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Saturday, 12 December 2015

BACK TO THE FUTURE! 'STAR WARS' IN THE UK - 1977

Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker make a STAR WARS promotional spot in Manchester, 1977.

As THE FORCE AWAKENS debuts onto British cinemas this week, lets remember that exciting, still one-of-a-kind Xmas of 1977 in the UK, when the original STAR WARS made such a stellar, if long overdue, arrival- first in London cinemas then into the suburbs and across the country by early 1978. To say British audiences welcomed it with open arms would be an understatement- the feel good movie of the decade was a genuine tonic for a country suffering political and economic woes, and an amazing new step into the worlds of science fiction and space fantasy, and cinematic storytelling in general, that left everyone beguiled, amused, thrilled and extraordinarily happy!

Another shot from the Manchester promotion.
The Hildebrandt poster that was such a fixture on display walls of the London Underground during Xmas 1978.

1977: when Star Wars hit the UK – in pictures | Film | The Guardian
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This is how Britain responded to 'Star Wars' in 1977
Star Wars Trailers Part 1: The Original Trilogy | StarWars.com

The popular UK sci-fi comic 2000AD heralds the film's arrival with its Xmas issue.

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