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Your age, location, and how blown away after seeing Original SW in the Theater in 1977

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by Lock_S_Foils, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. Lock_S_Foils

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    OK, realize this doesn't apply to everyone here, but for those of us "aged" enough to have seen the original SW in the theater, looking for your age, location, and how blown away you were.....let me start.

    I was 12 in May 1977......saw original SW in a theater in Morrisville, PA, USA, where I grew up. I can remember being out of breath as I rushed home with my friends to tell my Mom and Dad. Every scene in the movie was just so incredibly exciting, original, and just filled me with such awe it is hard to explain now. My boys are 14, 13 and 9 - and huge SW fans. I try to explain to them there was a time when there was only ONE SW movie, and it was "un-numbered" and "un-titled". My middle son gives me a hard time when I wax nostalgic about SW - he asks questions like "Dad, was everything black and white when you were growing up?" ....and...."When you were a kid did you ride one of those bikes with the huge front wheel?".....anyway......the closest I have come to that feeling in the theater since the original SW was the first time I saw the Avengers.....

    Interested in everyone's thoughts.....
     
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    I was 3 in '77, so didn't see SW until 1980 when it was re-released ahead of TESB. The films were so fantastical and so 'real' to my young eyes that they completely warped my fragile little mind as at that point the only cinema experiences I'd had were animated Disney classics... I spent weeks afterwards drawing SW space battles in my spare time and badgering parents, aunts, uncles and Santa for SW toys.

    The fact that I'm here now enjoying SW with so many others across multimedia platforms which would have been utterly inconceivable at the time is a testament to how blown away I was as a kid and the lasting impression the whole SW universe has had on me. Now I get to re-visit that sensory overload vicariously through my two daughters, taking my 8yr old to see Rogue One and watching my 2yr old run around the house in her pyjamas wearing a Captain Phasma mask and shouting "Daddy, daddy, I'm Star Wars!" excitedly.
     
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    I first saw "A NEW HOPE" in 1977. I didn't like it. It was do to the fact that the movie was so completely different from anything I had previously seen and I found it intimidating. It took me nearly a decade to finally appreciate it, although it's not my favorite film in the franchise.
     
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    I was 5 when I saw the Original in 1977. I loved the movie at the time but I honestly don't have many memories of it even today. I didn't see it again for another 6 years when it came to HBO in 1983.

    I remember being real nervous wondering if I really did love the movie before it premiered on HBO. Within 5 minutes of the movie it all clicked again from 1977 and I was a fan for life. I probably watched it on HBO hundreds of times in 1983 as it was on almost every day.
     
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    The only OT film I saw in the theater during its original run (I saw all the Special Editions of course) was RotJ. It was only the second movie I saw in the theater after E.T. I have no clue where I was or all that much about it because I was only 3. My only real memory is being in the theater as the credits were rolling and crying because I wanted to watch it again but we had to leave. My introduction to ANH was about 6 months later, early '84, when it had its American network television premiere. Which was somewhat an event in itself. I remember it was the buzz of the whole neighborhood that Star Wars was going to come on TV and my family purchased our first VCR that day for the event. I still remember pulling out of the driveway in the station wagon and my mom explaining what a VCR was and how we were going to get one to record Star Wars. Of course that was the official story, she wanted it so she could record General Hospital. She was more interested in Luke and Laura than Luke and Leia. That's what eventually led to me getting my first actual commercially released trilogy set (I had the ANH tape we recorded, ESB recorded by a neighbor off Cinemax and an actual commercial VHS of RotJ), my mom recorded over TESB with General Hospital. She probably would have gotten less backlash if she'd run over the family dog, so I got a fancy new VHS widescreen box set complete with From Star Wars To Jedi.
     
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    I feel your pain... I had a similar experience with my sister taping Fraggle Rock over the Luke fights back/destruction of Jabba's sail-barge sequence of ROTJ :eek: It was nearly 2yrs before I could watch the whole film again when I got a set of trilogy VHS for my birthday.
     
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    Lazarus, so well-said! Isn't the best part of SW passing on the passion and love we have for it to our children? Isn't it amazing that an idea of George Lucas led to someone taking a chance and making the original in '77? It's been awhile since I've seen an interview of Lucas but would love to know what he thinks of the impact SW has had on not only us but our children, and their children...and their children going forward. My youngest son is 9 and he LOVES Lego SW - he is an expert at putting together the sets and then making scenarios and playing them out.....middle son loves the spacecraft and also the Imperial Officers (he wore his Imperial Officer hat all around Disney a couple weeks ago!). Oldest son is 14 and he is a Rebel through and through....loves SW Battlefront and has read several of the novels about the rebels.....he was blown away by R1.....
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    LOL love the good old VCR!! My boys (9,13,14) give me an odd look as I try to explain what a VCR was....as they grow up in this high speed digital age. Recording over TESB....the tragedy!!!
     
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    I didn't see A new hope in theater but I saw ESB.
     
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    Did you dooku your drawers when Vader said he was Luke's father?
     
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    Nope. I remember his skull in his "office". That scared me at the moment :D

    I didn't see it the first day so you know, I got spoiled at school, I knew it when I saw the movie.

    And at that moment in Europe, the movies weren't released in the same day as the US as it is now.
     
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    I was eight. I saw the trailer on TV, the docking bay 94 scene with Han fighting off the Stormtroopers blew me away, that weekend after dinner I begged my mom to go see it. She took me, my sister and my childhood friend to the drive in theatre. We had a great time. I was surprised that mom loved it so much considering she always watches soap operas. A few years later, I begged her to see Star Trek the motion picture; she hated it so much, she told me next time you want to see a Star Warsy film ask your father. But that was Star Trek... Certainly when TESB was released, I ran in the kitchen and asked her to take me, she asked, is that a Star Warsy film? I said yes... Ask your father! Asking dad was like asking Darth Vader to take me to the circus, and sure enough it was the worst movie experience of my life. Back then you could watch a movie multiple times after paying for admission, so we walk in when Han is being put into carbonite, and my dad says remember this scene because thats when were leaving. I fall asleep after the credits cuz I don't know whats going on and he wakes me up at the carbonate scene and says lets go....hahaha never again That made me a Star Wars fan for life.
     
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    Yeah, but there also wasn't any internet for American to post spoilers on so it probably wasn't that bad. Unless news and TV shows made it a point to spoil things. I've been pretty successful in my Star Wars spoilers blackouts for the PT and recent films. But I did once have the twist of KOTOR spoiled for me because some moron on GameFAQs decided to post it as the title of a thread, and I was only minutes away from getting to that part of the game. If I'd played for a few more minutes before saving/quitting or just hadn't decided to see what the internet was saying about the new game I wouldn't have been spoiled.
     
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    I wasnt born before 1977... so damn. But i did see the OT in theater back in 1997 - SE. I prefer the O-OT which i grew up on but im only partial to some of the changes...not all but some.
     
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    I got spoiled at school as well. Someone in my fifth grade class told everyone that Darth Vader is Luke's dad. We were all amazed. I couldn't wait for the weekend to see it!
     
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    I'm 30 @LadyMusashi is the oldest in this trio, apologize your ladyship.;) If your referring to the site in general there is a member who is 101 yrs, no recent activity since signing up.
     
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    I don't know, we have some very active members in their 50s, but if I have to guess - probably Colin Cantwell, he is about 85.
     
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    i was 1 when a new hope came out can't remember what age i was the first time i watched it but i loved it and never looked back
     
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    I was somewhere between existence, -16 years old, and wasn't blown away until 1997 :p
     
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    Copy on the "negative 16" yrs old--sheesh makes me feel ancient:eek::D:D:D(vader)
     
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