On May 25, 1977 – exactly 35 years ago today – audiences saw Star Wars for the first time. Back then, it wasn’t known as Episode IV: A New Hope, audiences saw Han Solo shoot first, there was no Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader was just a bad guy who killed Luke Skywalker’s father. They marveled at the score, the characters and the mythology that would spawn two sequels, a (less than stellar) prequel trilogy, TV shows, merchandise and more. It redefined the term ‘summer blockbuster,’ which had only been created a few years before to describe the Jaws phenomenon. What George Lucas created is still beloved by audiences worldwide, but there is nothing like the original film.
Here’s a top 10 list of just some of the several reasons why we continue to watch the film.
The aliens in Star Wars are crude – some of the aliens in the cantina are simply extras wearing cheap masks. Still, the ambiance these creatures created for the film gave the audience a small peek into the larger universe.
Deputy Editor Daniel S Levine is a longtime movie fan and a graduate of Hoftsra University. I also know just about everything you might need to know about Star Wars.