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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.

Director:

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

Writers:

Bill Norton (as B.W.L. Norton), George Lucas (based on characters created by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
Country Joe McDonald ... Country Joe and the Fish
Barry Melton Barry Melton ... Country Joe and the Fish (as Barry 'the Fish' Melton)
Robert Hogins Robert Hogins ... Country Joe and the Fish
Robert Flurie Robert Flurie ... Country Joe and the Fish
Peter Albin Peter Albin ... Country Joe and the Fish
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College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late 1960s.

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The sights and sounds of the '60s. There were bittersweet times. There were funny times. And it was all unforgettable. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,014,674
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Dolby

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mel's Drive-In does not appear in the sequel at all, but is still shown in a still on the back of the Blu-ray Disc case. Presumably this is a still from the original movie which was incorrectly put on the package. See more »

Goofs

When Toad brings the cake to Major Creech, the major is not wearing a cap. After Toad blows up the latrine and the Major is covered in waste, he has a cap on. See more »

Quotes

Terry 'The Toad' Fields: Got my orders.
John Milner: Yeah?
Terry 'The Toad' Fields: Leavin' tonight.
John Milner: Where to?
Debbie Dunham: Vietnam.
Terry 'The Toad' Fields: That's right. Uncle Sam says: I need the Toad. Only way we're gonna win this one: get the Toad in there.
John Milner: You're gonna kick some ass, huh?
Terry 'The Toad' Fields: Kick ass, take names, and eat Kong for breakfast.
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Crazy Credits

The current whereabouts of the characters are shown during the movie's final scene. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Cruisin' 57 (2015) See more »

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Wooly Bully
Written by Domingo Samudio
Performed by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
Courtesy of MGM Records
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The original cast returns to adjust to life during the Vietnam Era.
13 November 1998 | by NickCage-2See all my reviews

This sequel to 'American Graffiti', the hit movie that spawned the 'retro `50s' fad of the early `70s, features everybody from the original cast except Richard Dreyfuss. Now older and wiser, the kids of 'Where were you in `62' learn to deal with life during the mid `60s Vietnam War Era. The film is unique in its filmmakers' method of juxtaposing frames of concurrent action from different scenes side by side with current scenes. The sequel's storyline idea takes its cue from the original film's end-credits, as all action again occurs within one day in their lives, but this time, in yet another original move, it's the same day, New Years' Eve, in 4 separate years in 4 of the different protagonists' lives. The film moves back and forth across the years effectively; to `64 with dragster John Milner in the race of his life, to `65 with Terry The Toad in Vietnam, to `66 with Terry's girlfriend Debbie Dunham, now a hippie chick in San Francisco just prior to the Summer of Love, to `67 with Steve & Laurie Bolander, the king & queen of the prom, now married with children in Modesto, CA. It explores the main themes of the `60s era: the war, muscle cars, drugs, campus protests, burning your draft card, police brutality `a la Kent State, "make-love-not-war", and more great music from the era. A must see for fans of the original film, the use of the inventive filming techniques is unusual and surely dismayed theatergoers upon its release as it bombed frightfully, probably due to the disdain for the `50s & `60s as being passe on the fringe of the `80s. But it is still a nicely-done film and quite enjoyable. It also features cameos from others in the original movie, including Harrison Ford reprising his role as Bob Falfa, now an S.F.P.D. motorcycle patrolman, plus Mackenzie Phillips & Bo Hopkins. A great study of `60s life and times.


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