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Last Updated: Friday May 13 2005 06:30 GMT

Crowds out for Star Wars premiere

Chewbacca hugs his Star Wars co-stars Samuel L Jackson and Liam Neeson
Thousands of Star Wars fans - many dressed up as their heroes - turned out for the world premiere of Episode III - Revenge of the Sith in the US.

Director George Lucas and lots of cast members were at the glitzy affair in San Francisco to mark the opening of the last Star Wars film.

Stars included Samuel L Jackson, Liam Neeson and 16-year-old Jake Lloyd who played young Anakin Skywalker.

"It's like the end is here," the young star said on the red carpet.

Fans paid $500 (392) for a ticket to the exclusive event.

Many enthusiasts were desperate to catch a glimpse of George Lucas, who is one of the most famous film directors in the world thanks to Star Wars.

Directors George Lucas with a stormtrooper
He said he felt like the adventure was finally over. "I'm relieved and I'm glad that I get to go on and do other things," he said. "It's been 30 years of my life, so it's a lot of time."

'Wookie cookies'

Lots of children were dressed up at the premiere and enjoyed the fun atmosphere of the historic film event.

Everything was themed for the event too - the staff at the cinema were all dressed as stormtroopers, X-wing pilots or Boba Fett, and the lucky ticket-holders got to munch on 'Wookie cookies' at the after-show party.



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