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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. AstromechRecords

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    You're def an "ancient fear" ;).
     
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    Sadly not... I believe I out-date @LadyMusashi by another 12 months ;)

    It has to be said though, isn't it great how age is pretty much meaningless in the Cantina or indeed compared to the POWER OF THE DARK SIDE!! (vader) (emperor)
     
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    Oops sorry, I didn't see you age on your profile.
     
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    No harm... Think of that as a deliberate omission ;)
     
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    I was nine years old when Star Wars was first released in 1977. Well... technically I was eight the day it came out, but I turned nine the next day (a VERY fortuitous bit of natal timing there, as new Star Wars movies always came out right around my birthday from then until TFA got shifted 'round to Christmastime.)

    Anyway, I didn't actually see Star Wars until that fall. In another, far less optimal bit of timing, Star Wars was released right in the middle of a 3-4 year period when we didn't have a movie theater in town, and Dad didn't get around to taking us to the next town over where they DID have a theater until about October or so. All the kids came back to school that fall raving about this new movie they'd seen, and jaded little bastid that I was even then, my response was, "What's the big deal? It's just a MOVIE!"

    Then Dad took us. And I lost my sh*t. (Actually, later that night that became rather more of a literal thing after I gobbled down an entire bucket of buttered popcorn at the movie theater! Oy...)

    But the movie... WOW!! I was so blown away by the visual spectacle of what I was seeing that I don't know how closely I actually followed the story. But I loved every last second of it. Vader was cool, the space battles were a massively amped-up version of the WWII airplane dogfight scenes that I always dug in TV shows like Baa Baa Black Sheep, I remember the Jawas being just the right amount of creepy with their barely visible faces and those pinpoint yellow eyes (before they got the big goofy flashlight eyes in ROTJ and ever onward) and... BOY did I want to see that whole thing again right away!! Of course, I ended up having to wait till the next summer when it was re-released, and I got to see it a couple more times then.

    In the meantime, though, I got the novel and the comic adaptation, and started collecting the Topps bubblegum cards like a little fiend. Then the action figures... I remember the first time I saw them in the store. It must have been about February or March of 1978, as the snow was melting and it was getting warmer out. They must have had the radio playing in the store, because I remember hearing Stayin' Alive or one of the other disco things that was out at the time. And of course, the first figures to be released were the same ones from the Early Bird pack, which meant no bad guys - just Luke, Leia, Chewie and Artoo. I can't remember if I was with Dad or Mom, but they picked all four up for me, god love 'em. :)

    I was exactly the perfect age for all of this, of course. Star Wars was exactly what I wanted, even though I'd never realized it before I saw the movie. I think the one random image that stuck with me the most from that first viewing, oddly enough, was the stormtrooper getting shot off the ledge on the Death Star before Luke and Leia did their big swashbuckling swing across the chasm. No idea why that stuck with me, but what the hell.

    And it's STILL one of my all time favorite movies. Always will be. :)
     
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    DEKKA you nailed it.....I too was the perfect age to experience it, although a little older than you in '77. Which makes it even more special as I watch my 3 boys grow up with SW as they see my passion for it. They are around the same age I was in 1977, really really special to watch their eyes light up as we breathlessly awaited all the trailers for TFA and R1....then saw them in the theater.
     
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    With the 40th anniversary of A New Hope this year, I would like to hear the stories of anybody knows someone who saw the original Star Wars for the first time back in 1977. They are great to listen to and it just gives me such joy to try and glimpse what people experienced in that summer of 1977.

    For me, my father has told me the story of when he saw Star Wars in 1977. I always ask him to tell the story just to get a little taste of what he witnessed. My father was 12 at the time living in a little city in New Mexico when Star Wars came out. He remembers it was July of 1977 and a new science-fiction film he had heard about had reached his local theater. He remembers going with a friend and remembers the enormous opening title crawl happening. The moment he remembers most of all is when the huge star destroyer flies over head with the load bombastic music going on. He had never seen anything like it and always describes to me how powerful and realistic the movie looked. He then continued to watch the film and was entranced. After leaving the theater he couldn't believe what he had witnessed. He raced home and told his parents and siblings about it. The next day he went and saw it again. A New Hope is my favorite Star Wars film and the first time my dad told me this story, I was completely hooked, and still am to this day. Share your stories please!
     
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    Ok so I feel old now.....I was the same age as your Father in 1977 when I saw it as well....your father's story mirrors mine.....totally blown away with nothing approaching it since!
     
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    I was 14 and watch it in a small theater in a small town at Puerto Rico.The town name is Guayanilla and the theater name was cinema LURI.I paid $3.00 to watch it and I was with 3 more friends.The shock for me was that Star Destroyer flying over my head at the cinema screen....:eek:.AMAZING Effect that got me off my seat....:p.
    I fell in Love with R2D2...(artoo).Who in this world don't like that little droid...:).LOVE the entire movie and STILL love it...:).

    But ALSO watch a few movies from that era that I still remember a lot.MAYBE you remember...:rolleyes:




    The era of the 70's there was a LOT of GREAT movies to remember...:rolleyes:.
     
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    I was almost 5 when Star Wars was released. My mom took me to see it at the drive in, in Bakersfield CA where I grew up mostly (moved up and down the state many times). Seeing this film is one of my earliest childhood memories. Absolutely loved it. In fact, I made my mom take me back to see it another 2 times. My all time favorite series of movies, by far.

    I also remember my mom taking me to see Jaws at the drive in as well. Had to sleep with the closet light on until I was pre-teen, lmao. Like a shark could get me in my room. That movie scared the heck out of me.
     
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    I wasn't around yet in 77, but I was 7 in 97 when the special editions came out. I saw that in the Imax with my father and grandfather, and it changed my life forever.
    I now work as a filmmaker and it's all thanks to that very fateful evening when i discovered a galaxy far far away
     
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    I was six years old when Star Wars came out and my mother took me to see it two weeks after opening day. This movie to an 6 year old boy blew my mind. After seeing the movie all I thought about was Star Wars. Every time we went to the store, I had to go to the toy aisle to see what figures were there. I remember bother my mom to no end on getting the toys for me. Every birthday, Christmas, all I wanted was Star Wars toys. I have no idea how many times I saw this movie in the movie theater; with all the re-releases in "81 and '82, which I actually remember. :)
     
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    25th May 1977 age: -11 years!

    Star Wars had no simultaneous worldwide premiere in 1977. It was a different era in the 1970's.

    I'd just like to point out that the 25th May 1977 "40th Anniversary" is only the initial release date of Star Wars in the United States. It opened midweek there and was shown on only 32 screens nationwide, growing to just 43 by its first weekend. It initially had a small cult following which snowballed into long 'block-busting' lines massively helped by word-of-mouth recommendations by moviegoers and positive press reviews.

    Meanwhile, here in England, 'Star Wars' first premiered on 27th December 1977 and was nationally distributed in the cinemas during 1978. Most other countries also got Star Wars in 1978 with each having to wait their turn with the limited number of film reel prints available to show in their respective cinemas.

    The late 70's was of course a time before the internet, digital releases or even affordable home VHS videotape players. It must have been very frustrating to wait for a film that had been hyped up in tv, radio and newspaper advertisements, having already been fully revealed in the available comics, books and other merchandise of the time before the actual film was released. But the people back then obviously wouldn't have had the stupidly paranoid and secretive 'no spoiler' culture that we have now, so it wouldn't have been all bad....
    ;)
     
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    i was six.

    can't actually remember the date i saw it. it was probably July because we spent the whole spring and beginning of summer begging to see it. our mother tricked us the day we went: she said we were taking my sister to meet her friends at the mall. suddenly we were in line buying tickets. we never went to the movies, so this was huge. the only other thing i had ever seen in a theatre was Snow White.
    afterwards i begged for a dewback for my birthday even though i didn't have a stormtrooper figure (i got C3PO and R2D2 first). my mother thought i was crazy, but that's what i got (and i still have it to this day!) : D

    the effect was literally life-altering. afterwards Star Wars ruled my household, all my playtime growing up, and seriously impacted what i aspired to be like in the world. TFA restored all that childlike wonder and hope for me. it's great to be a Star Wars fan again.
     
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    Before I go into this ...
    A. I'm a successful IT professional who is planning to buy a home next year.
    B. (See A) This is not meant to be a sob story - just to point out the existence of that "other world".

    As a kid, we were living in what was then a poor, somewhat rural town about 6-7 miles directly south of downtown Orlando. It's been all but completely wiped off the map by suburban sprawl in the past 30 or so years. But in those days, many had gardens(food, not flowers) and chickens, pigs, etc. But many of us weren't really "country". Essentially, it was trailer-trash central.

    In 1977, I was 5. I know a lot of SW fans at 4-5 years have fond memories of seeing ANH in theaters. But for the ones in my "world", most of us had no clue what SW was. For us, it was almost literally a GFFA. I honestly don't think I knew of the existence of SW until probably 1980. At that point I think I knew of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader and probably not much else.

    By early 81, I'm pretty-sure I started getting a better idea of what SW was. It's possible, though not likely I think, that I may have seen ANH on TV by then. The beginning of the 81-82 school year was a really awkward phase for me. We changed school districts and now I was now going to a school with mostly middle-class kids. They had SW toys and doodled Ties and AT-AT's in class. I think I tried to pretend I knew what they were talking about. Luckily we stayed busy playing and talking about sports more than talking about other stuff. My family saw ET in the drive-in(it was cheap) in late 82. I knew that the kid had a Yoda costume on in the trick-or-treat part. But I had no idea what Michael was doing with his Yoda impressions.

    In early 83, when there was all this hype for ROTJ, I finally got to "see" ESB. By "see", I mean check out what I now assume was the YA or kids book from my elementary school library.

    I think in the mid 80s, or maybe 86 or 87, they started airing the series on TV. And then I would try to catch them every Christmas, though I didn't have my own TV - so it was hit and miss each year.

    Of course I watched them repeatedly on VHS in the early 90s. When they did the anniversary re-releases in the late 90s, I was working 2 jobs. I had the money, but not the time. So I only saw ANH during that run. I regret not making a better effort to see ESB and ROTJ.

    By 99 when TPM came out, I was still a 27 y/o kid(whereas, now I am a 45 y/o kid). Hence for me the PT feels more like my childhood series in may ways. I LOVE the prequels. I can understand a lot of the criticism of TPM and AOTC. But ROTS is #3 all-time for me behind RO and ESB.
     
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    Age: 7 years old (Earth years)

    Location: Fox Theater on Rivers Avenue in Charleston, SC (Earth Charleston)

    Blown-Away Level: An order of magnitude (Earth magnitude, dude)

    The prequels didn't ruin my childhood, the OT did....but in a good way. My childhood was never the same afterwards. Batman who? Speed Buggy? Whassat??

    Seriously. Nothing else after SW mattered.
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    Get outside of the cities and most of FL is still trailer trash.....and not in a bad way. I lived in Orlando for a year. Don't live in Orlando for a year.

    The takeaway: Don't live in Orlando for a year.
     
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    ...dunno How I din't see This thread before ...

    Alrighty then ... Goes like this fer me ... (pourin' it All out now, too ... an' It'll most likely be LONG ... so, Please Bear with me ...)

    1977.
    I was a 10 year old Very naive kid.
    Still dealin' with my parents split-up... got a Step-Father now.
    There weren't much money amongst our family. Step-Dad was a Steel worker (know how that ended up, right ?)

    Where ?
    Western Pennsylvania. Rochester, ta be Exact. We lived outside'a town ... couple miles (Got Rural Rilly Quick-like) out side of town.
    We lived on a 'Lil bitty One Acre 'farm' ... had horses, chickens, couple of cows, couple of pigs (Yeah, it all fit in One Acre)
    ...hence, my handle (guess the 'modern day' Term's 'Username ?).

    Anyways, Star Wars ...
    So, couple of older Teen girls, 'crost the way from us. They 'Baby sat' me, my four years younger brother an' our half-sister, right ?
    They wanted to take us to see this film that was just gettin' folks all stirred up.

    When ?
    I can't 'member just when ... wanna say it was Late Summer ... Mid-Summer ?
    Yeah. So then ...
    What I remember ... Darth Vader.
    His first Entrance.
    The helmet.

    Loved the Stormtroopers ! (purdy sure they helped got me interested in Military History ... (Oh - Differ'nt thing)

    Princess Leia was Soooo Purdy ! An' Brave !! ... an' ... purdy ...

    Yep.

    The next few weeks ... in school ...
    Got free book covers in school with the school mascot art on 'em.
    Turned 'em inside out ('coz it was Blank on the other side)
    an' was drawin' "X's" = X-wings, "H's" = TIE's ... and Lots of ... what was that fella's name ? The one, All Black ... with the helmet ...

    Gwad !
    I couldn't 'member His name ... the fella with the black helmet ... was So Great.
    Saw him Again ... on Fall cartoon Pre-View (CBS ?) ... he made a brief appearance an' That Stuck.
    Asked a friend (one of Few) at school, Just What His name was.
    "Darth Vader"
    Oh, ... yeah.
    Stuck.

    ... 'Wonder Bread Tradin' Cards' ...

    ...
    Oh ...

    2018 ...

    Here I am ... now ...
    Still feels like I was Then ... though it All ...
    Naive Rural farmboy.

    ...the Prequels ?
    Well Now, ...
    Them fer me's a Differ'ent Story ... One that's the Same though ...
    I'll tell That in, That thread ... I'm sure there be one fer it ...
     
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    I'll add onto my earlier thought......

    At age 7, I don't remember processing any 'favorite' moments....I was just in thrall the whole time. I remember the opening, I remember Vader, etc. But I just recall soaking it all in and just loving the whole experience.

    Had things gone differently in my life, I could have been Rian Johnson or JJ making the new films, but I didn't have the guts to dream that big. Instead, I'm a web developer who likes his life, but it's never measured up to Star Wars.

    Even the prequels brought me joy by just knowing that this universe that I fell in love with was back.

    You will never see me boycotting a SW film/book/etc. It doesn't belong to me, I just enjoy it. I have no expectations of what Star Wars "should" be, and I feel sorry for those who feel that they are owed anything by this franchise. I really do.

    So it's got female leads now. Okay. I just go with it. The universe 'evolved'. I'm down for that. I think Solo and Rogue One were the two that made me feel most like what Star Wars made me feel like back then. And in the end, that is what Star Wars is. A feeling. It's much more than just a movie or story, we actually FEEL this stuff.

    "Let's all boycott it so they quit making it altogether!" NO!! That's not how you do it.

    So you didn't like what they did with Luke. Big deal. A lot of folks, I'm sure, didn't like that Vader was Luke's father. It's the story. It's how it goes.

    The blogger age has made it worse by declaring Solo an absolute failure, when across the board people who saw it really liked it!

    Congratulations. You helped 'tank' a perfectly wonderful story/movie.
     
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    I was a few months from five. My first viewings were in Clarksville, In and there is no real way to properly convey how much I was blown away just know that that we immediately watched it again and I'd beg to see it everyday.

    Eventually my parents got me a little projector that you fed little film strips through that were essentially comic panels that adapted the movie. It didn't keep me from asking any and everyone to please take me all the time but it made it a little better when they didn't or couldn't.

    It was as life affecting as anything. It is no exaggeration to say it is foundational to the point that there is no separating Star Wars from me and the same person existing. I was too young and it had too much impact on me.

    I'm going to say way more big bang like explosion of an infinitely expanding religious epiphany than movie for me.

    It almost makes me swoon to think now there are two Star Wars movies that I think are better but you can't truly replicate the raw ground zero effect of the original because of the turning on the lights for the first time ever factor.

    Older folks than me probably can describe it better but it was like a clear division in eras of cinema created by Star Wars.
    There was nothing actually like it that came before even though it borrowed from, depended on, and evolved from many films that preceded it.

    It is hard to fully appreciate that there was once this place where Star Wars was not woven into the default of the possible and for many the culture once the time passed.
     
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    I'm 35. So I missed all OT movies in the theathers.

    I think I started to watch them at age of 4 or 5 in the 80's. But the first time I have no clue.
     
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