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A 1970’s Time Capsule

POP CULTURE

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It is May 25, 1977 and a film from creator, George Lucas opens in theaters.  This movie from 20th Century Fox would become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon.  It was followed by the similarly successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); these three films constitute the original Star Wars trilogy. A prequel trilogy was later released between 1999 and 2005, which received a more mixed reaction from critics and fans in comparison to the original trilogy. All six films were nominated for or won Academy Awards, and were commercial successes, with a combined box office revenue of $4.38 billion.  In 2012, the total value of the Star Wars franchise was estimated at USD $30.7 billion, including box-office receipts as well as profits from their video games and DVD sales.  The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and in 2015, the first of three new movies, The Force Awakens was released.

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In case there is anyone out there in our galaxy or one that is far far away, here is the plot of the first film.

  • In the beginning, the Galactic Empire is nearing completion of the Death Star space station, which will allow the Empire to crush the Rebel Alliance, an organized resistance formed to combat Emperor Palpatine’s tyranny.
  • Palpatine’s Sith apprentice Darth Vader captures Princess Leia, a member of the rebellion who has stolen the plans to the Death Star and hidden them in the astromech droid R2-D2.
  • R2D2 along with his protocol droid counterpart C-3PO, escapes to the desert planet Tatooine.
 R2-D2 and C-3PO, escapes to the desert planet Tatooine.

R2-D2 and C-3PO, escapes to the desert planet Tatooine.

  • The droids are purchased by farm boy Luke Skywalker and his step-uncle and aunt and Luke accidentally triggers a message that was put into the droid by Princess Leia.
Luke triggers a message from Princess Leia

Luke triggers a message from Princess Leia

  • The message hologram from Princess Leia asks for assistance from the legendary Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke later assists the droids in finding the exiled Jedi, who is now passing as an old hermit under the alias Ben Kenobi.
Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi

Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi

  • When Luke asks about his father, whom he has never met, Obi-Wan tells him that Anakin Skywalker was a great Jedi who was betrayed and murdered by Vader.
  • Obi-Wan and Luke hire the smuggler Han Solo and his Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca to take them to Alderaan. This was Leia’s home world and eventually they find that it has been destroyed by the Death Star.

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  • Once on board the space station, Luke and Han rescue Leia while Obi-Wan allows himself to be killed during a lightsaber duel with Vader; his sacrifice allows the group to escape with the plans that help the Rebels destroy the Death Star.
  • Luke himself (guided by the power of the Force) fires the shot that destroys the deadly space station during the Battle of Yavin.

 

A phenomenon in itself, the film score by the legendary John Williams is unforgettable.

Composer, John Williams conducts Star Wars

Composer, John Williams conducts Star Wars

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9 responses

  1. I think I have seen Star Wars more times than any other film. A real treat was seeing John Williams with the Detroit Symphony several years ago when they performed music from his movies while he conducted.

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  2. The Star Wars trilogy were classics – my fave was empire strikes back!

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    • We didn’t get to the movie’s much when I was young due to financial reasons so I didn’t see any of them on the big screen until a re-release event but I owned the soundtrack. Awesome movie score.

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  3. John Holton says:

    I still think they should have left Star Wars at just the original three movies. They were superb.

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  4. Liam says:

    The first movie I remember going to see in a movie theater was Star Wars. I’m also pretty sure that I fell asleep during the movie as for the longest time I thought they escaped the trash compactor and then got medals. I was 3 and 1/2.

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  5. Birgit says:

    Star Wars is what brought the blockbuster as we know it today (even over Jaws). I remember all the toys and playing cards etc…-major marketing-McDonald’s toys-this is where it began

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