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On This Day: American Graffiti Opens


Where were you in 62?

On this day in 1973, the nostalgic teenage coming-of-age movie American Graffiti opened in US theaters. The movie was directed and co-written by George Lucas

American Graffiti PosterAmerican Graffiti was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture, and helped launch the careers of Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford and Ron Howard.The film also intriduced Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and Wolfman Jack. Suzanne Somers has a cameo

The film’s success enabled Lucas to get his next movie made in 1977, the mega-hit Star Wars.

American Graffiti was set in California in the summer of 1962. The plot follows two young men (Howard and Dreyfuss) who spend a final night cruising around town with their buddies before they are both scheduled to leave for college the next morning. One of the producers of the film was Francis Ford Coppola, who a year earlier had directed the instant classic The Godfather.

Use this link to see the official trailer. "Where were you in 62?"


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