American Graffiti

Continuity mistake: When John is driving in his Ford and talking to the girl in the Studebaker, he drives past the same store "Marin Cameras" twice.


Factual error: While Falfa is singing "Some Enchanted Evening" to Laurie, the radio commercial in the background is by Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsberg, touting the Gingsburger for Adventure Car Hop in Saugus, Massachusetts. This could not have been received by Falfa's car radio in California, since the commercial was actually available via WMEX in Boston, Massachusetts.


Continuity mistake: A windshield wiper is visible on Milner's coupe in only three shots. These occur when Carole gets into the coupe from the Studebaker and shortly after, when Milner is pulled over for a defective license plate light. All other shots of the coupe show only the stub of the wiper mechanism.

Revealing mistake: At one point John is complaining about the Beach Boys playing on his car radio, he reaches to the center console and motions turning the radio off. In a few other shots though, we see that the car appears to have no radio at all, the center console seems to have a large tachometer and speedometer there, but that's all.


Other mistake: When nerdy guy (glasses) enters the pharmacy and goes to the counter, he nervously requests chewing gum, hair comb, candy bar, pan, batteries, a pint, and beef jerky, which the clerk just turns around and then magically puts into a bag, including the booze, when most of those items except the booze should be available on the shelves behind them.


Other mistake: When Carol leaves her car full of girlfriends to get into John Milner's yellow coupe, she does not reach for his obvious door handle, but instead puts her hand through the open window and uses the inside release. She could not possibly know the outside handle would not work.

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Factual error: When the cruising starts at the beginning, where the yellow Chevy has its hood open, parked in front of it is a gold 1968 Chevy. Several seconds later, a '56 and '50 Chevy are next to each other and the '56 has a California blue plate, 189 FJY. Blue plates weren't issued until 1969. Also, when Toad pulls away with Debbie, the long shot has a '55 Chevy with black plates go right in front of the camera. Black plates didn't come out until 1963. When the axle is ripped from the police car, the marquee on State theater in the background says Dementia 13 is playing. That didn't come out until 1963. (00:10:00)

Bruce Korsmeyer

Continuity mistake: In the studio scene at XERB, Wolfman Jack takes the pickup arm off a spinning record. Then in the next scene, the arm is back on, and once again he takes it off, for it to be there on the disc a third time the next time it is in shot.

Craig Strong

Factual error: When John Milner is getting the ticket from the cop, he pulls over in front of a movie theater. The poster for the movie "Cabaret" is clearly visible in the background several times. You probably wouldn't know this unless you are old enough to have seen the movie in a theater, as "Cabaret" was in theaters only a year or so before Graffiti came out, so isn't appropriate for the time AG is set.

Factual error: Although the movie takes place in 1962, at least one car is wearing a black background California license plate -- which were not issued until 1963.

Continuity mistake: When Wolfman Jack was eating a popsicle, it had a cellophane wrapper, in those days they only had paper wrappers.

Continuity mistake: The movie takes place in 1962, yet the band at the dance is playing The Kingsmen version of Louie Louie which didn't come out until 1963.

William Bergquist

Factual error: The guitar player at the hop is playing a CBS era fender stratocaster with the large headstock. Mr. Leo Fender did not sell his company to CBS until 1965, but the movie is set in 1962.


Terry Fields: Pardon me, sir, but I lost my I.D. in... in a flood and I'd like to get some Old Harper, hard stuff. Would you mind buying a bottle for me?
Bum at Liquor Store: Why certainly! I lost my wife, too - her name wasn't Idy, though, and it wasn't in a flood - but I know what ya.
Terry Fields: Thanks, here's enough for a pint.

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Trivia: Harrison Ford wears a white cowboy hat in the film, because George Lucas wanted him to get his hair cut in the 1950's "crewcut" fashion. Ford didn't want to because it was in style to have longer hair at the time and he was afraid it would affect future acting jobs if he cut it. He convinced Lucas to just let him wear the hat to cover his hair.


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