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Movie Scene : American Graffiti – Gettin Some Brew

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Toad is standing outside a liquor store tapping for some brew.  He’s looking like a real dork.  After striking out a couple of times he goes in and tries his luck.  He gets the clerk (miserable looking) to get him a few items, “3 musketeers, comb, pint of Old Harpers, flashlight batteries, beef jerky”.  He gets ID’d and comes up empty handed.  He goes back to the car and asks Debbie, his date, to lend him a buck and tries one more time.  The last guy says sure, goes in, comes running out a few seconds later, tosses Toad his brew and runs off.  The clerk comes out a few seconds later, guns a blazing chasing the guy that just robbed him.  Toad stands there with a stupid look on his face watching the whole thing.

Funny shit!!

If you’ve ever tapped for booze you will relate to the scene.  Lucas nails it.  Every character in it helps sell it.  Charles Martin Smith is gold. “I lost my wallet in a flood”

Nice shoes Toad.  Too bad they didn’t come in your size.

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15 comments on “Movie Scene : American Graffiti – Gettin Some Brew

  1. Jim S.
    April 30, 2017

    Great flick. And of course, we love the soundtrack.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      April 30, 2017

      So many reasons to watch this film. Cars, Toad, The Pharaohs, Wolfman Jack…and of coarse the MUSIC . This scene kills me.

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  2. greenpete58
    May 1, 2017

    Charles Martin Smith… correct? He was perfect in this role. The only other film I saw him in was “Never Cry Wolf,” but with his talent I’m sure he did others.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 1, 2017

      Yup, that’s him. Perfect is right. ‘Never Cry Wolf’ another good one. Farley Mowat book. Good little flick. How about ‘The Untouchables’. Yeah he pops up here and there but he’ll always be Terry the Toad. A CB favorite film character. You know you’re in for a treat when he smashes his Vespa into the diner at the beginning. How you doing Greenpete58? Still immersed in that history? Nice to hear from you.

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    • Jim S.
      May 1, 2017

      I thought of ‘Wolf’ too. Good flick from way back. First heard about it on Siskel and Ebert. Used to love that show.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 1, 2017

        ‘Wolf’ was required reading in some Canadian schools (could have been worse reads). So I knew the story. Yeah Gene and Roger, they turned CB onto some good flicks. I know you like the trivia Doc. Ebert produced Russ Meyer films. “Sexploitation” Probably why he always had time for independent films. American Graffiti seems like a Music Enthusiast kind of film.

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  3. 1537
    May 2, 2017

    One of my all-time favourite films – i love ths scene and I just love Toad’s girl!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 2, 2017

      Candy Clark, she’s in Fat City also. The best is when Toad has to borrow money off of her to get the “brew”. The guys my hero. Yup, a favorite.

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      • 1537
        May 2, 2017

        The bit at the end of the film where they give the characters futures blows my mind every time.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 2, 2017

        Lucas made some real cool choices on this one. That scene sticks with you. He took you into that world for sure. We can talk about all our heroes, musical, sports etc.. I met the Toad. Hows that for cool?

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      • 1537
        May 3, 2017

        No way!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 3, 2017

        Way!

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  4. dcw0731
    May 5, 2017

    CB haven’t seen this beauty in years. What a great film!! It was filmed right here in my neck of the woods and most of the places where the scenes take place I have been. Even in the late 70’s kids would cruise down 4th street in San Rafael. Wasn’t in my bag of tricks though. Need to watch it again now

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 5, 2017

      Every time I revisit it I get something out of it. It’s a good story and you feel like you’re in that time and place. Knowing the area you would have a connection to it. I don’t know if it’s the same today but back then a lot of towns/cities had the cruise strip. The music enhances the film.

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      • dcw0731
        May 5, 2017

        Cruise Strips and drive-ins!! What a shame the kids now days just can’t enjoy them like we did.

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