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Hardware Wars (1978)

 -  Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  October 1978 (USA)
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Frank Robertson ...
Scott Mathews ...
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Bob Knickerbocker ...
Paul Frees ...
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Ernie Fosselius
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A parody of Star Wars, presented in the form of a movie preview. Young Fluke Starbucker, under the tutelage of Auggie "Ben" Doggie, learns to master the power of the Farce, while teaming up with Ham Salad to rescue Princess Anne-Droid and aid her fight against the evil Empire. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll kiss three bucks goodbye! See more »

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$8,000 (estimated)

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$500,000 (USA)
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When Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) was re-released in 1997 in a "Special Edition" with new digital effects, producer Michael Wiese responded by re-releasing this short in its own "Special Edition" with footage replaced with new digital effects and graphics. See more »

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Narrator: Enjoy intense drama during the pre-battle briefing scene.
Lecturer: Okay, so what you want to do is this: You want to attack at the most vulnerable spot. Come at it from this angle and locate the automatic flip-flop override device here, which in turn will defuse the antigyroscopic preinterface thruster chamber, and the pneumatic centripetal antigravity shield deflectors, then you simply deactivate the axial gyro-presubinertia-photomegatronic oscillator that you see here.
Fluke Starbucker: Huh?
Lecturer: You pull the plug!
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Filmed entirely on location in space See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Ride of the Valkyries
(from "Die Walküre")
Music by Richard Wagner
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The original Star Wars spoof, as cheezy and fun as Star Wars was revolutionary...
21 October 2001 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Nothing is sacred. Just ask Ernie Fosselius. These days, everybody has a video camera, and a movie is hardly out before the spoofs start flying, quickly written and shot, and often posted directly to the internet. Spoofs are hot these days, and we go out of our way to make sure filmmakers don't get off on their own self-importance. 25 years ago, when the first Star Wars was made, it was a different world. Filmmaking was the playground of a select few and spoofs were very rare. Then God gave us Hardware Wars. It was shot to look cheap (or was it just cheap?) and the audio was obviously recorded after the fact. Does that take away from the experience? HECK NO! That's what makes it so great! It was raw and unpolished, and hit relentlessly on some of the more pretentious moments of the original movie. From Fluke Starbucker waving around a flashlight instead of a lightsaber (I did that when I was young!) to Chewchilla the Wookie Monster, to Auggie Ben Doggie's "nah, just a little headache" remark, this film short is as much a part of the phenomenon as any of the actual Star Wars films. Rent it. Buy it. Borrow it from a friend. And may the Farce be with you. Always.


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