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From 'Star Wars' to 'Jedi': The Making of a Saga (1983)

Unrated | | Documentary | TV Movie 3 December 1983
Ever wonder how they ever made Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi? Well this documentary explains it all as we're taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the making of the ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mark Hamill ... Narrator (voice)
George Lucas ... Self
Anthony Daniels ... Self as C-3PO
Harrison Ford ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alan Barclay David Alan Barclay ... Self / Jabba Performer
Ben Burtt ... Self
Warwick Davis ... Self
Mike Edmonds ... Self / Jabba Performer
Carrie Fisher ... Self
Stuart Freeborn ... Self
Joe Johnston ... Self
Howard G. Kazanjian ... Self
Irvin Kershner ... Self
Richard Marquand ... Self
Dennis Muren ... Self
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Ever wonder how they ever made Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi? Well this documentary explains it all as we're taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the making of the Star Wars saga. It shows how the puppets are made and worked, and creator George Lucas talks about what influenced him to do it, and everything. Narrated by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Behind-the-scenes secrets of the most spectacular trilogy in motion picture history!

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USA

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English

Release Date:

3 December 1983 (USA) See more »

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Lucasfilm See more »
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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

The special includes footage of the "Han meets Jabba" scene from "Star Wars" as it was originally shot, with Declan Mulholland as Jabba the Hutt. When the scene was restored for the "Special Edition" release of the film, Mulholland had been replaced with a CGI-created Jabba. See more »

Quotes

George Lucas: Special effects are just a tool, a means of telling a story. People have a tendency to confuse them as an end to themselves. A Special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing.
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Soundtracks

Lapti Nek
Music by John Williams
Original lyrics by Joseph Williams
Huttese Lyrics by Michele Gruska
Performed by Annie Arbogast
Arranged by John Williams, Joseph Williams and Ernie Fosselius
Published by Bantha Music (admin. by Warner Tamerlande Publ. corp.)
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Once Upon A Star Wars
6 March 2003 | by buckaroobanzai50See all my reviews

This is an excellent documentary, which contains highlights of the other behind-the-scenes films on the making of the saga, and some newer (for 1983 anyway) footage from ROTJ. George Lucas gives us his insight into what he was trying to achieve, and his frustration at the limitations of the special effects at that time. He also, interestingly, hints that he would like to return one day and make further instalments to the saga...Mmmmmm. Was that wise George?

Anyway, it's a must see for any SW fan, and an essential purchase if you can find a copy. I've got mine.


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