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Thursday, 16 May, 2002, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Cinema feels force of Star Wars anger
Ewan McGregor
Scots actor Ewan McGregor appears as Obi Wan Kenobi
A cinema has blamed "technical difficulties" for a problem which infuriated Star Wars fans and led to the police being called.

A row broke out at the Odeon cinema on Glasgow's Springfield Quay during a midnight screening on Wednesday of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

About an hour into the showing, the film jumped to the end.

Angry fans, some dressed as their favourite characters in the movie, demanded an explanation but staff were unable to correct the fault.

Odeon apologise for the inconvenience this caused Star Wars fans

Tempers overheated in the foyer and the police were called but no further action was taken.

Odeon said all customers had been given a full refund and free tickets for a future showing.

One fan said: "After about an hour into the film it jumped from reel four to reel eight. Everyone was wondering what was going on.

'Completely inadequate'

"There was a lot of very annoyed people who gathered in the foyer and after about 20 minutes the duty manager came out and spoke to everyone.

"People were very angry, because this was the first showing of the film and what the Odeon offered us in compensation was completely inadequate."

Ewan MacGregor and Liam Neeson
The end was revealed prematurely

However an Odeon spokeswoman told BBC News Online the difficulties were totally out of the cinema's control.

"We can confirm that there was a technical problem at the midnight screening of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, at Odeon Glasgow Quays which led to the film being shown out of sequence.

"Unfortunately it was not possible to rectify the problem immediately.

Cult hit

"Odeon apologise for the inconvenience this caused Star Wars fans.

"Customers were given a full refund and tickets to another Star Wars screening."

The film includes Scottish actor Ewan MacGregor who plays Obi Wan Kenobi.

Star Wars became a cult hit when the first instalment was released in 1977, and the original film is still the second most successful movie in US box office history.

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