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May 25

Star Wars

Today, Lucasfilm is one of the leading film and entertainment companies in the world. Its advanced production facilities represent some of the most innovative film work created today.

1977 Star Wars lobby card by Greg Hildebrandt

1977: The Force at the Box Office
Star Wars opens in movie theaters
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...”

Almost as soon as those ten words began their crawl across movie screens around the U.S., a pop-culture phenomenon was  underway.

The first movie, A New Hope, was later revealed to be Episode IV in a six-episode series that tells the compelling story of good triumphing over evil. A simple-yet-complex science fantasy epic sprung from director George Lucas’ imagination, Star Wars—with its sequels, prequels, books, games, TV shows, and the toys it spawned— has become one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.

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