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American Graffiti (1973)

Updated: Oct 15, 2022

Plot Summary: On the last day of summer vacation in 1962, friends Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), Steve (Ronny Howard), Terry (Charles Martin Smith) and John (Paul Le Mat) cruise the streets of small-town California while a mysterious disc jockey (Wolfman Jack) spins classic rock'n'roll tunes. It's the last night before their grown-up lives begin, and Steve's high-school sweetheart, a hot-to-trot blonde, a bratty adolescent and a disappearing angel in a Thunderbird provide all the excitement they can handle.

*Recognition: Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, and Film Editing; AFI #77, #62

What this movie is about?: Four teen boys discover themselves at the peak between adolescence and adulthood.

Best Performance: George Lucas/Richard Dreyfuss

Best Minor Performance: Richard Dreyfuss/Charles Martin Smith

Most Charismatic Award: Harrison Ford/Wolfman Jack

Best Scene: Curt at the Arcade/Meeting Wolfman Jack

Favorite Scene: Milner trying to pick up girls/Steve telling off the Vice Principal

Best Line:

Steve Bolander: I thought, maybe before I leave, we could agree that... that seeing other people while I'm away can't possibly hurt, you know. Laurie Henderson: You mean dating other people? Steve Bolander: I think it would strengthen our relationship. Then we'd know for sure that we're really in love. Not that there's any doubt.

Honorable Mention: "We're finally getting out of this turkey town, and now you wanna crawl back into your cell, right? You wanna end up like John? You just can't stay seventeen forever." - Steve Bolander

Funniest Line: "I just love listening to Wolfman. My Mom won't let me at home. Because he's a Negro. I think he's terrific." - Carol

Most Indelible Moment: The Squadcar Scene/Drag Race/Meeting Wolfman Jack

The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 9

Impact/Significance: 8.5

Novelty: 8.5

Classic-ness: 9

Rewatchability: 6.5

Audience Score: 8.4

Total: 49.9

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