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From the archives | May 26, 1977

‘Star Wars’ is a blockbuster

20TH CENTURY-FOX FILM CORPORATION/AP/FILE 1977

From left: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill in a scene from “Star Wars.”

40 years ago today, George Lucas changed the world with a simple phrase: “A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...”

Premiering on May 25, 1977, “Star Wars” quickly became a box office smash with a die-hard following. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia went from characters to cultural icons, and the film would grow into much more than just a piece of cinema. Toys, books, games, clothing — you name it — all carries the “Star Wars” name and helped to keep alive a franchise that is still active today (Episode VIII premieres this winter).

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So how did the critics like the movie back in 1977? Well, according to the Globe’s Bruce McCabe, it was simply a “blockbuster.” Read the Globe’s original review of “Star Wars” below.

Aimee Ortiz can be reached at aimee.ortiz@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @aimee_ortiz.
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