell Wexler .... visual consultant
Dan Hess II .... production assistant (uncredited)
Oscar Hammerstein II .... use of the song Some Enchanted Evening courtesy of
Richard Rodgers .... use of the song Some Enchanted Evening courtesy of
Crew verified as complete

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110 min | 112 min (re-release) (1978) | 210 min (rough cut)
Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Dolby System®)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:15 (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Japan:PG12 (2010) | Netherlands:14 (1974) | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2017) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) (2000) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #23582) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The scene at the liquor store in which Terry asks Debbie for money was shot in one take. Candy Clark wanted to do a second take because she flubbed her "Did you get it?" line, but director George Lucas said that was it, they were printing that first take.See more »
Boom mic visible: During the Curt/Wolfman scene, the boom mic is seen moving in the reflection on the studio window behind Wolfman Jack.See more »
[first lines]
Terry Fields:Hey, what do you say, Curt? Last night in town... you guys gonna have a little bash before you leave?
Steve Bolander:The Moose have been looking for you all day.
[hands a check to Curt]
Steve Bolander:They got worried... thought you were trying to avoid them or something.
Terry Fields:What is it? What do ya got?
Curt Henderson:Oh, great.
Terry Fields:That's $2,000 man! Two thousand dollars!
Steve Bolander:Mr. Jennings gave it to me to give to you. He says he's sorry it's so late, but it's the first scholarship the Moose Lodge has given out. And he, uh, says they're all very proud of you back at the lodge.
Curt Henderson:Cute. Why don't you hold it for me for awhile?
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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
An eventful summer night for teenagers in 1962 California town, 22 May 2005
Author: mdm-11 from United States

This multi-layered DVD version of "American Graffiti" is the best trip back to the summer of 1962 Hollywood ever had to offer! The eventful night when freshly graduated high school friends contemplated their futures while immersed in small town America's car-hops, drive-in movies & doo-wop music (the soundtrack is one of the best featured in ANY film!), is shown in "real time".

Richard Dreyfuss is perfect as the smart kid, ready to drive off to college the next morning, but wondering if he's doing the right thing. Ron Howard and Cindy Williams get some practice for their soon to follow "Happy Days", while Charles Martin Smith and Candy Clark are wonderful as the goofus who wants to show a pretty girl a good time.

Wolfman Jack plays himself (and cupid) when he plays a very special request going out from Richard Dreyfuss to his dream girl Suzanne Sommers. Look for a pre-teen McKenzie Phillips and a young Harrison Ford in minor roles. This film is a big winner in my book!

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