Where were you in ’62?
Personally I was only two years old, but many Americans were on the verge of a drastic change in the way they viewed life. That is what George Lucas’ American Graffiti is about. Another coming of age movie, but more of the coming of age of a country and a way of life more than the individual charecters. This movie is set between the Korean War and the Vietnam War, before the assasination of JFK and before the “love” movement and the age of psychedelic drugs.
Lucas really hits the nerve of American at that time with this film and sort of gives us a last look at innocence. Most of the actors in this film were relitively unknowns, but this film launched their careers. Names like; Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Suzanne Somers, Cindy Williams, & Bo Hopkins are now well known stars, but in 1973 they were just making their mark.
The movie shot almost entirely at night is full of rock and roll and full of nostalgia. To think that this movie almost never made it to the screen is a horror, as what became the sleeper hit of ’73 is now a classic.