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The AMERICAN GRAFFITI thread

Discussion in 'Lucasfilm Ltd. In-Depth Discussion' started by waheennay, Jul 3, 2001.

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  1. waheennay

    waheennay Jedi Padawan star 4

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    I thought I should post a thread about this wonderful movie. My favorite scene is where Terry the Toad(Charles Martin Smith) tries to buy beer even though he's underage!
     
  2. Stargasior

    Stargasior Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Yeah. I havn't seen that movie in awhile
     
  3. Son of the Suns

    Son of the Suns Administrator Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I'm ashamed to admit it, but I have yet to see American Graffiti. I almost got the DVD once, though.
     
  4. KaaShamau

    KaaShamau Jedi Padawan star 4

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    You should see it, it's a good film. Interesting to see what Lucas was doing before SW. It also casts some light on the Biggs scenes, and why they were cut.
     
  5. HanSolo29

    HanSolo29 Manager Emeritus + Official Star Wars Artist star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I agree, it's a good movie. You gotta see it!
     
  6. Jenkwombat

    Jenkwombat Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Good Movie, heck. It's a GREAT MOVIE!!!!
     
  7. Morgan-Fett

    Morgan-Fett Jedi Youngling star 1

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    Actually he wants to buy a bottle of "Old Harpers"
     
  8. Sturm Antilles

    Sturm Antilles Former Manager star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    "You got an ID?"

    "I lost it."

    "Lost it?"

    "Uh, yeah. In a flood."

    Classic movie. Saw it for the first time in '95. I went out and rented both it and THX-1138 ( which is also very good, if strange. )
     
  9. jango-joe1

    jango-joe1 Jedi Padawan star 4

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    That has to be one of GL's best movies pre-SW
     
  10. ferelwookie

    ferelwookie Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Think the movie sums up quite nicely the teen life of crusing for chicks, while being nostalgic without being sappy. It is a great film. Suzanne Somers was insanely hot back then! Beware of the goat killer!!!!
     
  11. Morgan Solo

    Morgan Solo Jedi Master star 1

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    A top notch cast: Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfus, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Paul LeMat, and of course Harrison Ford as Bob Falfa.
     
  12. darth_fett

    darth_fett Jedi Youngling star 1

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    I love that movie, got in on VHS but I need to upgrade to DVD

    one of my favorite scenes has to be Richard Dreyfuss and his prank on the cop car ;)
     
  13. BKK

    BKK Jedi Master star 3

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    Classic movie. One of the reasons that I got into drag racing was Harrison Ford's car, and Paul Lemat's car. Recommend seeing this movie if you haven't seen it yet.
     
  14. Bresson

    Bresson Jedi Youngling star 3

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    In many ways, it's the best movie Lucas has directed. Everyone who says that he can't connect with human emotions need only to see the scene between Richard Dreyfuss and Wolfman Jack (I remember watching this scene somewhere around the time I was applying for out of state colleges and the dialogue rings about as true as anythign in cinema) and the one where Paul LeMat talks about the mortality of drag racing while walking in an auto wrecking yard with heaps of smashed cars. Visual poetry. And if you're a STAR WARS junkie, compare how honest and melancholy the ending of this movie is with how stiff and forced the scene in MENACE is where Anakin leaves home.

     
  15. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Unlocked and upped (to prevent autolocker kickin in again overnight) by request.
     
  16. Amidala Starkiller

    Amidala Starkiller Jedi Master star 6

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    They even did the "pint of Ole Harper" gag on the Simpsons when Homer wants to buy some illeagal fireworks :D
     
  17. waheennay

    waheennay Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Plus, they play the Beach Boys' "All Summer Long" over the closing credits, just like in the movie!
     
  18. skyy38

    skyy38 Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Anyone spot the scene that ILM fixed per Lucas' request for the new dubs?
     
  19. Darthkarma

    Darthkarma Jedi Padawan star 4

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    No, but I'd sure love to know what it is.

    I wonder if ILM could fix some shots in THX 1138? lol
     
  20. malducin

    malducin Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Well unofficially I heard ILM worked on THX-1138, presumably for a DVD release, and it might have been the last project John berton supervised. We'll see how that turns out.
     
  21. waheennay

    waheennay Jedi Padawan star 4

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    It's the very first shot actually. Originally when the movie opens on Mel's Drive-in during the opening credits, the sky is overcast and white. In the new version, it's an orange and blue sunset sky and the diner is darker.
     
  22. Blur

    Blur Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    "American Graffiti" is a classic film - reading this thread makes me want to see it on DVD, since I've only seen it on VHS so far.

    My favorite scenes include:

    * When Terry the Toad is trying to pick up the blonde off of the street by feeding her various lines, and eventually one of them works.

    * When the Ron Howard character insults his teacher at the dance, and when the teacher threatens to suspend him, he reminds him that he's already graduated - ha ha

    * When the Richard Dreyfuss character is flying away at the end, and sees the blonde's car driving near the runway.

    * The music - classic! Even though I was born long after the early 60's, this music still rocks, and really fit the scenes in the film.
     
  23. Morgan Solo

    Morgan Solo Jedi Master star 1

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    Hey, where else can you hear Harrison Ford sing "Some Enchanted Evening"
     
  24. Bad_Feeling

    Bad_Feeling Jedi Master star 4

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    I love American Graffiti, great 'flick!
     
  25. DarthLazious

    DarthLazious Jedi Youngling star 4

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    American Graffiti is a great movie and I happen to own a copy of it on video.
    Everyone should own a copy of it.
     
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