Tristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1444 times:
As it just came out on DVD, and the media hype surrounding that, let’s talk memories you might have associated with the original trilogy....
I saw “Episode IV” in ’77 at the age of 16. Probably saw it about 15 times that summer. Not that I was a ‘geek” but because my parents were going thru a nasty divorce, and I didn’t want to be home. The town I grew up in, Sugar Land TX had a little one screen movie theatre, and had a $1 matinee, and so I spent a lot of afternoons there. So I’d pile into my first car, an 11 year old Lincoln coupe, and go to the movie. The next summer, and remember this was before home video became big, “Star Wars” was re-released, and I went to see it a few more times. Saw it in a drive-inn, in Houston, too. Man, I miss those big ass screens!
For “Empire Strikes Back” I cut out of one of my last days of class as a graduating senior in High School in 1980, to stand in line to see it at the long closed Tower Theatre in Houston. This was my favorite of the original three. I’ll stop doing whatever I’m doing to watch this one. I remember reading some fan sci-fi magazine, and how they claimed to have the full details of how the movie went. Totally wrong! My favorite character appears in this one, Boba Fett. It’s hard to “ACT II” of a three act play, and I think it’s the best ‘cause it’s so “dark”.
For the third, and final installment, I went ONCE to see it. I think those damn Ewoks are worse than Jar-Jar Binks. I have watched this movie three times, tops. My daughters like it, and I just stay out of the room when it’s on. Just too “cute” for me. And Boba gets it, too.
So, there you have it. What memories do you associate w/the trilogy?
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KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1426 times:
I never saw "Star Wars" in the theater. I was like a year old or so at the time. I remember going to see "Empire Strikes Back" with my older cousin when I was still small, but enjoying the movie. I saw "Return of the Jedi" with my pops when it came out, and now when I watch them, I can fully appreciate Carrie Fisher.....Then anyway, not now.
Qb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1425 times:
Pretty much the same pattern here.
I was about 14 when I saw the first movie, in 1977 or 1978.
And I'm going through all of them again, but this time with my kids. We've seen the first two movies, Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back. My six year-old son really enjoys those movies. I told him that if he gets a good report card this fall, that we're going to rent the next one, Return of the Jedi. I can tell you that he is studying really hard...
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JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1425 times:
I saw Star Wars in England - it was one of the very rare times we went to movies as a family - I seem to remember there being an enormous queue to get into the cinema - it was in Gerrards Cross, Bucks, if I remember rightly. Star Wars was absolutely the rage at school I remember, it was a HUGE deal.
I'm pretty sure I saw the second and third episodes in SA, probably at the Top Star drive-in, on top of a mine dump, with an amazing view over Johannesburg. No doubt the sound quality was appalling, but I did enjoy them. I agree about the bloody Ewoks though - painful ! But still not as bad as Jar - himma suck real bad !
Can't wait to get hold of all 3 on DVD ! They were wise to release it now, rather than at Christmas, because the last LOTR extended version will be released by then, and people would be forced to choose (and I can guess who'd win, no matter how great Star Wars is).
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1407 times:
My first experience with Star Wars was seeing the Empire Strikes back when I was eight years old, and being genuinly scared by the Empire. I didn't really know what was going on, but all I knew was that the good guys just kept losing left and right, being pummeled the entire movie. The cinematography was so dark, and as an eight year old, it was a scary movie, and I loved it and from that day fell in love with the Star Wars trilogy. I remember when the special editions came out in theaters, that was a blast to finally be able to see the original trilogy in theatres, what a thrill. I wish they would rerelease it once again in theatres, it would make a lot of money if anything.
My roommate purchased the trilogy last night on DVD, and it looks quite nice from the bits and pieces that we watched.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1389 times:
Memories of "Star Wars".....hmmmm.....
I saw "Star Wars" when it first came out, like most other inquisitive people did. Then when "Empire" and "Return" came out, I thought back through my memories of "Star Wars" and decided that.....I didn't wish to see either one.
Sorry, I'm just not a big sci-fi guy (I'm sure I'm in the vast minority on that one).
Tom at MSY
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Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8512 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1370 times:
Wow, Top Star drive in, now there's a memory!
I saw part IV at Ster City in Claim St in Johannesburg in 77, I remember Computicket giving out stickers with "may the force be with you" on them when you booked your tickets. When Part VI was due for release there was a double feature of Part IV and V at the old Cinerama, also in Claim St, it had a wonderful huge curved screen and the sound was awesome!
The new ones don't cut it for me, Jar Jar Binks is a total fuckwit but I have Part I and II on DVD and the first 3 on VHS, have to get the DVDs!!
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Slider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 7080 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1362 times:
I remember vividly going to see Star Wars at the Southtown Cinema in West Allis, WI right when it came out.
My parents had surprised me with a few of the action figures before we went, and so I took Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 with me. I left Chewie and Darth Vader at home. Well, I had a big German Shepherd/Collie mix that chewed the hell out of them while we were gone. I cried my ass off seeing them when we got home...
It was a great movie and a great series that I grew up with. Hardly a "SW geek," but the cultural phenomenon of Star Wars is tough to even explain, especially for my generation that came up with it from the get-go.
Now I have two kids and my 5 year old boy is even into it. It's a different dynamic entirely, but still, how many things do you know that have the staying power and generational crossover appeal like SW?
Andersjt From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 390 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1325 times:
1977 - Episode IV I was 16 and saw it several times in my hometown (RKS) at the Rock Theatre on Broadway. Sadly, when I was home last month, I noticed that the theatre was closed.
1980 - "The Empire Strikes Back." My summer break from college and I had taken a job in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and saw it at the local theater there.
1983 - "The Return of the Jedi." This was probably my most memorable experience. I was just finishing up and getting to graduate college at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. At the time of the movie opening, Salt Lake City had some weird warm and wet weather that caused an early, fast snow melt and major flooding in the city. In fact, they had to close State Street to divert the run off through the city center. On opening night, my friends and I were in line at the theater on the corner of 300 South and State Streets, behind the sand bag barricades watching the water flowing down the street!
Oh how I long for the day when the skies were truly Friendly!