068 – TFFP: Star Wars (1977)

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In this episode of The Forgotten Flix Podcast, we’re celebrating the 35th anniversary of the ORIGINAL Star Wars in all its “non-Special-Edition-Han-didn’t-just-shoot-first-he’s-the-only-one-who-shot-dammit glory”!!! So, join us, and special guest Darrell Taylor, for this, um, interesting take on the movie that might be most directly responsible for a CND pandemic.

Directed by: George Lucas

Screenplay by: George Lucas (and Gloria Katz & Willard Hyuck – rewrites, but I’m giving them credit as it’s the only explanation for why this movie didn’t turn out like the prequels.)

Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones/David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker

Background Info (from Wikipedia): Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, originally released as Star Wars,[3] is a 1977 American epic space opera film,[4] written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first of six films released in the Star Wars saga: two subsequent films complete the original trilogy, while a prequel trilogy completes the six-film saga. It is the fourth film in terms of the series’ internal chronology. Groundbreaking in its use of special effects, unconventional editing, and science fiction/fantasy storytelling, the original Star Wars is one of the most successful and influential films of all time.

Set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”, the film follows a group of freedom fighters known as the Rebel Alliance as they plot to destroy the powerful Death Star space station, a devastating weapon created by the evil Galactic Empire. This conflict disrupts the isolated life of farmboy Luke Skywalker when he inadvertently acquires the droids carrying the stolen plans to the Death Star. After the Empire begins a cruel and destructive search for the droids, Skywalker decides to accompany Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on a daring mission to rescue the owner of the droids, rebel leader Princess Leia, and save the galaxy.

This week’s Movie Picks are:

Darrell’s Pick:

Corvette Summer (1978)

Jason’s Pick:

House of the Long Shadows (1983)

Joel’s Pick:

American Graffiti (1973)

Join us next week when we’re talking about… The Principal (1987) !

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9 comments to 068 – TFFP: Star Wars (1977)

  • Peter Nielsen

    Fantastic episode guys!

  • Jules

    Another great episode! The version that Lucas screened with the temp score was also incomplete on the special effects end as well. The temp score was comprised by pieces from Korngold, Steiner, Holst, and Stravinsky, you can hear the influence of all of those composers in the finished product too. By the way, if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s just as dreadful as you have probably heard, but I do have a copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special, and I can send a copy out to you guys if you want…

    • Peter Nielsen

      Hi Jules
      I HAVE had the misfortune to watch the Holiday Special many years ago and yes… it’s bad! :-)

      • Jules

        I actually watched it the night it aired. I would have been about six years old and for a number of years afterwards I’d thought I’d imagined it or something, because none of my friends seemed to have remembered seeing it. A few years ago I was in the studio with my band, we were recording an album, and the producer had a stack of old VHS tapes sitting in the back of the studio. I started looking through the tapes and among them was a bootleg copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special. So, I asked if I could borrow it, and make a DVD-R copy of it. He said, “sure, but make a copy for me too.”

        Does anyone remember Christmas in the Stars? It was the Star Wars Christmas album. It featured the song What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)? It also had the song R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas, the lead vocal on that track was sang by a guy named John Bongiovi, now he is known as Jon Bon Jovi.

        • Hi Jules, I’ve still only seen bits and pieces (which, coincidentally is how my mind felt after viewing) of the SW Holiday Special. I have no memory of the SW Christmas Album. Although, when I was recently gutting my garage, I came across a scratched up Star Wars 45 LP from the Electric Moog Orchestra. Now, there’s a classic! :)

          • Jules

            I had an 8-Track tape called Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Other Disco Galactic Themes when I was kid. If I ever see a copy of that again I will buy it in a heartbeat…

  • Jules

    Well, it didn’t take me too long to find. I was at a local thrift store this weekend and I picked up an 8-Track tape of Music From Star Wars by the Electric Moog Orchestra, it only cost me a quarter. It’ll have a place of pride within my ever-growing collection of 8-Tracks, right next to my 8-Track copy of the original Star Wars soundtrack by John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra…

  • Mark Bertin

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