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American Graffiti -- Coming of age classic, directed by George Lucas, following four teenagers in the early 60s on their last summer night before college. Stars Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard.


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Gloria Katz (written by) ...
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Release Date:
1 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 9 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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The Best Teen Film Ever Made. See more (235 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)

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)
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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Additional Details

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110 min | 112 min (re-release) (1978)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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:PG (video rating) (1991) (2000) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #23582) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

As the plane takes off in the final scene, a drive-in movie screen can be seen in the distance. This was the original screen at the Solano Drive-in, which operated until the fall of 2004, and has since reopened, showing double-features, as of December 2008.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Nowhere is there to be seen a radio antenna on John Milner's coupe. XERB was an AM station, and Milner wouldn't have been able to pick anything except static.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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53 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
The Best Teen Film Ever Made., 30 May 2004
Author: JackA123

"I just love it when guys peel out." -Debbie Dunham

American Graffiti is the best film about teenagers. It actually has a point, unlike the other teenage films where all that they do is get drunk and party. American Graffiti is about different types of teenagers doing different things on the last night that they all have together in 1962 after graduating. They all actually learn about themselves and what they want to do with their lives. One of the older

teenagers, Curt, is planning on leaving the next day. Steve is trying to work out his relationship with Curt's sister, while John and Terry have their own dates for the night. American Graffiti is a wonderful film on many levels. It is both funny and serious. A great direction by George Lucas and a fine cast with Ron

Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Paul LeMat, Charles Martin Smith,

Candy Clark (Oscar-nominated), MacKenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford. One of the

best films of the 70's and the only teen film in my memory that has had the

pleasure of being nominated for Oscar- Best Picture. 10/10 stars.

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