Trivia: American Graffiti

  • Breakthrough Hit: The film was a critical and commercial success and established George Lucas as a film powerhouse. However, most people know him more for the later Star Wars movies instead (despite Lucas not expecting it to be better-known).
  • Executive Meddling / Re Cut: Universal trimmed four minutes from the film for its initial release. When it was re-released to theaters in 1978, following the success of Star Wars and Lucas' resulting clout, the cut scenes (including Toad dealing with a fast-talking car salesman and Bob Falfa serenading Laurie with "Some Enchanted Evening") were put back in. Producer Coppola openly sympathized with Lucas over the matter, as he himself also dealt with executive meddling while shooting The Godfather.
  • Retroactive Recognition: For a big chunk of the cast.
  • Star-Making Role: For Richard Dreyfuss. Also the first significant non-child role for Ron Howard.
  • Throw It In: The part in the beginning where Terry crashes his moped into the trash can was unscripted and was left in.