American Graffiti script
Synopsis: On the last day of summer vacation in 1962, friends Curt (Richard Dreyfuss), Steve (Ronny Howard), Terry (Charles Martin Smith) and John (Paul Le Mat) cruise the streets of small-town California while a mysterious disc jockey (Wolfman Jack) spins classic rock'n'roll tunes. It's the last night before their grown-up lives begin, and Steve's high-school sweetheart, a hot-to-trot blonde, a bratty adolescent and a disappearing angel in a Thunderbird provide all the excitement they can handle.

Suddenly, there's an ear-splitting roar and they all turn as a

yellow '32 Ford deuce coupe--chopped, lowered and sporting a

Hemi-V8--bumps into the lot. The low slung classic rumbles and

parks at the rear of the drive in.

Big John Milner, twenty-two, sits in his Ford, tough and

indifferent, puffing on a Camel. He wears a white T-shirt and a

butch haircut molded on the sides into a ducktail. A cowboy in a

deuce coupe--simple, sentimental and cocksure of himself.


You wanna end up like John? You can't stay seventeen forever.


I just want some time to think. What's the rush? I'll go next



We'll talk later. Steve walks off toward Laurie's Edsel. Laurie

gets out. She's wearing a letterman's sweater with a large "Class

of '62" emblazoned on the shoulder. Steve goes to her and they


On the radio, the music ends, and the Wolfman's intro tune comes

on. RADIO (singing)

"Here comes the Wolfman--Wolfman Jack!"

WOLFMAN (voice over)

Oh, We're gonna rock and roll ourselves to death baby. You got

the Wolfman Jack Show!


As the radio blares "Sixteen Candles," we see that with the

darkness Burger City has come alive. A continual line of hot rods

pulls into the parking lot to check out the parked cars, then

returns to the maindrag. Carhops glide by on roller skates. Curt

and John are fooling around in front of the deuce coupe. A horn

honks and they turn as a '60 Ford with three girls in it slows by

them. A girl leans out the window and smiles.

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George Lucas

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver. However, a terrible car accident just after his high school graduation ended that dream permanently. The accident changed his views on life. He decided to attend Modesto Junior College before enrolling in the University of Southern California film school. As a film student, he made several short films including THX-1138: 4EB (Electronic Labyinth) which won first prize at the 1967-68 National Student Film Festival. In 1967, he was awarded a scholarship by Warner Brothers to observe the making of Finian's Rainbow (1968) which was being directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas and Coppola became good friends and formed American Zoetrope in 1969. The company's first project was Lucas' full-length version of THX 1138 (1971). In 1971, Coppola went into production for The Godfather (1972), and Lucas formed his own company, Lucasfilm Ltd. In 1973, he wrote and directed the semiautobiographical American Graffiti (1973) which won the Golden Globe and garnered five Academy Award nominations. This gave him the clout he needed for his next daring venture. From 1973 to 1974, he began writing the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). He was inspired to make this movie from Flash Gordon and the Planet of the Apes films. In 1975, he established I.L.M. (Industrial Light and Magic) to produce the visual effects needed for the movie. Another company called Sprocket Systems was established to edit and mix Star Wars and later becomes known as Skywalker Sound. His movie was turned down by several studios until 20th Century Fox gave him a chance. Lucas agreed to forego his directing salary in exchange for 40% of the film's box-office take and all merchandising rights. The movie went on to break all box office records and earned seven Academy Awards. It redefined the term "blockbuster". The rest is history. Lucas made the other Star Wars films and along with Steven Spielberg created the Indiana Jones series which made box office records of their own. From 1980 to 1985, Lucas was busy with the construction of Skywalker Ranch, built to accommodate the creative, technical, and administrative needs of Lucasfilm. Lucas also revolutionized movie theatres with the T.H.X. System which was created to maintain the highest quality standards in motion picture viewing. He went on to make several more movies that have introduced major innovations in film-making technology. He is chairman of the board of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 1992, George Lucas was honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his life-time achievement. more…

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