So the year was 1977 the day May 25th a day like today, and months before I was born! A small independent movie came out with a little known director, and an unknown cast of actors called “STAR WARS” you might have heard of it by now?
This movie opened to a very limited amount of 32 theaters in the USA, and went to become not just a hit! But the film that changed the very fabric of how movies are made from that day on. George Lucas, and his company of Producers, special fx wizards, with an amazing score by Sir John Williams brought us all into a magical world that 4 decades later is still changing the world.
Star Wars was more than a movie for kids or about “Space wizards” it was a movie about everyone of us who felt like “there had to be more to life than this…” Growing up in a lower class house my youth was spent trying to not get into the same kind of trouble my brother got into, and so I spent some what a lot of hours glued to the TV watching STAR WARS. They used to play this religiously on Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS) which again as a kid back in the 80’s this was a BIG event whenever it aired.
Little did the cast, and crew know at the time they were making this masterpiece that it would forever change not just them but cinema, and how films were made forever. George Lucas was an outsider who took over the world of Hollywood by introducing us to his Galaxy far, far away.
From the moment I can remember this movie, and it’s sequels have all been in my life.. I’m such a big fan I got tattoos to prove it. My one dying wish is to have my ashes spread in the same location where they filmed the home of Luke Skywalker on “Tatooine.”
The movie has also helped inspire some of today’s best film makers like Christopher Nolan creator of “The Dark Knight Trilogy” and the upcoming movie Tenet. Kevin Smith of “View Askew” who’s whole life revolved around Star Wars as kids and both these men credited Star Wars for making them believe a boy could become a film maker, and the only limits put on them were the ones they put on themselves. We see so many fan films today, and stuff but what we’re here to do today here is we look back at this remarkable movie as it ages gracefully, and I hope it’s still as loved by future generations to come. You see while Spin-offs, Sequels, Prequels both live action, and animation might come and go! On the big screen, small, streaming, V.R! Whatever…. Nothing will change the cultural, and world wide impact of the movie that came out in 1977 Simply called “STAR WARS.” Remember they added “A NEW HOPE” later when it became clear this would have sequels, and many more stories told as again this took over the planet like nothing before, or since… And yes this is also looking at today’s movies like the Marvel MCU, Avatar, nothing comes close to the original Star Wars & the entire Trilogy. This folks remember is the first time a movie was part of a “Trilogy” which was all from the mind of a master at his craft in his prime, and a modern day film version of Shakespeare.
Lucas created a world for us all to cherish, to love, and I don’t care what movie beats the box office folks… Nothing will ever do what this 10 Million dollar movie did. This movie was the “force” that brought the world together before there was the “Internet” this movie touched people from all walks of life, and every country in this small world we all share. This was the turning point in film making, and it’s why it’s still so loved by us fans, and why we demand better from the new film makers out now. Especially those in charge with continuing the story George Lucas created. For all of us falling in love with “The Mandalorian” on streaming remember without this movie that doesn’t exist.
This was a game changer for movies, and fans and I’ve had people who swore off watching Star Wars for years tell me that once they saw it they they “get it now…” You see folks it doesn’t matter who you are this movie touches us all who dare to dream about other worlds, and possibilities, and how there is more to life than this. Luke Skywalker is us, and we all live via his eyes in this movie, and Lucas knew this and wrote a movie yes about rebels, and war, and space Nazi’s… But at it’s core it’s about a boy lost in his own imagination wanting out of the closed world he’s in. A feeling all of us can relate too as young people, and this is why the movie is loved by young, and old as it touches that inner child in us, and for a moment in time, and a few hours we are all Luke Skywalker fighting in a “GALAXY Far, FAR, AWAY.”
During these these hard times were all in guys remember life brings twist, and turns but always have faith in the force… To quote from the film itself. “The Force is strong with this one.” and with the rest of the trilogy this was very true as it spun off two amazing films which followed our heroes, and foes, and introduced us to probably the greatest puppet character in the history of the planet! The wise master Yoda. Who said the following…
“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.” – Yoda
Today we’ve had so many things that’s come out since Lucas sold his company to Disney but nothing can come close to the original Trilogy, and nothing can replace “The Force.” So Keep the faith my friends… That’s our only hope.
Writer/Director: George Lucas Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Peter Cushing
The movie Won 6 Oscars… Including Best Music, Original Score by master musician, and icon himself one Sir John Williams
Next month we celebrate on June 20th the 40 year anniversary of “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)“
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