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Encyclopedia > American Grafitti

American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed by George Lucas. It tells the story of a group of small-town middle-class American California teenagers on the last night of summer. It is set in 1962 against the backdrop of commentary and music created by disc jockey Wolfman Jack. The commentary is from his U.S. broadcasting studio that is linked to the transmitter of border-blaster XERB in Mexico. 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... The middle class (or middle classes) comprises a social group once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry. ... State nickname: The Golden State Other U.S. States Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Official languages English Area 410,000 km² (3rd)  - Land 404,298 km²  - Water 20,047 km² (4. ... Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Summer, 1573. ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ... Robert (Bob) Smith was born on January 21, 1938 and became world famous in the 1960s and 1970s as a disc jockey using the stage name of Wolfman Jack. ... A border blaster, unlike an international broadcasting station, is a term that has been specifically used to describe licensed commercial radio stations that have transmited at very high power to the United States of America from various points along the Mexican side of the border. ... XERB are the call letters of a border-blaster radio station licensed to the Tijuana / Rosarito area of Baja California, Mexico. ...


The film was followed by a sequel titled More American Graffiti in 1979. More American Graffiti (1979) is the little-seen follow-up film to George Lucas hit film American Graffiti (1973). ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ...

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Production

Stars

American Graffiti starred Richard Dreyfuss (Curt Henderson), Ron Howard (Steve Bolander), Paul Le Mat (John Milner), Charles Martin Smith (Terry Fields), Candy Clark, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and Harrison Ford. It also featured the first major public appearance by disc jockey Wolfman Jack. Suzanne Somers had a small but notable part as a blonde in the Ford Thunderbird. Dreyfuss as he appeared in the mid-1970s Richard Dreyfuss (born October 29, 1947) is an American actor. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Paul Le Mat (born September 22, 1952) is an actor who first came to prominence in the 1973 film American Graffiti . ... Charles Martin Smith (born October 30, 1953 in Van Nuys, California) is an American film actor and director. ... Cindy Williams (born August 22, American actress, perhaps best known for her portrayal, from 1976 until 1982, of loyal and fun-loving brewery worker Shirley Feeney in the sitcom Laverne & Shirley. ... Mackenzie Phillips, as Julie Cooper on One Day at a Time. ... Harrison Ford Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942,) is an American actor who, between 1977 and 1983, appeared in what were then four of the top ten highest-grossing movies ever. ... Robert (Bob) Smith was born on January 21, 1938 and became world famous in the 1960s and 1970s as a disc jockey using the stage name of Wolfman Jack. ... Suzanne Somers, from the opening credits of Threes Company. ... Wikimedia Commons has more media related to: Ford Thunderbird The Ford Thunderbird is a car manufactured in the USA by the Ford Motor Company. ...


Script and location

The script was written by George Lucas, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck. Although the movie was based upon the memories of George Lucas regarding his teenage years in Modesto, California, it was shot on location around San Rafael and Petaluma in the Bay Area of Northern California. The low-budget movie was mostly shot during night in less than a month. Modesto is the county seat of Stanislaus County, California. ... San Rafael (the name of the Archangel Raphael) is a common place-name in areas where the Spanish-language is spoken: Towns, cities, municipalities, etc. ... Petaluma is a city located in Sonoma County, California. ... The San Francisco Bay Area, sometimes referred to as The Bay Area or The Bay, is a metropolitan area that lies along the San Francisco Bay. ... Northern California (sometimes NorCal or NoCal) refers to the northern portion of the U.S. state of California, roughly covering all of those counties except for the ten counties which make up Southern California. ...


Musical accuracy

The movie gained some of its popularity through its accurate reflection of period music. The depiction of Wolfman Jack broadcasting live from a local studio in California via a transmitter in Mexico is not accurate. This is because provisions of the Brinkley Act forbade cross-border broadcasting. However, Wolfman Jack did broadcast from XERB, but not in the manner shown in the picture. The Brinkley Act is the popular name given to Section 325(b) of The Communications Act of 1934; United States Public Law 416, 73d Congress, June 19, 1934. ... XERB are the call letters of a border-blaster radio station licensed to the Tijuana / Rosarito area of Baja California, Mexico. ...


Storyline

The film focuses on vignettes about the four young men: Curt, Steve, Terry, and John. Curt is not sure if he wants to go off to college, despite receiving a lodge scholarship, much to Steve's consternation. Steve, on the other hand, is not sure about his relationship with steady girlfriend Laurie, Curt's sister. Curt spends the whole night riding around in other people's cars obsessing about a mysterious blonde driving a white Ford Thunderbird. A college (Latin collegium) can be the name of any group of colleagues; originally it meant a group of people living together under a common set of rules (con-, together + leg-, law). As a consequence members of colleges were originally styled fellows and still are in some places. ... A scholarship is an award of access to an institution and/or a financial aid award for an individual for the purposes of furthering their education. ... Wikimedia Commons has more media related to: Ford Thunderbird The Ford Thunderbird is a car manufactured in the USA by the Ford Motor Company. ...


John splits his time between trying to pick up girls and defending his reputation as the fastest drag racer in town. Terry uses Steve's car to pick up a girl. Drag racing is a form of auto racing in which cars attempt to complete a fairly short, straight and level course in the shortest amount of time. ...


Ironically, by the end of the night it is Curt who goes off to college, while Steve decides to stay in town and settle down with Laurie. Instead of attending college, he becomes an insurance salesman. Insurance, in law and economics, is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of potential financial loss. ...


Academy Awards

The film was nominated for several Academy Awards: Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...

The film is included in the National Film Registry. The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American film director, screenwriter, vintner, magazine publisher, and hotelier. ... Gary Kurtz was the producer on Star Wars and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. ... The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...


Inspiration for TV series

The unexpected success of this film helped to inspire ABC to give the green light for the television series Happy Days, which also starred Ron Howard. Both shows also featured as their theme song "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets, which led to the song returning to the American record charts in 1974, 20 years after it was recorded. The ABC Circle logo, designed by Paul Rand in 1962. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Happy Days is a popular United States television sitcom that originally aired between 1974 and 1984 on the ABC television network. ... Rock Around the Clock is a pop song from 1953. ... The original members of Bill Haley and His Comets, c. ... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ...


See also

Though the movie American Graffiti is well known for launching the careers of director George Lucas and actors Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Suzanne Somers and Harrison Ford, the movie stands out for its ability to accurately reflect the music of the period in which it is set. ...

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