The 35th Anniversary of a Movie Few Will Ever See Again


Thirty-five years ago yesterday, George Lucas changed the world forever with his scrappy sci-fi movie about space rebels battling an evil galactic empire. Since then, Star Wars references have become the lingua franca of pop culture.

During the premiere, Lucas himself was in Hawaii, hiding from the box office returns. But back on the mainland, Walter Cronkite was telling America that moviegoers were lined up around the block at theaters across the country. Within three months, Star Wars pulled in $100 million. By November, it was the highest-grossing movie of all time.

More than that, the movie shaped the childhood of an entire generation. It’s one thing almost all of us share. And that’s why today is such a depressing day. Today, we celebrate the 35th anniversary of a movie few will ever see again.

From TV to movies to music to the virtual water coolers where we gather these days, Lucas’ legacy shines through. Artists and fans can name-check Boba Fett, wear Princess Leia braids, speak in a C-3PO voice or reference the Death Star, and everyone will instantly get the joke. Because everyone knows the saga of Star Wars.

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In honor of the many wonderful ways fans have embraced Lucas’ films in the years since they first went to a galaxy far, far away, has collected their 35 favorite Star Wars pop-culture moments (Video clips).

And may the Force be with you.




Posted by at May 26, 2012
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