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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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Don't talk to me about Episode I until you've seen this unholy mess See more (213 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)

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 Englehart Scott .... associate director
 
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:
There was talk of a possible spin-off TV series but it never got past that early stage.See more »
Quotes:
Saundan:[to Imperials] So why don't you boys relax, put your feet up, make your selves at home. Now, Wookiee food isn't the greatest, but I'm sure I can whip you up something in the kitchen we can all eat,
[to Malla]
Saundan:you don't mind, do you Malla?
Malla:RRURRUGR!
Saundan:Malla, you get in the kitchen and help me!
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Soundtrack:
A Day To CelebrateSee more »

FAQ

Why on Earth did George Lucas make this?
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108 out of 114 people found the following review useful.
Don't talk to me about Episode I until you've seen this unholy mess, 20 April 2004
Author: The_Film_Cricket from Birmingham, Alabama

Not long ago I attended a party give by my Star Wars group and as a prize in the trivia contest I received - among other things - a VHS copy of The Star Wars Holiday Special. Having now seen it I have begun to wonder if it wouldn't have best been served as the booby prize. Anyone who obsessively bashes Episode I for being too lame, too mamby pamby or too childish obviously has yet to set eyes of this 1978 hunk of Christmas cow flop strung together on the authority of George Lucas' ex wife Marsha. I know they got divorced sometime after this special aired but I'm guessing that is she had it in mind to ruin him, this was the perfect weapon.

It's been 25 years since CBS hoisted this unholy nightmare on the American public and in that time I had never seen it until last night and oh my lord I could have gone another 25, 40, 50, 300 years without ever having it drilled into my brain a second time.

This is without a doubt the most horrific thing I have ever witnessed on screen and I've seen Howard the Duck! What in the world possessed anyone to soil the Star Wars name with this dreck? My friend assured me that the special was actually pretty good if you got past all the Wookie manure - BUT THE WOOKIES TAKE OVER THE WHOLE SHOW!!!!

The story takes place sometime after Episode IV and finds Chewbacca's family waiting for him to come home for something called Life Day (I dunno, maybe it's a day where they worship board games). The wookies are nothing short of nauseating. Mama bear (Chewie's wife) gushes over a picture of her beloved and is forever scolding Chewie's son Lumpy. Lumpy (yes, Lumpy) whines, disobeys and aggravates the stew out of his mother. Sadly, he becomes the central character.

The most curious character is Itchy, the grandfather (where's Scratchy?) a gray haired old codger with a serious under bite and a strange fixation on Diahann Carroll. She plays a character credited as "Holographic Wow". He's given a gift for Life Day that looks something like a hair dryer, the kind you might have found in a beauty parlor when segregation was in effect. This strange device offers gramps a vision of Carroll superimposed on something that looks like a dirty bathtub drain. He gets so excited at one point that he begins beating the chair arm rapidly with his fist. And that's all I have to say about that.

Chewie's family isn't the most repulsive thing in this mess. No, the fingernails-on-the-blackboard award goes to Harvey Korman who plays three ungainly characters, one more jaw-dropping than the last. First, he plays a rather odd looking female robotic chef who hosts a cooking show and gets a little excited when she gets to the part where she is suppose to stir and whip at the same time (the mixture that is). The second is the most bizarre, a robotic instructor who gives Lumpy instructions on how to put an electronic device together and malfunctions in ways that just shouldn't be seen on public television. The third is a strange creature who drinks through a hole in the top of his head and has a fixation on Bea Arthur (don't ask). Bea Arthur by the way plays the Cantina bartender and has to get everyone out because the Empire has imposed a curfew. How does she clear the place? She sings!

In the midst of all the guest star hooey are Mark Hamill smacked with so much eye make-up that he looks like his own action figure. And then there's Harrison "what in the heck am I doing here" Ford and a hopped-up, glassy-eyed Carrie Fisher looking like . . . well there is a Betty Ford joke here but it's just too easy.

I will say that the day is almost saved by an odd but kind of fun animated sequence involving Luke and the droids befriending Boba Fett who is secretly leading them to Vader. It's cute and I would like to have seen more but I have yet to understand why Han's animated face looks like a Clone Trooper helmet (shrug).

3PO appears briefly in this special for recognition sake and truthfully when it was all over I was surprised that he didn't once muse "How did we get into this mess?" I would have asked that question myself.

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