American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming-of-age comedy film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack. Suzanne Somers, Kathleen Quinlan, Debralee Scott, and Joe Spano also appear in the film.
On their last evening of summer vacation in 1962, high school graduates and friends Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander meet two other friends, John Milner, the drag-racing king, and Terry "The Toad" Fields, in the parking lot of Mel's Drive-In in Modesto, California. Curt and Steve are to travel "Back East" the following morning to start college. Curt has second thoughts about leaving Modesto. Steve gives Terry his car to care for until he returns. Laurie, Steve's girlfriend and Curt's sister, arrives. Steve suggests to Laurie that they see other people while he is away to "strengthen" their relationship. Though not openly upset, she is, affecting their interactions through the night.
|author||George Lucas Gloria Katz Willard Huyck|
|award||National Film Registry|
|editor||Marcia Lucas Verna Fields|
|keywords||annoy back east back-to-high-school disc jockey drive drunk driver even first day of school ford thunderbird greaser hear insurance agent kill mel\'s drive-in missing in action morning northeastern united states parking lot pay phone radio station search sock hop summer vacation talk turn voice|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay|
|producer||Francis Ford Coppola|
|productionCompany||American Zoetrope Lucasfilm|
|theme||high school race|