Friday, May 26, 2017

Today In History

May 26, 1977 The movie Star Wars debuts.

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

Star Wars was the first film to make over $300,000,000. The second most attended film of all time in North America, having sold an estimated 178 million tickets over its various theatrical runs, which would equate to gross of approximately $1.48 billion at 2015 ticket prices. The only film to have sold more tickets is Gone with the Wind (1939) with 202 million.

George Lucas was so sure the film would flop that instead of attending the premiere, he went on vacation to Hawaii with his good friend Steven Spielberg, where they came up with the idea for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

Star Wars Original Trailer

Carrie Fisher's breasts were taped down with Gaffer's tape, as her costume did not permit any lingerie to be worn underneath. She joked later, "As we all know, there is no underwear in space."
Carrie Fisher was not accustomed to using guns prior to filming this movie. In preparation, she took shooting lessons from the same person that taught Robert De Niroto shoot for Taxi Driver (1976).

George Lucas came up with the name R2-D2 during post-production of American Graffiti(1973). One of the sound crew wanted Lucas to retrieve Reel #2 of the Second Dialogue track. In post-production parlance, this came out as, "Could you get R2-D2 for me?" Lucas liked the sound of that and noted it down for future use.

Most of the Stormtroopers are left-handed. That is because of how the weapons are constructed. Their weapons are based on a real weapon, where the magazine is on the left side of the weapons. This construction caused it to hit the troopers in the chest. Therefore, they have to switch grip of the weapon, which made them look left-handed. When the blasters are cocked, they have a clicking/clunking sound. This is a recording of a parking meter handle being turned.

Kenner Toys signed on for merchandising shortly before the film opened, prepared to produce a modest line of space-themed toys. When Star Wars became a hit, they were unprepared to produce enough toys to handle Christmas demand. Instead, they sold boxed vouchers for various toys. The toys sold during the December "Empty Box" campaign were delivered the following March.

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