Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec
Guinness, Anthony Daniels
1977, 121 Minutes, Directed by: George Lucas
can explain the excitement of an impressionable ten-year-old
(probably the best age to have seen it for the first time!)
sitting in a darkened and hushed movie theatre watching a giant
star ship slide through a starry expanse at the start of this
What 2001 was to a
previous generation, this movie was to a newer one. It was the
realisation of a dream come true. For this generation, too young
to remember 2001 on the big screen, this was the epiphany,
the moment of realisation. Star Wars was unlike anything we have ever
Thereafter nothing would be the
same . . .
Sure, the special
effects wizardry seen in Star Wars is put in aid of a pure 1930s
space opera pulp story, and not in metaphysical speculation like 2001.
But try explaining that to that 10-year-old kid . . .
Empire Strikes Back (in 1980) and
Return of the Jedi (1983).
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