Star Wars Hit Movie Screens 40 Years Ago Today

It was May 25, 1977, and there was a new movie filling theater seats. Star Wars was an epic space opera like we had never seen before.

Doug Harris with the Houston Film Critics Society calls it the most incredible story ever written for film.

“Whether it is the identification with a particular character or the astounding special effects and technology,” Harris says, “everyone has an opinion on Star Wars in the English-speaking world.”

Harris says it was perfectly cast. Nobody but Harrison Ford could ever play Han Solo. Ticket sales from what have been nine movies, so far, have topped $3.5-billion.

“Movie-goers on that day saw what was probably the most incredible story ever written for film,” he says, “that came purely out of someone's imagination.”

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