Empire of Dreams: The Story of The Star Wars Trilogy (2004)


empire“Fearing that Star Wars would get crushed by other summer movies, like Smokey and The Bandit, Fox moved its release to the Wednesday before Memorial Day, but fewer than 40 theaters agreed to show it. Nobody wanted to book it” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 2  (Sep 2004 and 22 Feb 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A behind tge scenes documentary on how George Lucas made the original Star Wars trilogy

My Take on it – This is a movie that I first saw when the original trilogy was released on DVD in 2004.

It was exciting to watch then and even more exciting to watch now more yhsn a decade later

For a Star Wars fan like me, it is so much fun to see all of the insight into how the trilogy came to be and also to see lots of behind the scenes footage. The interviews with the cast and crew make this a movie not to be missed.

Watching it now made me wish that they were showing these movies again in the theater because the experience of seeing any of the Star Wars movies on the big screen is something everyone should have the privilege to experience at least once (if not more).

I can’t wait for the next movie to come out in December to have that experience once again.

This is a movie that every fan of Star Wars MUST see!

Bottom Line – Excellent documentary that really gives us great insight into how these movies came to be. A must watch for all fans of Star Wars. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bloopers, outtakes and deleted scenes shown during the end credits: George Lucas and Richard Marquand clowning around inside the AT ST cockpit. Rough black and white footage of the Death Star Trench. Luke’s medical face mask being removed by 21B. Han kissing his girlfriend (Jenny Cresswell) in the Mos Eisley cantina. Early bluescreen tests in the Millenium Falcon cockpit. Behind the scenes footage of Solo firing at Vader in the Bespin dining room (also used on the blooper reel). Kenny Baker inside R2D2 in Tunisia. Mark Hamill falling over in the Finse snow wearing a blue ESB parka over his orange flight suit. Hamill and Carrie Fisher relaxing on Jabba’s tummy. Lucas and daughter Amanda on the sail barge. Jack Purvis and Mike Edmonds enjoying a cigar on a break in their Ewok costumes. R2D2 picking up a squirrel with a mechanical arm. More shots on location in Tunisia. A stormtrooper costume and R2 Unit under construction at ILM. Closeup of a Jawa’s glowing eyes. Ewok mask under construction. Lucas on the sail barge. Fisher and her stunt double sunbathing on the barge set. Alec Guinness’ birthday party in Tunisia. X-wings and a Taun Taun on location in Finse. A model Snowspeeder being blown up. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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