Long before the era of streaming services and online piracy, people who didn’t see films in theaters and didn’t have the means to attain a VHS player would have to schedule time to make sure they caught the movie when it aired on television. Since the original Star Wars film wasn’t released on tape until 1985, its television premiere in 1984 was a pretty major event.
When CBS aired the premiere of Episode IV, they wanted to pay ample tribute to the amazing fan base that A New Hope had generated. Hosted by Mark Hamill, the six-minute intro to the premiere honors the fans who waited in line, who saw the film dozens of times, and who collected every bit of merchandise and memorabilia they could get their hands on. Watching it now, we are able to enjoy a look at these men and women who proved that fandom in the 1980s was not much different from fandom today.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out-performing just about every film that has ever come before it. Why not take a few minutes to honor the original Star Wars—the film that began a cinematic legacy—by watching the video below?
Enjoy, and may the Force be with you.