3Oth Anniversary trivia

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  1. JED1 Force Ghost

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    The original Star Wars film was released on 25 May 1977. Much to the surprise of many involved in the project, including the studio which backed it, it became a runaway success.

    The celebrate the movie's 30th anniversary here are 30 facts and figures related to the film which influenced a new generation of film-makers. Thankyou BBC!

    THE MAKING OF STAR WARS

    1. The first trailer for the film hit cinemas six months before it was to open - with tag lines such as "the story of a boy, a girl and a universe" and "a billion years in the making" - as executives hoped to drum up some interest in a film they had little faith in.


    2. Made on a budget of $11m (£5.5m) it made $215m (£108m) in the US during its original release, and $337m (£170m) overseas. The final film in the franchise - Revenge of the Sith - cost about $113m (£57m) to make.
    3. It was originally called The Star Wars, but "the" was dropped fairly early on in the creative process.

    4. The full title Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope first appeared when the film was re-released in 1981.

    5. Director George Lucas originally had a contract with Fox for $150,000 (£75,941) for writing and directing Star Wars. But he cannily insisted on total control and 40% of merchandising - something the studio agreed to because they had no idea of what a phenomenon Star Wars would become.

    6. The famous - and often imitated - opening crawl for Star Wars was co-written by Brian De Palma, the director of Scarface. It begins "It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire."

    7. Sir Alec Guinness made a ton of money from the film having recognised its potential success and negotiating a deal for two per cent of box office takings. He also refused to do any promotional work for the film.

    8. Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2, are the only actors credited with being in all six Star Wars films.

    9. Harrison Ford was far from George Lucas' first choice to play Han Solo as the director had wanted completely new faces for Star Wars. Ford had already starred in Lucas' American Graffiti.

    10. The original release date was set for Christmas 1976 but major delays in filming saw it pushed back. The Fox studio had threatened to close down production when filming over-ran by more than two weeks.



    INSPIRATION

    11. Ralph McQuarrie created the paintings which were used to illustrate how the Star Wars universe could look. He started out as a technical illustrator for Boeing.


    12. The Wookiee Chewbacca was inspired by George Lucas' beloved dog Indiana - an Alaskan malamute.


    13. Lucas once said that the shape of the Millennium Falcon was based on a hamburger.

    14. George Lucas based the character of Han Solo on his friend Francis Ford Coppola.

    15. The droids R2-D2 and C-3PO are said to be based on the 1958 Akira Kourosawa film Kakushi toride no san akunin (The Hidden Fortress). Other characters in Star Wars were also drawn from the film including Han Solo and Ben Kenobi.

    MARKETING AND MERCHANDISING

    16. Cinemas in the US were press-ganged into buying the film after few took up the option, with the threat that they wouldn't get The Other Side of Midnight - a widely-anticipated adaptation of a Sidney Sheldon novel. The Other Side of Midnight, starring Susan Sarandon, was a box office flop.

    17. Publicity supervisor George Lippincott was aware of the power of the sci-fi fan, going along to conventions to talk about Star Wars and what audiences could expect. He was largely credited with bringing in huge opening day audiences.


    18. The merchandise for the film was not in place to accommodate the demand for the first Christmas rush after the film's release. Lucas and merchandise company Kenner Toys hit upon a novel idea with the introduction of early bird certificate boxes. These were basically empty boxes that promised the receiver they would get the figures once they had been made. They sold for $16 at the time and the
  2. Jonathan_McEnroe Jedi Knight

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    "26. One of the most famous bloopers from the film is when stormtroopers burst into a room and one of them hits his head on the door frame"

    That made me laugh....ALOT! lol

    Classic shot!
  3. halibut Chosen One

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    It's not a blooper. You can see in AOTC that Jango Fett hits his head, and the stormtroopers came from him so it's a genetic trait :rolleyes:
  4. JED1 Force Ghost

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    I must be a Clone then, I'm always hitting my head on something! [face_beatup]

    [face_laugh]
  5. Ooh_Aah_Cantona Jedi Grand Master

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    it was a blooper. that was incorporated into the new (old) films.
  6. MrDankDonk Force Ghost

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    who said that?

    // looks under table

    ahhhhh
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