May 25, 2007

30 Years Ago Today

On March 25, 1977, "Star Wars" was released in 32 theaters across the country.

Everything about movies changed. Everything.


Merchandising, marketing tie-ins, sequels, digital effects, production budgets, opening weekend grosses, pop culture.

Everything that Hollywood is today - for better or worse - can be traced back to that moment.

And, like it or not, George Lucas has had a bigger impact on modern filmmaking than any single individual since. It just boggles the mind.

Posted by Gary at May 25, 2007 11:00 AM | TrackBack

I have the coolest "Return of the Jedi" poster: It's in Swedish.

It says, "Jedins Atercomst!" and I "stole" it off of a Stockholm subway car. I was on tour that summer (1983) and watched it in English with Swedish subtitles at a Stockholm theatre with my band mates. It was SO freaking cool.

Posted by: Hucbald at May 25, 2007 03:21 PM

I saw it at a drive-in when I was 8. Do drive-in's even exist anymore??

Posted by: Stillers at May 26, 2007 01:58 AM

Every grade school & high school guy had crush on Carrie Fisher...I know I did....

Posted by: kmr at May 26, 2007 05:02 AM

Seventeen minutes of commercials is what I most vividly remember.

Posted by: Don at May 26, 2007 05:30 PM

I saw it projected on a wall in Souda Bay, Crete.

Posted by: MCPO Airdale at May 26, 2007 09:26 PM