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Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy (2004)

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An in-depth making of documentary about the original Star Wars trilogy, covering the productions of the three films and their impact on popular culture.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Gary Kurtz ...
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Leo Braudy ...
Himself - Professor and Cultural Historian, University of Southern California
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Herself - 'Princess Leia Organa'
Gareth Wigan ...
Himself - Former Production Executive, 20th Century Fox
Alan Ladd Jr. ...
Himself - Former Studio Chief, 20th Century Fox
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Himself - Conceptual Artist
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Himself - Cameraman, Miniature and Optical Effects
Steve Gawley ...
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This documentary chronicles the making of the original Star Wars trilogy from start to finish. We get some background on George Lucas' start in the business and then continue with the making of Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). The visual/special effects and financial problems are explained as well as casting, editing, scoring and releasing the films with tons of archival footage and interviews with plenty of cast & crew members. Written by Rhyl Donnelly

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Império dos Sonhos: A História da Trilogia Star Wars  »

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This feature-length documentary is featured on the 4-Disc Star Wars Trilogy DVD set, released in September of 2004. See more »

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During a segment on merchandising for the original Star Wars, pictures of Princess Leia dolls wearing 'space fashions' are shown. However, this clothing line never made it into production. See more »

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Narrator: Already anxious about meeting his deadline, Lucas was shocked after seeing the first assembly of his edited film that spring. The first cut of Star Wars was an unmitigated disaster.
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After the credits there is a final outake of General Dodonna (Alex McCrindle) saying "and may the force go with you". See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

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23 January 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Star Wars: Empire Of Dreams Review By First Class Reviews: Some Documentary's are so informative that you think you are reading a dictionary. And well Star Wars: Empire Of Dreams isn't one of them, you cannnot find a better source of information on the original Star Wars trilogy than this one. Filled with lots of information, set photos,actor interviews and anything else that has to do with star wars. But it doesn't have too much that just makes you sit there with a sigh and have other things on your mind. And i think that more documentary's should be like this. It's just real fresh to see a good documentary like this, well i guess it's fresh to just see a documentary.

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