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14 October 2010
Impressive. Most Impressive. Out this month, the slick coffee-table tome The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back chronicles the complete tale—from pre-release to blockbuster success—of what’s become the fan favorite of the Star Wars series.
—of what’s become the fan favorite of the Star Wars series.
For those who saw them in first run, I wonder what you all thought? When I watched the movie the first time during its initial release, I thought it was a dud. A complete kneebiter. I mean, the first movie ended in triumph, the second ended in... Luke losing his hand. Ew.
Now when I watch it I agree that it is perhaps the best movie, but at the time... Ew.
What did other think of it the first time through, I wonder?
I saw it the weekend it came out in 1980 and loved it. I was 16 and was definitely into the anti-climax ending. You have to admit that it was gutsy as hell to leave the rebellion in pieces and everything unresolved at the end.
I remember seeing Star Wars (drive-in with several neighbour kids and my younger brother) and Return of the Jedi (with younger brother in Santa Barbara, Arlington Theatre, waited in a line around the block, managed to find two seats together in the middle of the theatre) for the first time, but not ESB. I probably saw it at the Cinedome (torn down in 2000).