Trivia: American Graffiti
- AFIS 100 Years Series:
- 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.
- Nice Hat: Bob Falfa's cowboy hat exists because Harrison Ford refused to get a period-appropriate haircut and consequently be sidelined from working in other projects while waiting for it to grow back out.
- 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.
- Take That: is the result of Francis Ford Coppola stating that George Lucas couldn't do a simple mainstream movie when Lucas was making THX 1138.
- Throw It In: Toad crashing his moped into the trash can during the opening credits was an actual, unscripted accident.