On May 25, 1977, "Star Wars" premiered, starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. See the original trailer that started it all.
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There's no one true type of Star Wars fan. Here at CNET, we range from people who saw the first film when it came out in 1977 to one patient reporter who was forced to see "A New Hope" a couple of years ago, for work! As part of our monthlong special series celebrating four decades of Star Wars, we share our most enduring memories of seeing the movie that kicked off the global phenomenon. Begin the opening crawl -- and be sure to share your own memories in the comments section.
I watched the first three movies back home in Barcelona when I was a little girl. I actually watched them when they aired on TV, dubbed in Catalan. Whenever I think about Han Solo I still can hear his Catalan voice and not Harrison Ford's. I was already a big fan of the original trilogy when I moved to Los Angeles. In 2007, a friend of mine was visiting and we got tickets to see "Episode IV: A New Hope" at the ArcLight Cinemas. George Lucas was presenting it.
I can't remember a single thing Lucas said, just the excitement we felt. We were kids from Barcelona, in Hollywood, at an event with one of our favorite filmmakers. And we were about to see -- on the big screen and not dubbed in Catalan -- one of our favorite childhood movies.
-- Patricia Puentes, San Francisco
I was in the first grade in 1977 when about 40 of us went to see "Star Wars" for my friend Jason Stern's birthday party. We'd heard about how great "Star Wars" was from the older kids and how there was this bad guy who wore shiny black (Vader) and a big life-sized muppet (Chewy). We were blown away by the music, the sabers and the Stormtroopers. I went from collecting DC and Marvel comics action figures to gathering those tiny Kenner figures that I could stuff in my coat pocket. I lost a lot of those little sabers.