Star Wars! 1977!
This movie was like no other movie I had ever seen. This was a movie for us! I was a teenager semi-obsessed with Sci-Fi “space operas”.
As soon as I saw the trailer, I couldn't wait for this movie to come to town.
A few minutes of John Williams' overture and the opening action scene had me 100% sold!
This was a new kind of movie. Today we'd call this just another Special Effects Movie. In 1977 it was the best thing I had ever seen on a screen. Watching the first four minutes still gives me the chills.
This was different. This was the first special effects movie. After Star Wars, the movie-viewing audience would never again go gaga over anything as lame as a big rubber shark. So much in that movie was like nothing we had seen before.
My brother and I saw Star Wars in the best possible environment – a futuristic ultra-wide screen theater built in the mid-1970s. Alas, the Edens Theater now exists only in film nostalgia sites.
We were so blown away that we went right back into the theater and watched the movie twice in the same afternoon. I have never done that for any movie after Star Wars.