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Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Wolfman Jack, Harrison Ford

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In this rollocking, fun ride, Star Wars scribe, George Lucas explores the teenagers of the early sixties. Curt and Steve are heading to college, next year and they get ready for the last night of the summer holidays. Terry has gotten a new car, and is riding the town, with his new girlfriend, Debbie. Now, Curt decides to have a last drag race with his arch-rival, Bob Falfa. Though very far from reality, this comedy is to fun to watch.
The review of this Movie prepared by Estefan Ellison



Cowritten and directed by young George Lucas, this was the film that made him a household name and paved the way for "Star Wars." But what a different film! It's the summer of 1962, and best friends Curt (Dreyfuss) and Steve (Howard) are preparing to fly out of their small California town for college on the East Coast. In the course of one night, Steve breaks up and reconciles with his longtime girl Laurie (Williams), good student Curt searches for the mysterious blonde in a white T-Bird who mouths "I love you" at an intersection and he winds up in the clutches of the Pharaohs street gang who force him to commit some criminal pranks, and wonky Terry "the Toad" Fields (terrific Charles Martin Smith) buys booze, almost gets laid, and loses Steve's car. John (Le Mat), the hunky loser who's stuck in town as a mechanic but is the top drag racer, gets stuck for most of the night with Carol, somebody's wisecracking little sister, then defends his racing title at dawn (against a snotty young Harrison Ford). All this and a sensitive scene with Dreyfuss and Wolfman Jack! Throughout the movie the great hits of the day -- from the Beach Boys to Buddy Holly and Fats Domino -- provide music and dramatic counterpoint. Shot in just 29 days on a tiny budget of $750,000, this wonderful film raked in $115 million domestically, almost that much in international and video sales, and thus holds the record for the biggest profit margin. It wears extemely well.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Script Analysis of American Graffiti

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Comedy or Parody about    -   teens acting dopey Age group    -   trouble in high school Sexing?    -   girl chasing

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles    -   dangerous Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing

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