“Where were you in ’62?” is the question asked on the movie poster. This movie took a great look at the end of an era through the eyes of two high school graduates the weekend before they leave for college. They take on the town with a last time cruise through the streets in their Southern California suburb, and they know that the times, they are a changin’.
This 1973 movie was the launchpad for many mainstream actors and directors whom we are very familiar with today. The movie was directed by George Lucas, whom made it on a budget of $500,000. The revenue and profits brought in by nostalgic baby boomer movie-goers was most definitely enough to let the studios take on Lucas’ pet project, Star Wars, and we all know where that would lead.
American Grafitti starred Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Suzanne Somers, Paul LeMat, and MacKenzie Phillips, and had a soundtrack that would be a staple in rollerskating rinks around the country for years to come, and even featured the world’s most popular DJ of the time, Wolfman Jack, who had more coolness and class than any other wolfman any kind of media could put together. If you want to see where the Lucas Empire began, then cruise down to So Cal in a ’62 GTO, and take on the sultry streets of summer in this amazing blast from the past, American Graffiti.