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PopcornTreeCt
05-25-12, 12:31 PM
Happy Birthday to Star Wars. No, not Episode IV or A New Hope, just Star Wars. It's a shame there's a whole generation of kids that will never see the movie as it was on May 25, 1977.

The Valeyard
05-25-12, 02:16 PM
I remember staying in the movie theater for two showings in a row (back when you could do that). I was 7 years old and was completely blown away by the film. I remember going with my Grandfather and I just couldn't speak after the first showing. It was the greatest movie I had ever seen at that point. I ended up seeing it 14 times that summer. Twice at the Drive-In.

Happy Birthday Star Wars!

Shannon Nutt
05-25-12, 02:34 PM
Saw it when I was seven in July of '77. It's the movie that made me a movie fan...I guess for all the problems I have with George over what he's done to the original (and the franchise) over the past 35 years, I have at least THAT to thank him for.

Hokeyboy
05-25-12, 03:27 PM
Star Wars? Is it good?

Saw it in the summer of 77 with my mom, uncle, and sister. I was 6. I had NO IDEA what was going on, except that I loved it. Many, many times that summer. And throughout the following two years.

Ranger
05-25-12, 03:36 PM
Was born in 1982 so missed out on it, but when I got the VHS, I was watching it twice a day for a week. Seriously.

tronmaster
05-25-12, 04:55 PM
I remember Star Wars playing at the now defunct Cinerama Theater. I was 6 years old and my parents took my brother and I to watch it. The line to buy tickets circled the block. While the line at the opposite end to go in circled the other way so eventually the line buying the tickets and going in met each other. Good times.

Michael Corvin
05-25-12, 05:05 PM
Kinda telling how George has run it into the ground that this thread has a measly 6 replies and the day is nearly over.

islandclaws
05-25-12, 05:12 PM
I wish I could've been around to experience what many of my friends still talk about, which is seeing this a gazillion times in theaters when it came out.

As for me, the first time I saw SW was when I borrowed a friend's VHS tape... in 2002. When I was 20.

Astrofan
05-25-12, 05:39 PM
I saw it the day it opened in Chicago, at the Esquire Theatre. I was a big fan of American Graffiti and science fiction in general (saw 2001: A Space Odessey in it's first run in Cinerama, 7 times, also in Chicago.) Hated it after about 10 minutes and nothing I ever saw of it after that through the years, and sequels, ever changed my mind.

shizawn
05-25-12, 05:44 PM
Happy Birthday!

I was born in September '74 so I wasn't quite 3 when this movie came out. Don't remember seeing it in the theater, though I do remember seeing Empire in 1980.

SethDLH
05-25-12, 05:44 PM
Saw the movies on vhs in the early 90s when I was a kid and loved them. Then went to see the special editions when they came out and I was about 10 and loved it. And I love the prequels (much less so of course). Star Wars has been some of my most fun memories in the theaters.

Ky-Fi
05-25-12, 05:53 PM
Saw it at age 9 duirng the summer of '77, and I think I can safely say no movie before or since had that big of an impact on me. I'm sounding like an old curmudgeon, but there was really something magical about seeing films at the theater in that era, when there was no vhs or dvd prospects to watch it again a hundred times in a couple months. Instead, you got the comics and novel adaptations, magazines, and you bought about 1,000 packs of Star Wars cards, never knowing when you'd see the film again.

Ash Ketchum
05-25-12, 06:15 PM
I saw it not long after it opened at Loew's Astor Plaza in Times Square, a large single-screen theater with a huge screen, which had only recently opened and went against the soon-to-explode multiplex trend. That theater is now the Best Buy Theater, which offers live musical acts, most of which I've never heard of.

Paul_SD
05-25-12, 06:23 PM
My Personal Star Wars Timeline

•late April/early May '77- near the end of 4th grade, the class was handed out some scholastic book magazine type thing, and one of the items it ran was about an upcoming sci-fi movie along with the low angle picture of the Stormtrooper on top of the Dewback. Even though I was big into monster movies, Sci-fi kind of left me cold. My interest was piqued, but I wouldn't remember the name of the film or it's connection to this image until much later.
• mid summer '77 - My best friend invites me to got see this while I'm over at his house. I pretend/fake call up my grandmother, who I was spending the summer with, and after I hang up the phone I tell him "sorry, my grandmother really wants to see Island Of Dr Moreau instead , so I probably should just go with her to that."
• a short time later, I'm in a Waldenbooks looking over the table of new releases and see the novelization to Star Wars. I pick it up and read the back cover synopsis. "Luke SKY-WALKER? They named a character Sky walker? Han SOLO? How gay is that? How can so many people be going bananas for this movie when the characters names are so queer?" I toss the book back on the table with a sneer

Eventually, probably mid-late August after my summer vacation was over, the months of relentless hype got the best of me and I decided to gamble $.30 on the 4th issue of the comic adaptation.
Slowly I came around, and by the time our small town, 2 screen theater actually got the film (probably late August/early September), I was fully hyped for it. And loved it of course. Many fond memories of walking home from 5th grade, stopping by the Majik Market and picking up a new pack of Topps cards ("OMG! They have a new series out!!!).

Would have been fun to celebrate with an anniversary screening tonight. Too bad the film no longer exists.

Bluelitespecial
05-25-12, 07:49 PM
Happy Birthday Star Wars, the battle between good and evil is actually pretty relevant today.

DonnachaOne
05-25-12, 08:04 PM
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Why So Blu?
05-25-12, 08:19 PM
I remember Star Wars playing at the now defunct Cinerama Theater. I was 6 years old and my parents took my brother and I to watch it. The line to buy tickets circled the block. While the line at the opposite end to go in circled the other way so eventually the line buying the tickets and going in met each other. Good times.

The Cinerama Dome? If that's the one in Hollywood it's still there.

Deadman31
05-25-12, 09:54 PM
Saw it when I was seven in July of '77. It's the movie that made me a movie fan...I guess for all the problems I have with George over what he's done to the original (and the franchise) over the past 35 years, I have at least THAT to thank him for.


George Lucas, in keeping with his insane desire to rewrite SW history, now insists the movie was released in 1975 becuase thats the way he originally intended it.

:)

Crocker Jarmen
05-25-12, 10:19 PM
1977 being the days before wide movie releases, most places didn't get Star Wars sometimes until weeks or months after the May 25th premier.

My town didn't get it until the end of June

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I notice that at the Drive-in, they didn't do a double feature when showing Star Wars, screened it twice instead to get twice as many vehicles through the gate.

Charlie Goose
05-25-12, 10:34 PM
My father took my sister and me to see it. I liked it well enough, but LOVED the action figures.

The Bus
05-25-12, 10:46 PM
<b>Star Wars</b> is like the kid whose popularity peaked when he was in high school.

palebluedot
05-25-12, 11:02 PM
I saw an early showing in May '77. My parents took me out of school and we went to the Alamo Theater in Houston to watch it. Remember like it was yesterday...man I'm old.

Why So Blu?
05-26-12, 12:16 AM
The first time I saw them were in the early 90's, but I really paid attention to them when they released the THX enhanced versions in 94 or was it 95?

FRwL
05-26-12, 01:21 AM
<b>Star Wars</b> is like the kid whose popularity peaked when he was in high school.

Yep pretty much while Star Trek was like the kid who started doing its stuff in gradeschool, then got overshadowed in high school and but now has a great career ahead!

Alan Smithee
05-26-12, 05:36 AM
Fox had expected Damnation Alley to be their big movie that year. Rollercoaster is a great movie too, but heard it got overshadowed by Star Wars since it was released at the same time.

Michael Corvin
05-26-12, 07:36 AM
Yep pretty much while Star Trek was like the kid who started doing its stuff in gradeschool, then got overshadowed in high school and but now has a great career ahead!

More like the creepy jock that graduated 5 years ago but still hangs around the high school and even at 40 still follows his high school team like a pro team. His best years were long ago but he refuses to let it go.

Astrofan
05-26-12, 09:29 AM
[Star Trek is] More like the creepy jock that graduated 5 years ago but still hangs around the high school and even at 40 still follows his high school team like a pro team. His best years were long ago but he refuses to let it go.
Yeah that's why the Abram's movie got bad reviews and didn't make money at the box office. -rolleyes-

mcnabb
05-26-12, 09:49 AM
Born in '72 so I faintly remember seeing it in the movie theater. I loved it and waited 6 years for it to come to HBO in 1983 (we didn't have a VCR in the early 80's). When it finally came to HBO in 1983, I probably watched hundreds of times and still love it today. You would see the 20th Century Fox Logo come up and hear the drums and I would yell to my brother, "Star Wars is on again!!!!"

TomOpus
05-26-12, 10:23 AM
I was living in Pensacola, FL and had a lot going on. First time living away from home and at my first duty station, so keeping up on movies wasn't high priority. A friend came over and told me about this cool movie that just opened up. I had to see it and that opening scene of the space battle sold me right there.

Chrisedge
05-26-12, 10:24 AM
My 20 year old sister saw it opening weekend and insisted that I see it as soon as possible. I was 13. I ended up seeing 13 times in the summer of 1977. It will ALWAYS be Star Wars to me. None of the others are close for me. Sure Empire is great, but I could be happy with just SW.

Obi-Wan Jabroni
05-26-12, 10:27 AM
Yeah that's why the Abram's movie got bad reviews and didn't make money at the box office. -rolleyes-

No, it got good reviews and made money because he made it more like Star Wars.

Astrofan
05-26-12, 10:37 AM
No, it got good reviews and made money because he made it more like Star Wars.

Then why did I like it?

Tom Creo
05-26-12, 10:41 AM
Poppin' a top to GL and his franchise! thanks for the memories.

Obi-Wan Jabroni
05-26-12, 10:53 AM
Then why did I like it?

Because you weren't paying attention?

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Ky-Fi
05-26-12, 11:01 AM
My 20 year old sister saw it opening weekend and insisted that I see it as soon as possible. I was 13. I ended up seeing 13 times in the summer of 1977. It will ALWAYS be Star Wars to me. None of the others are close for me. Sure Empire is great, but I could be happy with just SW.

Same here. Empire is a great film, but SW is at the top for me, for similar reasons.

arminius
05-26-12, 12:05 PM
I picked up the novelization a few weeks or so before the movie came out. It read like almost exactly how the movie turned out. I thought it sounded good and was looking forward to seing it. The next thing I see is lines around the block and people going crazy for it. I saw it maybe a month or so into the run and thought it was fantastic. I remember arguing about what was better, Star Wars or CE3K in the bar we hung out at. I saw both a few times including tripping and really liked both. CE3K was better suited for chemically enhanced viewing. After Raiders came out I really had alot of respect for Lucas. He really did some great stuff despite the suits. Too bad he became one.

Supermallet
05-26-12, 02:48 PM
I was born in 1984, so I didn't get to see any of the Star Wars films when they were originally released until the prequels. However, living in Southern California, I did get to go to Star Tours, and it blew my little child mind. I became obsessed with Star Wars. My mom would place these huge orders for action figures with Kenner, I guess they were clearing out old stock or something and she cleaned up. My grandmother got me the VHS box set with the hologram cover and the From Star Wars to Jedi documentary, and I watched all the movies endlessly.

What's sad is that George Lucas has run it so thoroughly into the ground that I feel disgusted even looking at the logo. And knowing what effect Star Wars and Jaws had on the movie industry from then on also kind of sours my enjoyment. At this point the only one I can watch and enjoy completely is Empire.

I will say, though, that when I was in film school we had a Technicolor-processed print of the original 1977 version of Star Wars, one of five in existence. Watching that was an absolute trip.

antspawn
05-26-12, 06:02 PM
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Yeah it's like plastic surgery.

rw2516
05-26-12, 06:08 PM
I was 19 in 1977. No "childhood" experience here, but it was something cool to see stoned. Very hard to get tickets the first few months. Box office would open in the morning and sell out all shows for the day almost immediately. Limited to one screen.
Remember the one year anniversary of playing non-stop at the theater. Newspaper ad showed birthday cake with a big 1 and caketop figures of 3PO R2.
Empire was just as difficult to get tickets for. By ROTJ's release theaters had changed and it opened on half dozen screens around town. Walk right in.

My childhood Star Wars was Thunderball. I was 7 when I saw the original release in 1965.

PatD
05-26-12, 06:42 PM
Because you weren't paying attention?

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As a Star Trek fan. Thanks for posting this!

And as a gracious Star Trek fan, Happy 35th Birthday Star Wars!

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"You did it your way, George!"

discostu1337
05-26-12, 07:43 PM
Finally got around to watching the original on BluRay last night with someone who had never seen it (yeah...I know). I had no idea it was the anniversary until later that night, just good timing I guess :)

MoviePage
05-27-12, 01:10 AM
Happy Birthday and RIP.

mcnabb
05-27-12, 08:38 AM
Happy Birthday and RIP.

:lol:

Pretty much sums up most fans who grew up on the Original Trilogy. :(

lizard
05-27-12, 02:23 PM
I got a chance to see the trailer at a movie screening in grad school (UCLA) and thought it looked bizarre but intriguing. Then Time magazine came out with a rave review cover story and I had to see it. Stood in the long line at a Westwood theater, about a week after it opened, with a college girlfriend who was a grad student in astronomy at Caltech.

We had some technical criticisms (she pointed out that the dual sunset on Tatooine was completely wrong for binary star systems and, of course, the ship noise in space was pretty absurd—The Mad Magazine "review" was called "Star Roars" IIRC). But we really enjoyed it, despite being jaded young adults. I ended up seeing it six times over the next year and had a friend who saw it more than twenty times. I became a big fan and made sure to see Empire Strikes Back and Jedi on opening day.