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Motion Pictures Making American Graffiti

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, May 18, 2017.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,027


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Making American Graffiti


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  2. John Starr
    Joined: Sep 14, 2016
    Posts: 65

    John Starr

    As my wife likes to joke, she knew I grew up in a good town when I told her I saw the movie poster for this as a kid and did not know what "graffiti" meant.

    With this film and his next (Star Wars) Lucas did two things nobody has pulled off since; cheap music rights on the amazing wall-to-wall soundscape of Graffiti, and securing merchandising rights to Star Wars.

    He also made the best car film to date. Don't hold our breaths waiting for the next!

    I later went to USC film school where most Lucas devotees obsessed with Star Wars, and I tried to remind them about Graffiti.
  3. mrquickwhip
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 426


    Thanks jive bomber. I enjoyed that
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  4. Best movie ever
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  5. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,026


    Great take Jive, I remember when Toad ran into that trash can, and later in the movie you
    could still see the big dent in it. I always thought it was an accident, and now I know it was.
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  6. It was amazing how many parallels there were to my growing up in Stamford CT. The cars, the girls, even the wise as guy in the 55 Chevy. We had a guy that showed up in a dark blue 52 Ford that was fast and he would challenge the hot rods. Again his personality was just like that of Harrison Ford's corrector. He wore a cowboy hat and all.
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  7. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,906

    from Colorado

    Change Mel's drive-in to Oscars on El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego and it represents the era and the action perfectly.
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  8. Favorite movie of all time, my family can attest.
  9. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 322


    The annual Salute to American Graffitti in Petaluma Ca. is this weekend. Still time to make it. Attended a couple of years ago and had a great time. A friend is there this year with his '55 Chev.
  10. John Starr
    Joined: Sep 14, 2016
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    John Starr

    There was a Milner type in our town, and in the name of full disclosure I'd almost have to peg myself as Toad -- in the sense of having a car that was much cooler than I was, at least.
  11. Supposed to be located in Modesto Calif. but the #1 Friday night cruise Main Street town in the Valley in the 60s was Porterville. Guys from Bakersfield would travel to Porterville to cruise Main. Stop at Coleman's next to Porterville High to get a cherry-marshmallow 7-UP and hit the road again.
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  12. GeeRam
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 246


    Here in the UK at the time, we didn't get first release of a new film until about 6 months after its release in the USA, and then in pre-video days, there was usually a 2nd round of showing about 12-18 months later, and it was on the 2nd time around that I first went to see it was around 1975, and as a 12 year old that I just discovered real 'Rock n Roll' the timing of Graffiti added a perfect picture snapshot of what the era meant in the USA other than just the music......
    And I've been hooked ever since, music, clothes, cars, culture, architecture....... a life defining film for me, along with The Battle of Britain movie from 1969.
  13. 48stude
    Joined: Jul 31, 2004
    Posts: 895


  14. Very cool to see some of the "inside" story on the making of the film. All of us who cruised the Queenstown Mighty Mo or the Capitol Plaza Hot Shoppes in Hyattsville, Maryland related 100% to the movie. All of the characters could be found in our area, they just went by different names.
  15. El Caballo
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,869

    El Caballo

    I only saw the movie on TV as a kid, along with Happy Days, and I was geeking out on the cars, the whole plot/sub-plot was wasted on me. LOL.
    You and I are about the same age, but I think it was Patton for me, but I really liked BoB, "...takka, takka, takka..."
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  16. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
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    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    1963, I was getting out of high school, cruising my slammed, floor shifted, split piped 53 Chevy hardtop around the small towns in the area and thinking I was dam cool. HA! By the time Graffiti came out I was married but heavy into hot rods and was doing my thing in a piss yellow deuce highboy roadster while building a deuce sedan for the soon to come family. American Graffiti and the November 73 issue of Rod and Custom have influenced my life to this day. At 72 I'm still chasing hot rods and am currently building a heavy chopped deuce 5 window to join my stable of 4 other deuces. Thanks George Lucas for making dreams come true.
  17. El Caballo
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    El Caballo

    This is cool, what it looks like today.
  18. That video "revisit" is awesome, did a hell of a job putting that together!
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  19. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
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    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    What Lucas was trying re-create with filming at Mel's Drive-In was Modesto's "Burges Drive-In" on 9th street in Modesto since demolished to make room for social progress.
  20. El Caballo
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    El Caballo

    I'm not 100% sure it was the same guy, but there is a Bullitt one like this as well.
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  21. Of course you are aware of the legendary 1964 Drag Racing Tour to UK buy a bunch of famous racers including Ohio George and KS Pittman with their '33 Willys.
  22. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,871


    Fresno was very much like this in the late 50's early 60's Mars or Stan's drivein's Cruising the main or Belmont and running em out on Thorne or Snake Road or short blasts on H street(not real sure of the roads--long time ago.) In 62 I was running my 57 Pontiac on the streets and at Madera, Raisin City and Half Moon Bay a few times. It was very much like the movie in Fresno, Merced and Madera-lots of neat cars and many impromptu street races. Got caught in 61 in CHP chase/roadblock drag racing and spent a little time in the can (5 days)
    Last edited: May 25, 2017
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  23. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 3,949


    Great clip! Great movie. Thanks Jay
  24. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
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    Bandit Billy

    Thanks El Caballo, you made my morning at work and the conference call I sat through while I watched your video post most worth while.
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  25. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 5,240

    seb fontana
    from ct

    The guy in the Ford could have been Ed Prout from Bristol; about right time frame and he did make Fords run well..
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  26. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
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    seb fontana
    from ct

    Long version
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  27. Not sure what that ford had in it but will ask an old friend when I see him. He almost looked like Ford in the movie. The ford could have been a 53 or 54, I will check.
  28. Officer_Bimbeau
    Joined: Mar 1, 2013
    Posts: 110


    I've always been a car nut thanks to my parents. But growing up in the generation of Fast & Furious, movies like American Graffiti and my personal favorite car movie of all time Hollywood Knights helped push my love for old cars and great music
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  29. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 7,483

    from Mesa, Az

    It is a good movie.
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  30. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,087


    Ex wife and 3 different g/f always asked me the same question whenever AG, Animal House, Back to School, and a few others came on.........
    "How many times are you going to watch that?"

    The answer, as all of you know, is "Every time they show it."

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