American Graffiti [Special Edition] [Blu-ray]

American Graffiti [Special Edition] [Blu-ray]

Director: George Lucas Cast: Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
, Ron Howard
Ron Howard
, Paul Le Mat
Paul Le Mat
, Cindy Williams
Cindy Williams
George Lucas
American Graffiti [Special Edition] [Blu-ray]

American Graffiti [Special Edition] [Blu-ray]

Director: George Lucas Cast: Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
, Ron Howard
Ron Howard
, Paul Le Mat
Paul Le Mat
, Cindy Williams
Cindy Williams
George Lucas

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen)

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Overview

It's the last night of summer 1962, and the teenagers of Modesto, California, want to have some fun before adult responsibilities close in. Among them are Steve (Ron Howard) and Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), college-bound with mixed feelings about leaving home; nerdy Terry "The Toad" (Charles Martin Smith), who scores a dream date with blonde Debbie (Candy Clark); and John (Paul Le Mat ), a 22-year-old drag racer who wonders how much longer he can stay champion and how he got stuck with 13-year-old Carol (Mackenzie Phillips) in his deuce coupe. As D. J. Wolfman Jack spins 41 vintage tunes on the radio throughout the night, Steve ponders a future with girlfriend Laurie (Cindy Williams), Curt chases a mystery blonde, Terry tries to act cool, and Paul prepares for a race against Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford), but nothing can stop the next day from coming, and with it the vastly different future ushered in by the 1960s. Fresh off The Godfather (1972), producer Francis Ford Coppola had the clout to get his friend George Lucas's project made, but only for $750,000 on a 28-day shooting schedule. Despite technical obstacles, and having to shoot at night, cinematographer Haskell Wexler gave the film the neon-lit aura that Lucas wanted, evoking the authentic look of a suburban strip to go with the authentic sound of rock-n-roll. Universal, which wanted to call the film Another Slow Night in Modesto, thought it was unreleasable. But Lucas' period detail, co-writers Willard Huyck's and Gloria Katz's realistic dialogue, and the film's nostalgia for the pre-Vietnam years apparently appealed to a 1973 audience embroiled in cultural chaos: American Graffiti became the third most popular movie of 1973 (after The Exorcist and The Sting), establishing the reputations of Lucas (whose next film would be Star Wars) and his young cast, and furthering the onset of soundtrack-driven, youth-oriented movies. Although the film helped spark 1970s nostalgia for the 1950s, nothing else would capture the flavor of the era with the same humorous candor and latent sense of foreboding.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2011
UPC: 0025192073700
Original Release: 1973
Rating: PG
Source: STUDIO DISTRIBUTION SERVS LLC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Language: English
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 243

Special Features

Picture in picture video commentary with director George Lucas; The music of American Graffiti - Instantly indentify the songs heard while watching the film, create a custom playlist of your favorites and even them from iTunes; BD-Live; Pocket BLU app; The making of American Graffiti - An original documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew; Screen Tests - Never before-seen screen tests with Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Paul Le Mat and Charles Martin Smith

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss Curt
Ron Howard Steve
Paul Le Mat John
Cindy Williams Laurie
Harrison Ford Falfa
Suzanne Somers Blonde in T-Bird
Charles Martin Smith Terry
Candy Clark Debbie
Mackenzie Phillips Carol
Wolfman Jack XERB Disc Jockey
Bo Hopkins Joe Young
Manuel Padilla Jr. Carlos
Beau Gentry Ants
Kay Lenz Jane
Kathleen Quinlan Peg
Tim Crowley Eddie
Terence McGovern Mr. Wolfe
Jan Wilson Girl
Caprice Schmidt Announcer
Jana Bellan Budda
Joe Spano Vic
Christopher Pray Al
Susan Richardson Judy
Donna Wehr 2nd Carhop
Jim Bohan Policeman Holstein
Ron Vincent Jeff Pazzuto
Fred Ross Ferber
Jody Carlson Girl in Studebaker
Cam Whitman Balloon Girl
John Bracci Gas Station Attendant
Debbie Celiz Wendy
Lynne Stewart Bobbie
Ed Greenberg Kip Pullman
Gordon Analla Bozo
Lisa Herman Girl in Dodge
Debralee Scott Falfa's Girl,Falfa's Girl
Chuck Dorsett Man at Accident,Man at Accident
Stephen Knox Kid at Accident
Bob Pasaak Dale
Joseph Miksak Man
George Meyer Bum
William M. Niven Clerk
James Cranna Thief
Del Close Manin Alley
Charlie Murphy Old Man,Old Man
Jan Dunn Old Woman
Johnny Weissmuller Jr. Badass I
Scott Beach Mr. Gordon
Albert Nalbandian Hank
John Brent Car Salesman
Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids Rock Band
Al Nalbandian Hank
Manuel Padilla Carlos
Herby and the Heartbeats Rock Band
Terry McGovern Mr. Wolfe

Technical Credits
George Lucas Director,Screenwriter
Gloria Katz Screenwriter
Willard Huyck Screenwriter
Gary Kurtz Producer
Francis Ford Coppola Producer
Art Rochester Sound Effects,Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Murch Sound/Sound Designer
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