Allan Arkush on

American Graffiti

Released 1973
Distributor Universal

George Lucas was originally slated to direct Apocalypse Now for Warner Bros. but the deal fell though. Despite its shoestring budget and little support from Universal, his next project was a mythic ode to his high school years in Modesto, California that became a sleeper hit, grossing over $55 million and jump-starting numerous careers both behind and in front of the cameras. Interestingly, the innovative end title wrap-up‚ describing the fates of its characters did not include any of the females. A disappointing multi-screen-ratio sequel followed in 1979.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.