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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 21. Star Wars – The Original Trilogy (1977, 1980, 1983)

September 15, 2011

21. Star Wars Saga [Blu-ray] (1977, 1980, 1983)

Plot: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi take place in a galaxy far, far away.. and depicts the adventures of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), the wookie Chewbacca and the two droids R2-D2 and C-3PO; and their fight against the dark side and Darth Vader (David Prowse body, voiced by James Earl Jones). And now I just write some jibberish since I suppose everyone knows the plot and already has skipped this part. May the Force be with you and so on, yada yada..

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… (tagline)

Also Starring: Alec GuinnessPeter MayhewAnthony DanielsKenny BakerBilly Dee WilliamsFrank OzJeremy BullochJulian Glover

Directed by: George LucasIrvin KershnerRichard Marquand
Written by: George Lucas (Star Wars), Leigh BrackettLawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) Lawrence KasdanGeorge Lucas (Return of the Jedi)
Length: 121 min, 124 min, 134 min
Budget: $13,000,000, $18,000,000, $32,500,000

Gross Revenue: (Worldwide including re-issues) Star Wars: $1,289,098,807
The Empire Strikes Back: $1,008,965,935
Return of the Jedi: $866,906,177

Favorite Quote:
C-3PO
: [to R2-D2] This is all your fault.

Review: I can watch this trilogy as often as I want and it still feels fresh. It could be because George Lucas constantly keeps adding and changing stuff in these movies as new technology becomes available or it’s because I don’t understand half of what’s going on.

Nerdiest Movie Trivia: In the Italian version of the trilogy, the Death Star is called La Morte Nera (Black Death), and Darth Vader is called Lord Fener. But even cuter, R2-D2 was renamed C1-P8.

There are just too many names, people, places, planets, gadgets, ships, furry animals, alien creatures, weapons and Jedi stuff, I just can’t comprehend it all. Ironically there is just one band.. But I understand enough to find all of it marvellous!!


Oscar Count
Star Wars:
6 Wins: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Effects Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Original Score (John Williams), Best Sound
4 Nominations: Best Picture (Gary Kurtz) Best Director (George Lucas) Best Screenplay Written for the Screen (George Lucas) Best Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness).

The Empire Strikes Back
1 Win: Best Sound (Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Peter Sutton)
2 Nominations: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Music, Original Score (John Williams).

Return of the Jedi
4 Nominations: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing (Ben Burtt), Best Music, Original Score (John Williams), Best Sound.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 22. Pulp Fiction (1994)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 16, 2011 10:59

    Thanks for posting a link to my hastily written review! Isn’t it crazy that despite Empire being the far better film A New Hope garnered more Oscar nominations and awards. But I guess it’s easy to forget just how impactful that first film was when it was released. Nothing has that sort of cultural or commercial resonance these days, not even close to it.

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