AFI Movie Club: STAR WARS – American Film Institute
Star Wars Film Still - Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill



STAR WARS has been a consistent fixture on AFI’s various lists of America’s greatest movies – first appearing at #15 on the original AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list. The original film also boasts contributions by no fewer than three AFI Life Achievement Award recipients – writer/director George Lucas, star Harrison Ford and composer John Williams!

Watch Neil Patrick Harris announce the film:

Movie Trivia about STAR WARS

-DID YOU KNOW that the original 1977 theatrical release of STAR WARS featured neither the episode number nor the subtitle, A NEW HOPE?

-DID YOU KNOW that in 1973 – while developing STAR WARS – George Lucas described his ambitious work-in-progress as a combination of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, the Bond films and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA?

-DID YOU KNOW that Chewbacca the Wookiee was based on George Lucas’ dog, a large Alaskan malamute who would sit in passenger seat while Lucas drove around town? The dog’s name? Indiana!

-DID YOU KNOW that the character of Luke Skywalker was originally called Luke Starkiller?

-DID YOU KNOW that STAR WARS was named one of the 50 Greatest American Films by the American Film Institute as part of AFI’s 10th anniversary celebration? That was in 1977 – while STAR WARS was still in theaters!

Learn more at the AFI Catalog.


The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions

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-How old were you the first time you saw STAR WARS?
-What do you remember about seeing it for the first time?
-STAR WARS has been pervasive throughout culture since its release in 1977. Can you think of any times – outside of the film itself – that you’ve heard any of its iconic quotes?
=What do you think is the best order to watch the STAR WARS films (and television shows)?
-What does “the Force” mean to you?
-STAR WARS is filled in homages and inspirations from other classic films. What other films or genres do you see reflected in the adventure set in a galaxy far, far away?
-What do you think it is about STAR WARS that keeps it going strong – with new movies and series – more than four decades after its release?
-Including the addition of an episode number and a subtitle, George Lucas has made many changes to STAR WARS since it was first released. How do you think these changes affect its story – or its placement in the evolving canon?
-How would you rate STAR WARS?

Watch this exclusive AFI Archive clip of George Lucas and Harrison Ford talking about STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE:

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