#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – It’s the proverbial end of the summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It’s the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east. Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is seen as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. Curt’s beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words “I love you” to him. As Curt tries to find that blonde while trying to get away from a local gang who have him somewhat hostage, Curt may come to a decision about his immediate future. Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave girlfriend, head cheerleader and Curt’s sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening “negotiating” the state of their relationship. Meanwhile, two of their friends cruise around town for the evening. Steve has left his car to meek and mild-mannered Terry “Toad” Fields to look after during his absence. The wheels give Toad a new sense of confidence, which he uses to try and impress Debbie Dunham, a more experienced girl generally out of his league. And John Milner, who is seen as the king of the street race in his souped-up yellow deuce coupe, tries to get rid of precocious pre-teen, Carol Morrison, who has somehow become his passenger for the evening, while dealing with the challenge of bold out-of-towner, Bob Falfa.
Plot: A couple of high school graduates spend one final night cruising the strip with their buddies before they go off to college.
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A true American classic
As many people know, George Lucas is most famous for the fact that he wrote a certain series of fantasy films. Most of those films certainly were a great achievement, but one thing that many Star Wars fans overlook is the other entries in Lucas’ list of directorial credits; one of which is this film, American Graffiti. The movie tells the story of the last night in town for a bunch of school kids about to leave to go to college. Now, this might not seem like a great base for a classic movie to work from; and it isn’t, it’s the handling that makes it great. In spite of his latest batch of movies, Lucas has shown with this movie that he has the talent to create an innovative and groundbreaking movie in spite of the plot. It’s this fact that made Star Wars work so well, and it’s nice to see the same effort transplanted into an earlier film that doesn’t have the special effects and grandiose that Star Wars had. The energy and vitality that Lucas gives his multiple stories makes for a great ride, and American Graffiti is a lot of fun throughout.
The film is most notable for the way that it captures the American youth of the sixties. It benefits from a great soundtrack that adequately helps to achieve this, and includes the likes of Buddy Holly and The Beach Boys. The film takes place in one night, and makes use of a number of different characters and story lines; all of which are interesting and unique. A lot of which are also really funny, and this is where my favourite part of American Graffiti comes in. The film works because it’s such a good time, and the way that Lucas shows us that ensures that we have just as good a time as the characters on screen are having. The events that befall the characters in the movie will no doubt touch a nerve with anyone that has gone through childhood – things such as splitting up with your girlfriend, to being forced into doing things that could get you into trouble…all the way to asking an adult to go into a store to buy alcohol for you are shown with great care, and show that Lucas obviously knew what he was doing when he took on this movie. On the whole…it’s very good stuff indeed.
Movie’s Appeal Is Lost on Me
Maybe I’m just not the right age to fully appreciate the nostalgic tug of this film, but I’ve never warmed to the charms of “American Graffiti.”
I usually like movies with loose, improvisational styles, which “Graffiti” certainly has. But here it feels more like pointless meandering than it does hip improvisation. The film stars a number of actors whose faces would become familiar but who were as yet unknown: Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, and notably Mackenzie Phillips, who gives the funniest and most outrageous performance of the group. Fans of 1960s music and hot rods will also get a kick out of the soundtrack and the souped up cars these kids cruise around in, whiling away the hours before life — and particularly the Vietnam War — takes them in separate directions.
Many lament the fact that George Lucas went on to make the “Star Wars” series when he could have instead made more films like this. I don’t know. I for one enjoyed “Star Wars” a hell of a lot more.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min), 1 hr 52 min (112 min) (re-release) (1978), 3 hr 30 min (210 min) (rough cut)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director George Lucas
Writer George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck
Actors Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 5 Oscars. 9 wins & 13 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 4-Track Stereo (Dolby System®)
Aspect Ratio 2.33 : 1 (negative ratio), 2.39 : 1
Camera Arriflex 35-III, Eclair NPR
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,012 m (1974) (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5254)
Cinematographic Process Techniscope
Printed Film Format 35 mm