I haven't seen American Graffiti in years. What happened to it? Does the fact that it's pretty much
disappeared mean that it was overrated to begin with?
I was a kid when I went to see it in a theater. The movie ended with a epilogue telling us what became of the male characters. Cindy Williams was infuriated that they didn't say a word about the girls. They tell us that the Richard Dreyfuss character went on to become a writer, implying that he had written the true story of all his friends that the movie was based on which is a common enough ploy.
It was basically a rock and roll hot rod movie made some years after that genre was presumed dead.
Was it a stroke of genius that Lucas made the thing, or was it a fluke that it was as successful as it was? The crew thought it looked like a made-for-TV movie. I'll have to see it again.