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The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

Chewbacca and Han Solo try to get to the Wookiee homeworld to celebrate Life Day, but are impeded by an Imperial blockade. Chewie's family passes the time with various forms of entertainment.

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R2-D2 (as R2-D2)
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Darth Vader (voice)
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Ackmena (as Beatrice Arthur)
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Holographic Band Singer (as The Jefferson Starship)
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Holographic Band Member (as The Jefferson Starship)
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Holographic Band Singer (as The Jefferson Starship)
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Holographic Band Member (as The Jefferson Starship)
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Storyline

It is Life Day, a holiday that is celebrated on Chewbacca's home planet Kashyyyk. Chewie and Han Solo are trying to get to the planet where Chewie's family is waiting for him, but the Empire is out searching for the rebels, giving everyone a hard time. While we are waiting we get a look at the everyday life of a Wookiee family. We meet all the familiar characters from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and we are introduced to Boba Fett during a short cartoon. We also pay a visit to the Cantina and meet all the monsters again. Written by Kynde

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Trivia

Harrison Ford was particularly reluctant to appear in this special but eventually was convinced. See more »

Goofs

The flight deck of the Millennium Falcon is quite obviously not the same as the one used in the original film. In the original film the flight deck had room for five people to all be in the same shot together, a back panel of flashing lights, and a distinctive round blue VDU display behind and high above Chewbacca's left shoulder. The flight deck shown here is much smaller than in the original film and the backdrop is quite obviously just a painted wall. This was because this television special was filmed on a soundstage in Burbank, Hollywood (on video tape) whilst the original Millennium Falcon set footage was filmed on 35mm film at Elstree film studios in England. See more »

Quotes

Boba Fett: Follow me, friend.
C-3PO: Don't you think it might be imprudent to trust him so quickly, sir?
Luke Skywalker: He's our only chance... and besides, he seems like a friend.
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Light the Sky on Fire
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Performed by Jefferson Starship
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It Isn't a Train Wreck- it Moves too Slowly
23 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

OK, if you are reading this, you have probably already heard about the nightmarish details of this film. Carrie Fisher sings, badly, an "inspirational" version of the Star Wars theme. Art Carney shows way too much skin. Mark Hammill looks like a drag queen, and Harrison Ford looks like he was dragged on set against his will by a gang of thugs.

The "musical numbers" are bizarre, irrelevant, and bear no resemblance to anything else. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I hope that mysterious orifice on the top of Harvey Korman's head has one, and only one, use.

But, gentle reader, I do not criticize the painful individual moments of this disaster, no matter how many there are. I do not even criticize the fact that Wookies are made to look like either obnoxious twits or creepy perverts. No, I want to talk about pacing, or in this work's case, p-a-c-i-n-g...

Taken as a whole, there was about enough plot here for a 30 minute network special. But, that would not be long enough. So, the viewer gets 20 minutes of wookie-speak, which goes nowhere. And dance numbers, which go nowhere... And Bea Arthur singing, which might go somewhere we don't want to know about... The fact is, amazingly little happens during this thing's excruciatingly long running time.

Having a martini handy is a must. Just do not drink every time you get bored.


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