American Graffiti 1973 ( FILMING LOCATION ) 40th anniversary

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Greg McEntire · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

My all time favorite movie. But at 1:09 in this clip, it shows Milner’s shifter, and it shows an automatic. In the movie his car had a manual transmission. Like when he shows up at the fight scene with Toad and the guys who stole the car. Milner does a U-turn and when he gets out, the car lunges forward as if he took his foot off the clutch to soon as he turns the car off. And when they do the shaving creme, when they take off it sounds like a manual, not an automatic. A little blooper. This movie reminds me of being young and hanging out at a friend’s garage, and after hours we would all hang out with our cars. And possibly do a race or two from light to light. Lol

SightSeer · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Wow unlike many of your filming location videos, most of the locations here haven't gone through radical transformations, which is nice to see and sort of comforting. Only question is, whatever happened to Herve??

Jon Moore · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

One of the few good videos on YouTube. Well done!

Yose Mite · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

This is good too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P18CDWvttZA

Yose Mite · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

I Have been by every single place shown and grew up 60 miles south of Modesto. Thanks for the memories.

longrider · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Very cool to see these locations all these years later.

Glenn Campanile · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

I'm glad I took the time to watch this. 
The first time I saw American Graffiti was at the theatre when I was 12. My parents knew I loved cars so they took me to see it. It is one of my favorite movies. Still watch it every couple of years.
I grew up in the Bay Area and knew the movie was filmed in Petaluma. Although the mini-golf scene with Curt and the Pharoahs was filmed in my home town of Pinole. I always wondered where the "Paradise Road" scene was filmed but never took the time to look it up. 
I didn't realize it was Frates Road in Petaluma until I watched this. I use that road, as I'm sure others do, as a shortcut to Santa Rosa from my home in the Sacramento area. Never would have figured that out on my own.

Mannix Flinn · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

It was a great movie, but a lot of the hairstyles are wrong, mostly the guys.

Because young actors in the early seventies refused to get their hair cut appropriately for period movies.
They wanted to retain the look they were growing up in and didn't want to stand out off camera.

Most war movies from the late sixties to the late seventies are the same in respect of male actors and their hair.

Shawna Graham · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Herve amazing as usual love you work

6 String Fan · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

That must have taken a long time and a lot of work to meld those scenes together like that.
I found it fascinating to see how some scenes changed, but others didn't change much at all.
This is still one of my all time favorite films. The sequel, although interesting to watch, got a lot more serious and not nearly as much 'fun'.
There was some brilliant acting by so many in that cast. They all seemed to really know each other as friends that they had been for years together.

Andrew M · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Well done. I’m in Petaluma right now and will check out some of those spots tomorrow. Your video really helped in my research.

billybike57 · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

I gotta say, there isn't a time when the movie appears that I don't sit and watch it. I can pretty much recite every line. LOL Loved it in 1973, love it today. Gotta give a shout out to "Hollywood Knights" too. A part of American that is gone now but never forgotten.

Keith Lestrange · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Best film cars music
Great video !!!!

David Schaefer · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

I live in west allis wisconsin, Milwaukee county. We used to cruise Hwy 100 for many many years until the city passed a law to stop cruising back in 1988. Those were the best days of my life, I had 69 el Camino, 69 Riviera, 72 corvette that I used to cruise. God I miss those days. Right now I own 70 z28 and 40 Ford coupe and nowhere to cruise, so sad

Randy Owens · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Love it!

Video man · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

This will always be my favorite movie it brings back so many memories when I was in high school in the 60's. I lot of the kids drove trucks but there were some 55 fords, 57 Chevy, one girl drove a 59 Edsel I drove a 66 mustang [$1450 600 with miles on it] for two months then it was totaled, so I bought a 67 Malibu with the insurance.[ $1700, 800 miles]. I finished high school with this car in 1969. Uncle Sam was calling for Viet Nam so after high school I went in the Airforce. And after basic training, I came home an nd bought a 1970 Dodge Challenger. it had 1200 miles on it $2400.These were some good times in my life.

Jen Horne · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Fantastic video job and the walking away at the end,straight genius,I loved it!

pineyLt · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Nicely done 👍

karl Tempest · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Brilliant.. Cool editing..

hei jonny · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

I saw American graffiti when it was released in theaters, I liked it then and I still like it today.
the idea of ​​making this short movie and making a comparison between then and now is brilliant.
great work man
renzo from italy

hei jonny · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

FANTASTIC

1JUSTGOTLUCKY1 · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Absolutely fantastic post!! American Graffiti is one of my most favorite films of all time. It was great to see then and now shots of filming locations…thank you for the post!!

John Grepo · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

Perfect! Now to drive my car up there

Butter Bean · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

dang near got a tear in my eyes watching this

Randy Hutchinson · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

really well done, great work

Nic Parker · May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

video is some homo kids creation be warned

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