MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 92 this week

The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Family | Musical  -  17 November 1978 (USA)
2.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 2.6/10 from 6,505 users  
Reviews: 210 user | 44 critic

Chewbacca and Han Solo try to get home to Chewie's family to celebrate Life Day, which includes various forms of entertainment.

Directors:

, (uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 06 Feb 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 26 Jan 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 12 Jul 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 17 Jun 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie 1978)

The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie 1978) on IMDb 2.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Star Wars Holiday Special.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Droids (1985–1986)
Adventure | Animation | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The adventures of R2-D2 and C-3P0 before they joined Luke Skywalker.

Stars: Anthony Daniels, Lesleh Donaldson, Don Francks
The Ewok Adventure (TV Movie 1984)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Wicket the Ewok and his friends agree to help two shipwrecked human children on a quest to find their parents.

Director: John Korty
Stars: Eric Walker, Warwick Davis, Fionnula Flanagan
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (TV Movie 1985)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

The army of the Marauders, led by by King Terak and the witch Charal attack the Ewoks village. The parents and the brother of Cindel all die in this attack. Cindel and the Ewok Wicket ... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
Stars: Wilford Brimley, Warwick Davis, Aubree Miller
Adventure | Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

Seven disgusting kids but nevertheless of interesting personality are being made of the green mud coming out of garbage can. Once alive their master gives them rules to obey although they ... See full summary »

Director: Rod Amateau
Stars: Anthony Newley, Mackenzie Astin, Phil Fondacaro
Sky High (2005)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set in a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, young Will Stronghold, the son of the Commander and Jetstream, tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being.

Director: Mike Mitchell
Stars: Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two seemingly dumb teens struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Director: Stephen Herek
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.

Director: Joe Johnston
Stars: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer, Marcia Strassman
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985... without interfering with his first trip.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.

Director: James Frawley
Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson
Alien Apocalypse (TV Movie 2005)
Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

An astronaut doctor Ivan Hood and his fellow astronaut Kelly return from their mission in space to find the world has been taken over by aliens. Now Dr. Ivan Hood and Kelly must lead a ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Becker
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Renée O'Connor, Remington Franklin
Spaceballs (1987)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Planet Spaceball's President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal Planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Gregory Smith, David Cross
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
R2-D2 (as R2-D2)
...
Darth Vader (voice)
...
Ackmena (as Beatrice Arthur)
...
Saun Dann
...
Marty Balin ...
Holographic Band Singer (as The Jefferson Starship)
Craig Chaquico ...
Holographic Band Member (as The Jefferson Starship)
David Freiberg ...
Holographic Band Singer (as The Jefferson Starship)
Paul Kantner ...
Holographic Band Member (as The Jefferson Starship)
...
Krelman / Chef Gormaanda / Amorphian instructor
Edit

Storyline

It is Life Day, a holiday that is celebrated on Chewbacca's home planet Kashyyyk. Chewie and Han Solo are trying to get to the planet where Chewie's family is waiting for him, but the Empire is out searching for the Rebels, giving everyone a hard time. While we are waiting we get a look at the everyday life of a Wookiee family. We meet all the familiar characters from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and we are introduced to Boba Fett during a short cartoon. We also pay a visit to the Cantina and meet all the monsters again. Written by Kynde

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle evil Imperial forces to help Chewbacca reach his imperiled family on the Wookiee planet - in time for Life Day, their most important day of the year!


Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The 'Star Wars' Christmas Special  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to David Acomba, he recommended Robin Williams for the special but the producers turned him down. See more »

Quotes

Han Solo: He says our friend Boba found serum for the talisman virus.
Luke Skywalker: Boba, you're a hero and a faithful friend. You must come with us.
[R2 bleeps]
Luke Skywalker: What's the matter with R2?
C-3PO: I'm afraid, sir, it's because you said Boba's a friend and faithful ally. That does not feed properly into R2's information bank.
Luke Skywalker: What are you talking about?
C-3PO: We've intercepted a message between Boba and Darth Vader, sir. Boba Fett is Darth Vader's right-hand man. I'm afraid this whole adventure has been an Imperial plot.
Boba Fett: We'll meet ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

R2-D2 as R2-D2 See more »


Soundtracks

Good Night But Not Goodbye
(uncredited)
Performed by Bea Arthur
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Of course you want to watch it.....
12 August 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

...seriously, what Star Wars fan *wouldn't* want to watch this? Well, maybe a few - I remember when this first aired, this young kid was totally psyched, and got all my snacks ready and sat at the TV -- and after 15 minutes, I turned if OFF. I am going to try to give a different take towards this one than the other reviewers, because of course they are all correct, this is an amazingly bad piece of garbage.

First off, yep, I and no one else who is a Star Wars fan who has seen this will ever disagree it is complete and total crap. But you know the old saying about train wrecks, you just *have* to watch them, this is that. Because as unbelievably horrible as it is, and as totally unfathomably bad every scene is, as a Star Wars fan you wanna see these characters in new scenes.

It IS cool seeing "new" footage of Han and Chewie in the Falcon's cockpit. It's cool seeing Luke do his thing, Leia, the droids, everyone, although this is nothing but a huge mess, you gotta like seeing these characters again somewhere. Of course, as you watch you may say to yourself that you wish you had NEVER seen this, because it taints the memory of these great Star Wars characters. So was actually seeing this special worth it? If you can keep your feelings about Star Wars in check and dismiss this easily, sure it is.

The Boba Fett appearance in the animated sequence is very cool, best thing about the show probably. It's too short though, especially in such a long show.

But you know, this is one part of the Star Wars universe where I would love some additional information. The special itself we have - but this is the only piece of the Star Wars universe we know almost nothing of the background about. How was this show proposed? What were the creative meetings for this abomination like? Who felt this should be 2 hours long in broadcast time? What did the actors say and feel when they read what they were supposed to do? How did the recording of Carrie Fisher's "Star Wars song" go? Did everyone on screen just think this was a big joke before it was through?

And most importantly...did absolutely no one whatsoever in power have any ability at all to see this final product and realize what a complete piece of garbage this was, and what a blight on the Star Wars universe this would surely become? Were there stipulations that said this HAD to air, and they couldn't even trim it down?

I can't believe after creating such a masterpiece like "Star Wars" that George Lucas didn't have the eyes to see what a total hack job this Star Wars Holiday TV Special was. (Even with "Episode 2" in existence I still have to give George the benefit on this one.)

So c'mon....what is the REAL untold story behind this...this....this thing?

Maybe the "E" network can help?

THAT would make for a much better tale than anything on this special.

But you gotta watch.

One more interesting note -- at a sci-fi con in New Jersey in the later 90's, at the end when the place was clearing out, one dealer that was selling tapes still had his TV on and he had none other than the Star Wars Holiday Special playing, maybe hoping to sell a last copy or two. Then, none other than convention guests Peter Mayhew (Chewie) and Kenny Baker (R2D2), by themselves, passed this dealer's table on their way out, and saw the Special playing, and then they started staring intently at it. Their jaws just dropped. The dealer was shocked when he noticed them (he was packing his stuff) and then he said something like "hi guys," and both Peter and Kenny answered with something along the lines of that they haven't thought about the Special in many years. Then Peter said "c'mon Kenny" and they walked off. Interesting!


42 of 47 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Back in '78 the Star Wars Holiday Special was'nt so bad cloud7o9
How involved was George Lucas? A Speculation Scaarge
How Long Did You Last? cinema_addict
LIGHTEN-UP AND GET A GRIP mail109914
Blu-Ray Special Edition Out 11/29/09 --- FINALLY. radiotheatre-1
Christmas Eve tradition in our house perc2100
Discuss The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?