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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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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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More laughs. More music. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Country:

USA

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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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WILHELM SCREAM: Vietnam football game when the players all fell down in the mud just before they carried the first guy off on the stretcher. See more »

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The final account of the characters states that Terry was reported missing in action in Vietnam. However he staged his death so that his superiors believe he was blown to bits at a specific place and time. Thus he would be reported KIA (killed in action), not missing in action. See more »

Quotes

John Milner: Hey, look, I want you to keep this, take that with you
[Hands Toad a twisted bolt]
John Milner: That's from when my flywheel broke remember?
Terry 'The Toad' Fields: That's great, man, that's really great. Hey, you know what I'm going to do for you? I'm going to capture you a VC flag.
John Milner: Naw, don't so that man, just come back alive.
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Fixin' to Die Rag
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Rather Pointless Sequel
1 September 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

More American Graffiti (1979)

** (out of 4)

At the end of American GRAFFITI we were told the outcome to the four main characters. This sequel allows us to catch up with some of them and then see their outcome. Steve and Laurie (Ron Howard, Cindy Williams) are now married but that is coming apart. John Milner (Paul Le Mat) is trying to get his racing career off the ground. Terry (Charles Martin Smith) is fighting in Vietnam. His flame Debbie (Candy Clark) is with a loser boyfriend.

It would be unfair to call MORE American GRAFFITI a poor cash grab because it really wasn't. This sequel arrived six years after the original film and it's not quite as awful as some make it out to be but there's no question that it's rather pointless. I say that because the original film told us what happened to the main characters so seeing "how" it happened here really doesn't contain any drama or suspense.

Another problem with the movie is its structure. The film film could bounce from one character to another because everything was happening over a single night. The same bounce game is happening here but it takes place over a period of years and since you already know the conclusion to two of the stories there's really not much going on here. THere's an anti-Vietnam and anti-police message throughout the picture so perhaps they wanted to show the fight that these folks were doing by the end of the decade.

Another problem is that there are some pretty uninteresting stories here. In fact, I'd argue that there's really nothing interesting going on here. The worst story is clearly the one with Debbie. The Vietnam stuff is poorly shot and the director beats you over the head with the message so much that you tune out even more. The racing really has no drama because, well, you know the ending. The entire marriage drama is basically an extended fight of the battles this couple had in the original only with a silly protest angle thrown in.

The performances are good for what they are and there's no question that we've got a terrific soundtrack once again. Since you love these characters from the first movie you can somewhat be entertained by this and go along for the ride but there's no question that overall this movie is rather pointless. The technical stuff dealing with the footage and alternate aspect ratios didn't help matters either.


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