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American Graffiti (1973) v. Goldfinger (1964) Tiebreaker

American Graffiti (1973) Original Episode - #28 (August 18th, 2020)

Goldfinger (1964) Original Episode - #46 (November 18th, 2020)


American Graffiti (1973) v. Goldfinger (1964) Tiebreaker - #207 (April 17th, 2024)


American Graffiti Cast:

  • George Lucas, Writer/Director

  • William Huyck, Writer

  • Gloria Katz, Writer

  • Richard Dreyfuss as Curt Henderson

  • Ron Howard as Steve Bolander (credited as Ronny Howard)

  • Paul Le Mat as John Milner

  • Charles Martin Smith as Terry Fields (credited as Charlie Martin Smith)

  • Candy Clark as Debbie

  • Mackenzie Phillips as Carol

  • Cindy Williams as Laurie

  • Wolfman Jack as the Disc Jockey

  • Bo Hopkins as Joe

  • Harrison Ford as Bob Falfa


American Graffiti Recognition:

  • American Graffiti was released on August 11, 1973.

  • Upon release, the film received almost universal critical acclaim, and on a budget of $777,000 would go on to make roughly $140 million finishing #3 at the box office for 1973.

  • The film was nominated for Best Picture, Director (Lucas), Supporting Actress (Clark), Original Screenplay, and Film Editing.

  • The film has been recognized by the American Film Institute three times:

  • 1998: AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies – #77

  • 2000: AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs – #43

  • 2007: AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) – #62

  • In 1995, American Graffiti was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.


American Graffiti Plot Summary: "American Graffiti" is a nostalgic journey through the streets of Modesto, California in the early 1960s. Director George Lucas paints a vivid portrait of adolescence, capturing the essence of a generation on the brink of change. The film follows a group of friends on their last night together before they embark on separate paths. With a soundtrack filled with classic rock 'n' roll hits, "American Graffiti" immerses viewers in the sights and sounds of the era, evoking a sense of longing for a simpler time. Through its relatable characters and heartfelt storytelling, the film resonates as a timeless ode to youth and the bittersweet passage of time.


Goldfinger Cast:

  • Guy Hamilton, Director

  • Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn, Writers

  • John Barry, Music

  • Sean Connery as James Bond (007)

  • Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore

  • Gert Fröbe as Auric Goldfinger

  • Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson

  • Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson

  • Harold Sakata as Oddjob

  • Bernard Lee as M

  • Martin Benson as Mr. Solo

  • Cec Linder as Felix Leiter

  • Austin Willis as Mr. Roy Simmons

  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny


Goldfinger Recognition:

  • Goldfinger was released on September 18, 1964.

  • It received widespread critical acclaim at the time.

  • On a budget of $3 million, Goldfinger would go on to gross $120 million and finish as the #3 box office finisher in 1964.

  • At the 1965 Academy Awards, Norman Wanstall won the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects Editing, making Goldfinger the first Bond film to receive an Academy Award until Skyfall in 2013.

  • The American Film Institute has honoured the film four times:

    • No. 90 for best movie quote ("A martini. Shaken, not stirred")

    • No. 53 for best song ("Goldfinger")

    • No. 49 for best villain (Auric Goldfinger)

    • No. 71 for most thrilling film


Goldfinger Plot Summary: "Goldfinger" is a thrilling espionage film that follows James Bond on his mission to thwart the diabolical plans of the titular villain, Auric Goldfinger. Bond finds himself entangled in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse as he uncovers Goldfinger's scheme to contaminate the United States' gold reserves at Fort Knox. With a blend of action-packed sequences, clever gadgets, and a charismatic performance by Sean Connery as Bond, "Goldfinger" delivers a captivating and entertaining spy adventure that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats from start to finish.


In Memoriam:


Stanley Rubric Tiebreaker:

Legacy Rankings (original rankings: Goldfinger 9.5, American Graffiti 9)

  1. American Graffiti

  2. Goldfinger

Impact/Significance Rankings (original rankings: Goldfinger 9, American Graffiti 8.5)

  1. American Graffiti

  2. Goldfinger

Novelty Rankings (original rankings: American Graffiti 8.5, Goldfinger 7.5)

  1. American Graffiti

  2. Goldfinger

Classicness Rankings (original rankings: American Graffiti 9, Goldfinger 5.75)

  1. American Graffiti

  2. Goldfinger

Rewatchability Rankings (original rankings: Goldfinger 9.25, American Graffiti 6.5)

  1. Goldfinger

  2. American Graffiti

Audience Score Rankings (original rankings: Goldfinger 8.9, American Graffiti 8.4)

  1. Goldfinger 8.85 (88% Google, 89% RT)

  2. American Graffiti 8.1 (78% Google, 84% RT)

Final Tiebreaker Rankings:

  1. American Graffiti

  2. Goldfinger

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