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What is the first ‘Star Wars’ movie? When did it come out? Release date in the US

The Star Wars franchise is one of the most successful in history; its fans, some of the most devoted. The movie series was launched almost 50 years ago.

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The Star Wars franchise is one of the most successful science fiction movie series in history. It has grown in popularity over the decades since the first film was released in the 70s and has amassed a massive and loyal fan following since.

What is the first Star Wars movie and when did it come out?

The first movie, entitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, was released in the US on May 25, 1977. It featured actors who were relatively unknown at the time, but who soon became iconic and an integral part of a global cultural phenomenon.

The film was a technological marvel in a CGI-less era. It featured groundbreaking special effects and a unique visual style that had never been seen before. The stunning effects of Star Wars, achieved with the painstaking use of models and miniatures (and one of the most famous puppets in the world too!), helped create a vivid world that captivated the imagination of many.

Why did Star Wars become so popular?

The success of Star Wars can be attributed partly to its classic storyline- that of the battle between good and evil. The audience related to and rooted for its memorable characters; and Darth Vader, aided by his personal music theme, achieved a level of villainy that few have matched.

The marketing and merchandising campaigns to promote it were also innovative, and helped make Star Wars a household name. The characters, easy to recognize and make action figures of, spawned sales of a variety of merchandise, including toys, clothing, and an infinite number of Lego sets.


Since Episode IV’s premiere, the movie series has become a monumental franchise that includes several sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and television series, all telling stories of various parts, characters, and timelines of the Star Wars universe.


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