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Behind the Scenes on Tatooine

I wonder what they used for the Bantha fodder?

I was too young to appreciate Fisher in the gold bikini. Even to this day, that outfit does nothing for me. But this one…

I know this movie sucks in a lot of ways. But when Luke started wreaking havoc on the skiff with that green light saber, I’ve never been more thrilled in a movie theater.

Check out this guy who stumbled on them in Buttercup Valley.


[Photos by Mike Davis]


1 The Hawk   ~  Nov 10, 2011 3:10 pm

Very cool. And agreed on the golden bikini ... I just didn't get it and for whatever reason that has stuck with me. I mean it was kind of a crappy idea anyway.

It's funny sometimes for all the flak the prequels caught I think the largest drop off in quality was between Empire and Jedi.

2 Jon DeRosa   ~  Nov 10, 2011 3:14 pm

[1] good point. jedi should get more crap. at least there are a few moments in jedi, especially in the luke vader saber battle, that are still alive with the same creative spirit as the first 2. the next three are a wasteland.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 10, 2011 4:14 pm

1) Agreed. I remember how I hard I fought admitting that Jedi was a letdown. I don't know if I have ever been more excited about a movie coming out in my whole life. Just having waited for so long. A friend of mine somehow got a mini-poster, "Revenge of the Jedi" and I coveted it, and so when the decided to change the title to "Return," the movie already was a disappointment.

4 Ara Just Fair   ~  Nov 10, 2011 4:20 pm

The gold bikini does it for me. lol.....

5 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Nov 10, 2011 7:23 pm

Trouble with Jedi is that it's two movies. One is Luke coming into his own and kicking a ton of ass. The other is a bunch of Ewok nonsense and Jedi ghosts.

I was 15, so the bikini came along at exactly the right time for me...

6 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 10, 2011 8:43 pm

I must've been a real horny kid, cuz I was down with that bikini and I was not a teenager when Jedi came out.

Red Letter Media (featuring the guy who made the 70-minute video review about Phantom Menace) made some interesting parallels between I-III and IV-VI. I read that Lucas was tired of the Star Wars story after Empire because of the stress and cost of making it, plus he was going through a messy divorce. Actually, reading that wiki page, you have to think that Lucas cracked during that period (wherein he also produced the reviled Howard the Duck) and was never the same writer or director again; it would explain a whole lot.

7 The Hawk   ~  Nov 11, 2011 8:45 am

[6] Howard the Duck came out a few years after Jedi.

That being said, I will admit I read the book referenced in the wiki, and it confirmed a lot of my suspicions about how the "saga" came to be (though some of it is specious, admittedly). But yeah I think what happened was Empire just freaked him out so completely because it was all his money wrapped up in it, it more or less "broke" him.

Imho, it was unlikely any movie could've lived up to the first two, even if it didn't have Ewoks and the worst performance of Harrison Ford's career. Empire is a singular thing - they took an inspired, iconic creation and somehow successfully embellished it and expanded on it. I don't know if it's a repeatable phenomenon, frankly. Certainly the Matrix films say "it's not".

8 The Hawk   ~  Nov 11, 2011 8:45 am

ps I can't stand those Plinkett reviews hahaha

9 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 11, 2011 2:32 pm

[7,8] Glad to see ya back to normal, Hawk! Oh, Howard the Duck came out in 1986, he settled his divorce a year later and lost a huge chunk of change. I'm thinking the divorce proceedings had a lot to do with his judgment during development; he was the one who suggested that it should be a live action film, perhaps because he'd be able to develop more gadgets through his company to incorporate in the film. To this day he supports the end result, thinking people will like it better when they've seen it some years later. I guess if you compare it to some of the stuff he did later, he's got a point.

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