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Bill Collins
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Posted: 02 January 2019 at 11:18pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

On the BBC News Channel this morning their regular
feature "On This Day", which plays a little clip of
events that happened on this day, in a particular year,
according to them, on this day in 1977, Star Wars was
released! I`m pretty sure it was 1978 in the U.K.
May 1977 in the U.S.?
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Posted: 02 January 2019 at 11:33pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Are you sure you werenít seeing a segment from a few days ago? It was released in London on December 27, 1977.

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Posted: 03 January 2019 at 3:25am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Wow - I thought I'd watched it in 1977! Got it wrong all this time!
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 03 January 2019 at 8:47am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Well, it was on this morning, 3rd January 2019 at
5.20am, you`d think BBC News would not show such a thing
if it was on the wrong day!
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 03 January 2019 at 8:49am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Jim, we got the Marvel weekly adaption in 1977, so that
may have confused your memory!
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Posted: 03 January 2019 at 9:16am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

It seems MY memory is false too!
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Posted: 03 January 2019 at 12:19pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Star Wars was released in London just after Christmas 1977 but went on general release in 1978 through a phased release. Pretty sure it was Feb/March by the time I got to see it in Huddersfield.

Star Wars weekly was released in Feb 1978 but the Treasury editions were released in 1977 ( I got both those for Christmas 1977)
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Posted: 03 January 2019 at 12:35pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I distinctly remember getting the adaption well before
seeing the film, also eagerly watching the Oscars to get
a glimpse of the as yet, unseen film, that would
definitely be Feb 1978!
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Posted: 04 January 2019 at 2:19am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Iím pretty sure the figures were out by the time I got to see it. I have a memory of being given the choice of seeing the film or getting a figure.

I chose the film.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 04 January 2019 at 8:01am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Memory is a strange thing! A while back i re-connected
with a school friend i`d not seen in 40+ years, i said
to her that whenever i passed her old house on my way to
work, i thought of her. She replied, that she`d never
lived there!
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Before I ever saw the movie I saw bubblegum cards, toys and puzzles, so maybe that could confuse people's memories a bit in Britain as to when they actually saw the film? If you were into science fiction you would be reading about or hearing about Star Wars ahead of others (I has seen Logan's Run and Damnation Alley in theaters and followed what was coming up). I was however a bit late myself (especially for North America) seeing it in spring 1978, but I can pinpoint the time as I was staying with my Dutch grandmother over spring break and bugged her into taking me (she fell asleep and even snored)! :^)

I did see Empire on opening week though.
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Here in the states, May 25,1977. May 25th
is generally considered a holy day of
obligation if you are a Star Wars fan.
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And yet it is generally observed on May the 4th... America is a strange country.

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Posted: 10 January 2019 at 11:42pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Us poor Brits, having to wait 8-9 months to see it, with
promotions/toys etc teasing us the entire time!
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Posted: 13 January 2019 at 12:49am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Brian, if we didn't celebrate the anniversary on May the Fourth,  we would be missing the opportunity to make a pun out of it. ;-)

Bill, don't feel too bad. These days it seems most films, even those produced by American studios, get released abroad  before we get to see them in the States.
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Matt, the MCU films coming out a week or so before the
U.S. in recent years, has made up for it a little bit!
But when you`re a kid, 8-9 months is an eternity!
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Posted: 13 January 2019 at 1:21pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

It was horrendous!
Reading articles, so many magazines coming out - the Treasury editions, the making of specials, the poster magazines, the novelisation, the junior novelisation, Letraset transfer sets, etc etc etc

EVERYTHING except the bloody film itself.

For nearly 10% of my life!
Horrendous
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Posted: 13 January 2019 at 1:44pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Sweets too, i remember getting the packaging from a Star
Wars chew from our Boys Brigade tuck shop after they
finished with it!
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Posted: 17 January 2019 at 12:24pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

Oh yes, the cards with pink bubble gum. Letís not forget those
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Posted: 18 January 2019 at 1:27am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

If only i hadn`t lost them!
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