Thread: Do you remember when you first fell in love with STAR WARS?

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    With The Phantom Menace returning to theaters next week, I've started thinking again about how my love for the greatest film series of all time began...

    ...It was on a school field trip to Dearborn, Michigan in 1997 when I was in Fifth Grade. My class was on its way back from visiting the Green Field Village and Henry Ford museum for the day and since it was a 5-hour trip both ways, my school had rented one of those luxury buses for us that had a VCR and monitors above every couple of seats. I don't know which of my teachers it was that came up with the wonderful idea to bring along Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope for our trip, but I will thank them forever for instilling in me a life long appreciation for all things Star Wars and indeed changing the way I watch movies. Seeing Star Wars in the fifth grade truly changed my life....
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    To answer the question, nope, I was far too young to remember.
    My earliest specific star wars memory was my 5th birthday, the empire strikes back had come out a few months earlier. I had recieved $10 as a present, then after the party I went to the local department store & got a 12" c3po and a 9" r2d2, and had about $0.50 left over.

    Somewhere around that time (somewhere between the ages of 3 and 6, though I don't remember exactly when) I also recieved a star wars related item as an xmas gift. I recieved a board game and a model, one was trek one was wars, but I forget which was which. Unfortunately, both went the way of the dodo before I was 10.
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    Actually, I remember I time where I used to not like Star Wars. I thought it was stupid, until I went and saw the Special Edition of A New Hope in theaters with my cousins and Aunt. That's when the love started, and now it's one of my absolute favorite things.
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    Waaaay back in 77.. Back then there had been nothing like Star Wars so it was "better than sliced bread"..

    Then Gi Joe came out with the small figs and my SW interest dropped (still a fan though)..
    Then those magical creations called Transformers came out and I was like "star what??"

    I do still enjoy the movies and have fond memories of seeing it a week before it premiered at a special showing for the police dept (my dad was a cop).. I would have to say that we saw it at least 12 more times in the theater and twice at a local drive in.

    Good memories..
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    I'm not a devoted Star Wars fan, but I do find it enjoyable.
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    Quote by Thylacine
    Actually, I remember I time where I used to not like Star Wars. I thought it was stupid, until I went and saw the Special Edition of A New Hope in theaters with my cousins and Aunt. That's when the love started, and now it's one of my absolute favorite things.


    LUCKY!! The only thing that sucks about my fandom is that I've never seen the original trilogy on the big screen. I became a Star Wars fan about two months too late to see any of the Special Editions. I've regretted it ever since but at least George is giving me a chance to see the Original Trilogy in 3D starting in 2015 with A New Hope.
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    The first time I saw Star Wars was the special edition of Return of the Jedi in theaters. I was 7 years old. I knew of Star Wars before that but never really watched it, I had always wanted to up to that point. All the hype of the special edition made me super excited, seeing all the toys in stores and all the KFC promotions and stuff. From then on, I became an ultimate SW nerd. My brother bought the special edition trilogy on VHS the day it came out and I saw the rest of them and watched them almost every day for years. I still watch them all at least once a year. I also have hundreds of action figures. although none from episode 2 or 3.
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    Quote by darthmunk
    The first time I saw Star Wars was the special edition of Return of the Jedi in theaters. I was 7 years old. I knew of Star Wars before that but never really watched it, I had always wanted to up to that point. All the hype of the special edition made me super excited, seeing all the toys in stores and all the KFC promotions and stuff. From then on, I became an ultimate SW nerd. My brother bought the special edition trilogy on VHS the day it came out and I saw the rest of them and watched them almost every day for years. I still watch them all at least once a year. I also have hundreds of action figures. although none from episode 2 or 3.


    Sigh....Star Wars is so awesome!! After seeing it that first time, I then remember renting both Empire and Jedi that summer and then by my birthday and Christmas I was a huge Star Wars freak and I remember asking for the figures and a few vehicles. And then right before Christmas when I found out USA was going to be airing The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi on Christmas Day my aunt and I rushed out and got me a tape to tape both movies. And then for Easter that following year I got A New Hope on video to complete my little Star Wars movie collection at the time. And then two years later in 2000 when Episode I came out on video, I also got the movie as an Easter gift. Anyway, I have so many more Star Wars memories and I could literally talk about these epic movies all day. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your experiences with the Force!!
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    I saw empire strikes back & return of the jedi in theaters back when they first came out. I've never seen new hope in a theater, but I saw it a few times on VHS in grade school (they would sometimes treat us to movie days), and many times on broadcast TV back in the 80s and on premium movie channels in the 90s.
    I saw ep 1 in the theater, but only watched the other 2 prequels on DVD. Ep 2 was absolutely horrid, I only watched ep3 because I wanted to see how they connected the events of the prequels to the originals. Funny thing is that ep 3 turned out to be the best of the 3 prequels by far.
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    I was 5 years old,my Mom took me and my big brother to see The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and then this trailer came on

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUiMwmvQJt4

    Words simply cannot convey the level of mindblowingness that ensue. About a week later my brother bought the SW issue of Famous Monsters:



    (sigh) Oh God,too many memories...
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    About the time it was released. Late 70's early 80's I think.
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    The year was 1998-1999. I guess I was either 9 years old (or 10-11. I honestly do not remember) and I decided to rent the movies for the first time. It was around when Episode I came out in theaters (Which was Ironically the ONLY Star Wars movie I saw in theaters). Luckily all three of the tapes I rented were the unaltered versions of the film (from what I remember) and I do remember liking them all right (Why else would I rent the other two films?). I also thought Episode I wasn't too bad at the time (this was BEFORE I became aware of all the bashing it received).
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    1994. Some friends at school were talking about it (Chewbacca more specifically) and I did whatever they told me was cool (sarcasm). So I immediately dug out my dad's taped off TV copies and marathon-ed them. I had vague memories of him watching the opening to Jedi, and then parading around in a cape and a "life saver" sword. That literally changed my life. I'd been converted and went waay beyond the love my friends had for the films.

    It was a good time too, the toys were about to be released to a massive collecting community and the special editions were a whisper away. My passion has come and gone (I don't buy every t-shirt and silly collectible) but I'm a fan for life.
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    I don't remember ever falling in love with Star Wars. Then again, I thought it was boring lol. I might give it a shot watching the movies sooner or later.
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    Ok,time to sigh nostalgically:





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    I think it was watching the movies on vhs and playing "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire" on N64.
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    seeing empire the first time in early 80's
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    When i was 4 watching the first three films on video and loved them as much as my bigger brother did when he saw them in theaters as a kid. I became a SW fan in an instant.
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    When the original Star Wars was released in 1977 I was a 20 year old student at ASU. No other movie that year had the on-campus buzz that Star Wars generated due to the constant promos on television and radio - those radio ads were outstanding too.

    One hour after it's premiere showing, word spread like wildfire! It seemed like the entire population of Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa had stormed every theater in the valley to see Star Wars. My friends and I were right there with the mob in Phoenix.

    And let me give a shout out to the original Cine Capri in Phoenix, AZ. Built by Paramount, the Cine Capri was one of the few studio owned movie theaters in the USA, and it was one of the finest! The Cine Capri was famously associated with the original Star Wars to the point that both the theater and the film became a mecca for fans from all over the Southwest pulling movie audiences from surrounding states as the film when out of airing later in the year.

    Here's the wikipedia quote from the Cine Capri page:
    "Other notable runs at the Cine Capri include Star Wars in 1977. The Cine Capri held one of the highest grosses for the 1977 George Lucas film and played the film for over a year, the longest run in the United States. David Dozoretz, who later worked directly with George Lucas on the Star Wars prequels, saw the film at Cine Capri while his sister Mindy worked at the theater. Famed snowboard artist Joe Sorren, painted an audience viewing a film, titled after the theater."

    I'm so proud to have been witness to one of the greatest movie phenomenons of the last century from the most spectacular movie theater I've ever seen. What a movie - what a theater! I went to Star Wars five times. Only money stopped me from going a sixth time.
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    Yes i do i was a pre-teen at the time & one night at my house my family was having movie night we could not decide what to watch so we doug threw our old VHS tapes & we watched Star Wars a new hope after the movie ended i loved it & ive been a huge fan since then however there was one time back in grade school 2001 when a friend of mine brought in Star wars & i hated it but my opinion changed i guess anyway i love star wars its awesome my favorite is Empire strikes back best one ever my favorite of the prequels is the new episode 3 reveange of the sith i have the whole VHS triligy box set & 2 of the orginal relases i love Star wars its awesome.
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