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8x031 AMERICAN GRAFFITI linen 1sh 1973 George Lucas teen classic, Mort Drucker montage art of cast!

Date Sold 9/8/2019
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

American Graffiti, the classic 1973 George Lucas (nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for this film) teen coming-of-age high school graduation romantic comedy ("Where were you in '62?"; "It was the time of makin' out and cruisin', going steady and playin' it cool it was the time of your life, the time of American Graffiti."; "Written by George Lucas and Gloria Katz & Willard Huyck"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award) starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard (billed as "Ronny Howard"), Paul Le Mat, Charlie Martin Smith, Candy Clark (nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for this film), Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack (real life radio disc jockey portraying himself), Harrison Ford (in an extremely early role), Kathleen Quinlan (in her first credited role!), Bo Hopkins (wonderful as the leader of the Pharaohs), Suzanne Somers (in her first movie, as the blonde in the T-Bird who haunts Richard Dreyfuss throughout the movie), Johnny Weissmuller Jr. (in a bit part as one of the tough guys who steal the car!), and Linda Christensen (as the girl who rides with Harrison Ford early on in the movie). Note that this classic movie was George Lucas' second movie. His first was "THX 1138" from 1971. That movie flopped at the box office, and he came up with the idea of this movie, and his friends Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck (with whom he had written the script for "Messiah of Evil", a movie that was started but not completed in 1971) wrote a 15-page story treatment. Lucas presented that treatment to United Artists, who gave him $10,000 to write a full script. He wanted Katz and Huyck to write that full script, but they were busy on Messiah of Evil, and he hired Richard Walters to write it, but Lucas rejected it. At this point, Lucas wrote a script himself, but United Artists turned it down, because it consisted of four separate stories that had no connection! Lucas rewrote the script again and submitted it to Universal, who agreed to finance it up to $750,000. Lucas then asked Huyck and Katz to rewrite part of the movie, especially the Steve and Laurie portions. At this point, the script was called "Rock Radio is American Graffiti (Saga of the Low Riders)". It is noted as the "second draft" from "10 May 1972", and the writing is credited to George Lucas, Gloria Katz, and Willard Huyck. There are scenes in that script that do not appear in the final version of the film as shown, and the relationship of the characters is not as intertwined as it was in the final version. Those changes were made over the year the movie was in production before it opened on August 11, 1973.
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Artist: Mort Drucker
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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had tiny paper loss at the crossfolds and some creases and a few tiny tears on parts of the folds, and pinholes and a few tears in the borders. It had a few extra folds and creases scattered in the poster. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well!
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