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More American Graffiti (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, War | 3 August 1979 (USA)
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College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late 1960s.

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Bill Norton (as B.W.L. Norton)

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Bill Norton (as B.W.L. Norton), George Lucas (based on characters created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Candy Clark ... Debbie Dunham
Bo Hopkins ... Little Joe
Ron Howard ... Steve Bolander
Paul Le Mat ... John Milner
Mackenzie Phillips ... Carol / Rainbow
Charles Martin Smith ... Terry the Toad
Cindy Williams ... Laurie Bolander
Anna Bjorn ... Eva
Richard Bradford ... Major Creech
John Brent John Brent ... Ralph
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College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late 1960s.

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More laughs. More music. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Icelandic

Release Date:

3 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Purple Haze See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,014,674

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,014,674
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am
Written by Ray Whitley
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"More" is Less
31 July 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Despite the fact the characters' futures were foretold at the end of the original, executive producer George Lucas went ahead with this follow-up to his directorial breakthrough, the 1973 hit "American Graffiti", with the novel idea that each person's story takes place on a different New Year's Eve--and that all the stories are intercut with each other (shuffled in order, so to speak). But with so little emphasis on the cast as a group, and with very little contemplation on the fates of the characters in the stories that precede that one we're watching, one gets a disconnected feeling that doesn't provide the nostalgia intended. Paul Le Mat is racing cars (and flirting with a pretty Swede) in the first episode; Charles Martin Smith is a soldier in Vietnam; Candy Clark has been a San Francisco hippie; and Ron Howard and Cindy Williams are battling marrieds with bratty kids (Richard Dreyfuss sat this one out, though Harrison Ford does make a sneaky cameo). Each installment has been filmed in a unique style tailored to the material, with Smith's Vietnam episode the most vividly captured (and the idea of him comically trying to blow off his own arm in order to get back home says more about the war than most anti-war movies do in two hours). Ultimately, the film's stylistic attributes are a colorful distraction. The multi-image cinematography and constant period music on the soundtrack can't deflect the fact the script is thin, while the actors (endearing at first) are encouraged to overact. Writer-director B.W.L. Norton bulldozes his way through; while the pacing seldom flags, his picture could use more of the cleverness, the humor and the sensitivity Lucas displayed in '73. There's a hint of melancholy sweetness at the end of Clark's installment, and a bit of it in Le Mat's story, but "More" turns out to be Less. **1/2 from ****


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