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Release Date:
17 November 1978 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
(bootleg edition) The scariest movie ever made...isn't a horror film. See more »
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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"Ludlow...you're HEARTLESS!" See more (232 total) »

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)
Rick J. Wagner ... Walrus Man

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
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carol Scott .... associate director (as Carol Englehart Scott)
 
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"
 
Editorial Department
Tue Nguyen .... on-line editor
 
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
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) | 78 min (re-cut version)
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Trivia:
The character played by Art Carney is an early incarnation of Lando, who is described in early drafts (Dec 1978) of The Empire Strikes Back in Lucas' notes as being a gambler who runs a general store on the Wookiee planet, "a guy who trades with the Indians."See more »
Quotes:
Princess Leia Organa:This holiday is yours, where we all share with you the hope that this day brings us closer to freedom and to harmony and to peace. No matter how different we appear, we're all the same in our struggle against the powers of evil and darkness. I hope that this day will always be a day of joy, in which we can reconfirm our dedication and our courage. And more than anything else, our love for one another. This is the promise of the Tree of Life.See more »
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Why on Earth did George Lucas make this?
Are the events depicted in this program canon?
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79 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
"Ludlow...you're HEARTLESS!", 25 April 2002
Author: roark-12 from New York City

I was stoned out of my mind when I saw this thing. It's truly stunning. Note that Hollywood Squares staple Bruce Vilanch was one of the writers. (This show bears odd similarities to his other opus, "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour".) By the time this creation, which I call "Episode 4.5" was in its zenith, so was I; the pipe was empty. I felt as though Princess Leia's voice was vibrating in my spine. At one point she looked right at me and I saw her with my entire face, not just my eyes. The best moments are with Bea Arthur. I rewound the exchange between her and "Ludlow" and "Thorpe" about twenty times. "Short memory, eh, Thorpe? SHORT MEMORY!" By the time the Wookies were walking through outer space in red robes towards what appears to be the sun I felt as though I was with them. I don't remember the cartoon, but I do recall Mark Hamill looking like he was auditioning for the Gay Ice Capades. Also, you will find out several things you may have wanted to know about "Star Wars":

How do Wookies entertain themselves? Why is Grandpa Wookie named "Itchy"? What is the warm, cuddly side of Han Solo? What would a love scene between Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman REALLY look like? What are the lyrics to the "Star Wars" theme? And what would they sound like if Princess Leia sang them? What would it be like for an aged, portly Art Carney to engage in a familiar "Honeymooners" routine with an Imperial Guard as his Ralphie-boy? But it stll leaves several questions: Why does "Lumpy" so resemble the kid from "Eight is Enough"? Why do the characters from "Star Wars" never change their clothes until "The Empire Strikes Back"? What was the story behind the "Short memory!" crack? Was there a romance between Bea Arthur and "Thorpe"? If so, what are the long-term consequences to the Cantina atmosphere? Was Bea Arthur just filling in that day for the big ugly fellow who ran the bar in "A New Hope"? Or does she own the place? Why do Imperial Guards adore "Jefferson Starship", and why do old Wookies have a fetish for African-American Humans?

I hope Lucas creates another one of these. I would love to see Jar-Jar Binks exchange puns with Kelsey Grammar or Ray Romano.

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Back in '78 the Star Wars Holiday Special was'nt so bad cloud7o9
How Long Did You Last? cinema_addict
Chewie's wife and Han PhantomLover3
Reminds me of the Sid and Marty Krofft and Variety shows of the time. homergreg
I have the holiday special on DVD if anyone wants one joeyneedham-32779
'Stir, whip, stir, whip, whip, whip, stir!' frabas1974
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