Video: The original, unbelievably crappy trailer for “Star Wars”

posted at 8:57 pm on January 13, 2007 by Allahpundit

Strip away the FX, the opening fanfare, and the knights/cowboys/space Nazis mythic context, and what’s left? A sci-fi B-picture so cheesy and incoherent, you can practically see the Mystery Science Theater 3000 silhouette overlay. The shot of the Tusken Raider waving his spear could be spliced into “Manos: Hands of Fate” without missing a beat.

And the narration? Gold.

Whatever they paid you, John Williams, it wasn’t enough.

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That was horrible. I can’t imagine I would have paid for that.

Gregor on January 13, 2007 at 9:02 PM

The story of a boy, a girl, and a universe.

Pretty much, yeah.

Eric12470210 on January 13, 2007 at 9:07 PM

The story of a boy getting wood for his sister is more like it.

bbz123 on January 13, 2007 at 9:11 PM

You have to put it into perspective. Jimmy Carter was President.

cmay on January 13, 2007 at 9:34 PM

The story of a boy getting wood for his sister is more like it.

It’s a Southern Galaxy…

1977, I remeber seeing it. The billion dollar galaxy is so huge now, dozens and ongoing novels, comics, games. It’ll just get remade someday in the future, and it will go on and on and on.

Mazztek on January 13, 2007 at 9:34 PM

Terrible.

I’ll bet Lucas edited it.

Slublog on January 13, 2007 at 9:40 PM

So imagine it is 1977 and you’ve just gotten settled in to watch Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and this trailer comes on. All I know is I’d be thinking “I’m seeing that”. I don’t care what the narration was like.

Though the fact that I’m seeing Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo puts my credibility in doubt.

thebrokenchair on January 13, 2007 at 9:40 PM

AP and the rest,
You can all just go piss up a rope. If you weren’t 9 years old in 1977, you’ll just never understand.

billy on January 13, 2007 at 9:41 PM

I saw the original in the theatre 9 times. Pure magic. This entire entry is BLASPHEMOUS!!!!!!!!! All you sci-fi snobs with your billion dollar special effects and “good acting” make me SICK!!!!!

Metro on January 13, 2007 at 9:42 PM

That’s not too bad, actually, for a 1977 trailer. The 1979 trailer for the first Star Trek movie is somewhat similar. Sure it doesn’t have the dramatic explosion-musical cue-witty line-second explosion oomph of most of today’s trailers, but it’s fine for a ’77 trailer.

American_Pride1701 on January 13, 2007 at 9:45 PM

Wow, I was actually laughing by the end when R2D2 just randomly falls onto the ground.

How could you make such a good movie and then such an abominable trailer? It’s like they were trying to make it look bad.

thelinyguy on January 13, 2007 at 9:48 PM

The sound effects (they’re incomplete sounding and not the same as in the movie) and lack of John Williams music takes away from the preview somewhat BUT it’s still the Star Wars I know and love!

You Trekkies can lick my Death Stars. Yes, I just called my balls DEATH STARS. Fans of Family Guy will know where I’m coming from).

:D

Yakko77 on January 13, 2007 at 9:52 PM

The ultimate Monday morning quarterback. In it’s time, Star Wars was creative, brilliant and a technical work of art.

RedWinged Blackbird on January 13, 2007 at 9:53 PM

I remember being in the theater when this trailer came on, and my brother and I looked at my Dad, “WE HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE!”
We saw it five times opening week. I am with Billy, the feeling was indescribable to a seven year old girl, whose Dad told her cool stories about space.

Bite me. It is all we had in the seventies to live for until Reagan came and washed the Carter years all away.

Stormy70 on January 13, 2007 at 9:54 PM

I remember seeing a documentary not long ago about the making of Star Wars…The actors would even, between filming scenes, laugh and wonder why anyone would want to see a film like this…but it was a paid gig…

JetBoy on January 13, 2007 at 9:58 PM

You Trekkies can lick my Death Stars.

Although I do like Star Wars, I think the number in my username points to which science fiction franchise I prefer. ^_^

American_Pride1701 on January 13, 2007 at 10:02 PM

How many other 30 year old movies are people taking the time to make fun of the trailers for? All I can do when I hear yet another generation of noobs criticizing Star Wars Episode n is roll my eyes. Those are the same people who think Apple can do no wrong when they finally come out with a phone that can play music and browse the web (but not give free minutes when near a WiFi access point).

pedestrian on January 13, 2007 at 10:03 PM

You must not have watched many trailers from the 70′s, Allah. They all suck. This one is actually not bad by comparison.

spmat on January 13, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Come on Mazztek, it was an Arkansas thing not a southern thing. The rest of the south gave up sister-chasing in the early 40′s. In fact, it was just in the last decade that the Arkansas State Supreme Court ruled that a married couple getting a divorce could still be legally brother and sister…….

ritethinker on January 13, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Oh come on, one of the best movie trailers of all time came from the same era. The Alien trailer. So they had no excuse.

thelinyguy on January 13, 2007 at 10:16 PM

LMAO! This is unbelievable. The post is mocking the TRAILER! Not the film.

I also saw the film multiple times the first year, and hundreds of times since.

The film was fantastic, but that trailer sucked big time, even using 1977 standards.

Gregor on January 13, 2007 at 10:19 PM

Oh come on, one of the best movie trailers of all time came from the same era. The Alien trailer. So they had no excuse.

thelinyguy on January 13, 2007 at 10:16 PM

EXACTLY!

Gregor on January 13, 2007 at 10:20 PM

So is Lucas going to re release this trailor with updated special effects and new footage ?

I can hardly stand the suspence.

William Amos on January 13, 2007 at 10:21 PM

I don’t remember the trailers of the first, But I do remember seeing the movie again and again, and loving every minute of it.

Haven’t seen the last one at all though. Started really going downhill with the begining of the ‘second’ trilogy.

Does anyone else think that the narrator of the trailer sounds sort of like Shatner? Not quite, but darn close, anyway.

LegendHasIt on January 13, 2007 at 10:23 PM

Terrible.

I’ll bet Lucas edited it.

Yeah. Now that I’ve watched this, the Star Wars Holiday Special suddenly makes a lot more sense.

Allahpundit on January 13, 2007 at 10:26 PM

Well, the Star Wars Christmas Special took the cake. I remember watching that in 77 or 78. Carrie Fisher singing, the effects truly were cheesy, and Dianne Carroll oh MY! Seducing Chewie’s father?!?!?! Even then, creepy. And I like her! (Julia was a terrific show I thought as a kid). Harvey Korman as a four armed Julia Child? Bea Arthur singing in a Star Wars bar?

Nope.

Nothing will ever top that on tv. Not ever. Or in the movies.

CrimsonFisted on January 13, 2007 at 10:39 PM

hahaha, I was posting as Allah was posting about that special. Great minds and all.

CrimsonFisted on January 13, 2007 at 10:40 PM

My best Star Wars collectable is an unopened, cello-pack of about 2 dozen Trading cards that are miss-cut (about ¼ of a card out end to end). I think I paid like 50 cents for it at K-Mart in 1980. They had a couple hundred packs in the discount bin and that was the only miss-cut pack, I know cause I checked…. It has to worth at least a buck now.

RalphyBoy on January 13, 2007 at 10:43 PM

I have to agree about John Williams. He’s the best.

Benaiah on January 13, 2007 at 10:56 PM

Whatever they paid you, John Williams, it wasn’t enough.

Alec Guinness shakes his fist at you from the grave, AP.

Terrible.

I’ll bet Lucas edited it.

Slublog calls it. I’ll add: and wrote the narration.

Anwyn on January 13, 2007 at 11:07 PM

AP and the rest,
You can all just go piss up a rope. If you weren’t 9 years old in 1977, you’ll just never understand.

billy on January 13, 2007 at 9:41 PM

9!? I was 19 and on LDS several times a week and I couldn’t wait to see it!

csdeven on January 13, 2007 at 11:13 PM

cseven, Mormonism compelled you to see it?

bbz123 on January 13, 2007 at 11:19 PM

Ya know, when this film first came out I didn’t want to see it. My spouse at the time begged me to go see it with him, which I did reluctantly. VERY reluctantly.

I’m figuring now I must have seen this trailer. :)

(But it turned out to be one of my fav movies of all time)

Bob's Kid on January 13, 2007 at 11:21 PM

I remember seeing this on T.V. once and thinking – wow! this is cool.

Remember that Star Wars introduced a lot of innovations which were revolutionary for the time.

I still have an original version (Han shoots first) of Star Wars on laserdisc.

CrazyFool on January 13, 2007 at 11:32 PM

In defense of this craptastic trailer (and yes, it is craptastic):

a) The movie was not finished yet, and most of the special effects that make STAR WARS what it is were not yet done either.

b) Quite frankly, much of the live action content of the original STAR WARS is quite cheesy out of context.

c) The announcer was the standard “in a world” voice for that period. I remember a great many trailers with that voice when I was a child. He sounded okay in non-Dolby mono.

d) Lucas had nothing to do with the trailer – it was done by 20th Century Fox with the available footage.

ALIEN is one of the only good trailers from that period, and it a was post-STAR WARS era “showpiece” presentation. While JAWS taught Hollywood that Summer was a good time to release “event” pictures, STAR WARS taught them how to market blockbuster movies.

Check out this trailer for STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN. The cheesy voice is still there, but they’ve learned how to edit the content for maximum impact. This is because several “money” shots were available for the trailer. Never mind that they’ve plundered all the best bits – it makes you want to see the movie, and that’s the point.

Trailers these days are hit and miss. Too many of them tell the entire story in the trailer (bad – especially in mysteries) or are so confusing as to turn people off from seeing the film. Lucas learned from the original STAR WARS trailer that teasing is everything, and you don’t show everything. Tease, and they will come.

To the movie, that is. ;D

Mibrilane on January 13, 2007 at 11:36 PM

The shot of the Tusken Raider waving his spear could be spliced into “Manos: Hands of Fate” without missing a beat.

I don’t know about the Sandpeople, but I do think they should have played the “Torgo Theme” everytime Yoda hobbled onto screen.

The production values of that commercial are slightly better than Hardware Wars.

Star Wars is such a unique phenomenon. It is a great film with awful writing. It is an original work that is a blatant rip-off of Dune and many other works. It’s great points are really great, its low points are..well..let’s just say ewoks and leave it at that. It’s a classic.

Coyote D. on January 13, 2007 at 11:38 PM

It was a horrible movie. Obi-wan vaporizes when sliced by Vader’s light saber, wtf?

Why does Leia know obi-wan, but R2 doesn’t mention knowing Anakin Skywalker? Oh right, Lucas didn’t actually write the whole story yet.

Anakin was too old at 9-10 to train to become a jedi, yet Luke was 19-20 and started training with Yoda and became a full Jedi knight?

How did Vader never figure he’d go to Tatooine and look for his son, he didn’t “sense” the truth, ever?

What happened to Coruscant after the Empire formed? Never mentioned in the last 3 movies.

Lucas sucks as a writer, no doubt about it.

Neo on January 13, 2007 at 11:44 PM

i watched the making of featurette when i was twelve and they showed how the tie fighters coming at you were just cells of the same photo of a model, each blown up a little larger than the last, and they pointed out that you can see the edges of the cells if you look for them.

now i can’t watch the dogfight sequences without seeing them.

jummy on January 13, 2007 at 11:47 PM

Ripped off of Dune?

In that they both had a desert.

Anwyn on January 13, 2007 at 11:51 PM

Obi-wan vaporizes when sliced by Vader’s light saber, wtf?

Yoda vanished at the moment of his death too.

The rest of your objections I can dismiss because I don’t recognize the most recent trilogy. ;)

Anwyn on January 13, 2007 at 11:53 PM

Lucas sucks as a writer, no doubt about it.

No quibble with that, however.

Anwyn on January 13, 2007 at 11:53 PM

Is that William Shatner doing the voice over?

DaveS on January 13, 2007 at 11:58 PM

It was a horrible movie. Obi-wan vaporizes when sliced by Vader’s light saber, wtf?
Neo on January 13, 2007 at 11:44 PM

Neo, if all you had were late-night reruns of the old Star Trek and 4-color Marvel comics, you would regard, as I do, your comments as heresy deserving well, death.
Sorry.
That’s just the way it is/was.

billy on January 14, 2007 at 12:01 AM

Oh, and thelinyguy… that Alien trailer certainly must be one of the greatest ever. I just watched it for the first time… wow.

DaveS on January 14, 2007 at 12:01 AM

The rest of your objections I can dismiss because I don’t recognize the most recent trilogy. ;)

Anwyn on January 13, 2007 at 11:53 PM

They made a second trilogy!?

billy on January 14, 2007 at 12:03 AM

Star Wars was cool when I was like, 10. Now that I’ve grown up and watched them all again–and the GOD-AWFUL prequals…I shall never see them again. They’re horrible.

Return of the Jedi? OMG! The Empire Strikes Back was about as good as it gets with that series. Overall, Lucas made a punch of crap.

robblefarian on January 14, 2007 at 12:05 AM

It was a horrible movie. Obi-wan vaporizes when sliced by Vader’s light saber, wtf?

Gee, what do people do in real life when slashed by a light saber? Oh, wait..wtf lightsabers don’t exist! So I guess vaporizing might be the natural thing to do. What the hell does it matter. It was a movie.

Anakin was too old at 9-10 to train to become a jedi, yet Luke was 19-20 and started training with Yoda and became a full Jedi knight?

That would be why Yoda told Obi Wan’s ghost in the Empire strikes back that Luke was too old too train..but seeing as how Vader had systematically slaughtered all the other Jedi he was all that was left to train.

How did Vader never figure he’d go to Tatooine and look for his son, he didn’t “sense” the truth, ever?

Um..because he didn’t know he had any kids. He thought his wife was dead. Hence his dialogue with Luke that ‘Obi Wan was wise to hide you from me.’

What happened to Coruscant after the Empire formed? Never mentioned in the last 3 movies.

What the hell does it matter? Do you own real estate there?

Lucas sucks as a writer, no doubt about it.

Yes, he does, but not as much as you do as a movie critic. I’m going to make a wild intuitive leap based on your handle..you’re a fan of the Wankoffski Brothers disaster epic The Matrix? As much as I loathe the Canadian underwear model that played Anakin Skywalker, he is Lawrence freaking Olivier compared to that slack jawed moron Keanu Reeves. You want to talk about inconsistencies and bad writing…that trilogy was so constipated with pseudo intellectual horsesh*t, you’d need a boot scraper the size of a snow shovel to make a simple 500 foot kung fu leap in your patent leather boots. Ye gods those movies blew a$$. I’d share my criticisms in full but as ‘The Bodyguard of the Oracle’ told Neo (that would be mouth breather Keanu Reeves, not you) ‘You never truly know someone unless you fight them.’ Thus, unless I can hit you in the groin with my spiked nunchuks , I can’t tell you why I think these movies are actually lamer than Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

austinnelly on January 14, 2007 at 12:12 AM

Reminds me of “A Boy and His Dog”. Classic flick.

mesablue on January 14, 2007 at 12:14 AM

I remember walking to the theater in 100 degree heat because my mom refused to take me to go see it for the 7th time. Also had the original action figures that you had to order through the mail because they were’nt sold in stores yet. Don’t have them anymore unfortunately.

Scot on January 14, 2007 at 12:19 AM

Speakin’ of crappy movies (no, I love Star Wars) there was a piece of crap called “Reign of Fire”. It takes place in post apocolp … apacilp … apocilip … in a world all f#cked up by fire breathing dragons. The only good scene has the adults performing a play for the kids … “Luke, I am your father.” Pretty much how it would be. Star Wars will still be in our culture even if our world were to be destroyed.

Tony737 on January 14, 2007 at 12:46 AM

Throttle back unbelievers. When Star Wars came out it was totally amazing. I know it’s long in the tooth now but 30 years ago it was unlike anything out there.

Mojave Mark on January 14, 2007 at 12:50 AM

Ripped off of Dune?

In that they both had a desert.

More than that…there’s the galactic empire, mystic warriors, complicated bloodlines, etc. Obviously, nothing in life is truly original and everything borrows from something else. I really can’t fault Lucas too much for it.

I can fault him for destroying my favorite childhood movie by reworking the cantina scene so that Greedo shot first. That is unpardonable. Since then, I will not speak his name.

Coyote D. on January 14, 2007 at 12:51 AM

I’m pretty sure Lucas said he got the idea from old samauri movies, not Dune.

Scot on January 14, 2007 at 12:55 AM

I can fault him for destroying my favorite childhood movie by reworking the cantina scene so that Greedo shot first. That is unpardonable. Since then, I will not speak his name.

Coyote D. on January 14, 2007 at 12:51 AM

Absolutely!

HAN SHOT FIRST!!!

Seriously. he was a smuggler. It’s totally within his character to shoot first when threatened by a green guy with big eyes ALREADY pointing a blaster at him.

Yakko77 on January 14, 2007 at 12:56 AM

About 5 years ago I went to the Chabot Space Museum mith my daughter , who was 4 at the time, and ,unbeknownst to me,they were having a Star Wars festival, showing all of the movies, had a life-sized Naboo fighter on display, and of course a bunch of people dressed up ( I won’t even get into the woman in the slave costume who had no business in that get-up) The guy as Vader was great, like 6’6″, total perfect costume, shook my daughter’s hand,she was very impressed. So I figured it was time for her to see the first movie. Seeing it through her eyes was amazing, it was total future fairy tale, she was hooked. However, I got the real stern look afterwards, she was mad that Darth was not as nice as he was at the museum. It was hilarious.

bbz123 on January 14, 2007 at 1:13 AM

Great find, AP. And a delicious comment thread to boot.

Most amusing to me is the inevitable rancor among the IV-VI purists, the full hexology nitpickers, the heretics, and the more aged, nostalgic tech relativists who came of age with this movie and take offense to any slight against this atrocious trailer. For my part, I was a freshman in college when I first saw Ep IV.

In 1995.

That should be sufficient to offend just about everyone. Including John Williams.

flip on January 14, 2007 at 1:22 AM

cseven, Mormonism compelled you to see it?

bbz123 on January 13, 2007 at 11:19 PM

See, I told you I was takin drugs back then.

csdeven on January 14, 2007 at 1:24 AM

Yeah, csdeven, in like 76 in Madison, I my bud and I went to a pre-party to see the re-issue of Fantasia at the theater, he closed his eyes after like the first 5 minutes and would not open them again.too much to handle.
We are both staunch Repubs now, go figure.

bbz123 on January 14, 2007 at 1:42 AM

I long for the days again, where the movies were better than the trailers.

- The Cat

P.S. What was happening behind the scenes. Pink5

MirCat on January 14, 2007 at 2:06 AM

you got your head up your arse allahpundit, you ignorant, foolish snob. this was 1977 you moron -the blockbuster had scarcely been invented (Jaws -1975). what’s next? – “check out this lame song by ‘the beatles’ called ‘she loves you’ -can you believe they are considered the greatest band of all time??” stick to politics you goon.

kickstar1 on January 14, 2007 at 2:08 AM

Damn! When sci-fi (especially Star Wars vs. Star Trek) gets mentioned here it makes me wonder if any of you have ever known the touch of a member of the opposite sex.

(Or of the same sex, if that’s your thing, NTTAWWT.)

Sean M. on January 14, 2007 at 6:32 AM

Behead those who insult The Force!

RedWinged Blackbird on January 14, 2007 at 7:34 AM

We are both staunch Repubs now, go figure.

bbz123 on January 14, 2007 at 1:42 AM

Yeah, me too! See we been to the liberal darkside and have return to the light and truth of conservatism!

The force is with us!

csdeven on January 14, 2007 at 7:58 AM

Is that William Shatner doing the voice over?

It would have been better with Barney Frank doing narration.

cmay on January 14, 2007 at 8:23 AM

Oops, damn these stubby fingers.

The above William Shatner quip should have been a quote from DaveS (and LegendHasIt).

cmay on January 14, 2007 at 8:25 AM

DUDE!! Couroscant was guarded by a like, super huge fleet.

Until the Rebels got the Calamari cruisers, the biggest ships they had were some Nebulon-B Frigate. They would have been pwned before they even expended a Victory Class star destroyers shields. The rebels ran hit-and-run tactics, and you can’t do that to the capitol. The hyperspace checkpoints alone woulda taken hours… gotta find your ID… explain why you have 4 kilos of narcotics…. have your sister give the stormtrooper a highway delight… I mean.. cmon.

You all need to forgo the polotics marches for a weekend to play XWing vs TIE Fighter online, and all will be made clear.

Besides, vader thought his son was dead, that tingly sense woulda probably been mistaken for deja vu or jock itch.

If you think THIS knowledge is useless, don’t inquire. The philosophy of Fraggle Rock was my planned Senior Thesis….

Ringmaster on January 14, 2007 at 8:41 AM

Whatever they paid you, John Williams, it wasn’t enough.

Don’t forget Sir Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing. We just watched the classic again last night on DVD. I had the exact same MST3K thought after watching the trailer on the documentary. Alas, the brilliance of MST3K has been banished to AFV.

Valiant on January 14, 2007 at 9:11 AM

I still have the posters of SW 1 from Burger Chef. There’s a name for you.

tormod on January 14, 2007 at 9:43 AM

I bought the paper back of Star Wars “SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE!” in the local drugstore when I was 16. Told all my friends that this would be the movie of the century, they laughed! Somewhere there has to be a plaque with my name on it in the Geekdom/Nerd Hall of Fame…

serenity on January 14, 2007 at 10:56 AM

I saw the 1st Star Wars movie in Hicksville Long Island with a bunch of my stoner friends. (Yes, there really IS a Hicksville & it’s in Nassau county.) Hicksville boasted a 70mm screening and that was the 1st time I remember waiting in a long line to get in a theater. But we were buzzed so it didn’t matter. We enjoyed the movie a lot. It was a movie and a rollercoaster ride, 2 for the price of….1point5. It was the 1st time we’ve seen a spike in admission.

That trailer blows, certainly doesn’t do justice. And that announcer is no way near as slick as the “in a world” guy.

Coronagold on January 14, 2007 at 11:05 AM

More than that…there’s the galactic empire, mystic

warriors, complicated bloodlines, etc. Obviously, nothing in life is truly original and everything borrows from something else. I really can’t fault Lucas too much for it.

I can fault him for destroying my favorite childhood movie by reworking the cantina scene so that Greedo shot first. That is unpardonable. Since then, I will not speak his name.

Oh good heavens if that is all you have Dune ripped off ancient Roman literature. These are not motifs not is the story anywhere near the same.

Noelie on January 14, 2007 at 11:20 AM

I waited in line outside of the theater in Kalispell, Montana for over an hour to see “Star Wars”. That was pretty incredible for a 16 year old kid who was actually more interested in hunting and fishing than girls. Trying to compare special effects from three decades ago with today’s is pretty moronic.

I mean, how realistic would it be to compare capabilities of a Sherman tank with an Abrams? Maybe a P-51 Mustang with a F-22 Raptor?

Rode Werk on January 14, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Oh good heavens if that is all you have Dune ripped off ancient Roman literature. These are not motifs not is the story anywhere near the same.

The stories are very much the same. I don’t think it’s a big deal though. But it would have been nice if Lucas would just have said, “By the way, this is my rewrite of Dune.”

greggish on January 14, 2007 at 12:33 PM

So is Lucas going to re release this trailor with updated special effects and new footage ?

I can hardly stand the suspence.

William Amos on January 13, 2007 at 10:21 PM

Special Edition.

In Digitally Remastered Platinum THX.

Coming this Summer.

(Carrie Fischer’s cosmetic surgery is taking longer than expected)

infidel4life on January 14, 2007 at 12:39 PM

Sounds almost like Vivaldi’s – Winter Allegro Non Molto in the trailer.

Didn’t anyone watching Return of the Jedi in the movie theater squrim in their seat when they found out Leia was Luke’s sister? I remember they made such a big deal out of the love triangle between Han, Leia, and Luke, when Empire Strikes Back was released.

kiakjones on January 14, 2007 at 12:42 PM

After 30 years of Star Wars…….Ten Commandments still looks better after 50…:D At least they didn’t have Ewoks!

dec5 on January 14, 2007 at 1:30 PM

Didn’t anyone watching Return of the Jedi in the movie theater squrim in their seat when they found out Leia was Luke’s sister? I remember they made such a big deal out of the love triangle between Han, Leia, and Luke, when Empire Strikes Back was released.

This is why I never believed that he had this whole story in mind when he wrote Star Wars. I think he made the whole thing up as he went along. There are too many plot inconsistancies.

Coyote D. on January 14, 2007 at 2:26 PM

This is awesome. Dude it was 1979, what do you expect?

vcferlita on January 14, 2007 at 2:28 PM

At least they didn’t have Ewoks!

That would have been the eleventh plague…if the whole Angel of Death thing didn’t work.

Coyote D. on January 14, 2007 at 2:44 PM

SPACE BALLS!!

Mazztek on January 14, 2007 at 3:36 PM

Coronagold. OMG I saw Star Wars in the very same theater. Perhaps at the same screening?

For me the franchise began to jump the shark when Vader was proven to be Luke’s father. (He could’ve been lying to mess with Luke’s mind prior to that. Indeed, that would be a very Vader-ish thing to do.)

Lucas also passed on the opportunity to have Han unfreeze in Boba Fett’s ship. It was very cleverly foreshadowed when Lando almost imperceptibly turns a knob on the freshly carbonited Solo. I guess Lucas decided to have Solo make it back to Tattoine to reunite with the slug.

Story-wise “Empire” was my favorite, despite the cliff-hanger ending. Ep IV is still the best stand-alone film. And cinematically, gosh, you really can’t beat the look of Eps I to III.

Remember, these films aren’t about the future. The first words of every film are, “A long time ago…”

And yeah, the trailer is pretty bad. Makes a case for the importance of a soundtrack. That’s AP’s thesis in the first place, right?

(And if I remember correctly, It took weeks for the word-of-mouth to get folks to come see the movie. Meaning that the trailer was fairly unsuccessful in it’s time.)

DuffBeer on January 14, 2007 at 3:58 PM

Oh my god, that is the single worst trailer I have ever seen.

#1 they chose the most dis-jointed random scenes

#2 Watching that mess without music is like having somone pry off a pinky-toenail.

#3 The Voice Over was terrible. It would have been an appropriate voice for 2001, or some other slow-moving drama, but not a sci-fi action/comedy.

Jones Zemkophill on January 14, 2007 at 4:16 PM

in 1977 I was 23 y/o… and went to see the film 14 times in the first few months.

Crappy trailer? Yes. But still a classic movie that brought sci-fi movies out of the 2nd film of a double show at the drive-in backwater. It demonstrated that sci-fi could be entertaining and profitable.

And at the time, Lucas said he made it as hommage to the Saturday matinee adventures he had attended as a kid.

Re: Lucas writing..yep, it’s gotten as bad as Stephen King’s has … but Lucas also wrote “American Graffiti” (1973) — one of his best.

Darleen on January 14, 2007 at 5:14 PM

The trailer is hilariously horrible. I can’t imagine what Lucas must have thought when he first saw it.

Yes, there were indeed subplots of the first two movies that were impossible to reconcile with the later ones. But so what? It’s a story, not a religion. It doesn’t have to be airtight in continuity to be entertaining. And aside from 2001 and Jaws, no movie had attempted so much special effects before. The difference is that both of those movies had intense studio support, and their producers didn’t live in constant fear that the plug would be pulled. Lucas was daily fighting the studio, crews that didn’t believe the movie would ever work, and dinosaurs in the editing house that wouldn’t listen to his thoughts on how a new-style movie should be cut. You can be certain that this trailer was done by Fox studios, without Lucas’ supervision.

I was a senior in high school, and risked an incomplete in a critical course by skipping two days to be online at Grauman’s Chinese in Hollywood for the public opening.

How many movies of the last 30 years would never have been conceived, written, or filmed if Star Wars had never been made? It broke ground on many fronts in the filmmaking industry.

Freelancer on January 14, 2007 at 6:01 PM

How could all that be happening right now if Star Wars was set a long time ago???

JinxMcHue on January 14, 2007 at 6:28 PM

The reason the first Star Wars worked was because you had likable characters in a space environment. The reason the second trilogy wasn’t as successful was because there was no one in it who was likable. I’m a fan of the original three but have no use for the latest three. But those on this site of my generation are right, for that time and place the original trilogy was something special

Rose on January 14, 2007 at 6:38 PM

For what it was, it was special at the time and is still today for those of us who were there. However, I also liked the second trilogy, too.

My real question is what happened to the remaining three episodes (or did everyone forget that there were originally nine episodes) ?

Emmett J. on January 14, 2007 at 8:21 PM

I was 20 and in the Air Force when Star Wars was released. I think I saw it five times in the first week.

It was a fun movie.

A great villian – “I find your lack of faith disturbing”.

The wise advisor – “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic.”

The sarcastic ne’er-do-well – “Sorry about the mess.”

Comic relief – “Help. I think I’m melting.”

A damsel in distress – “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi; you’re my only hope.”

And, of course, the naive hero – “I’m Luke Skywalker. I’m here to rescue you.”

What’s not to like?

People who scoff at the cheezy special effects fail to realise that it wasn’t until five years later that the first film to use CGI – TRON – came out.

Rusty Bill on January 14, 2007 at 11:58 PM

I long for the days again, where the movies were better than the trailers.

Right on the money!

Ropera on January 15, 2007 at 8:57 AM