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Star Wars - Episode IV - Trailer (original 1977)

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Published on Jul 15, 2006

Star Wars - Episode IV - Trailer (original 1977)

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Tom's Realm
What a difference John Williams makes.
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agogobell28
I actually love this trailer...
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BJ Blazkowicz
RIP Carrie Fisher may the force be with you ;(
Anthony Langford
Look at the copyright at the end. 1976. This was the teaser trailer and not the most common 30 sec version shown later on TV. It may seem bad to modern audiences, but in those days, it was meant to entice, not give away the entire story like now. It's slow for sure, but its better than knowing important plot points.
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Rebecca GeekyGirl
OMG!!! How I wish I had been alive in 1977, watching this in the cinema for first time, I almost can feel the utter emotion, the excitement... Star Wars came to the cinemas, and science fiction was never the same again.
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lol
this movie looks shitty im pretty sure it wont have any sequels and everyone will forget it a week after
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Bret Vines
1977, El Cerrito , CA. My dad is taking me to a movie. I have no idea whatsoever what we are going to see. He took me to the movies all of the time. As we pull out my uncle is coming the other way. They stop and chat and I remember him saying " Oh you're going to see that Star Wars movie?  I heard that and it meant nothing to me. Blank. I was 7yrs. old had never heard of it nor seen a trailer, nothing. The Title meant nothing to me (you would think now that it is self explanatory) I knew that movies had all crazy titles that were not literal and I had forgotten it long before we reached the EARLY showing in SF. When we got there the line was WAY down the street and around a corner. Well my dad takes me into this electronics store right next to the theatre, took a fake look around and we exited the door and stood there. In line  Right near the very front. ( Yes my dad is one of those jerks. NOT me.) .  Early showing so remember there were no costumes, T shirts nothing in the crowd. Didn't even see a movie poster so I was still a complete blank as far as the movie. We walk in and sit. Now this was a big, huge old proper theater. Huge screen. Would qualify as Imax today in the tiny 16Plex theaters of today. An enormous chandelier hung from the ceiling. It was bigger than my dad's apartment at the time. With a thin coat of dust on it as these big old one screen theaters were going out of style in favor of the multiplex.    Till this day I have never seen even close to such a big audience at a movie. I was used to MUCH smaller suburban theaters myself. I surveyed my surroundings and was amazed. We were in the front of the balcony and even IT seemed to hold a thousand people. Looking down below it seemed like ten times more. Those old pretty theaters held a mass of people. Never seen a screen that big either. Even from the balcony it looked huge.  So with my mind a blank (as to what the movie was. Could have been a nature film for all I knew. New Benjy film maybe) the lights went down. The fanfare and  the crawl got my attention. The music was so big,full and powerful. Then what happens? This is the part I wondered about for years.  Leia's ship and a star destroyer come overhead. Scared the living shit out of me. I ducked in my seat, covered my head looking up. I was relieved to see the ceiling still there. Not because I was a dumb kid, I had seen many movies bye then and knew the difference between movies and reality.  Maybe 5% was the huge screen but it was the sound that freaked me out. It was so real you could feel it. I mean literally feel the roar of the engines everything. Felt like these ships were literally coming over our heads. Never experienced  anything like it. Saw the movie a hundred more times in my local theaters but never came close to that first time. Always wondered why. I knew it wasn't just me, it was something about that theater or something. But I always wondered.  THEN years later. Early 90's at work an older man who spent most of his life living in SF told me something. He knew the theater and knew exactly what happened. He said just before SW played there a Huge WWII epic played there.  It was a huge film and was supposed to be a blockbuster. So for the occasion the movie people installed a super duper custom sound system. Bigger, better more powerful speakers and MORE of them. Well after the WWII film was over the theater just kept it going for Star Wars.  So after 15 years of wondering I had my answer.   A little side note.  It's a little sad that I don't know if anyone can ever have the same experience I did ever again. Darth vader is known everywhere now. He's kinda cool and so are storm troopers.  NOT that day in 77 buddy. He was, well the storm troopers finally getting through the door of Lea's ship was frightening but when Vader walked in I felt my heart drop into my stomach. He was freakin' SCAREY !   There was nothing cool or familiar about him then he was just terrifying. Like Hitler and the Nazis. Now he is a part of pop culture and I don't think will never be feared again. Even for kids, I mean daddy has Darth Vader T-shirts, Action figures etc....... I had never seen the likes of him at the time. Well that was my first Star Wars viewing. I would love to hear about your first SW encounter in 77 or even later. Send to my youtube page.
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TrueBlue170
Mark Hamill described this trailer in his Oxford interview, and I had to see it for myself. I just didn't think it would be THIS BAD.
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IamGrimalkin
"Somewhere in space, this could all be happening right now" Whatever happened to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away?
Ason
I literally bursted out laughing when the title exploded xD I LOVE the original movies. But this trailer really aged.
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