Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Interesting Trivia about the Movie "American Graffiti"

American Graffiti (Collector's Edition) (High School Reunion Collection)Interesting Tidbits

     An interesting piece of trivia regarding "American Graffiti" was the fact that it "was shot in [only] twenty-eight days" (Cook, 2000, p. 38). Another interesting tidbit is that "the cast and crew were relatively inexperienced" (Bart, 1998, p. 2). In fact, when "executives at Universal saw the first preview in San Francisco, their response was, to put it mildly, unenthusiastic." (Bart, 1998, p. 2). One top production executive said it was 'Unreleaseable' and was not even good enough to be "a TV movie" (Bart, 1998, p. 2).  Nevertheless, in spite of "American Graffiti's" low budget and soundtrack being "recorded and played in monaural" (Cook, 2000, p. 396), the film garnered five Academy Award nominations and was a successful summer Blockbuster film. Moreover, it "emerged as... [a successful] upbeat movie -- a film that helped propel the careers of Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford and a former child star named Ron Howard" (Bart, 1998, p. 2).

Summer Blockbuster Film

     "American Graffiti" was released on August 1, 1973. It became a huge success and triumphed as a Summer Blockbuster film. As theater attendance in the early 1970s reached their lows, the film caught the attention of "a large share of younger viewers during summer and set a pattern for summer releases (Thomson, 1997, p. 36).


Bart, Peter. (July 27, 1998). George and Francis Show' Returns: Twenty-Five Years After 'American Graffiti -- Lucas and Coppola Seem Re-Energized as They Embark on Separate Strategies. Variety, Volume 371, Number 11.

Cook, David A. (2000). Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979. Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Thomson, David. (August 1997). How Hollywood Invented Summer and Why the Annual Blockbuster Grosses is Actually a Disguise for Slow Times. Esquire, Volume 128, Number 2.

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