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Release Date:
17 November 1978 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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!
Plot:
Chewbacca and Han Solo try to get home to Chewie's family to celebrate Life Day, which includes various forms of entertainment. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Mark Hamill ... Luke Skywalker

Harrison Ford ... Han Solo

Carrie Fisher ... Princess Leia Organa

Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO

Peter Mayhew ... Chewbacca

Kenny Baker ... R2-D2 (as R2-D2)

James Earl Jones ... Darth Vader (voice)

Bea Arthur ... Ackmena (as Beatrice Arthur)

Art Carney ... Saun Dann

Diahann Carroll ... Mermeia Holographic Wow
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)

Harvey Korman ... Krelman / Chef Gormaanda / Amorphian instructor
Mickey Morton ... Malla
Paul Gale ... Itchy
Patty Maloney ... Lumpy
Jack Rader ... Imperial Guard Officer
Stephanie Stromer ... The Great Zorbak (Holographic Gymnast)

Michael Potter ... Imperial Guard Officer
Wazzan Troupe ... Holographic Tumblers (as The Wazzan Troupe)
Yûichi Sugiyama ... Ringleader
Mum Brothers ... The Reeko Brothers (as The Mum Brothers)
Claude Woolman ... Imperial Officer (wallscreen)

Lev Mailer ... Imperial Guard #1
John McLaughlin ... Imperial Stormtrooper #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Prowse ... Darth Vader (archive footage)

Don Francks ... Boba Fett (voice) (uncredited)

Alec Guinness ... Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mary Ann Hay ... Dancer (uncredited)
Linda Hoxit ... Teenage 'Wookie' (uncredited)
Art James ... Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Larry Mollin ... Pilot (voice) (uncredited)
Marcus Powell ... Rycar Ryjerd (uncredited)
Arthur Rowton ... Zutton Zutmore (uncredited)
Leslie Schofield ... Chief Bast (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Binder 
David Acomba (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pat Proft 
Leonard Ripps 
Bruce Vilanch 
Rod Warren 
Mitzie Welch 

Produced by
Monroe E. Carol .... associate producer
Dwight Hemion .... executive producer
Joe Layton .... producer
Rita Scott .... associate producer
Gary Smith .... executive producer
Jeff Starsh .... producer
Ken Welch .... producer
Mitzie Welch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ian Fraser 
 
Cinematography by
John B. Field 
 
Film Editing by
Jerry Bixman 
Vince Humphrey 
 
Art Direction by
Brian Bartholomew 
 
Set Decoration by
Garrett Lewis 
 
Costume Design by
Bob Mackie 
 
Makeup Department
Silvia Abascal .... hair stylist
Keith Crary .... makeup artist
Donna Barrett Gilbert .... hair stylist (as Donna Gilbert)
Verne Langdon .... makeup artist
Michael Lorenz .... makeup artist (as Mike Lorenz)
Jim Nielsen .... makeup artist
Evelyn Trimmer .... hair stylist
 
Art Department
C.B. Chisam .... props
Ralph McQuarrie .... illustrator
Leslie Parsons .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Ben Burtt .... sound effects
Peter Cole .... sound
Ed Greene .... sound
Dean Okrand .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Jenn de Joux .... video animation
Elizabeth Savel .... video animation
Tom Tcimpidis .... ultimatte operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Diane Biederbeck .... camera operator
Jeff Chang .... lighting technician
Larry Heider .... camera operator
Bob Keys .... camera operator
Peter Lomprakis .... key grip
Fred McKinnon .... lighting
Wayne Orr .... camera operator
John Rook .... lighting designer
Ron Sheldon .... camera operator
Howard Smith .... gaffer
 
Animation Department
Charles Bonifacio .... animator (uncredited)
Robin Budd .... animator (uncredited)
John Celestri .... animator (uncredited)
John Halfpenny .... animator (uncredited)
Frank Nissen .... layout artist (uncredited)
Clive A. Smith .... animation director (uncredited)
Bill Speers .... animator (uncredited)
Ken Stephenson .... animator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellis Burman Jr. .... costumes: "Wookie family"
Thomas R. Burman .... costumes: "Wookie family"
Lola Bullion Chambers .... costumer
Stuart Freeborn .... costume: "Chewbacca"
Robert Turturice .... assistant costume designer
Stan Winston .... costumes: "Wookie family"
 
Music Department
Billy Byers .... orchestrator
Ian Fraser .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Peter Barth .... stage manager
Ray Brannigan .... supervisor
Gene Crowe .... technical director
Mike Erwin .... stage manager
Miki Herman .... consultant: "Star Wars"
Peter Kimmel .... production assistant
Sheila Lauder .... script supervisor
Marty May .... production assistant
Charkie Phillips .... assistant choreographer
Elle Puritz .... assistant to producer
Carol Englehart Scott .... associate director
David Winters .... choreographer
Stephanie Zilgitt .... production assistant (as M. Stephanie Zillgitt)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The 'Star Wars' Christmas Special" - USA (unauthorized video title)
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Runtime:
97 min | 120 min (including commercials)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Mark Hamill had been in a near-fatal car accident a few weeks earlier, and had just had reconstructive facial surgery.See more »
Quotes:
Han Solo:That's the spirit! You'll be celebrating Life Day before you know it! Standby, here's where we say goodbye to our unpleasant friends.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Saturday Morning RPG (2012) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Day To CelebrateSee more »

FAQ

Why on Earth did George Lucas make this?
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44 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Of course you want to watch it....., 12 August 2003

...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!

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