In Honor of Star Wars: 30 Years Ago Movies Changed Forever
by Alex Billington
May 26, 2007
I know this is one day late, so I apologize for the delay as I was very busy all day yesterday (dealing with Pirates of the Caribbean's record opening weekend).
30 years ago on May 25th, 1977, a film debuted in theaters that changed the movie industry forever. It starred the then 26 years old Mark Hamill and soon-to-be superstar Harrison Ford, and was a science fiction space epic. Star Wars was the film, and like all the big celebrations going on around the world this weekend, especially in Los Angeles, we've got to pay our own tribute to Star Wars.
From as far back as I can remember I've been a Star Wars fan myself. It's changed even my own life, a bit of an interesting consideration given I wasn't even alive back in 1977 when it came out, but still was introduced to it eventually. It's most likely the biggest stepping stone in my eventual love for the science fiction genre. Of course for the longest time I've always enjoyed and always respected the first film that kicked it all off and all the additional sequels and prequels that have made every other moment of my life just as exciting.
Who can say what this world would be like without Star Wars or where and what the movies today would be about if it weren't for George Lucas. This weekend take time to honor one of the great science fiction films ever created and certainly one of the most powerful changing points in Hollywood history. To Luke, Han, Leia, Ben, Chewie, C-3PO, R2-D2, Darth, and all the rest, I salute you!