|On set for an American movie classic. Image: UNIVERSAL.|
His good friend Francis Ford Coppola dared him to write and direct a light and quirky comedy after the sad failure of his high concept sci-fi drama THX-1138. And that's exactly the kinda challenge that the young George Lucas would soon thrive on, delivering to cinemas in 1973 one of the lowest budget made yet commercial box office hits ever with American Graffiti, and truly kicking off the Hollywood careers of Ron (Ronny) Howard, Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Richard Dreyfuss and the unforgettable Charles Martin Smith.
But even then, however, in those fast paced night time shoots in Modesto, California, Lucas had dreams of a space adventure, and a war in the stars...
Happy 45th Anniversary this month to AMERICAN GRAFFITI!