American Graffiti
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This Academy Award-nominated classic, voted one of the American Film Institute's top 100 Films Of All Time, features the coming of age of four teenagers on their last summer night before college. Rediscover drag racing, Inspiration Point and drive-ins all over again in this nostalgic look back at the early '60s. The incredible soundtrack brings you the most memorable rock 'n' roll hits of the era. Directed by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, this classic stars Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This superb and singular film catches not only the charm and tribal energy of the teen-age 1950s but also the listlessness and the resignation that underscored it all like an incessant bass line in one of the rock-'n'-roll songs of the period."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"The film that launched a thousand careers."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Maybe the best film about teenagers ever made."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Nearly 40 years later it still plays as a loose and vibrant testament to an era that is so distinctly America."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Brilliant and highly influential."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"There is brilliant interplaying and underplaying, of script, performers and direction which will raise howls of laughter from audiences, yet never descends on the screen to overdone mugging, pratfall and other heavy-handed devices normally employed."
‑ A.D. Murphy, Variety
"American Graffiti acts almost as a milestone to show us how far (and in many cases how tragically) we have come."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"[A] hugely influential docu-drama."
‑ , Total Film
"Anyone who has spent their teenage years cruising up and down Main Street will connect with the film... which is part of the reason I didn't."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"American Graffiti is a music-infused tone poem - a fond, delicate trip back to an era often forgotten."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"A brilliant work of popular art, it redefined nostalgia as a marketable commodity and established a new narrative style, with locale replacing plot, that has since been imitated to the point of ineffectiveness."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It is a very good movie, funny, tough, unsentimental."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Wonderfully evoking the feel and spirit of the era, this is one of those rare movies you live through rather than watch."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Playfully suggests what life was like for white teenagers in small-town America during the 1950s and early 1960s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's one of the all-time great feel good films, but its sly cultural commentary is what makes it the masterpiece that it is."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
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