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American Graffiti

American Graffiti

Richard Dreyfuss
Director: George Lucas Cast: Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
, Ron Howard
Ron Howard
, Paul Le Mat
Paul Le Mat
George Lucas

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen)

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It's the last night of summer 1962, and the teenagers of Modesto, California, want to have some fun before adult responsibilities close in. Among them are Steve (Ron Howard) and Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), college-bound with mixed feelings about leaving home; nerdy Terry "The Toad" (Charles Martin Smith), who scores a dream date with blonde Debbie (Candy Clark); and John (Paul Le Mat ), a 22-year-old drag racer who wonders how much longer he can stay champion and how he got stuck with 13-year-old Carol (Mackenzie Phillips) in his deuce coupe. As D. J. Wolfman Jack spins 41 vintage tunes on the radio throughout the night, Steve ponders a future with girlfriend Laurie (Cindy Williams), Curt chases a mystery blonde, Terry tries to act cool, and Paul prepares for a race against Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford), but nothing can stop the next day from coming, and with it the vastly different future ushered in by the 1960s. Fresh off The Godfather (1972), producer Francis Ford Coppola had the clout to get his friend George Lucas's project made, but only for $750,000 on a 28-day shooting schedule. Despite technical obstacles, and having to shoot at night, cinematographer Haskell Wexler gave the film the neon-lit aura that Lucas wanted, evoking the authentic look of a suburban strip to go with the authentic sound of rock-n-roll. Universal, which wanted to call the film Another Slow Night in Modesto, thought it was unreleasable. But Lucas' period detail, co-writers Willard Huyck's and Gloria Katz's realistic dialogue, and the film's nostalgia for the pre-Vietnam years apparently appealed to a 1973 audience embroiled in cultural chaos: American Graffiti became the third most popular movie of 1973 (after The Exorcist and The Sting), establishing the reputations of Lucas (whose next film would be Star Wars) and his young cast, and furthering the onset of soundtrack-driven, youth-oriented movies. Although the film helped spark 1970s nostalgia for the 1950s, nothing else would capture the flavor of the era with the same humorous candor and latent sense of foreboding.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2011
UPC: 0025192073700
Original Release: 1973
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 3,367

Special Features

Picture in picture video commentary with director George Lucas; The music of American Graffiti - Instantly indentify the songs heard while watching the film, create a custom playlist of your favorites and even them from iTunes; BD-Live; Pocket BLU app; The making of American Graffiti - An original documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; Screen Tests - Never before-seen screen tests with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Paul Le Mat and Charles Martin Smith

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss Curt Henderson
Ron Howard Steve Bolander
Paul Le Mat John Milner
Charles Martin Smith Terry Fields
Cindy Williams Laurie
Candy Clark Debbie
Flash Cadillac Rock Band
Joseph Miksak Man
Charles A. Murphy Old Man
Christopher Pray Al
Jan Wilson Girl
Jan Dunn Old Woman
Wolfman Jack Disc Jockey - Himself
Jana Bellan Budda
Lynne Stewart Bobbie
Kathleen Quinlan Peg
Tim Crowley Eddie
Scott Beach Mr. Gordon
John Brent Car Salesman
John Bracci Gas Station Attendant
Del Close Man at Bar
Charles Dorsett Man at Accident
Johnny Weissmuller Badass
Al Nalbandian Hank
Susan Richardson Judy
Ed Greenberg Kip Pullman
Joe Spano Vic
Debra Scott Falfa's Girl
Ron Vincent Jeff Pazzuto
MacKenzie Phillips Carol
Bo Hopkins Joe
Manuel Padilla Carlos
Beau Gentry Ants
Jim Bohan Policeman Holstein
Suzanne Somers Blonde in Thunderbird
George Meyer Bum at Liquor Store
James Cranna Thief
Harrison Ford Bob Falfa
Herby and the Heartbeats Rock Band
Terry McGovern Mr. Wolfe
Debbie Celiz Wendy
William M. Niven Clerk

Technical Credits
George Lucas Director,Screenwriter
Dennis Clark Art Director
Francis Ford Coppola Producer
Jan D'Alquen Cinematographer
Ron Everslage Cinematographer
Verna Fields Editor
Douglas Freeman Set Decoration/Design
Willard Huyck Screenwriter
Gloria Katz Screenwriter
Ned Kopp Asst. Director
Gary Kurtz Co-producer
Albert J. Locatelli Production Designer
Marcia Lucas Editor
Walter Murch Sound/Sound Designer
Art Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer

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