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.


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Clotworthy ... Narrator (voice)
Walter Cronkite ... Self - Journalist
George Lucas ... Self - Filmmaker
Steven Spielberg ... Self - Filmmaker
Irvin Kershner ... Self - Director
Howard G. Kazanjian ... Self - Producer (as Howard Kazanjian)
Gary Kurtz ... Self - Producer
Leo Braudy Leo Braudy ... Self - Professor and Cultural Historian, University of Southern California
Bill Moyers ... Self - Journalist (archive footage)
Carrie Fisher ... Self - 'Princess Leia Organa'
Gareth Wigan Gareth Wigan ... Self - Former Production Executive, 20th Century Fox
Alan Ladd Jr. ... Self - Former Studio Chief, 20th Century Fox
Ralph McQuarrie Ralph McQuarrie ... Self - Conceptual Artist
Richard Edlund ... Self - Cameraman, Miniature and Optical Effects
Steve Gawley ... Self - Model Maker


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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Did You Know?


David Prowse, who portrayed Darth Vader physically in most scenes of the original Star Wars trilogy, was not interviewed for this documentary, and is only briefly featured through archive footage. This was due to his strained relationship with Lucasfilm and George Lucas in particular (due to an incident for which the actor was unfairly blamed as a result of a miscommunication), which also led to Prowse subsequently being banned from attending official Star Wars fan conventions. See more »


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 »


Narrator: Lucas, meanwhile, was up to his neck in malfunctioning props, electronic breakdowns, and other production woes. "Star Wars" was already struggling to stay on schedule. The only silver lining was that after Tunisia, the production would be moving to a more controlled environment: Elstree Studios outside London. The stages at Elstree were among the largest in the world, and the sets, now finished after months of construction, were just as impressive. And for the first time, the entire "Star Wars"...
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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a final outake of General Dodonna (Alex McCrindle) saying "and may the force go with you". See more »

Alternate Versions

A shorter, 90-minute version of this documentary aired on the A&E Channel September 12th 2004. See more »


Features Jurassic Park (1993) See more »


Princess Leia's Theme
Composed by John Williams
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A must see for hardcore Star Wars fans.
8 January 2019 | by whattheshootSee all my reviews

This was a great combination of fresh commentary and new behind the scenes footage.

It was entertaining to hear some of the set and production stories from both cast and crew. Especially the extended look and discussion of casting selection. I had seen some of the early casting scenes before but not this much.

I had heard about the scope that was necessary to create the Star Wars films and could imagine it through watching the movies. However, a new light was shed seeing the awe-inspiring scope of construction and development from behind the scenes footage.

You will spend the first half of the documentary on Star Wars or A New Hope. Then you will spend the last two quarters hearing about The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It was a little long winded but it has several great moments that one could pause at and come back later to finish.

This documentary is a must for any Star Wars fan.

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Release Date:

20 September 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Império dos Sonhos: A História da Trilogia Star Wars See more »

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1.78 : 1
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