American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ronny Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack. Suzanne Somers and Joe Spano have cameos. Set in Modesto, California in 1962, the film is a study of the cruising and rock and roll cultures popular among the post–World War II baby boom generation. The film is told in a series of vignettes, telling the story of a group of teenagers and their adventures over a single evening.
The genesis of American Graffiti was in Lucas' own teenage years in early 1960s Modesto. He was unsuccessful in pitching the concept to financiers and distributors but found favor at Universal Pictures after United Artists, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., and Paramount Pictures turned him down. Filming was initially set to take place in San Rafael, California, but the production crew was denied permission to shoot beyond a second day.
American Graffiti premiered on August 2, 1973 at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland and was released on August 11, 1973 in the United States. The film received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Produced on a $777,000 budget, it has become one of the most profitable films of all time. Since its initial release, American Graffiti has garnered an estimated return of well over $200 million in box office gross and home video sales, not including merchandising. In 1995, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.
A sequel, More American Graffiti, was released in 1979.
George Lucas, Ned Kopp
Comedy, Comedy Drama, Drama
American Graffiti considered as one of the greates Movies of all times. That Movie won Academy Award Best Picture in 1973, Academy Award Best Film Editing in 1973, Academy Award Best Supporting Actress in 1973, Academy Award Writing (Story and Screenplay - Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced) in 1973, and Academy Award Best Directing in 1973. This was Francis Ford Coppola’s 20th Movie. American Graffiti was one of this most popular pieces. This was Cnbc’s 1st Movies in this genre. His most popular Movie was American Graffiti. The leading actors for that Movie are Harrison Ford, Ronny Howard, and Charles Martin Smith.
Harrison Ford was born on 1942-07-13 in Chicago, Illinois, and won
7 awards. Golden Globe in 1986.
Ronny Howard was born on 1954-03-01 in Duncan, Oklahoma, and won
2 awards. Golden Globe in 1978. If you liked that Movie, you should also try Say Anything..., Sixteen Candles, and The Outsiders.