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Elstree 1976 (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 6 May 2016 (USA)
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Actors and extras reminisce about their time on the set of Star Wars (1977) and how making the film affected their lives.


Jon Spira


Jon Spira





Complete credited cast:
Paul Blake ... Himself
Jeremy Bulloch ... Himself
John Chapman John Chapman ... Himself
Anthony Forrest ... Himself
Laurie Goode ... Himself
Garrick Hagon ... Himself
Derek Lyons ... Himself
Angus MacInnes ... Himself
David Prowse ... Himself
Pam Rose Pam Rose ... Herself


Actors and extras reminisce about their time on the set of Star Wars (1977) and how making the film affected their lives.

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Behind the masks. Beneath the helmets. Big people. Small roles.




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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

6 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elstree 1976 - Dietro le maschere di Guerre stellari See more »


Box Office


£135,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,270, 8 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,757, 5 June 2016
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Brilliant little film
19 September 2016 | by rkhenSee all my reviews

Well, after reading the pouty petulance of half a dozen butt-hurt sci-fi nerds in this forum, I figured a grown-up ought to weigh in.

This is a great movie. Yeah, it has "Star Wars" in the deck. No, it isn't really about Star Wars. It has that in common with life.

Elstree 1976 has a novel premise: let's sit down and talk with several people who had uncredited bit parts in one of biggest smash hits in history. What is it like to have had a tiny, expendable role in a huge cultural event?

In other words, it's not really about the movie. It's more about that old Patricia Rozema line: "Isn't life the strangest thing you've ever seen?" This is a meditation on living, working, hoping, striving, failing, changing your mind, and growing old. The interviewees are engaging, funny, personable, and wholly aware they're "nobody". And a little bemused that anybody wants their autograph, or to interview them. And refreshingly grateful for that, every last one.

In sum, Elstree 1976 is a pleasant evening spent with people not much older than those of us who saw Star Wars first-run, talking about things people our age can understand.

I like Star Wars. I went into this expecting another rehash of Star Wars lore, which would have been mildly entertaining. What I found was something much rarer than that. If you're more than half an inch deep, you'll appreciate it.

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