Thursday, May 26, 2022

An Old Hope

Yesterday was the forty-fifth anniversary of the release of Star Wars in US cinemas.

The blockbuster movie is one of the first films I watched as a child. It's possibly a film I have watched more times than any other.

And if it isn't: its successor - The Empire Strikes Back - gets the award.

Back during my childhood, I watched those two movies so much that I could recite the dialogue word-for-word. My father always brings that up every now and again whenever he's telling anyone of my early days as a Star Wars fan.

I've grown up now. However - if pushed, I could still try to tell you what the next line is if I'm in front of either movie. 

Even though the release occurred in May, the people of Great Britain had to wait until later in the year for Star Wars to make its way over here. It came out in late-December 1977 for us. Well, I should state 'for them' considering I was a few years off from being born.

I may have missed the release of the first movie, but I was able to see it on the big screen when the special edition made its way to cinemas in 1997. 

It was the first time I could properly appreciate seeing that big STAR WARS logo as the text crawled up the screen to start the movie. I was too young to remember people cheering that when I went to watch Return of the Jedi in 1983, but I absolutely remember the applause when it happened every other time I've gone to see a Star Wars movie since '97.

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