ACCL Film Series: American Graffiti
Athens-Clarke County Library
2025 Baxter Street
706 613 3650
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 • 7:00 pm
It’s the last night of summer in 1962 in a small southern California town in pre-Vietnam America, the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss) and Steve Bolander (Ron Howard), are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east. Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is seen as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead end town. They, along with their friends Terry (Charles Martin Smith) and John (Paul Le Mat), cruise the streets while a mysterious disc jockey (Wolfman Jack) spins classic rock’n’roll tunes. Steve’s high-school sweetheart, a bratty adolescent and a disappearing angel in a Thunderbird provide all the excitement they can handle.
The film has been highly influential and launched the film career of Director George Lucas, as well as actors Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Suzanne Somers, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, Kathleen Quinlan, Wolfman Jack, and others.
This film is rated PG. The screening is free and open to the public.