A well meaning but burned-out high school teacher tries to maintain order against the backdrop of a pending lawsuit against his school district when it comes to light they gave a diploma to an illiterate student.
Rebellious football player Johnny falls for cheerleader Tracy. They come from opposite backgrounds; she's from a comfortable well off family, his is poor and broken. Tracy already has a ... See full summary »
George Lucas, inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part II (1974) wanted to make his sequel darker and more complicated. Writer/director Bill Norton thought that cutting between four different time frames would be to jolting for most of the audience and also didn't like the various film formats used for each of the four story lines. Years later Lucas would admit that Norton was right. See more »
The final account of the characters states that Terry was reported missing in action in Vietnam. However he staged his death so that his superiors believe he was blown to bits at a specific place and time. Thus he would be reported KIA (killed in action), not missing in action. See more »
Debbie, you wanna stay away form weed. You know it's gonna lead you into cigarettes.
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"American Graffiti" while overpraised, is certainly one of the best films of the early 70s. It made tons of money and jump-started the careers of many stars. So, naturally they made a sequel--but why? At the end of the original it told us what happened to the main characters--there was absolutely no surprises here. That being said it's an OK movie.
The different types of screen sizes are nice--70mm for the race car sequences; small, hand-held for the Vietnam sequences; multiple screens for Candy Clark and the hippies and regular size screen for Howard and Williams "normal" couple. But, storywise, there was nothing new here and the different screen sizes can only hold you interest for a while. It was just an average movie--but a big let-down from the original. This was not a big hit when it was released--it disappeared quickly.
This is mostly a forgotten movie--as it should stay.
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