It's the proverbial end of the summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It's the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east. Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is seen as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. Curt's beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words "I love you" to him. As Curt tries to find that blonde while trying to get away from a local gang who have him somewhat hostage, Curt may come to a decision about his immediate future. Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave girlfriend, head cheerleader and Curt's sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening "negotiating" the state of their relationship. Meanwhile...Written by
The Pharaohs talk about the mysterious D.J., the Wolfman, speculating that he was either broadcasting from an airplane or from a pirate radio station in Mexico. In fact, Wolfman Jack worked as a disc jockey from 1964 to 1966 for XERF (1570 AM) in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. At the time it was a 250,000 watt radio station that was powerful enough to reach much of the United States. It was known for interesting choices in music and disc jockeys with a lot of attitude. It was considered a "pirate" radio station as it did not have to pay any FCC licensing fees and because it could get away without paying royalties. Its outlaw nature led to its being the focus of a popular song by ZZ Top, "I Heard It On The X". See more »
While talking to Curt at the radio station, Wolfman Jack pulls the tone arm off of a turntable. Seconds later, he does it again. See more »
Hey, what do you say, Curt? Last night in town... you guys gonna have a little bash before you leave?
The Moose have been looking for you all day.
[hands a check to Curt]
They got worried... thought you were trying to avoid them or something.
What is it? What do ya got?
That's $2,000 man! Two thousand dollars!
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 ...
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At the start of the closing credits, the character and actor names for the main characters randomly appear in time to the opening xylophone notes of the Beach Boys' All Summer Long, which continues to play over the credits. See more »
Original opening credits letters were changed in VHS/DVD editions, and again in Blu Ray edition. See more »
"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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