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Star Wars

A movie trilogy directed by George Lucas

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Hard to rate this badly.

  • Jul 10, 2010
Rating:
+5

Although tackling the subject of star wars is difficult, it is important to keep in mind the way that it was made- the way that it was hyped, and how George Lucas came to fame. Lucas had only released THX 1138, a futuristic dystopic film starring Robert Duvall; and American Graffiti, about American life. Although both the movies received mild success (and are more recognized now, post-star wars), undertaking the making of a movie on such a scale as Star Wars was unheard of. The lack of funding for the grandiose battles involved forced a society of over-creative special effects people (who are still among the leading special effects teams) that brought alive the imagination of people everywhere. The first movie's script was simple, and narrow in scope- we saw the federation, the death star, the emperor's involvement and young Luke learning his part in the galactic war. Simple concepts, recycled from so many other sci-fi stories, but with a certain life of their own that flourished as fans became hooked and created their own mythologies for the planets, aliens, and wars that occurred "a long long time ago, in a galaxy far away". Simple hooks in the movie brought fans in more - the cantina scene is one of the most memorable, and well done despite the lack of technology used to create it. The idea of the death star "That's not a moon, that's a spaceship!" was unprecedented and created a sphere of hate for which the American people could rally against. The use of Harrison Ford as Han Solo and James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader spawned careers of two very successful actors and gave them iconic lines and style.
Despite the turn that Star Wars took later, when George Lucas was merely looking to make money off an already-established franchise, the original trilogy HAS stood the test of time as a bit of a masterpiece, and George Lucas will be remembered forever for this strangely interesting foray into galactic conquest.

 

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One of the most exhilarating and influential trilogies in the history of motion pictures, George Lucas's sci-fi spectacular continues to capture the hearts and minds of individuals throughout the world. This release contains the STAR WARS trilogy (episodes IV-VI) in one glorious package.

First up is STAR WARS; George Lucas's stunning sci-fi masterpiece, and arguably one of the most inventive and entertaining films ever made. As the adventure begins, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), an impulsive but goodhearted young man who lives on the dusty planet of Tatooine with his aunt and uncle, longs for the exciting life of a Rebel soldier. The Rebels, led by the headstrong Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), are fighting against the evil Empire, which has set about destroying planets inhabited by innocent citizens with the Death Star, a fearsome planetlike craft commanded by Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) and the eternally frightful Darth Vader (David Prowse, with the voice of James Earl Jones). When Luke...
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 25, 1977; May 21, 1980; May 25, 1983
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
Runtime: 388 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd.
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