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"Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:06 am

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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Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:32 am

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.  Big grin
 
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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:32 am

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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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:37 am

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).
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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:36 am

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.
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Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:45 am

While watching the DVDs last night, I noticed something -

SEPARATED AT BIRTH? You tell me...


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Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:59 am

I have now got to leave work, as I have soiled myself laughing, EA CO AS.
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Thu Sep 23, 2004 3:10 am

ROTFLMAO!!! Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin

I always thought there was something special about her. hehe
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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 3:27 am

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.  Big grin

Sorry, I'm just not a big sci-fi guy (I'm sure I'm in the vast minority on that one).

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Thu Sep 23, 2004 3:55 am

Tristarenvy, I too, saw Star Wars in the old Palm theatre in Sugar Land!!

I was 5 years old at the time, and my fondes memory was the lifesize cut out of Darth Vader. Scared the Hell out of me!!!

Either way, I have my DVD set, and man, is it a great series. Almost ahead of it's time in movie making technology.
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Thu Sep 23, 2004 4:25 am

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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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 4:37 am

I can't remember what was scarier in The Palms, Cougar, the creatures in "Star Wars" on the screen, or the creatures trying to carry off my bag of popcorn on the floor!

I was sad to hear that the old place got torn down. Even trying to make it a "Double Screen" made the place worse!

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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 4:39 am

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...  Wink/being sarcastic

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?

 
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Thu Sep 23, 2004 4:42 am

How about a Star Wars mystery?

In 1975, near San Diego I saw a car with a bumper sticker that said:

"LET THE WOOKIEE WIN!"


That is two years before the movie came out. Might have been before shooting started on it. So who was this guy with the car bearing a line from a script no one has heard yet?

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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 4:45 am

If it was attached to a crappy little Fiat, it might have been George L, himself! I read he based the Speeder that Luke uses in the desert, on his own personal transport of the time , a Fiat 850?

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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 4:55 am

Pretty same pattern with me. I liked the ewoks though cuddily little teddy bears. Jar-Jar on the other hand had to be the most annoying creature since Barney!

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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 4:58 am

I want to know what the heck George was smoking when he came up with Jar Jar.

JarJar abosutely ruined Episode I.

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Thu Sep 23, 2004 5:22 am


George Lucas when he came up with Jar Jar,

Meesa Jar Jar Binks, Meesa smoke the good Reefer Okie Day, Yousa wantsa smoka too?

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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 5:24 am

Saw Star Wars in the summer of '77 as a 7-year-old while at Cape Cod, Mass. for the Summer - totally blown away, and had seen it like 11 times within the following 5 years.

Empire Strikes back was ok, but seemed to take a long time to be released - must've been about 11 or 12 by that time, and kind of took to it, but didn't see it as many times.

By the time Jedi came out, I was kind of over the whole phenom. Saw it anyway & didn't like JarJar - and could somewhat appreciate all the critique Lucas got for creating the character.

A&E's doc on 'the making of...' that's been airing for the last couple of weeks was pretty cool & brought back lots of memories...
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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:32 am

I want to know what the heck George was smoking when he came up with Jar Jar.

And Jar Jar is the one who ultimately enables Palpatine to become Emperor in proposing legislation granting him sweeping emergency powers and absolute control of the Republic.

Lucas probably laughed himself silly as he was writing that part of SW:AOTC.
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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 6:58 am

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!

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Thu Sep 23, 2004 7:40 am

Sta Wars (Original) ran for over year in the movie theatres here in Australia in 1977. I forgot how many times I paid and went along - 3 or I think.

Can't remember any recent movie running that long.
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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:05 am

I'll tell you what, Tristarenvy, I'm just glad I got out of there without getting a shoe stuck to the floor!
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Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:08 am

Where where living out in the bush at the time Return of the Jedi came out.

About that time my kid brother had to fly into town to get his tonsils out. I couldn't go. While in town my dad took him to Return of the Jedi.

It was about two or three years before I was able to see it.....this was pre-bockbuster you know.
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Thu Sep 23, 2004 1:18 pm

I was only 1 when Star Wars came out, and the first movie I saw in a cinema was E.T. in 1982.

Saw the movies on television lots, and went to a marathon when they showed them all again in the cinemas. I forget when that was, but in the past 5 years or so sometime.

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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 9:33 pm

Hey Cougar, that made my day! Made me miss my days on Azalea St, and being a student at good old DHS!
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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Thu Sep 23, 2004 9:49 pm

I'm still of the opinion that the first movie was the best, although I still have trouble with some of the more 'comical' looking alien creatures (ie: the bar scene). Man, that was a long time ago...first wife and corporate political fights in the Thunderbird Design Studio @ FoMoCo (lost both of those battles, BTW).

It seems the series deteriorated slightly as they progressed to the final 3rd film. I don't think I've seen any of the following 'rip-offs' in their entirety. Jack
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Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:06 pm

Hey Jack, if you are talking the 77-79 'bird, you hit a home run w/that one. Gimmie a black '78 w/chamois top and leather, any day! However if we are talkin' the 80-82...um...well.....

Back to topic, I'm surprised that Lucas didn't redo the whole bar scene with the technology avaliable, today. Some of those critters look straight out of "Star Trek". I believe I read he's "cleaned" up some of the ragged bits with the whole bar bit.

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Thu Sep 23, 2004 10:45 pm

I saw Star Wars with my dad , I was about to turn 6, it was the second movie he took me to. The first was Rocky.

I was hooked from the opening shot with the blockage runner being chased by the Star Destroyer.

I saw the movie again that summer when my dad took my brother and mom. But eventhough I've seen it hundreds of times on tape i wasn't until it was rereleased, that I saw it on the big screen more than twice. I only saw Empire and Jedi once in the theatre.
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RE: "Star Wars" Memories.....

Fri Sep 24, 2004 12:45 am

I just got home from buying the set for my fiance's bday.. he is a HUGE star wars fan.. our dog's name is Sam's Obi Wan (his reg name) aka Obi  Smile I got the last widescreen verson at wally world  Smile
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