American Graffiti

George Lucas’ masterful sophomore effort, American Graffiti resonated with critics and audiences alike. Innovative in structure and at times both hilarious and poignant, this coming of age tale remains a classic today.

Set in Modesto, California, in 1962, a time and place of early rock n’ roll, drag races, and diners, American Graffiti follows four friends over the course of one summer night. They navigate relationships, their futures, and the post-high school decisions that will impact both.

Released August 1, 1973

American Graffiti  was supposed to be shot in San Rafael, California, but after complaints from a local bar owner, production was moved to Petaluma.

The film began a long friendship between Lucas and star Ron Howard. The two would later collaborate on Willow.

Production was not easy — in a makeshift camera car, Lucas, the sound man, and cameraman were forced to ride in the trunk.

American Graffiti reinvented the movie soundtrack. Featuring 41 songs by 35 groups, it used pop songs of the day to reinforce the period setting.

With a budget of only $700,000 and over $50 million in rental earnings, American Graffiti is one of the most profitable films of the modern era.

George Lucas’ masterful sophomore effort, American Graffiti resonated with critics and audiences alike. Innovative in structure and at times both hilarious and poignant, this coming of age tale remains a classic today.

Set in Modesto, California, in 1962, a time and place of early rock n’ roll, drag races, and diners, American Graffiti follows four friends over the course of one summer night. They navigate relationships, their futures, and the post-high school decisions that will impact both.

Released August 1, 1973

American Graffiti  was supposed to be shot in San Rafael, California, but after complaints from a local bar owner, production was moved to Petaluma.

The film began a long friendship between Lucas and star Ron Howard. The two would later collaborate on Willow.

Production was not easy — in a makeshift camera car, Lucas, the sound man, and cameraman were forced to ride in the trunk.

American Graffiti reinvented the movie soundtrack. Featuring 41 songs by 35 groups, it used pop songs of the day to reinforce the period setting.

With a budget of only $700,000 and over $50 million in rental earnings, American Graffiti is one of the most profitable films of the modern era.