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More American Graffiti (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, War | 3 August 1979 (USA)
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College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late '60s.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Bjorn ...
John Brent ...
Country Joe McDonald ...
Country Joe and the Fish
Barry Melton ...
Country Joe and the Fish (as Barry 'the Fish' Melton)
Robert Hogins ...
Country Joe and the Fish
Robert Flurie ...
Country Joe and the Fish
Peter Albin ...
Country Joe and the Fish


College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late '60s.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The sights and sounds of the '60s. There were bittersweet times. There were funny times. And it was all unforgettable. See more »


Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

3 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Purple Haze  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)


$8,100,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Wilhelm-scream: Vietnam football game when the players all fell down in the mud just before they carried the first guy off on the stretcher. See more »


The soldier outside the HQ bunker who spots Toad carries and then aims an AK-47 style rifle, supplied to communist forces by the Soviet Union and China. Using enemy weapons would normally be against regulations, although it was not unheard of for US soldiers in Viet Nam to obtain and use weapons like the AK-47. However, this would be very unlikely in relative rear areas like a fire base, especially under a commanding officer like Major Creech. See more »


Little Joe Young: Hey Toad, I've been thinking. I'm taking care of you, right?
Terry 'The Toad' Fields: Yeah.
Little Joe Young: Now when we get back home, I'm gonna make you an honorary, full fledged member of the Pharaoh's, no blood handshakes, nothing like that.
Little Joe Young: [Toad claps his hands] Then me and you and them, we're gonna open up a... a used car lot. You sell 'em, we steal 'em.
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Written by Arthur Resnick and Rudy Clark
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Split Screen
6 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm guessing a lot of folks that have complained about the split screen in MAG kid of missed yet another bit of cleverness that seemed to fly over the heads of a lot of viewers.

Each section (year) is shot in a different manner to make a secondary visual comment. The Vietnam stuff is all shot on 16mm, hand-held and grainy as hell to simulate the stuff we were watching on the nightly news back then.

Milner's sequences are shot in super widescreen, Debbie's stuff is split screen, sped up, slowed down - your basic "statement" crap from the late 60's and Ron Howard's happy home life is shot with the over-lit, over-tailored feel of a "mainstream" comedy ala Doris Day/Bob Hope circa 1965.

Personally, I found it amusing.

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