This is from one of my favorite movies. It was about high school kids and the car culture during the year I graduated high school.
It’s the proverbial end of summer 1962 in a small southern California town. It’s the evening before best friends and recent high school graduates, Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander are scheduled to leave town to head to college back east.
Curt, who received a lucrative local scholarship, is seen as the promise that their class holds. But Curt is having second thoughts about leaving what Steve basically sees as their dead-end town. Curt’s beliefs are strengthened when he spots an unknown beautiful blonde in a T-bird who mouths the words “I love you” to him.
As Curt tries to find that blonde while trying to get away from a local gang who have him somewhat hostage, Curt may come to a decision about his immediate future.
Outgoing class president Steve, on the other hand, wants to leave, despite meaning that he will leave his girlfriend, head cheerleader, and Curt’s sister, Laurie Henderson, behind. Steve and Laurie spend the evening “negotiating” the state of their relationship.