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Was 'American Graffiti' any good?

Discussion in 'Lucasfilm Ltd. In-Depth Discussion' started by dolphin, Jul 15, 2002.

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  1. CountBakufu

    CountBakufu Jedi Master star 2

    Oct 10, 2001
    Personally I think it's one of his best films and a great film period. Definitely worth a rental that most I know end up going back and buying.
    They just had a one week run at one of the local theaters here. It was treat to see it on the big screen!
  2. Palpateen

    Palpateen Jedi Padawan star 4

    Apr 26, 2000

    I watched it for the first time recently because of this thread.

    I was impressed with the movie. I didn't think George Lucas could make a movie like that. It was so different than SW or IJ.

    A+ I can see why it was so successful and I can see why they let him make STAR WARS after American Graffiti.

    If you haven't ever seen American Graffiti,
    I HIGHLY recommend it. :)
  3. mac-nut

    mac-nut Jedi Knight star 5

    Apr 14, 2001
    It was many years before I saw it. In fact, I finally looked at it last year, and cried. It was so good, that great. Oh, the growing pains of teen years emerging into adulthood. and those hot cars, the cruising brought back many memories. :D :D :D
  4. Super_Nation_Jock

    Super_Nation_Jock Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jul 4, 2002

    I think anyone who has only seen the STAR WARS films is usually shocked when they see Lucas's previous work as a director on this classic movie. It's funny, heartwarming and poignant. I love it!
  5. Morgan Solo

    Morgan Solo Jedi Master star 1

    Jan 20, 2000
    This is one of my favorite films.

    The license plate on Milner's coupe is the first "easter egg" THX 138.

    I wish that Lucas' later characters could be as well developed!
  6. Morgan Solo

    Morgan Solo Jedi Master star 1

    Jan 20, 2000
    Here is something to consider;

    Later in their careers;
    Richard Dreyfuss won an Oscar in the Goodbye Girl

    Ron Howard won an Oscar for directing a Beautiful Mind

    Kathleen Quinlan was nominated for a Oscar for Apollo 13

    Paul Le Mat and Cindy Williams won Golden Globes for TV roles
  7. darth_boy

    darth_boy Jedi Padawan star 7

    Apr 1, 2001
    Personally its one of my favourite films, and i do rate it above the Star Wars films, its just a pure fun film (if that makes sence). I got the sequel the other day, i have started watching it but so far is not that good
    Comic Book Guy
  8. qui_gon_jinn_83

    qui_gon_jinn_83 Jedi Master star 1

    Sep 18, 2002
    Got the DVD a couple of days ago, and it`s GREAT! And what a great soundtrack...My favourite scene was in the end of the movie when they`re gonna do the race. The cars cruising out to the sounds of Booker T & the MG`s..."Green Onions" Bloody great scene! :)
  9. AdamBertocci

    AdamBertocci Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Feb 3, 2002
    Possibly the best teen comedy ever.

    Rick McCallum loves you!
  10. Master Salty

    Master Salty Jedi Knight star 6

    Apr 18, 1999
    I just got through watching this on TV and I was reminded of how great this movie is. I really need to pick up the DVD.
  11. Tayschrenn

    Tayschrenn Jedi Padawan star 4

    May 24, 2002
    AMerican Graffiti is a fantastic movie. I've loved it since I first saw it and everytime since, it is definatly worth seeing if you haven't already.
  12. Master Salty

    Master Salty Jedi Knight star 6

    Apr 18, 1999
    It's a timeless story and has a kick-ass soundtrack. It's one of my favorites.
  13. jp-30

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

    Dec 14, 2000
    Unlocked and upped (to prevent autolocker kickin in again overnight) by request.
  14. Ozzel

    Ozzel TF.N Foreign Book Covers Staff star 5 VIP

    May 14, 2001
    Well dolphin, did you ever see it?
  15. DarthLazious

    DarthLazious Jedi Youngling star 4

    Jan 24, 2003
    I liked it and I am gonna get it on DVD this Holiday.
  16. Bib Fortuna Twi'lek

    Bib Fortuna Twi'lek Jedi Youngling star 10

    Jul 9, 1999
    I heard somewhere that the actors completely ad-libbed the scene after the race. They had no script to go by at all. Can anyone else verify that?
  17. Morgan Solo

    Morgan Solo Jedi Master star 1

    Jan 20, 2000
    I read that too. mentions it. I love it when Toad yawns and says "what a night" as the sun is coming up behind them.

    The movie was filmed in sequence. This scene was the next to last to be filmed. Lucas shot it this way so that the actors would look more and more tired as filming went on, therefore the charecters would look as they have been up all night.
  18. Ganwick_Trag

    Ganwick_Trag Jedi Youngling star 1

    Nov 19, 2002

    Anybody that thinks Lucas can't direct actors oughta watch this film.
  19. Darth_Elu

    Darth_Elu Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Jan 2, 2003
    Yes, it was an awesome movie and i live in the town where most it was filmed which is really cool. :cool:
  20. appleseed

    appleseed Force Ghost star 5

    Dec 5, 2002
    Ganwick, that is so true.
  21. Blur

    Blur Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Aug 11, 1999

    Yes, this is a great film. I just started watching this on DVD for the first time (previously I've only seen this on VHS), and it's fantastic so far.

    And, to respond to someone else's post, "American Graffiti" is 100 times better than the wretched "Return of the Jedi" (though I can't say it's better than any of the other SW films).
  22. DarthArsenal6

    DarthArsenal6 Jedi Master star 5

    Oct 16, 2001
    One of the best movies i ever seen
    It compared to, Go, Pulp Fiction (exluding the violence) and other great movies.

    Makes you wonder what films would have been created if Gary Kurts and George Lucas never parted after SW.
  23. CountDoofus

    CountDoofus Jedi Youngling star 1

    Mar 20, 2004

    I've been a big Lucas fan all my life, but I actually never saw American Grafitti until last week! I was reading Lucas' biography "Mythmaker" and some of the antecdotes made me want to rent it, so I finally did. Not only was I impressed with it, but it actually made me mourn the fact that he's spent most of his life in a galaxy far, far, away... I mean, I love Star Wars and all, but... What genius would this man have been capable of had he stuck to making grounded films like Grafitti?

    Oh, and then I rented Howard the Duck. Bad, bad idea. I'd heard it was bad, for many years, but I figured it's Lucas, what the hay. Never... Ever... Again. These negatives need to be burned along with the Star Wars Holiday Special and both Ewok movies.
  24. hansen

    hansen Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 25, 2003
    Hey, the Ewok movies are okay!
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