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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.


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. 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?


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


Harrison Ford: It's what the idea was of the character relationships. Mark was the callow youth and I was the smart ass and we each had a clear section of turf to explore.
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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 »


References Smokey and the Bandit (1977) See more »


Cantina Band
Composed by John Williams
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Sweet dreams are made of this...
25 July 2020 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I had the chance to sit down and watch the 2004 documentary "Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy" now for the first time in 2020. In fact, I wasn't even aware of its existence before now. Shame on me, especially with my love for the "Star Wars" franchise.

Well, initially I must admit that I didn't really have much of any high hopes for this documentary, as the previous many "Star Wars" based documentaries I've seen have been halfhearted ones that didn't really offer much of new insight or information. But hey, it is a "Star Wars" documentary, so of course I had to sit down and watch it.

Turned out that "Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy" is actually the best and most insightful of documentaries that I have seen about the "Star Wars" franchise. And I was definitely amazed with the amount of information and behind the scenes information they managed to cram into the limited playtime.

"Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy" is a MUST watch for fans of the franchise, especially people around my age, whom were children during the first three movie, the original trilogy.

My rating of "Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy" is a sure eight out of ten stars. This is one documentary that you have to sit down and watch, provided you get the chance. Well worth the time and effort.

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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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