8.3/10
3,204
15 user 6 critic

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

Trailer
3:50 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
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.

Writer:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The entire process of making Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) are shown here in this documentary. From pre-production through post-production we get to see visual effects ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Shenk
Stars: George Lucas, John Knoll, Doug Chiang
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Filmmakers, critics and even politicians discuss the social impact of the "Star Wars" films and the franchise's reliance in mythology and history.

Director: Kevin Burns
Stars: George Lucas, Linda Ellerbee, Tom Brokaw
The Making of 'Star Wars' (TV Movie 1977)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

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

Director: Robert Guenette
Stars: William Conrad, Anthony Daniels, George Lucas
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

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 »

Stars: Mark Hamill, George Lucas, Anthony Daniels
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

For Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), there were to be many more visual effects than in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). This documentary shows many VFX ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Shenk
Stars: George Lucas, Rob Coleman, Geoff Campbell
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Force Is with Them: The Legacy of Star Wars is a Video Documentary included in the 2004 DVD of the Star Wars Original Trilogy. It explained the impact of "Star Wars" on various directors and actors.

Stars: John Matthew, Dean Devlin, Ridley Scott
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An inside look at the making of the movie Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), featuring footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers.

Director: Laurent Bouzereau
Stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The Characters of Star Wars is a Video Documentary included in the 2004 DVD release of the Star Wars Original Trilogy. It explained the Mythos of many of the "Star Wars" Characters.

Stars: John Matthew, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The various departments of Lucasfilm build the Mustafar duel scene.

Director: Tippy Bushkin
Stars: Rick McCallum, George Lucas, Erik Tiemens
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The Birth of the Lightsaber is a Video Documentary included in the 2004 DVD of the Star Wars original trilogy. It revealed the concept of the Lightsaber and how it was designed to appear realistic on the silver screen.

Stars: George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Ben Burtt
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the special effects in the second Star Wars installment.

Director: Robert Guenette
Stars: Mark Hamill, Bob Anderson, Jon Berg
Documentary | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

This feature-length documentary, made especially for the 2003 Aliens (1986) DVD release, is incredibly informative with all its interviews with both the cast and crew, as well as behind the... See full summary »

Director: Charles de Lauzirika
Stars: Simon Atherton, Jay Benedict, Michael Biehn
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: For the pivotal role of Luke, Lucas needed an actor who could project both intelligence and integrity.
[archive footage of various screen tests]
Narrator: Twenty-four year old Mark Hamill was a familiar face on television. A newcomer to films, his wholesome, easygoing manner fit the part perfectly.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Bloopers, outtakes and deleted scenes shown during the end credits: George Lucas and Richard Marquand clowning around inside the AT ST cockpit. Rough black and white footage of the Death Star Trench. Luke's medical face mask being removed by 21B. Han kissing his girlfriend (Jenny Cresswell) in the Mos Eisley cantina. Early bluescreen tests in the Millenium Falcon cockpit. Behind the scenes footage of Solo firing at Vader in the Bespin dining room (also used on the blooper reel). Kenny Baker inside R2D2 in Tunisia. Mark Hamill falling over in the Finse snow wearing a blue ESB parka over his orange flight suit. Hamill and Carrie Fisher relaxing on Jabba's tummy. Lucas and daughter Amanda on the sail barge. Jack Purvis and Mike Edmonds enjoying a cigar on a break in their Ewok costumes. R2D2 picking up a squirrel with a mechanical arm. More shots on location in Tunisia. A stormtrooper costume and R2 Unit under construction at ILM. Closeup of a Jawa's glowing eyes. Ewok mask under construction. Lucas on the sail barge. Fisher and her stunt double sunbathing on the barge set. Alec Guinness' birthday party in Tunisia. X-wings and a Taun Taun on location in Finse. A model Snowspeeder being blown up. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References Earthquake (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Cantina Band
(uncredited)
Composed by John Williams
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good(if a bit long) documentary.
29 August 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Interesting and informative documentary on the original trilogy, has interviews with all the surviving creators and stars of the films, and much behind the scenes footage, anecdotes, and trivia that fans love.

Pretty exhaustive and extensive look at how the films were conceived and directed, the casting process, evolution of the groundbreaking visual effects that so captured the imagination of children, the memorable music that kids hummed in schoolyards as they re-enacted their favorite characters and battles, and the costume making process for the familiar alien characters like the droids C3PO, R2D2, and Chewbacca, not to mention Darth Vader!

On the original Special Edition DVD set, this is well worth watching.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed