A Long Time Ago …..

 

Star Wars Premiered 40 Years Ago Today

 

 

No one could’ve imagined that this awkward trailer released in 1976 would herald a cinematic touchstone:

 

Some Star Wars trivia courtesy IMDB:

The original title George Lucus intended was ‘The Adventures Of Starkiller’

The first film to make over $300,000,000

When 20th Century Fox first attempted to distribute the film in the U.S., fewer than 40 theaters agreed to show it

Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi never actually meet within this film

Darth Vader only has a a screen time of 12 minutes

Obi-Wan never says, “May the Force be with you”

George Lucas originally wanted Orson Welles to do Darth Vader’s voice

Sylvester Stallone auditioned for the role of Han Solo

Harrison Ford was paid $1,000 a week for his role

Vader, is the Dutch word for “father”

The full name Chewbacca is only said once in this movie

James Earl Jones was not credited for the voice of Darth Vader in the original film

The first feature film to be screened in Dolby Stereo

George Lucas’ decision to accept a lower salary on the film in exchange for full merchandising rights was considered a fool’s gamble

Within three weeks of the film’s release, 20th Century Fox’s stock price doubled to a record high

The first science fiction film to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award

 

 

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