Great Moments In Film – American Graffiti (1973)
Lost in the explosion that is Star Wars is George Lucas’ second movie, the personal American Graffiti. Based on his own teenage years in Modesto, CA, Lucas was able to weave the many stories happening to many characters flawlessly. At it’s heart, it’s about a group of friends who are going to be splitting up due to two of them going off to college. This is their last night out on the town, cruising and having fun. It features an all-star cast, with several becoming part of Hollywood’s elite (and an absolute superstar in the case of Harrison Ford).
I would be greatly in the wrong if I failed to mention one of the best soundtracks ever, complete with everyone’s favorite Oldies (pre-British Invasion). To be more in point, Lucas expertly uses the songs to create the mood for every scene. He described American Graffiti as a musical and one can easily see/hear why.
In a movie the features a ton of memorable scenes, this would be my favorite. Richard Dreyfuss plays Carl, one of the two that are set to leave town the following morning. As with everything, something puts into question those plans. Of course, the something happens to be a girl (the Blonde in the T-Bird played by Suzanne Somers). Most guys have encountered a girl at some point that sends them for a loop, the blonde is Carl’s. He searches the small town the entire night looking for this beautiful girl with no luck. With nowhere else to go, he heads to the radio station just outside of town, looking for help from the legendary DJ Wolfman Jack. He doesn’t get quite what he expects, but is given a great lesson in life all the same.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.