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The Making of 'Star Wars' (1977)

C-3PO and R2-D2 explore the creation of the film that made them famous.

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Robert Guenette
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Credited cast:
William Conrad ... Narrator (original narration from 1977) (voice)
Anthony Daniels ... host, C-3PO
George Lucas ... Self
Mark Hamill ... Self
Alec Guinness ... Self
Harrison Ford ... Self
Carrie Fisher ... Self
Gary Kurtz ... Self
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Don LaFontaine ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Ever wonder how they ever managed to make a movie like Star Wars? Well, bickering droid duo C-3PO and R2-D2 host this tour of the mind of creator George Lucas and what inspired him to make the movie. Even interviewed are the cast and crew, even features scenes of when C-3PO, R2-D2, and Darth Vader planted their footprints (or in R2's case, tread-prints) into cement. Also discussed is Star Wars mania, how fans loved the movie, collected the merchandise and danced the disco music. Also shown are behind-the-scenes looks at the movie, as well as how difficult each effect was in doing since they didn't have the convenience of computer animation back then. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Documentary

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Trivia

William Conrad was the original narrator. On later VHS releases Don LaFontaine dubbed over Conrad's original narration. Fortunately, the Blu-Ray restored Conrad's voice as the narrator. See more »

Goofs

At about 22:23 minutes, Chewbacca can be seen on the TV monitor, and R2-D2 beeping. C-3PO asks "what did he say?", even when he is fluent in over six million forms of communication. See more »

Alternate Versions

A video edition, released by Fox Video in 1995 as part of a mail-in offer with Kellogg's Cereals, replaces William Conrad's voice over narration with Don LaFontaine. See more »

Connections

Features Captain Blood (1935) See more »

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Very nice Documentary
27 May 2002 | by shawn_allenSee all my reviews

I have had this particular show since the Early 80's. I believe I picked this one up in Japan at a military exchange store. Since home videos were still new then, I figured this was the only way to get a copy of anything "Star Wars" for a while.

I have always like to watch it for many reasons, none the least of which is the background on the series. (Seeing George Lucas in his early-mid thirties reminds one of watching old home movies.)

The droids bickering is still the same, amusing. Seeing Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, before all of their later work, is nice, too. Harrison Ford in particular, compares Han Solo to Bob Falfa (interesting parallel in the names, huh), because that was what he'd done at the time. Of course, no mention of Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan and other memorable Ford Characters. Another funny comment by Mark Hamill is how "George [Lucas] was so successful with the first one, he could set the next one in Redondo Beach."

One added bonus that I had forgotten about was a trailer (yea, AFTER the credits) for Empire. I had forgotten about it and only saw I because I watched end credits to see when the show was made (and couldn't find the remote.)

Hopefully, when the Original trilogy gets put onto DVD, Lucasfilm will be able to resurrect this.

Now, let's hope we can convince them to include the "Star Wars Holiday Special".....Sorry George, just kidding. :)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1977 (USA) See more »

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The Making of 'Star Wars' ....as told by C-3PO and R2-D2 See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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