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American Graffiti


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I am laying here watching one of my all time favorite movies, American Graffiti.

 

I am watching the dance scenes and found that Lucus did a pretty good job on his vintage homework.

 

Reminds me of one of my 1st bands. Everyone has a different mic. We had a mix of mics as we got mics where and when ever we could. Our bass player "borowed" a pair of Elvis Shure mics from a church. We always waited to get shocked by them.

 

Guitars are early 60's Fenders. I couldn't get a good look at the keyboard but it looked like a short keyboard Farfisa.

 

It looks and sounds like they are using the gym / auditoriums sound system which we did several times in the early days.

 

GREAT sound track! :rawk:

 

Great cast, most of them totally unknown and others little known.

 

Richard Dreyfuss

Ron Howard

Paul Le Mat

Charles Martin Smith

Cindy Williams

Candy Clark

Mackenzie Phillips

Wolfman Jack

Bo Hopkins

Harrison Ford

Kathleen Quinlan

Johnny Weissmuller Jr.

Susan Richardson

Kay Lenz

Debralee Scott

Suzanne Somers

 

All of them went on to have pretty successful careers. Kay Lenz was pretty hot when she got older. Candy Clark was just perfect in this movie.

 

This is the kind of movie you can just listen to after you have watched it a few times, which you will have to do to catch everything going on.

 

Peace :rimshot:

 

 

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:thu: One of my favorites, too. They did a great job on getting the cars period perfect also. I've got a framed poster of Milner and his '32 hanging in the garage. One of the best drag racing movie scenes ever. Definitely agree on it having a GREAT soundtrack. If you like American Graffiti, check out Hollywood Knights, it's a more of a comedy, but set in the same time period. Great cars and music in it also.

 

Avoid playing the amplifier at a volume setting high enough to produce a distorted sound through the speaker-Fender Guitar Course-1966

 

 

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Just watched some of it the other day. Great movie. Incredible cast. Amazing to think that Universal thought they had a stinker on their hands and dragged their feet releasing it!

 

Great soundtrack.

 

Filmed close by in Santa Rosa, if I am not mistaken. If you live in Northern California you are constantly reminded of the movie by the number of Mel's Diner restaurants that seem to pop up. (No drive-ins any more though. :( )

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I'm pretty sure that it was filmed in Modesto, jbote.

 

The chain around the cop car's axle is definitely classic, Red. I love the part when Toad is trying to get someone to buy booze for him.

Avoid playing the amplifier at a volume setting high enough to produce a distorted sound through the speaker-Fender Guitar Course-1966

 

 

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Most of American Graffiti was filmed in Petaluma, CA. Though Modesto was Lucas' hometown. Perhaps some was filmed in Modesto, but Petaluma for sure. Just another factoid, Mesa Boogie Amps aka Mesa Engineering is located in Petaluma.
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Ellwood,

 

You didn't like that movie? Heck, the sound track alone was worth seeing the movie. There were so many subplots, gags and inuendoes that it takes a couple of viewings to get it all.

 

Maybe I am prejudice as it was a lot of my early youth and a lot of the characters protrayed were like a lot like the kids I looked up to or down to growing up.

 

Still in my top 10 movies.

 

Peace

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My young HS Shop Class teachers just howled over that movie (no pun intended). Parts where definitely entertaining and I had the sound track on vinyl. Parts just plain left me depressed. I'll have to watch it again and look for some of the stuff I must have missed.

 

Myth Busters did a segment on pulling the back axle off of a car like that. It can't be done. Someone prove them wrong and don't forget to video tape it.

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Ellwood,

 

You didn't like that movie? Heck, the sound track alone was worth seeing the movie. There were so many subplots, gags and inuendoes that it takes a couple of viewings to get it all.

 

Maybe I am prejudice as it was a lot of my early youth and a lot of the characters protrayed were like a lot like the kids I looked up to or down to growing up.

 

Still in my top 10 movies.

 

Peace

 

Hay loved that movie, just not the socialist/Marxist, Dreyfuss (not a political opinion it's a fact) like when a rat is a rat, just a fact that's all.

 

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Myth Buster's ignored the 1st rule. You have to replicate the situation. That means using a Ford Fairlaine with most of the rear suspension bolts removed. I read an article on how it was done.

 

Yeah, and they used a newer car, too. It was a great segment if you haven't seen it. They drove the car by remote control just in case the cable snapped. Well, the cable did snap and it would have taken your head off. They finally got the axle to come off and it just sunk the tires into the wheel well. But then reality seldom makes for good movie stunts.

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Well, I ain't seen it. It's on my "really ought to see it one day" list, along with Raging Bull.

 

But I'm not sure that getting the period detail was all that difficult. It's a what, a 1972 movie? And the events they depict were set when? In 1962?

 

Hell, that's like making a film set in 1997 right now. Not terribly difficult to find the right cars, guitars, etc. Most of that stuff would have still been on the roads.

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You'd think so, Vince, but then again I see a huge difference between 1962 & 72, culturally, extending to car design, drive-in diners, etc. that I don't really notice much between 1997 and 2007.

 

Plus, the cottage industry that is replica vintage car parts and kits didn't really exist in 1972. The mid seventies were the era that cottage industry began to blossom in a big way here in the states.

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You'd think so, Vince, but then again I see a huge difference between 1962 & 72, culturally, extending to car design, drive-in diners, etc. that I don't really notice much between 1997 and 2007.

 

Sure, Neil, but I still think that finding some ten year old cars to do up wouldn't have been as much of a biggie as, say, doing the Great Gatsby, or The Godfather, where they had to fill up scenes with much older cars.

 

Not knocking the film, which by all accounts is pretty good. I'm simply nonplussed by the logistics involved, at least by comparison to other period films of that decade.

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Well, I ain't seen it. It's on my "really ought to see it one day" list, along with Raging Bull.

 

 

Raging Bull deserves to be bumped to your must see list! :thu: Don't let the obscurity of the people it portrays, particularly obscure in your hemisphere, put you off seeing it. I had no idea who LaMotta was before seeing it, but it's a work of art.

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The scene where Candy Clark and the old couple are standing there watching poor ol' Terry the Toad loudly vomit off screen, Candy is shaking her shaking her head, and the old lady says "looks kinda like a dog, doesn't he?" may possibly be the funniest scene in the cinematic history of Western culture.

 

At least it is to me...

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