Comments: May 25, 1977

I lived in Cody Wyoming in 1977, and it took until nearly August for it to arrive. They printed far fewer copies of films back then, and a lot of theaters in other cities were holding it over due to demand. I saw it at the drive-in with my family. I thought it was the coolest movie I'd ever seen. I still love a lot of the music soundtrack, but the original three movies have lost a lot of lustre for me. I barely acknowledge the later ones.

Posted by PaleoMedic at May 25, 2007 09:58 AM

No, not opening day. I was 14 and I wasn't allowed to go to PG movies. That fall, we moved to Canada, and it was only rated G there, so I finally got to see it!

Posted by Ith at May 25, 2007 10:50 AM

OMG - you make me feel soooo old! I was home from college for the summer. I hadn't even heard about it and then one day it was all over the news about how people were standing in line, etc... it was the first movie to ever have advanced ticket sales. Up until then (well, maybe NYC was different) no one bought tickets until they walked up to the window and purchased them.

There was only one theater in St. Louis showing it. Luckily it was an excellent venue - I saw it (in a PACKED theater - 3 weeks after it opened) on a GIANT screen. It was, at that time, the most incredible movie I'd ever seen. There had never been special effects like that before. I was completely enchanted by the entire story (okay so I'm a sucker for that kind of good-evil storyline *grin*) and the ability of Lucas to create such realism on the screen.

It's hard to imagine now - but back then it was simply astounding. I loved it. Although I must admit, it did not change my life. LOL.

Posted by Teresa at May 25, 2007 10:58 AM

Yes, it's burned into my memory. I saw Star Wars in the theater some time that summer. I was between my junior and senior years of college, and I was on vacation with my family. I believe we were in Ohio— it was definitely not in my home state of Wisconsin. We saw Star Wars listed in a local paper, and decided to go out and see it one evening. My younger brother was feeling sick to his stomach, he stayed behind in the motel room. The rest of us went out and... well...

You understand, I had loved science fiction from an early age, but growing up I had been nearly alone in my taste for SF. I mean, I grew up back in an era when SF was a vaguely disreputable ghettoized genre, and not nearly as popular as it is today. So I was absolutely blown away by the movie. I had never seen anything like it. I had never imagined anything like it, except perhaps in my own SF-drenched imagination. Certainly never seen anything like it on the screen.

And what's more, I knew in my gut that I was seeing something archetypal. Deep juju. There was something there that resonated with me so deeply... This broke on me in an instant, very early in the movie, when Darth Vader first appeared on the screen.

It's hard to think of another movie that had such an impact on me the first time I saw it in the theater.

Posted by Paul Burgess at May 25, 2007 03:44 PM

Star Wars was one of the first dates I had with the ex. We double-dated, and smuggled in a bottle of vodka. I insisted we sit on the front row. We polished off the bottle, and the next day I asked 'What the hell was that movie all about? What was with the wolfman in the spaceship?' I later saw it again. It wasn't too bad. But I've always cast a bit of a jaundiced eye at it because of the wookie.

Posted by Velociman at May 25, 2007 03:51 PM

Just for the record...

YOU are a tard.

But I still totally love you.

Posted by Mia at May 25, 2007 10:53 PM

You baby!!! I was 11. My most vivid memory of the movie was the ship in the opening just went on and on and on....

and also the trash compactor scene. Uhhh, the Stormtroopers couldn't find them down there?

And did it impact my life? Yeah, I fell in love with Harrison Ford!

Posted by Mrs. Who at May 26, 2007 06:13 PM

I actually saw it the year it was released, after my freshman year in college. I'm not a big sci-fi fan, but an English teacher from high school (who had abused me terribly-yet-justifiably while I was in her classes) highly recommended it. I loved it.

It really didn't change my life except for the fact that had I not seen it, I would now be more than $100 (compounded interest) richer had I not paid to see it.

Maybe I should sue George Lucas.

Posted by Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at May 26, 2007 06:32 PM