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Why Star Wars movies still matter
By Ian Freer
Associate Editor, Empire Magazine

Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Revenge of The Sith is the sixth Star Wars film to be released
If you have a Star Wars obsessive in your life, someone who leaves Yoda underpants on the bedroom floor or can't help but do Darth Vader "breathing" impressions into an empty glass, then don't pity them, just try to understand.

Back in 1977, there had been nothing as epic, cool and downright fun as Star Wars and nearly 30 years on, there has been nothing to surpass it.

Like Marmite and cartoons, Star Wars is the growing up spread you never grow out of.

A mixed grill of movie history, Lucas' saga knits together the best bits from westerns, swashbucklers, adventure serials, monster epics, Laurel and Hardy (in the guise of R2-D2 and C-3P0), political thrillers, even musicals (remember that swinging Cantina band?) and, through the prism of science fiction, makes them shine like new.

Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Characters such as Yoda have become almost iconic

What keeps Star Wars fresh after all this time is its unique timeless quality as it mixes 30s derring-do, 60s mysticism, and 70s hairdos, creator George Lucas' astonishing film-making know-how and a kinetic sense of storytelling that is all its own.

Homespun dialogue

Visual set-pieces, such as the Star Wars opening shot as a spaceship flies over your head and Phantom Menace's no-holds-barred Podrace, fuel the blood, but what keeps you coming back are often the things that Lucas is most criticised for.

Its warm, homespun, dialogue is in direct contrast to most cold sci-fi dialogue, while the sharply defined characters lodge in the memory.

And then there are the performances. Harrison Ford as Han Solo or Ian McDiarmid as Chancellor Palpatine add a recognisable humanity amid all the exotica.

Taken over six films, Star Wars is yarn-spinning on a huge canvas but it never loses sight of the intimate moments.

Daring gambit

When Luke looks out at the twin suns on Tatooine as he dreams of his future, it is an image of adolescent yearning unmatched in all of cinema.

Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Many regard The Empire Strikes Back as the series' best film

In an age where movies are ironic, jokey and camp, Star Wars has the guts to deal in big emotions and big themes.

It is also a film franchise that takes risks and delivers surprises. Few other blockbusters would have the guts to deliver the daring "Vader is Luke's father" gambit to round off Empire Strikes Back.

In short, Star Wars is the ultimate movie-going experience, built on all the things that makes movies great - speed, wonder, tension, imagination - and the best time you can have in the dark without taking your clothes off.

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Has Star Wars had an impact on your life? Do you remember when the first film hit the screens? Or do Ewoks, Wookies and Yoda leave you cold?

I was 13 when the original Star Wars film came out and was desperate to see it. My Dad took us all the cinema on a Saturday afternoon and we joined the queue which was all the way around the outside of the cinema. We queued for what seemed like hours, but in reality was probably 45 mins and were just up to the door when they put the full sign up. I was absolutely gutted. I cried all the way home despite the fact that my Dad promised to take us that evening. He did take us back and we got in. I was completely blown away by the film and could not stop talking about it for weeks afterwards and it has left me with a lifelong love of Star Wars. I even sat through 3 showings in a row of the Return of the Jedi. May the force be with us forever!!!
Michaela Hunt, Worthing UK

I can still to this day remember the shock and horror the first time I heard "Luke, I am your father" ! Absolutely Fantastic!
Janette Sikorski, London

I have loved Star Wars since the age of 6 when I received a Stormtrooper Star Wars figure as a present and it has stayed with me ever since. Like most people I think that episodes IV, V and VI and wonderful and it was always the case that the new ones wouldn't quite match them but they're still not bad films nevertheless and I can't wait to see episode III on the 19th. It amazes me the number of people who can't wait to criticise Star Wars and George Lucas but he has done an amazing job over the last 30 years and all of Hollywood and movie-making in general has benefitted from what he has done. THX, Skywalker sound, Industrial Light and Magic, he founded the company that became Pixar - the list goes on... Roll on the 19th...
Dave, Bournemouth

I first saw Star Wars when I was 7, on Australian TV whilst we sailed to Melbourne. I remember my sister being so scared she had to be put to bed, but I sneaked down afterwards to watch the Ewoks. For about 10 years after that my little sister was scared of Darth Vader. Having said that, my mother when she was 17 took her 4-year-old brother to see Empire Strikes Back and hid under the seat of the cinema, much to her brother's disgust! The only questions that really need to be answered is did Kermit the Frog do Yodels stunts at the end of Episode II? Was Leia really wearing jeans and a combat top for the last half of Episode VI, after so much attention had gone into that gold bikini? And, due to so many people unable to pronounce their 'th' sound, will the evil Jedi go on to promote bathroom cleaning products? The true revenge of the Cif?
Caryn, Sussex

I remember going to see Empire Strikes Back with my dad and my brother when I was about 10, it was the first and last time I have seen people giving a round of applause at the end of a film, in fact it got a standing ovation. My wife is slightly bored of me telling this story whenever we go to the cinema.
Tony Elliott, Stirling, UK

Star Wars rules!!! Remember walking out of Empire Strikes Back and actually skipping with excitement at the new that Vader was Luke's' father. So totally did not expect that!! Have downloaded the theatre trailer for Ep III and watched it millions of times - can't wait to see it on the big screen. Just wish it wasn't the last one. :( May the force be with you. :)
Mandi Gardner, Peterborough, Britain

Quite simply, seeing Star Wars with my father and my late Grandad is my earliest childhood memory. I sat there, transfixed through Star Wars in 1977, as both my elders sat either side of me, fast asleep!
Philip Loveland, London, UK

Don't forget that in the 2001 census 390,000 claimed their religion was Jedi Knight!
Alex, Aylesbury, UK

I SO wanted to be Leia in her snow gear in Empire Strikes Back. I wanted to punch Luke and snog Han and chat with 3PO. When we were at Junior School, rumours starting flying round the playground that Darth Vader was about to make a special visit. I nearly wet myself with excitement. Turns out it WAS Vader - well, it was David Prowse who wears the Vader suit but was, at that time, better known as the Green Cross Code Man. We were slightly disappointed, but still could barely believe that the man who had shared airspace with Harrison Ford was telling us not to cross between parked vehicles.
Libby, London, UK

I love them - they bring the boyhood up in me and I forget beeing old.
Georg Larsen , Espergaerde-Denmark

I don't wear Yoda pants, have metal bikini fascinations or impress pub friends with my wookie impersonations. I don't read the books or go to the conventions. However, Star Wars is simply the best film 'franchise' ever made. Whilst I enjoy lots of films, including some of a similar style (Where Eagles Dare springs to mind), none have the ability to still grip a 33 year old. Watching Luke's X-Wing tear down the trench in the film still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck as it did when I first saw it after queuing round the block as a five year old. Bring on Episode III!
Robert, Leeds, UK

I saw the first film when it first came out at the ripe old age of 13, and left the cinema thinking what over-hyped, shallow rubbish it was. It was just cowboys and Indians disguised as sci-fi, and it wasn't believable as either.
Mike Smith, Leeds, UK

I recall seeing Return of the Jedi in Tunbridge Wells when it had just come out. In the original cinema release an Ewok appears to be trodden on by a Scout Walker. While small children whimpered I have to admit to cheering (as did my associate David Stell) until an usherette invited us to "shut up or leave" while trying to remove the grin from her face.
Andrew Fanner, Cowplain UK

I used the scene where Luke looks out at the twin suns to give me the courage to go out and travel Australia on my own. There is so much inspiration to be got from 4,5 & 6.
Tom Phillips, Leicester

Am I the only person in the whole world (apart from George of course) that thought Jar Jar Binks was really funny? Furthermore, no matter how much you may love or hate the characters (old or new), the epic space battles, the 20's serial-style adventuring, you have to admit that light-sabers are the coolest...imagine my dismay when, at the still tender age of 9, I finally realised that they weren't real and I couldn't buy one from my local Currys...I'm still distraught about that now, 25 years later....
AJR, London, UK

Having seen the films so many times it's hard to remember details from the first go. The feelings are still there though - the awe at the Star Destroyer as it just keeps appearing from the top of the screen at the start, the characters who had an unpolished, but important real quality and even the music - but above all it was just so different to everything else that had gone before and since. The only other film to come close in its ground-breaking approach and cult status is the Matrix and its "Bullet-time". I've already got my tickets booked for the 19th...
Gary, Peterborough, UK

Yes I am a Star Wars nerd but can't really say I liked the two new episodes much. But hey, who knows maybe old George manages to impress me with the last one, I'll know in a few weeks. The thrill of the first three episodes canżt surely be repeated in the same fashion again, well probably not anyway. I mean Jar-Jar Binks? What was that all about? A lightsaber swinging Yoda and all the other contradictions to the story in the first 3 films, poor Lucas, tries so hard to reach a wide audience but falls on his bum trying. After the successes with Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Lucas lost his touch a bit and I am really glad he wasnżt allowed to film Tolkiens work, he would have made a horrible mess of that, look at Willow and youżll see what I mean. But who am I to criticize a billion dollar baby, after all he can still redeem himself in the last installment of the Star Wars saga, Iżll know in a few weeks. By the way, the picture at the end of the article is not from Episode IV but from Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back!
Mattias M., Varberg, Sweden

I am proud to say that I was there from the beginning, I remember looking up at the screen with my mouth hanging open in amazement as the Tantive IV was being chased by the Star Destroyer. I don't think I had ever seen anything as big on the screen before and as the battle raged in the corridor and Vader appeared I was hooked. I was 11 years old and have been a fan ever since, I watch the movies, I read the books, I collect the memorabilia and it has brought me friendships from all over the world. I love Star Wars and thankfully I have a wonderful wife who understands!
George Docherty, Glasgow, Scotland

I took my 6 year old nephew to see the Empire Strikes Back when it first came out, never having seen the original Star Wars. It was utter drivel! Of course I now have the DVD set having owned the video set and my nephew and I will make a trip together to see the new film, as we have done with the others. They are just great adventures.
Geoff, perth

I started working in a hospital a few months ago. Every time I saw one of the hospital's 'modern matrons' with their jet black dresses with red trim, I started to hum the Darth Vader theme tune quietly. They both wield awesome power and have a dangerous aura about them. Thankfully, I have never been caught for my little insurrection.
Melvin, Cambridge

I remember being taken at the age of 7 to see The Empire Strikes Back at Leicester Square. My Uncle & Aunt had the same day bought me an R2D2 toy (my first Star Wars figure). The film was tremendous. Unfortunatley my Uncle managed to ping my R2D2 toy over our garden fence - I'd never been so upset! Some 18 years later, on my wedding day, my uncle sheepishly gave me a small box wrapped in ribbon. Inside was a brand new R2D2 - it was probably the most thoughtful wedding present ever!
Mike Geaney, Hardmead, UK

Brilliant films and superb story telling. I'll always remember the opening scene from Star Wars where a big space ship is chased by an even bigger space ship. From that moment, as a little boy, I was totally hooked by the magic of the FX, characters and .......the force.
Will , Peterborough, England

One of my earliest memories is going to the cinema to watch The Empire Strikes Back with my dad while my little brother had to stay at home. Anything Star Wars has always captivated me and hearing that opening title music still gives me goosebumps! I used to think I would grow out of it but Lucas has kept me hooked waiting for this final instalment, and so now I feel I am a terminal case!
Vicki Sutcliffe, Nottingham

The only problem with the films is that they are from the Rebel viewpoint; the Empire isn't really evil, it's the Rebels who are the bad guys... Yes, Star Wars is an unhealthy obsession of mine!
James Muscat, Portsmouth, UK

I will never forget going to see Star Wars when I was 6 with my Dad, who is the most cynical, critical and hard to please guy you could ever meet. We left the cinema and all I remember was him saying 'that was amazing!'.
Graham, Stamford

I was such a big fan of the original trilogy that I got a Rebel Alliance tattoo on my shoulder, something I regret after watching The Phantom Menace!
Phil Gibson, Warrington, England

Complete indifference, I'm afraid. OK, it's probably my loss but I was 20 when it first appeared and the whole thing just seemed childish, especially many of the characters' names. So I didn't see it and, to this day, have had no desire to watch any of them.
Kulu, Basingstoke, UK

Ironically, the more involvement George Lucas has in his films, the worse they are. The Empire Strikes back is the only reasonable film of the lot and while he wrote the story, the screenplay and direction were done by people who knew what they were doing. And the Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks should stay in a galaxy far, far away.
Jon, London

At school we used to play Star Wars. There was always a fight for who would play Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. Sadly I always seemed to end up being C3PO. But at least it wasn't as bad as the poor kid who had to be R2D2, and had to spend the whole lunch break whistling and beeping.
Ben, London

Star Wars isnt just a set of films, it's a way of life.
Angus, Essex

Star Wars is the ultimate good vs evil story that you can just immerse into. It dominated my early childhood and I am not sure what i would have done without it. I can remember queing up to see Return of the Jedi on my 9th birthday and feeling so excited. Two hours later after it had finished I was left deflated as the credits rolled and there was no more Star Wars. I sense this feeling might happen next week ! I am glad the reviews are excellent as it seems Star Wars will get the send-off it deserves.
Mark Macmain, Northants

What's not to like about the original trilogy? Great characters, intricate plot and fairytale elements. OK, much of it's preposterous when you really think about it (how does Han Solo understand Chewbacca for a start?) but no more so than the majority of films out there. There was also a sence of innocence about them- they didn't really take themselves that seriously. That is the major complained about Episode's 1 and 2; Lucas believing his own hype, and revelling on his demi-god pedestal. Obviously the dollar has a lot to answer for too, but who wouldn't have a model X-Wing if they were offered one?!
Matt, Kelvedon, Essex

The films manage to remain incredibly fresh every time you watch them and I think this is partly due to the detail involved and partly down to their 'matter of fact' attitude. Plus nothing has managed to match Star Wars in pace.
Atheen, London, UK

Star Wars is Wagner's "Das Ring der Nibelungen", with the complexity removed so that teenagers and other minds understand it. It is remarkable only for the gadgetry.
Crisppi, Lisbon,Portugal

I grew up in a rural community in The Netherlands. In the early 80's life was tough, a lot of unemployment and not enough money to buy good food. In 83, Return of the Jedi hit the screens and in our local cinema they were screening all 3 in one go. I was 11 and the films amazed me. They made me forget about the sullen atmosphere at home and in town. To me they were an escape and they have stayed in my memory ever since. From time to time I see rewatch them and they are still as vibrant to me as they were in 1983. I have gone to watch episodes 1 and 2 and I am sure these will stick in the minds of a lot of 11 year olds too.
Richard Kolk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

One word: electricity. This is what what Star Wars does to me. I feel I have electricity flowing through me.
Rakhee Vadher (yes my second name is vadher-really it is), Birmingham

1977 - I was 7 years old and like many others of my age group fascinated by this film called Star Wars. It was something completely new in that there was a exciting storyline and special effect that did not involve stop-motion plasticine models. Cowboys and knights in Space. It left a lasting impression to the point that when the special editions were released it was like being 7 again when my now wife went with me to see it all over again.
Simon, Bath, Somerset

When I quip, as many do, that Jedi is my religion, in a funny way I actually really mean it. I'm an atheist but to me, Star Wars is every bit as potent a moral lodestone as the bible is to Christians. I'm not an obsessive fan as most people might perceive, and I certainly don't surround myself with Star Wars paraphernalia. However I find my own meanings within this particular epic saga and consequently hold it in a very special place in my heart and consciousness. Our first child was born last week. Her name is Leia.
Kerry Fraser-Robinson, Brighton, UK

I was at boarding school when Star Wars was released, so some friends and I sneaked out of the grounds and used our saved up pocket money to take a taxi several miles into Bournemouth (a serious offence just to be caught in the town as it was out of bounds to all pupils). We watched in sheer awe at the opening sequence, and from then on until the end were simply spellbound (except for when we thought we saw our French teacher in the auditorium). If I ever get stranded on a desert island with only one DVD then this would have to be it (the original edition) - not just for the quality of the movie, but for the flood of memories it brings back every time I see it. A defining moment in my life !
Howard, Lambertville NJ, USA

The enormity of the Star Destroyer chasing down Leia's ship, the sirens, the lasers, and finally Vader's entrance give me the same buzz they did when I was five years old. I'm 28 now! Timeless.
Kelv, USA (fmr. Leics, UK)

I still remember 1977 - my Grandfather taking me to see the original Star Wars. Back then, there was no major hype, at least not that a seven-year-old would remember, so it came as such a shock how new, different and great this film was! I'm still a fan now - I have my ticket for May 19th, Leicester Square for the opening of Revenge of the Sith - and my 8-month old watches Star Wars on DVD with me. He loves the noise a lightsaber makes, so Phantom Menace, with the Darth Maul Duel is his favourite so far.
Adam Miller, Harlow, UK

The first film blew me away as a child. On holiday, the cinema was free so I watched it 6 times in one day. I can't think of any other film that had such an effect. Switched me on to Science Fiction and the Cinema for life. Friends who hate Sci-Fi still LOVE Star Wars. That says it all.
Paul Robins, Guildford, UK

I saw the first show of Star Wars in Islamabad, Pakistan in 1977. Since then it changed my perception about life.
Sadaqat, UAE

Star Wars was the first film I was taken to see at the cinema as a child. I loved it from the outset, with the action and effects fuelling my imagination before I was old enough to understand the underlying plot. As each episode unfolded, I became a bigger fan and can honestly say it eventually influenced my choice in career. I now work as an aircraft technician, working with modern aircraft where I get to perform my day to day tasks in flights decks surrounded by enough lights and screens to satisfy the child inside - still longing to fly among the stars.
Darryl, Cardiff, UK.

Still the best trilogy of all time and the stuff that dreams were made of both as a kid and an adult. The films do have their flaws that are pointed out by critics but these people miss the true essence of the movies which is fun and, let's face it, EVERYBODY wanted to own a real lightsaber!
Andrew Bloomfield, Nantwich

I was 13 when the first film came out. After queuing the first 2 nights and not getting in I was almost ready to faint. When I did eventually sit down in front of the big screen. I saw it four times in the first week.
Jon Mills, Brescia, Italy

Star Wars is ingrained into all our lives, with daily uses of classic quotes throughout all walks of society. Yet it doesn't offer a brave new future like Star Trek, but appeals more to our sense of adventure, I think. May the Force always be with us.
LJS, Stockport, UK

What amazes me about Star Wars is how it has stood the test of time. I'm 36 and I love it. 2 years ago, I let my 4 year old watch Star Wars for the first time and ever since then he's been hooked! Star Wars is just as big in the playground now as it was 25 years ago.
Chris Bailey, Reading, UK

I was only 5 when Star Wars came out but I can remember seeing it on the big screen cinema (as they were before the multiplexes) and I have seen both Episode 1 and 2 at Leicester Sq as that is a 'big' screen and will be going to see Episode 3 there too. There is just something about seeing it on the big screen that brings back the memories of how it was in 1977 and brings out the big kid in me all over again.
Justin Pike, Swindon, Wilts

Between the ages of 8 and 10 I think I watched at least one of the trilogy everyday. Definitely obsessed. There is such strong imagery in the films. Completely compelling viewing.
M Keenan, Croydon

While I was at junior school, my father was given tickets to take the family to a pre-screening of The Empire Strikes Back - my brother and I were kings of the School Playground the following day ... I just wish I'd kept the film promo 'freebies' handed out on the evening (they'd be on eBay like a shot today).
Graham Duddridge, London

The summer of 1977 was hugely significant to me for many reasons: it saw the birth of my brother and the death of the single largest musical influence of my childhood. However, I have to apologise to Fergus and Elvis respectively when I say that I have no clear memory of either of these life-changing events. What I do remember is going to see Star Wars at the cinema, five times in one summer. At the first viewing, I nagged my mother for forty minutes straight, repeatedly begging "When's Chewbacca coming on?" Now my nearly three year old son does Chewbacca impressions and screams with excitement every time a Star Wars trailer comes on screen. The circle is complete...
Lucas Hare, London, England

George Lucas sent Hollywood in a new direction, when in the mid-70s it was going nowhere. We all owe him a huge debt, even people who are too snooty to admit it. It's easy to knock Star Wars, but it's harder to find another series of films that have had such a profound influence on popular culture.
Jim McDonald, London UK

George Lucas sent Hollywood in a new direction, when in the mid-70s it was going nowhere. We all owe him a huge debt, even people who are too snooty to admit it. It's easy to knock Star Wars, but it's harder to find another series of films that have had such a profound influence on popular culture.
Jim McDonald, London UK

Sorry to be a pedant, but you've put a caption saying "The original Star Wars remains one of the biggest films of all time" underneath a still from The Empire Strikes back. Maybe Kobal has a couple from Star Wars you can use...?
Gavin Ricketts, London

I was 3 when the first film came out, and I have never understood the hype surrounding the films - they are awful! My husband on the other hand, was 10 when the first film came out, and loves every minute of the first three. He was deeply disappointed by the two recent pre-equals, but is hoping that the last one may manage to save face in some way. Personally I'd be quite happy if I never heard or saw of anything to do with Star Wars ever again - but my husband wouldn't agree.
JB, Essex, UK

Star Wars came out when I was 16 years old, and as I lived in the rural backwater of northern Idaho, in the US, the movie didn't come to the one cinema within 40 miles until several months after its release. Friends drove 150 miles to Spokane to see it at the opening and I was incredibly jealous. So, I read the novel sitting in the hot sun amid clouds of wheat dust as I waited for each truck to come in from the fields and I emptied them into the grain elevator during the harvest. I devoured the book and then saw the film 3 times when it finally arrived. A few months later I left Idaho and never looked back. It really sparked my need for adventure and travel. A brilliant story.
Ron, Cambridge, UK

The majestic sweep from the opening credits of Episode IV to the battlescene in space will never lose its genuine class and shine, likewise the thrill of the lightsabre battles, X-Wings et al. But am I alone in thinking the 3 recent films have cheapened the Star Wars franchise and turned it into just another souless marketing movie tie-in event? Phantom Menace and its older brothers aren't a patch on the original films.
Oliver, London, UK

The original Star Wars trilogy defined a genre and a generation with the prequels now doing the same. They have permeated our day to day to such a point that almost everyone can remember a scene, quote or character - whether they realise it or not. Keeps them relevant, it does.
Tim, Loughborough

The first time I saw Star Wars was when it was on TV one Christmas. I was four years old, and driving my Dad crazy... so he told me to sit and watch it because it was 'about goodies and baddies in space, and the goodies have swords made from lasers.' The rest is history. 22 years later, I've got tickets for the first showing of Star Wars Episode 3 that I can get to, and I can't wait! Wish I hadn't sold all my toys to buy Nintendo games with in my early teens, though.
Stu, Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK

Overrated and unoriginal, it uses a format done to death in countless movies before and since. A huge let-down to a seven year old sci fi fan when the first one was released.
Ian, Stoke on Trent

Star wars is one of the best examples of good verses evil and good wins. The teachings of Yoda taught a generation that respect for others and staying calm is the best way to go. I am over 30 and still never shout because Yoda told me not to!
Martin, Manchester, UK

I love the movies, I love the lore and the backstory, I love everything about them. I have my tickets booked for the midnight showing of Revenge of the Sith, and I have my very own Star Wars marathon planned for my day off next wednesday (I failed in my attempt to get tickets for the London event taking place on Monday). I can watch the films, recite the script word for word and I still love every single minute of every single film (including The Phantom Menace). Star Wars fanatic? yes Will I call my first born child Anakin, or Obi-Wan? As much as I'd love to, I don't think my other half would go for it, and I don't think I could be cruel enough to inflict that sort of damage on a kid going through school. He/she will be well trained in the Jedi arts though. To anyone answering that they find Ewoks, Wookies and Yoda leaving them cold, I can only say to them "I find your lack of faith disturbing".
Matt Charlton, Bradford, England

George Lucas turned to the 'dark side' when making Episodes 1 & 2 - crass commercial cash-ins on the original movies. I expect more of the same in Episode 3.
Paul G, Fleet, Hampshire

The original trilogy (not special editions) will always remain a milestone for me in cinema (including Jedi which showed better effects during the speederbike chase than some films 20 years later). But the prequel trilogy is just horrific, I really have trouble sitting through episodes 1 or 2. I've heard only great things about ep 3 and if thats the case then I will ignore the first two episodes and allow Episode 3 to take its place in my Star Wars mythology.
Matt, Vienna, Austria

Not being born until 1982, I think i just missed this whole 'Star wars' bug thing. The only reason i'm continuing watching the new films is for completions sake! Most things pale in comparison to Ghostbusters anyway!
John hodgkinson, London

Last night I sat down and put return of the Jedi on before I went in the shower. I accidentally watched all 2 hours of it. A truly climactic ending to the best story ever told. It is a testament to the films that they are still brilliant 20 years on after a few hundred viewings.
Alex Downes, Liverpool, UK

For all its flaws, the Star Wars series excels in the art of storytelling against a backdrop of epic, heroic themes.
James, UK

My total best Star Wars memory was the time I met Darth Vader and got his autograph. He was appearing out the back of a toyshop in Stafford with a guard signing "Darth Vader" on a piece of Darth Vader paper. There were some big boys sitting on a wall throwing stones at his helmet. I remember being disappointed that Darth didn't use a force choke on them for being naughty. Still got the autograph! I remember watching Return of the Jedi when I was about 7 and not being able to see the screen very well. The man sat in front of me noticed and sat slumped down through the whole film so I could see. I thank that man each time I see ROTJ for being so thoughtful!
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