Number of Times Seen – At least 30 times, if not more (twice in Theater in 1982, cable, video, DVD, Special Edition in theater in 1997, 19 Jan 2014, 5 Mar 2015, 20 Sep 2015, 18 Apr 2017 and 7 Jun 2018 and 20 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Two droids are sent on a mission to find a long lost Jedi who will be able to help the Rebel Alliance defeat the Empire.
My Take on it – This is the film that started it all and I was a bit late to the party (due to the fact that I was only 3 when it came out in ’77), but I quickly got on board when it was re-released in the theaters in ’82 and fell in love with it immediately as an 8 year old.
This film was subsequently shown on cable in late 1982 and I must have watched it almost every time that it was on because I so it lots and lots of times during those months that HBO played it over and over.
Despite the special effects being quite tame as compared to what is used nowadays, this film was much ahead of its time and managed to create a whole new world for movie lovers to flock to watch in order to be transported to a Galaxy Far Far Away again and again with the groundbreaking effects created by ILM in their infancy.
The story itself is a pretty simple, yet is presented in such a way that it keeps things grounded as the story opens up to a fascinating and compelling journey for these characters.
The music by John Williams has become quite iconic over the years and helps give the story so much more emotion and gravitas along the way.
The characters are created really well and we get to see them become more and more developed over the course of this film as well as over the course of the future films in the storyline.
The fact that The Academy was willing to give this film 11 Oscar nomination and win 7 of them in technical categories was quite groundbreaking at the time since genre films like this usually aren’t able to garner so many nominations.
The casting of 3 unknown actors as the leads was the perfect choice to use here and this film turned all three of them into instant stars especially Harrison Ford who became the most prominent of the trio.
This is such a heartwarming film about hope against tyranny and evil and works well even when one knows the entire story by heart.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – George Lucas’ decision to accept a lower salary on the movie in exchange for full merchandising rights was considered a fool’s gamble on his part. Toys based on movies had never been major money-earners (though some movie-toy combinations had done moderate retail returns) because of the long gap between when a movie would go through its theatrical run and when any products based on it would be available. This movie, however, was such a phenomenon that it reached the holiday 1977 sales period in full swing, and changed the way movies were merchandised forever. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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