Poster

American Graffiti ()


Reference View | Change View


A couple of high school grads spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.

Director:
Awards:
  • Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 8 nominations.
  • See more »
Reviews:

Photos and Videos

Cast verified as complete

Edit
...
Curt
...
Steve (as Ronny Howard)
...
John
...
Terry (as Charlie Martin Smith)
...
Laurie
...
Debbie
...
Carol
...
Disc Jockey
...
Joe
...
Carlos
Beau Gentry ...
Ants
...
Bob Falfa
Jim Bohan ...
Holstein
...
Budda
Deby Celiz ...
Wendy
...
Bobbie
...
Mr. Wolfe (as Terry McGovern)
...
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
...
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
...
Badass #1
...
Clerk at Liquor Store
Al Nalbandian ...
Hank
Bob Pasaak ...
Dale
Christopher Pray ...
Al (as Chris Pray)
...
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)
...
Jane (as Kay Ann Kemper)
Caprice Schmidt ...
Announcer at Dance
...
Vic
...
Falfa's Girl
Ron Vincent ...
Jeff
Donna Wehr ...
Carhop
Cam Whitman ...
Balloon Girl
Jan Wilson ...
Girl at Dance
...
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)
Jeannette Dilger ...
Student (uncredited)
Paul J. Donohue ...
Sleeping Police Officer (uncredited)
Rick May ...
Boy In Car (uncredited)

Directed by

Edit
George Lucas

Written by

Edit
George Lucas ... (written by) and
Gloria Katz ... (written by) &
Willard Huyck ... (written by)

Produced by

Edit
Francis Ford Coppola ... producer
Gary Kurtz ... co-producer

Cinematography by

Edit
Jan D'Alquen ... director of photography
Ron Eveslage ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Edit
Verna Fields
Marcia Lucas
George Lucas ... (uncredited)

Casting By

Edit
Mike Fenton ... (casting)
Fred Roos ... (casting)
Ann Brebner ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

Edit
Dennis Lynton Clark ... (as Dennis Clark)

Set Decoration by

Edit
Douglas Freeman

Costume Design by

Edit
Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Makeup Department

Edit
Bette Iverson ... key hair stylist (as Betty Iverson)
Gerry Leetch ... key hair stylist

Production Management

Edit
Jim Hogan ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Edit
Ned Kopp ... first assistant director
Charles Myers ... second assistant director

Art Department

Edit
Doug von Koss ... property master (as Douglas Von Koss)

Sound Department

Edit
Walter Murch ... re-recording / sound montage
James Nelson ... sound editing
Art Rochester ... production sound (as Arthur Rochester)
Ryan Villarreal ... audio description editor
Michael Evje ... boom operator (uncredited)

Stunts

Edit
Bob Herron ... stunts (uncredited)
Charlie Picerni ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Edit
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

Edit
Kim Fowley ... music producer / music recorded for the film
Karin Green ... music coordinator

Transportation Department

Edit
Henry Travers ... transportation supervisor
Frank Khoury ... transportation (uncredited)

Other crew

Edit
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
Dick Delson ... publicist (uncredited)
Dan Hess II ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

Edit
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

Production Companies

Edit

Distributors

Edit

Special Effects

Edit

Other Companies

Edit

Storyline

Edit
Plot Summary

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, two of their friends cruise around town for the evening. Steve has left his car to meek and mild-mannered Terry "Toad" Fields to look after during his absence. The wheels give Toad a new sense of confidence, which he uses to try and impress Debbie Dunham, a more experienced girl generally out of his league. And John Milner, who is seen as the king of the street race in his souped-up yellow deuce coupe, tries to get rid of precocious pre-teen, Carol Morrison, who has somehow become his passenger for the evening, while dealing with the challenge of bold out-of-towner, Bob Falfa. Written by Huggo

Plot Keywords
Taglines ...is back! [1978 Re-release] See more »
Genres
Parents Guide View content advisory »
Certification

Additional Details

Edit
Also Known As
  • Another Slow Night in Modesto (United States)
  • Amerikietiški grafiti (Lithuania)
  • Американские граффити (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Amerikanskiye graffiti (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Sista natten med gänget (Sweden)
  • See more »
Runtime
  • 110 min
Country
Language
Color
Aspect Ratio
Sound Mix
Filming Locations

Box Office

Budget $777,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $140,000,000

Did You Know?

Edit
Trivia Due to the low budget, George Lucas was unable to pay all of the crew members. He offered to give many of them a screen credit in lieu of payment, and they accepted. Traditionally, only department heads received screen credit. Giving screen credit to so many crew members has now become a tradition, which is why closing credits last so long now. See more »
Goofs The movie is set in 1962, but a cinema marquee advertises Dementia 13 (1963) (released in 1963). This was done on purpose by George Lucas, because Dementia 13 was Producer Francis Ford Coppola's first movie. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks At The Hop See more »
Crazy Credits Worded epilogues prior to the credits shows what happen to the characters following the movie. While this has since become commonplace in films, it was considered innovative at the time. See more »
Quotes Carol: [to Falfa] Your car is uglier than I am!
[both John and Falfa look at her oddly]
Carol: Uh... that didn't come out right.
See more »

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed