Happy 40th Birthday Star Wars!

Last Updated on: May 25th, 2017

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40 years ago today, a humble science fiction movie opened in just 30 or so theaters in the U.S. The movie was written and directed by an up and coming movie director, George Lucas, who had previously written and directed the hit film American Graffiti in 1973, but had been relatively quiet since. While little was expected of Star Wars: A New Hope when it first opened, it became clear pretty quickly that it would be a fan favorite. That said, nobody could have envisioned the success it would have as a franchise.

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Flash forward 40 years and Star Wars has become one of the most successful movie franchises in history. George Lucas, while not directly involved in Star Wars films any longer, has solidified his position as a patriarch of science fiction and film-making in general.

Star Wars has played such a large role in the lives of so many of my generation and the generations that followed. Between the sequels, prequels and now the latest trilogy along with Clone Wars, Rebels, Freemakers and more, for the past 40 years, the franchise has been reliably present throughout. So, to George Lucas and the entire Star Wars family, I offer a heartfelt Happy 40th Birthday!


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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.

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