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#582. American Graffiti

  • Year: 1973
  • Country: USA
  • Production: LucasFilm, Universal, 110m
  • Director: George Lucas
  • Producer: Francis Ford Coppola, Gary Kurtz
  • Screenplay: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
  • Photography: Jan D'Alquen, Ron Eveslage, Haskell Wexler
  • Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack
  • Oscar Noms: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Editing

Abridged Book Description

Produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by his protégé and former assistant George Lucas, who also cowrote the autobiographically-flavored screenplay, this hugely entertaining, perceptive coming-of-age ensemble piece of high school graduates cruising through one eventful summer's night in 1962 was inspired by 1950s teen pics but set the style - often imitated, never surpassed in hilarity, penetration, or technical virtuosity - for a hundred and one rites of passage comedies played out in classic cars to a vintage rocking soundtrack.