American Graffiti

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  110 min.
Release Date: August 11, 1973
DVD: September 15, 1998

Current rating: Rating: 4.75
based on 238 votes and 12 reviews
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Cast: Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Carl Bessai, Harrison Ford


In this coming of age film, a group of teenage friends go an adventure one night after their high school graduation. Longtime buddies Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), Steve (Ron Howard), John (Paul Le Mat) and Terry “The Toad” (Charles Martin Smith) meet at a parking lot to hang out on the night before Curt is supposed to leave with Steve to start college in the northeastern United States.

The group splits into pairs, and each pair experiences different adventures throughout the night. Curt meets a mysterious blonde and spends the rest of the evening in pursuit of her. The night eventually comes to an end, but not without complications and unexpected turns.

Director: George Lucas
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Gary Kurtz, Francis Ford Coppola
Screenplay: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck

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  • 5 stars "Brilliant and bittersweet nostalgia piece with well drawn characters and plenty of funny and heartfelt moments. Lucas's most personal and emotionally authentic work."