Ford agreed to take the role on the condition that he would not have to cut his hair. Toad represents Lucas's nerd years as a freshman in high school, specifically his "bad luck" with dating.  The freshman hop dance was filmed in the Gus Gymnasium, previously known as the Boys Gym, at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. III (MCA 8008). In 1973 I saw a movie I will never forget. John inadvertently picks up Carol, an annoying, precocious 12-year-old who manipulates him into driving her around all night. Steve and Laurie have a series of arguments and make-ups through the evening. Shop Guys, a Mechanic and automotive repair shop in Waterford. I'm not gonna sign it, but why don't you light it on fire and stick it up your ass? Richard Dreyfuss was the only principal cast member from the original film not to appear in the sequel. , THX 1138 was released in March 1971, and Lucas was offered opportunities to direct Lady Ice, Tommy, or Hair. Le Mat, Harrison Ford, and Bo Hopkins were claimed to be drunk most nights and every weekend, and had conducted climbing competitions to the top of the local Holiday Inn sign.  To co-write a 15-page film treatment, Lucas hired Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, who also added semiautobiographical material to the story. "Sliding Downhill in the '60s". Geng, Veronica (August 20, 1979). John Milner
The Chevy Impala is a hell of a machine, one whose legacy is still felt today. You’re Missing Out. The only real cool character in the American Graffiti movie series, essentially the person who The Fonz was based on in the television series. Dan Hernandez takes a look at the real stars of Lucas' masterpiece: the ones with four wheels.  In addition, two camera operators were nearly killed when filming the climactic race scene on Frates Road outside Petaluma. He never got over it and he still kicks himself. [thinks it over for a moment] 'Diegetic Music, Non-Diegetic Music, and “Source Scoring”' in, "Domestic Grosses Adjusted For Inflation", "American Graffiti / More American Graffiti (Drive-In Double Feature) (1979)", "American Graffiti (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (1973)", "What the Steamship and the Landline Can Tell Us About the Decline of the Private Car", Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "The 31st Annual Golden Globe Awards (1974)", "1970s – DGA Award Winners for: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film", "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition)", "The Evolution of the Summer Blockbuster", The Art of Teen Films-American Graffiti (posted by The Royal Ocean Film Society on YouTube), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=American_Graffiti&oldid=984821904, American coming-of-age comedy-drama films, Best Musical or Comedy Picture Golden Globe winners, United States National Film Registry films, Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention from October 2020, All Wikipedia articles with plot summary needing attention, Wikipedia articles with CANTIC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 October 2020, at 09:10. Along with Easy Rider (1969), American Graffiti was one of the first films to eschew a traditional film score and successfully rely instead on synchronizing a series of popular hit songs with individual scenes. John’s Deuce Coupé epitomizes the entirety of cruising culture. " On Sneak Previews, Roger Ebert said he thought it was a "much better film" than Siskel did, that he "had no trouble following it" and that "it's a film worth seeing. "Screen: 'More American Graffiti' Covers '64 to '67". Well, I'll tell you what. But on one night in 1962 the American car still represented freedom, even if it was just the freedom to drive around in circles. : ", Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times was also positive, writing that "the protagonists are affecting as before and 'More American Graffiti' is an uncommonly evocative trip back to our common past—a stirring reminder in both style and substance of what we've been through.  One actor set fire to Lucas' motel room. Source(s): https://shrinks.im/a9WXa.
, Universal reissued Graffiti on May 26, 1978 with Dolby sound and earned an additional $63 million (equivalent to $247 million in 2019), which brought the total revenue for the two releases to $118 million (equivalent to $463 million in 2019). " Gary Arnold of The Washington Post wrote "All this fussy, arbitrary switching of scenes, years and aspect ratios may wow them back in film school, but the complicated framework reveals nothing but one inconsequential or misleading vignette after another. Based on 49 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, 96% of the critics enjoyed the film with an average score of 8.43/10.