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22 September 1980 (USA) See more »
A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the special effects in the second Star Wars installment. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mark Hamill ... Himself, host, narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bob Anderson ... Himself

Jon Berg ... Himself, animator

Ben Burtt ... Himself

Peter Diamond ... Himself

Richard Edlund ... Himself

Harrison Ellenshaw ... Himself

Carrie Fisher ... Princess Leia Organa (archive footage)

Harrison Ford ... Han Solo (archive footage)

Stuart Freeborn ... Himself
Laurel Hughes ... Student Filmmaker
Brian Johnson ... Himself

Irvin Kershner ... Himself
Gary Kurtz ... Himself

Jessica Lange ... Dwan (archive footage)

George Lucas ... Himself

Peter Mayhew ... Himself / Chewbacca

Dennis Muren ... Himself

Frank Oz ... Himself
Colin Skeaping ... Himself

Phil Tippett ... Himself
Des Webb ... Himself / Wampa Ice Creature
Bill Westley ... Himself

Billy Dee Williams ... Lando Calrissian (archive footage)

John Williams ... Himself

Fay Wray ... Ann Darrow (archive footage)

John Ratzenberger ... Major Derlin (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Guenette 
Writing credits
Richard Schickel (written by)

Produced by
Robert Guenette .... producer
Miki Herman .... associate producer
Richard Schickel .... producer
Peter Wood .... associate producer
Film Editing by
Peter Wood 
Sound Department
Thierry Paul Benizeau .... sound editor (as Thierry Benizeau)
John Benson .... sound effects editor
Richard Burrow .... sound editor
Richard Burrow .... sound effects editor
Michael Denecke .... sound editor
Teresa Eckton .... sound effects editor
Gérard Lamps .... re-recording mixer
Nancy Jencks .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Erik Daarstad .... camera operator
Rick Fichter .... additional photographer
Richard Fish .... second assistant camera
Gil Hubbs .... camera operator
Gilbert Loreaux .... additional photographer
Dennis Muren .... additional photographer
Michel Parbot .... camera operator
Éric Pittard .... additional photographer
Jim Veilleux .... additional photographer
Joan Weidman .... additional photographer
Animation Department
Michael Maddi .... cutscene animator
Music Department
William Loose .... composer: incidental music
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator
Jack K. Tillar .... composer: incidental music (as Jack Tillar)
John Williams .... composer: theme "Star Wars"
Other crew
Alan Goland .... production executive

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60 min | Finland:49 min (Blu-ray)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-11 (2011) | UK:PG (video rating)

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
respect to the master, the pioneer, 15 February 2005
Author: kmwells from U.S. Virgin Islands

Look i saw this as a kid and still have the VCR of it at my mom's. At the time it was major kick ass. I remember it being state of the art, cutting edge special effects. It may seem cheesy now, but that is only because old school special effects like this paved the way. Give respect!!! George Lucas was brave enough and idealistic enough to gather the proper folks together to bring his dream into a reality. How many of us have the balls to do this today? All of the old school stuff on this video will show you the ingenuity of creativity in a time before most of us knew it. before digital imagery, anyhow. should view this SPFX and learn about where it all started for THX, Lucasfilm, and Skywalker studios.

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