Brink Lindsey reminds me it is the anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars. I happened to be staying in Century Plaza in LA with my family on the day the movie was release, though I had never heard of it. It was actually a pretty low-budget movie, and was only released on a few screens. I got dumped off by my family, who was going shopping, in some theater near UCLA and Century City I can't even remember the name of. Anyway, I and about 20 other people were in the theater that first day, partly I guess because it was daytime and mid-week. It is the first and only movie I stayed and watched a second time. I know this makes me a geek, but it really was a transcendent experience for me, though sadly an experienced unmatched in any of the follow-on movies.
Being one of an extremely small cadre to have seen the first one on opening day (really by accident) I felt compelled to see all the others on opening day, a cycle I completed successfully.
I would argue that for its time, against expectations of its day, the opening 30 seconds after the words stop scrolling may be the most amazing and powerful opening of a film ever (starts at about 2:00 into the clip below). And don't miss that fine exhibition of Stormtrooper shooting at about 4:31. Enjoy it again:
And don't miss how Star Wars should have ended. Priceless:
And if you are not Star Wars'd out, try the Stormtrooper Training Video: