American Graffiti

Discussion in 'Lucasfilm Ltd. In-Depth Discussion' started by obi-rob-kenobi4, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. ezekiel22x Chosen One

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    Just caught the last 20 minutes again while flipping through channels. So, so good. Almost good enough to make me wish Star Wars had bombed and Lucas continued with smaller, personal films for the majority of his career. If it wasn't for Padme's Ruminations and the AOTC ending montage I'd drop the almost.
  2. GGrievous Chosen One

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    Actually, after Empire, Lucas should've done that. :p

    But then again, I'm not sure if we would have Raiders.
  3. Lord Revan Jedi Master

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    Graffiti is a a classic. The cars and the music are top-notch.

    I think this is my mom's favorite movie.
  4. Darth_Nub Saga, Classic Trilogy and Film Music Manager

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    Ever seen More American Graffiti? It's sort of of a glimpse at just such an alternate future for Lucasfilm. Interesting, experimental, but not as emotionally engaging as its hit predecessor, and bombed as a result.

    It's really no wonder GL was so worried about ESB going over budget.
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  5. ezekiel22x Chosen One

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    Yep. I'd actually say my emotional engagement is upped in the sequel given that it touches on some more serious conflict (although in a manner that still relied heavily on humor). Along with AOTC, More American Graffiti is the most underrated of the Lucasfilms for me.
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  6. GGrievous Chosen One

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    Radioland was released way too late imo. Had it been made in the early 70s as originally intended, it probably would've done better at the box office.
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  7. Nexumaster Force Ghost

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    Let's not forget that it's the 30th anniversary of the film this year. Go and give it a rewatch at some point; I'm sure I will.
  8. Nexumaster Force Ghost

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    40th anniversary; still thinking of ROTJ...
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  9. Michael McKean Jedi Knight

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    A very different film from Star Wars anyway. This was Lucas in his 'experimental' filmmaking.
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  10. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

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    I'd agree, especially film business wise. The studio was very resistant to paying the licensing fees for the songs used in the film.

    American Graffiti isn't much without those :p
  11. Darth Eddie Jedi Grand Master

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    Yes, I love American Graffiti. I think I should watch it again. I wish I could remember more of those great lines... Here are some of my favorites:

    "Looks like a cross between piss yellow and puke green."
    "He who smelled it dealt it."
    "Get thin, turkey!"
    "Do you know John Milner? He's a good friend of mine..."

    Bonus: I've seen John Milner's car or an exact replica of it driving around my hometown.
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  12. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

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    I haven't watched it in years, I probably should again :p
  13. FRAGWAGON Force Ghost

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    I'll man up and admit I've never seen it. I wish they would re-release it in theaters! That's how I first saw THX-1138, which I now regard as a masterpiece.
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  14. Son of a Bith Force Ghost

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    I've never seen it either - but I just picked it up the other day, so that will soon be remedied. :)
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  15. Mange Force Ghost

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    It's available on both DVD and BD (yes, I double-dipped once it was released on BD... But then the BD doesn't include More American Graffiti).
  16. Darth Eddie Jedi Grand Master

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    I see a lot of people deciding to go out and watch American Graffiti - well come back and report once you've done that because I'd love to get down with some AG discussion.

    A watched a part of it last night and I was reminded of more of my favorite lines.

    "What's your name?" "My name? Mud, if anyone sees you."

    and

    "JUST LEAVE ME ALONE FOR GOD'S SAKES!"
  17. Yanksfan Chosen One

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    I loved Mackenzie Phillips and the tough greaser guy. Their dynamic was so funny to me.

    And Harrison Ford, of course. Good god......I'm just gonna stop before I start drooling and rambling, and thus lose all credibility.

    (As if I haven't already).
  18. JEDI-RISING Force Ghost

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    It's a great movie. The closest thing to life in the late 50's-early 60s that's been done on film. (Grease was a fun movie but not particularly realistic in some respects).
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  19. Darth Eddie Jedi Grand Master

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    Hey people, you know the sequence at the sock hop where the band is playing and we see tracking shots through all the young dancers? I know this is basically the go-to cinematic method to shoot a high school dance, but I was wondering if American Graffiti represents the first time it was tried. Can anyone prove me right or wrong?
  20. Darth_Nub Saga, Classic Trilogy and Film Music Manager

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    Personally, I really enjoyed American Graffiti because although it was set in the late 1950s/early 1960s, it was still the same as my own teenage years (1990s), in terms of how the characters behaved, what they wanted to do - they were horny, confused, not as smart as they thought they were, prone to very stupid decisions. At the same time, it wasn't judgemental, all that was being said was "This what it's like to be a teenager" - unlike the 'teen movies' which came before and always had very conservative messages, or were simply complete fluff divorced from reality.

    American Graffiti might seem a bit innocent now, what with pornography available via keystroke to anyone (rather than exchanging magazines or VHS tapes stolen from some friend's father's stash), social media lunacy, sexting and all the other craziness, but Curt, Steve, Terry the Toad, John, Debbie, Laurie and Carol aren't really very different to kids the same age now who just want to have a bit of fun, and not worry too much about what they'll be doing when they hit forty.
  21. GGrievous Chosen One

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    Oh god. I don't want to see an American Graffiti 3 set in modern times now.
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  22. Roberto Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    Never saw the movie spoilers please
  23. Darth Eddie Jedi Grand Master

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    You mean you're asking for spoilers? Because if you aren't, then boy are you about to be spoiled.

    Richard Dreyfuss leaves for college, Ron Howard sticks around, Toad gets laid, and Harrison Ford gets completely creamed in a race with John Milner.
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  24. Roberto Calrissian Jedi Grand Master

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    Stay on topic please.
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  25. Club Obi-Wan Jedi Padawan

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