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Basics Viewers:72Rusty:76
Category: Comedy, DramaNotable as: ComedySub-Category: comedy-drama, teen film, coming-of-age storyMain subject: automobileNarrative location: CaliforniaRuntime: 108 - 112 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: San FranciscoDirector: George LucasScreenwriter: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard HuyckCinematography: Haskell WexlerStars: Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Kathleen Quinlan, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams Producer: Francis Ford Coppola, Gary KurtzStudio: Lucasfilm, American ZoetropeAwards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Director (George Lucas)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Verna Fields)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Francis Ford Coppola, Gary Kurtz)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Candy Clark)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

American Graffiti is a 1973 coming of age film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips and Wolfman Jack; Suzanne Somers has a cameo as the blonde in the T-bird. Set in 1962 Modesto, California, the film is a study of the cruising and rock and roll cultures popular among the post–World War II baby boom generation. The film is told in a series of vignettes, telling the story of a group of teenagers and their adventures in one night. The genesis of American Graffiti was in Lucas' own teenage years in early 1960s Modesto. He was unsuccessful in pitching the concept to financiers and distributors but finally found favor at Universal Pictures after United Artists, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros., and Paramount Pictures turned him down. Filming was initially set to take place in San Rafael, California, but the production crew was denied permission to shoot beyond a second day. As a result, most filming was done in Petaluma.

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