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Friday, May 21, 2010

“I Am Your Father” 30 Years Later

Another thirty year anniversary today: thirty years ago today, “Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back” was released in theaters.

I did not get to see it until I went on vacation to Chicago (at the time, I lived in Seattle) about a month later.  I went with my brothers, and we saw it at the Woodfield Theaters.  I remember it like it was yesterday – waiting in line, the anticipation, and of course the most famous line in the movie:

Luke, I am your father.

Spoken by none other than Darth Vader himself, to Luke Skywalker.  We, as kids, had of course heard about the famous patrilineal confession from our school friends, but hearing it for the first time from the Sith lord himself, on the big screen, was quite an experience.

I just wish that experience could have been repeated in the I, II, and III prequels.

posted by Michael Humphries-Dolnick at 12:26 pm  

1 Comment

  1. Good times. I think Styx’s “Paradise Theater” was filling the air while we waited in line.

    You wanna know something ridicklewonkle? We didn’t see “The Empire Strikes Back” until later that summer in IL, but it premiered just a few months earlier: at the Seattle International Film Festival.

    I remember way before that, at elementary school in California, hearing that Star Wars was going to be THREE trilogies, and “Star Wars” was just part one of the middle trilogy.

    I hope George Lucas hands someone else the reins for the post-sequel trilogy that we’ve known for three decades is coming down the pipeline….

    Comment by kpisces — May 31, 2010 @ 12:17 am

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