7 Ways 'Star Wars' Is More 'Old-School' Than You Realized (No Spoilers)

RealClear Staff


When it came out in 1977, "Star Wars" was cutting-edge cinema, and changed movies forever. But a mid-20th century Force was with young George Lucas when he was realizing his vision.

1. The 1st 'Star Wars' (1977) Is Closer ...

... To the End of World War II ...

... Than Today.

In fact, Stormtroopers were specialist soldiers of the German Army in World War I -- that's where George Lucas got the name.

2. The Mother of Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) ...

... Starred in 'Singin' in the Rain' in 1952.

Debbie Reynolds in "Singin' in the Rain."

3. Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin in 'Star Wars') ...

... Was a Horror Film Star in the 1950s.

4. 'Star Wars' Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor ...

... Also Shot 'Dr. Strangelove' (1964).

5. James Earl Jones, the Voice of Darth Vader ...

... Was Also in 'Dr. Strangelove.'

6. Alec Guinness (Obi Wan Kenobi) Won an Oscar ...

... in 1957, for 'The Bridge on the River Kwai.'

7. Screenwriter Leigh Brackett ...

Leigh Brackett (left) with Howard Hawks.

... Wrote 'The Empire Strikes Back' and ...

... 'The Big Sleep' (1946) with Humphrey Bogart!



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