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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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So Much For Being 17 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)
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:12A (re-rating) (2017) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) (2000) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #23582) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

One of the main reasons why so many studios initially turned down the script was because George Lucas wanted at least 40 songs on the soundtrack, which would obviously lead to a large bill over the rights to these songs. Universal finally agreed to fund the picture when Lucas' friend Francis Ford Coppola (fresh from the success of The Godfather (1972) the year before) came on board as producer.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Terry is trying to buy liquor, the sign on the door of the liquor store, although apparently appropriate to the period ("Winston" ad), says "Push" on the "Pull" side of the door.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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49 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
So Much For Being 17, 23 October 2003
Author: departed07 from United States

I remember watching this movie on May 31, 2002, the night before my high school graduation and when I watch this film, it reminded me of the things that happened with me throughout my senior year: from a guy I knew, who cheated on his girlfriend with a cheerleader, to the terrorist attack that tore America apart; causing Americans to go against one another, from the crushes, the heartbreaks, prom night, to Spider-Man being the movie of the year, graduation rehearsal, and technology becoming the new aspect in my life and when I watched American Graffiti, it reminded me of when the good times meant something with those around me.

The film takes place in 1962 California, a pre JFK assassination which showed the innocence of youth crusin' the streets and talking to buddies outside of their windows as they drive; now, in today's world it's a bloodbath. Even the music played a part of innocence back in the 60's where artist such as Fats Domino, Beach Boys, Bill Haley and the Comets, The Platters, even Chuck Berry were a pain in the butt to most of the adults of that time, but a joy. Now? Songs about sex, drugs, and murder have become the new waves to today's youth of America.

American Graffiti has four teenage boys who cruise in different directions in their hometown where some question their own faith. The main character in the story is Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss) who is about to leave east for college where he is dubious on whether or not he should leave town in order to start a new life. Yet his friend Steve (Ron Howard) encourages him to leave and tells him not to crawl back into his little nest. All night, Curt cruises the streets with his sister Laurie (Cindy Williams) and Steve, where he sees a blonde woman driving a white T-Bird who mouths "I love you." Now Curt is on the hunt to find this blonde woman as he encounters a gang called The Pharaohs who want to pound him after he scratches the gang's car.

The next character is Steve whose Curt's best friend and happens to be dating Laurie and wants to rush things as quickly as possible. He wants to break up so they can see other people; but later when they are named King and Queen at the homecoming dance, they are together again where he tries to have sex with her. Yet, things don't work out well between them, and Steve questions his own destiny on whether he should stay or not, leaving Curt to be right as usual.

John Milner (Paul LeMat) is the hotshot of the state who doesn't want to leave town because he is afraid that everything will change. After the beginning of the film he talks to Curt about "The Pickin's are really getting' slim" that everything is changing in terms of music, girls, crusin' the street even from his friends departing. He cruises the streets where he accidentally picks up an underage girl (MacKenzie Phillips) who becomes more of a pal to John as they listen to Wolfman Jack and hear good old time music. Yet, John is up for a little competition, as a new drag racer by the name of Bob Falfa, (Harrison Ford) wants to race him.

The other character of the gang is Terry "The Toad," Fields (Charles Martin Smith) the nerd who drives a mophead, gets to take Steve's car for a ride in the town. Yet, as he tries to impress people, he meets one girl Debbie (Candy Clark) who decides to go with Terry after she hears about him talking about his "new" car. Terry who thinks he is a reject is now proved that he is a man as he cruises the streets with the girl on his arms, and just trying to prove that even nerds have their moments as well.

American Graffiti in my opinion is a retrospect of the good times that people had when everything was innocent, in an era where crusin' was important, especially rock n' roll. But as time changes on, people will always remember the good times.

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