The movie that spawned sequels, prequels, animated series, novels, comic books, costumes, toys, video games, board games, and everything imaginable, opened on this date 35 years ago. I keep saying it but I still can’t get used to it.
I remember seeing it at a matinée back in 1977 with my father and my sister. We walked out of the theatre stunned by both the sudden brightness of the outdoors and the mind-boggling visual effects. It reminded my father of the old Flash Gordon serials he used to watch as a kid.
Later that year, I went see the film, when ever and where ever I could, once a week every week for the next year and a half. I was a big movie fan back then and I would see at least three to five movies per week. Hey, movies were $5 back then. $2 every Tuesday so why wouldn’t I go to the movies every week.
Seeing Star Wars with my dad became a father/son tradition. When Empire and Jedi came out, we were the first to see them. A bond that would only be broken by the prequels.
I had the film on Betamax, VHS, and I would have had it on Laser disc too but I had just spent $800. on a Betamax machine! Ugh!
Star Wars. 35 years! Where did the time go? Phew!
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