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STARRING
Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Suzanne Somers, Mackenzie Phillips, Paul LeMat, Charles Martin Smith
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
George Lucas
MPAA RATING
PG
RUNNING TIME
110 Mins.
DISTRIBUTED BY
Universal Pictures
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I was, and remain, very tempted to add this film to my Top 100. It is a film I watch nearly every chance I get. I've always been a fan of 50s music, and it certainly is plentiful in this film. With the likes of Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Paul LeMat, Cindy Williams and so many others this film is just a joy to watch. George Lucas created a film with a wonderful feel for the 50s, a fairly reasonable plot line and mostly realistic dialogue. So, why is it not yet in my Top 100? While it's high on my fun factor, when I watch this film with a more critical eye I become aware that the acting is a bit stiff at points. Also, the script bounces a bit too much and the character development is wishy-washy with the more secondary characters. Who knows? It may yet climb up on my chart. For now, I can just say I love this movie.

© Written by Richard Propes
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