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


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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.

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  • Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win.
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Himself - Filmmaker
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Himself - Producer (as Howard Kazanjian)
Gary Kurtz ...
Himself - Producer
Leo Braudy ...
Himself - Professor and Cultural Historian, University of Southern California
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Himself - Journalist (archiveFootage)
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Herself - 'Princess Leia Organa'
Gareth Wigan ...
Himself - Former Production Executive, 20th Century Fox
Alan Ladd Jr. ...
Himself - Former Studio Chief, 20th Century Fox
Ralph McQuarrie ...
Himself - Conceptual Artist
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Himself - Cameraman, Miniature and Optical Effects
Steve Gawley ...
Himself - Model Maker
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Himself - Visual Effects Supervisor
Paul Huston ...
Himself - Model Maker
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Himself - Visual Effects Art Director
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Himself - Model Maker
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Himself - Visual Effects
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Himself - 'Luke Skywalker'
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Himself / Han Solo
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Himself - 'Chewbacca'
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Himself - 'R2-D2'
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Himself - 'C-3PO'
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Himself - Art Director and Production Designer
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Himself - Production Supervisor
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Himself - Stunt Coordinator
Richard Chew ...
Himself - Film Editor
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Himself - Film Editor
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Himself - Visual Effects
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Himself - Voice of 'Darth Vader'
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Himself - Stop-Motion Animator
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Himself - Composer
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Himself - Former Marketing Director, Lucasfilm (as Sid Ganis)
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Himself - Writer
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Himself - 'Lando Calrissian'
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Himself - Makeup and Special Creature Design
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Himself - 'Yoda'
Charles Weber ...
Himself - Former President, Lucasfilm
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Himself - Production Supervisor
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Himself - 'Wicket the Ewok'
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Himself / Obi-Wan Kenobi (archiveFootage)
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Luke Skywalker (archiveFootage)
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Han Solo (archiveFootage)
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Princess Leia (archiveFootage)
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Han Solo (archiveFootage)
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Himself (archiveFootage)
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Princess Leia (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
London Symphony Orchestra ...
Themselves (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Angela Staines ...
Senni Tonnika (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Edith Becker
Kevin Burns

Written by

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Ed Singer ... ()

Produced by

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Cal Barton ... field producer
Edith Becker ... producer
Kevin Burns ... executive producer
Scott Hartford ... senior associate producer: Prometheus Entertainment
Rick Hull ... field producer
Brigid Kelly ... associate producer
Pat Lore ... field producer
Erika Schroeder ... coordinating producer
Kim Sheerin ... supervising producer
Steven Smith ... supervising producer
Vicki Sufian ... field producer
Jim Ward ... executive producer: Lucasfilm

Film Editing by

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Troy Bogert
David Comtois
Scott B. Morgan
Molly Shock

Editorial Department

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David Bell ... post-production coordinator
Chris Camerote ... assistant editor
Brian Feeney ... assistant editor
Sam Fricke ... additional editor
Andrew Giacometti ... director of post-production
Mark W. Jacobs ... on-line editor
Raymond Parra ... assistant editor (as Ray Parra)
Plowden Schumacher ... additional editor
Rebecca Short ... additional editor
Patrick J. Smith ... assistant editor (as Patrick Smith)
Jason Tam ... assistant editor
Jose Valencia ... post-production coordinator
Brian Razzano ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Sherri June ... makeup artist
Martina Kohl ... makeup artist
T.C. Thecla Luisi ... makeup artist (as Thecla T.C. Luisi)
Rada Maksimovich ... makeup artist
Jessica Schwab ... makeup artist
Jeannie Taylor ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Sharon Berman Keimon ... post-production manager
Kristine Mejia ... production manager

Sound Department

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Michael Alexander ... production sound
Michael Baum ... production sound
Michael Dastolfo ... re-recording engineer (as Mike Dastolfo)
Doug Farris ... production sound
Brian Gerstner ... re-recording engineer
Dave Hakala ... production sound
Alan Halcon ... production sound
Gary Heimann ... production sound
Mark Hoover ... production sound
Joe Kalish ... assistant sound re-recording engineer
Adrian Marcianti ... production sound
Noah Mathers ... production sound
John Sweety ... production sound
Ian Vollmer ... production sound
Chris White ... production sound
Wayne O'Brien ... conform editor (international versions) (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rick Bennett ... camera operator
Lars Bunch ... motion control camera: Arroyo Media
Cory Geryak ... camera operator
Conrad Hunziker III ... camera operator (as Conrad Hunziker)
Martin Kauper ... motion control camera: Arroyo Media
John Lawrence ... camera operator
Lou Leta ... camera operator
Rob McWilliams ... camera operator
Bret Stern ... camera operator
Peter Trilling ... camera operator

Animation Department

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Wade Lageose ... animator
Doug Whitney ... animator

Music Department

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John Williams ... conductor

Other crew

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Fred Altieri ... media technician
Matt Azeveda ... image archives: Lucasfilm
David Berry ... additional footage (as Dave Berry)
Amy Canales ... production assistant: Prometheus Entertainment
Scott Carter ... image archives: Lucasfilm
Carmen Castaneda ... production assistant
Cesar Cruz ... production assistant
Erin DeVitre ... business and legal affairs: Fox Television Studios
Nicole Dintaman ... researcher
Christian Evans ... production assistant
Wendy Exley ... production administrator
Jon Field ... researcher
Josh Finley ... media assistant
Laela French ... archives: Lucasfilm
Jon Joseph Glover ... researcher
Bill Hader ... production assistant
Lynne Hale ... publicist: Lucasfilm
Duane Hanakeawe ... production assistant
Sterling Hedgpeth ... archives: Lucasfilm
Christopher Holm ... clearance: Lucasfilm
Dinah Houghtaling ... archives: Lucasfilm
Laura Icken ... business and legal affairs: Fox Television Studios
Malcolm Jeffries ... production assistant
Calvin Jones ... media manager (as Calvin Lee Jones III)
Michelle Jouan ... image archives: Lucasfilm
Jerianne Keaney ... director of clearances
Kevin Kurtz ... creative director: Lucasfilm
Wade Lageose ... title designer
Shelley Lyons ... general manager: Fox Television Studios
Jennifer McKenna ... archives: Lucasfilm
Tina Mills ... image archives: Lucasfilm
Matthew Nathe ... image archives: Lucasfilm
Brian Nowakowski ... business and legal affairs: Fox Television Studios
John Nugent ... production assistant
Michelle Parker ... unit publicist
Steven J. Peña ... business and legal affairs: Fox Television Studios
Tom Quinn ... distribution/finance: Lucasfilm
John Rantz ... production assistant
Vicki Rocco ... production accountant: Fox Television Studios (as Vicki B. Rocco)
Karen Rose ... publicist: Lucasfilm
Steve Sansweet ... fan relations: Lucasfilm (as Stephen J. Sansweet)
Patrick Sheehan ... production assistant
Derek Shimoda ... production assistant
John Singh ... publicist: Lucasfilm
Jeff Ulin ... distribution/finance: Lucasfilm
Victoria Van Ysseldyk ... publicist: Lucasfilm
Alex Walton ... researcher
Tom Warner ... creative director: Lucasfilm
Doug Whitney ... title designer
Sean Williams ... chyron operator

Thanks

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Adam Avitabile ... acknowledgment
Carl Baggese ... acknowledgment
Kenny Baker ... special thanks
Schawn Belston ... acknowledgment (as Shawn Belston)
Jim Bloom ... special thanks
Peter C. Borsari ... acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of (as Peter Borsari)
Leo Braudy ... special thanks
Craig Burns ... acknowledgment
Ben Burtt ... acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of / special thanks
Constante 'C.C.' Cabunoc ... acknowledgment (as Constante Cabunoc)
David Carr ... acknowledgment
Richard Chew ... special thanks
Walter Cronkite ... special thanks
Anthony Daniels ... acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of / special thanks
Richard Danilowicz ... acknowledgment
Warwick Davis ... special thanks
Sven Davison ... acknowledgment
Peter Diamond ... special thanks
John Dykstra ... special thanks
Richard Edlund ... special thanks
Paul Ens ... acknowledgment: Lucas Online
Carrie Fisher ... special thanks
Harrison Ford ... special thanks
Stuart Freeborn ... special thanks
Sidney Ganis ... special thanks (as Sid Ganis)
Steve Gawley ... special thanks
Alan Goldberg ... acknowledgment: ABC News Productions
Mark Hamill ... acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of / special thanks
Bob Herron ... special thanks
Pablo Hidalgo ... acknowledgment: Lucas Online
Paul Hirsch ... special thanks
Ron Howard ... special thanks
Paul Huston ... special thanks
Joe Johnston ... special thanks
James Earl Jones ... special thanks
Lawrence Kasdan ... special thanks
William Katt ... special thanks
Howard G. Kazanjian ... special thanks (as Howard Kazanjian)
Irvin Kershner ... special thanks
Perry King ... special thanks
Ken Kramer ... acknowledgment: The Clip Joint for Films
Gary Kurtz ... acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of / special thanks
Alan Ladd Jr. ... special thanks
Paul Le Mat ... special thanks
Sandra Joy Lee ... acknowledgment: ILM (as Sandra Lee Joy)
George Lucas ... special thanks
Angie Mayhew ... acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of
Peter Mayhew ... acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of / special thanks
Ralph McQuarrie ... special thanks
Bill Moyers ... special thanks
Dennis Muren ... special thanks
Terri Nunn ... special thanks
Frank Oz ... special thanks
Wes Page ... acknowledgment
Ellen Pasternack ... acknowledgment: ILM (as Ellen Pasternak)
Lorne Peterson ... special thanks
Mackenzie Phillips ... special thanks
Ken Ralston ... special thanks
Norman Reynolds ... special thanks
Kurt Russell ... special thanks
Kevin Shandy ... acknowledgment
Charles Martin Smith ... special thanks
Steven Spielberg ... special thanks
Suzy Starke ... acknowledgment: ILM
Martin Thresher ... acknowledgment
Rose Thresher ... acknowledgment
Malachi Throne ... special thanks
Phil Tippett ... special thanks
Julian Wasser ... acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of, Getty Images
Robert Watts ... special thanks
Charles Weber ... special thanks
Cam Whitman ... special thanks
Gareth Wigan ... special thanks
Billy Dee Williams ... special thanks
Cindy Williams ... special thanks
John Williams ... special thanks
Marilou York ... acknowledgment: stills and posters courtesy of (as Marilou Hamill)
Stacey Zipfel ... acknowledgment (as Stacey M. Zipfel)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • L'Empire des Rêves: L'Histoire de la Trilogie 'Star Wars' (France)
  • El imperio de los sueños. La historia de Star Wars (Spain)
  • Império dos Sonhos: A História da Trilogia Star Wars (Brazil)
  • L'impero dei sogni: La storia della trilogia di Star Wars (Italy)
  • Império dos Sonhos: A História da Trilogia Star Wars (Portugal)
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  • 151 min
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Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Revenge of the Sith Review (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Cantina Band See more »
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 »
Quotes Carrie Fisher: You're not really famous until you're a Pez dispenser.
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