Star Wars: Episode IV – The 1977 Movie Trailer

Released back in 1977 to promote George Lucas’s original masterpiece, Star Wars – Episode IV, this trailer certainly brings me back some fond memories of the 70’s. If you were born at the time, do you remember seeing this on television or at the theater? When viewing it now, it’s funny how the whole thing looks like a poor, fan-made montage, created to pay hommage to the Star Wars saga.

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17 Responses to Star Wars: Episode IV – The 1977 Movie Trailer

  1. That's actually quite creepy. It's the lack of John Williams' music that makes it odd. Why they went with that slightly odd, almost Italian horror-like theme instead is beyond me. And that voiceover… makes you shudder. All very bizarre. Hardly inspired the 'wow' factor we all had back then, does it?

  2. That’s actually quite creepy. It’s the lack of John Williams’ music that makes it odd. Why they went with that slightly odd, almost Italian horror-like theme instead is beyond me. And that voiceover… makes you shudder. All very bizarre. Hardly inspired the ‘wow’ factor we all had back then, does it?

  3. What's remarkable about this is it has pieces of hte original edit of the cantina fight between kenobi and the pirate. It's frequently been cited as an exampel of the wonders of editing.

    The original fight as filmed was AWFUL. Everyone hated it. The editor was given a free hand to rework it into something useable – and now we know that there's very little 'action' in that scene, just Kenobi's lightsaber coming out, "No blasters! No blasters!" a cry of pain, and a disembodied arm on the floor. But in this preview, more of that scene is visible.

    I thought all footage of that was gone, cool to see bits of it!

  4. What’s remarkable about this is it has pieces of hte original edit of the cantina fight between kenobi and the pirate. It’s frequently been cited as an exampel of the wonders of editing.

    The original fight as filmed was AWFUL. Everyone hated it. The editor was given a free hand to rework it into something useable – and now we know that there’s very little ‘action’ in that scene, just Kenobi’s lightsaber coming out, “No blasters! No blasters!” a cry of pain, and a disembodied arm on the floor. But in this preview, more of that scene is visible.

    I thought all footage of that was gone, cool to see bits of it!

  5. “Somewhere in space, this could all be happening RIGHT NOW!”

    …A long time ago.

    Either this is an early case of film trailers being wildly inaccurate, or else they knew more about the space/time curvature than we give film makers credit for.

  6. "Somewhere in space, this could all be happening RIGHT NOW!"

    …A long time ago.

    Either this is an early case of film trailers being wildly inaccurate, or else they knew more about the space/time curvature than we give film makers credit for.

  7. I saw this trailer in a theatre and got to see a preview of the film at the Coronet Theatre in San Francisco a week before the picture opened. The crown went wild when the first Empire ship flew over and JUST KEPT COMING! I used to have the Mylar b/w poster that read: A Boy A Girl and A Galaxy, as well. A month later, at a convention in Los Angeles, all the dealers had the same Badge-A-Minit buttons made out of the same seven pictures from Time Magazine!

  8. If I saw that trailer I wouldn't have gone to see it…it makes it look like its going to be an weird creepy space movie instead of a Sci Fi action movie.

  9. Like every trailer, it came out long before the end of the post-production process. That is why there is only one special effect scene, barely no sound and of course, no music which is added at the very end.

    According to the SW documentaries on DVDs, the movie without sound effects, music and special effects looked just stupid to the eyes of the studio executives and they were ready to shelve it. They were convinced only by seing the finished product.
    But before that, they had to sell it with what they had… Not much ;-)

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