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American Graffiti: Special Edition (1973)

Richard Dreyfuss , Ron Howard  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (512 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (512 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QBWU02
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

New Digitally Remastered Picture Supervised by George Lucas. Feature Commentary with Director George Lucas. The Making of American Graffiti -- An original documentary featuring interviews with cast and crew. Original Theatrical Trailer.

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From director George Lucas (Star Wars) and producer Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), American Graffiti is a classic coming-of-age story set against the 1960s backdrop of hot rods, drive-ins and rock n’ roll. Starring Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and Suzanne Somers in their breakout roles, this nostalgic look back follows a group of teenagers as they cruise the streets on their last summer night before college. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, American Graffiti features the howling sounds of Wolfman Jack and an unforgettable soundtrack with songs by Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys and Bill Haley & His Comets.

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160 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Was I In '62? Where Were You? August 26, 2003
Format:DVD
"Where were you in `62?"
I wasn't around in `62 -- I was born in `63, as a matter of fact, and I was 10 when George Lucas' American Graffiti was released. I wasn't really aware of either George Lucas or American Graffiti in 1973, although four years later I would know Lucas from his next -- and most popular -- film, Star Wars. I did not go to the movies much in 1973, but I saw this wonderful film when it was broadcast by ABC some years later. (ABC, capitalizing on its "hot" new sitcom, Three's Company, shamelessly promoted it as "starring Suzanne Somers." In fact, Suzanne is not even billed with the eight "stars.")
If film and television historians have it right, though, American Graffiti was the catalyst for the 1950s Nostalgia fad that begat TV's Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, and the blessedly short-lived Joanie Loves Chachi (not to mention Sha Na Na and Broadway`s Grease). And it isn't terribly surprising that Happy Days and its spin-offs owe their inspiration -- if not their very existence -- to Lucas' first major culturally significant film. Happy Days starred Ron Howard, who (as Ronny Howard) had second billing in Graffiti, while Laverne and Shirley costar Cindy Williams was the female lead.
American Graffiti is a bittersweet yet comedic look at what the DVD publicity blurb says was "America's last age of innocence." In the summer of `62, JFK was in the White House, the Beatles were still unknown in this side of the Atlantic, and drive in diners and movie palaces were very popular. There was no Internet or even Studio 54 just yet, so kids went cruising, looking for girls to pick up or rivals to race in their souped-up hot rods.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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I think you'll find that the cash you'll fork over for this DVD Collector's Edition of 1973's "American Graffiti" will be money very wisely spent. Because the outstanding, in-depth, 78-minute documentary feature, "The Making Of American Graffiti", is worth the cost all by itself.

Every single one of the film's major cast members takes part in the documentary program. Director George Lucas and Producer Francis Ford Coppola (plus other members of the production staff and crew) also participate in this fascinating behind-the-scenes "Making Of" feature, which is one of the best documentaries I've ever come across on a DVD.

Mr. Lucas talks openly and extensively about the making of "Graffiti" and guides the viewer, step-by-step, through the many aspects of creating this unique film -- from the difficulty in getting a studio interested in the project, to the movie's filming on the streets of two small California towns, and through to the release of the picture in theaters (the movie opened on August 11, 1973).

Many interesting tidbits of information are revealed in the documentary, including Harrison Ford's recollection of his "cowboy hat". It seems that Harrison was opposed to getting one of those awful '60s-style haircuts (as were others in the cast). So Ford talked Director Lucas into letting him wear a cowboy hat instead. And then there's Charlie Martin Smith ("Toad"), who had some problems parking his motor scooter in the film's very first scene. But Charlie's gaffe was left in the final cut of the movie by Director Lucas. (Which is a good thing too; it's a great moment in the picture.)

Some original actor Screen Tests are also included in the Making-Of documentary.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Classic August 31, 2005
By Scipio
Format:DVD
I originally watched this movie in high school. Despite having been told about most of the best scenes in advance by my friends, it was still a lot of fun. Of course, a lot of other people thought so too, as it spawned a nostalgia craze for the 50s and early 60s resulting in many (too many?) seasons of "Happy Days," among others.

A few years ago, I saw the movie again on TV. I realized that, even though I was much more mature (at least physically), this movie still seemed very very good.

I recently got the DVD and watched it properly and I have to say that, after careful scrutiny, this really is one of the finest films ever made. I won't retell a story that's much better told by the movie, but: it has a lot of laughs, but it's not entirely a comedy (especially the ending); it has plenty of music, but it's not a musical; it has plenty of action, but no blood and gore; it seems incredibly realistic, but there is never a dull moment; there are multiple storylines and an ensemble cast, but it never gets confusing.

Every aspect of this movie is impressive, but I'm particularly struck by the genius of George Lucas and associates when it comes to casting. Every actor in this movie seems perfect for the role they play. If you look hard you'll see quite a few familiar faces getting their start (including Suzanne Somers very briefly as the girl in the Thunderbird). Many, particularly Harrison Ford & Richard Dreyfuss, went on to long, successful careers. Although they were all great in this film, I thought that Candy Clark was a standout.

If you get this collector's edition of the DVD you'll also be able to see an in-depth "extra" on the story behind the making of the film - very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 60s Revisited
I bought this as a gift, so did not watch it. This is an iconic movie about a particular place and time that is well worth the watch. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Laren S. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always was my favorite movie, now I can watch it any time
Published 6 days ago by Dana Browning
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 7 days ago by Kathleen J Lange
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 7 days ago by Edmond T. Martinson
3.0 out of 5 stars this seems to be a really poor quality print of the movie
Even though it's 40 years old, this seems to be a really poor quality print of the movie. Sound was bad. Picture was a little grainy. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Tom Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars They're Playing Our Song
Anyone born before 1960 can easily identify with at least one of the characters of American Graffiti. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 13 days ago by STEVE
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTACULAR!
Of course, this movie deserves five stars!!! Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss were spectacular!!! Cindy Williams, too! The whole cast was superb!!! Read more
Published 13 days ago by D. Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars great old movie with lots of vintage cars
Lots of cool cars and vintage memorabilia. We will probably watch the sequel soon. Good movie on a Saturday night
Published 14 days ago by Chris Wildman
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie then still one
another classic , great movie then still one now
Published 15 days ago by wayne guess
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