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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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One word: Misguided See more (212 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
 
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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Trivia:
There was talk of a possible spin-off TV series but it never got past that early stage.See more »
Quotes:
Princess Leia Organa:[sung to the tune of the star wars theme] A day that takes us through the darkness/a day that leads us into light/a day that we celebrate/the LIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGHHHHHTTTT!"See more »
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FAQ

Why on Earth did George Lucas make this?
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88 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
One word: Misguided, 16 December 2001
Author: Mr. Pulse from Syracuse, NY

I don't know whose idea this thing was, but it was a bad one. The "Star Wars Holiday Special" took place in between the two movies, and is famous amongst Star Wars fans for featuring the first appearance of Boba Fett, and completely forgotten by everyone else. Why so forgotten? Because, simply, the show is absolutely terrible.

The "special" (and I use that term as loosely as possible) is about Chewbacca's family, who await his return for the celebration of the holiday "Life Day." Far as I can gather, the holiday involves Christmas ornament-like globes and wearing red robes and being Wookies. The special is basically two hours of waiting, and along the way there are cameos by all the major stars of the original film (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, etc.) It's shocking they appear at all, I have to believe the mob was involved for them to show up. They don't do much, and look thoroughly ashamed of themselves. And they should be; after all, all the action is given to Art Carney (Don't ask me), who plays a trader who's friends with the, uh, Baccas. Action hero Art Carney, ladies and gentlemen.

The show has more asides than a Shakespearian play. There is no plot, there are only little goofy tidbits. None of it is very Star Warsish. Harvey Korman plays a few roles, including an alien version of Julia Childs, and a robot explaining how to set up a communication device. Bea Arthur works in the infamous Cantina, which on a tv budget looks a lot like a diner with some guys with alien masks. She gets a very lengthy musical number and so do Jefferson Starship, and others.

Why would you make a Star Wars special that had nothing to do with Star Wars? It's mostly musical numbers, third rate celebrities (Way older than Star Wars' target audience I should mention), and Wookies who can't speak English. There's a good twenty minute period where no English is spoken since it's just the three Wookies goofing off. If this is genius stuff, then so's "Freddy Got Fingered."

The important Boba Fett apperanace is also one of the few truly entertaining moments of the show; a cartoon about Luke and co. meeting Boba for the first time. It's exciting and well voiced and animated. It's also just a little doo-dad that Lumpy (Yes, when you're named Chewie you name your son Lumpy) watches on a little video screen while waiting for his dad to come home.

It's funny to watch, and painful to watch, and annoying to watch, and mind-boggling to watch. It has to be seen to be believed, but do you really even want to?

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