George Lucas's fun, lovingly crafted American Graffiti is a beautifully bittersweet coming-of-age comedy-drama, filled with charismatic performances, memorable set-pieces, and a gently alluring sense of nostalgia.
"In early Sixties, pre-Vietnam America, a bunch of teens go cruising in their hometown after the annual school dance. Steve (Ron Howard) and Curt (Richard Dreyfuss) are meant to be leaving for college the next day, but Steve's girlfriend Laurie (Cindy Williams) doesn't want him to go and Curt is also beginning to have doubts. Meanwhile, class nerd Terry (Charles Martin Smith) has an unexpected encounter with an older woman, and John (Paul LeMat), the owner of the fastest car on the street, tries to get rid of a precocious 13-year-old he has mistakenly picked up. Harrison Ford also appears in an early role." Universal Pictures
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