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Old 10-05-2008, 08:31 PM   #1
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Who was surprised by "No Luke, I am your father"--?

Having been born in 1980, and having watched Star Wars religiously through my childhood, I have no idea when I first saw any of the original trilogy. (My mom says I was brought to the theater as an infant to see Empire, but that doesn't count!) For me, the fact that Vader is Luke's father has always been just the way things are. Of course, over the years, I've been able to reflect on what it means--for the characters, the story, etc. But as far back as I can remember, there never was an "ah-ha," never a precise moment of realization....

....which has always led me to wonder what it must've been like for people to find out for the very first time.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:49 PM   #2
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OMG spoiler in the title!



I think the first one I saw in the theater during its initial run was ROTJ - I remember walking from my house with my older step-brother, and running to keep up with his long legs as we walked. I was so excited to see it!

Did they re-release the first two movies before ROTJ came out or something? I remember seeing Empire with my aunt but don't remember if it was before or after ROTJ. It wouldn't have been during its intial run - I doubt I would have gone when I was 7.

Anyway, I'm sure I was surprised by the big reveal but don't remember how shocked I was. Or how much it even registered, really.
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Old 10-05-2008, 08:52 PM   #3
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I was 9, I of course had no idea and I was truly fucking shocked.

These were the days when most theaters were single screen...there was a theater in Yonkers called "Movieland" that had 4 theaters at the time, I think....maybe Empire was on two of them? Anyway, the lines were around the block, around the corner, across the street, etc....it was mayhem.....but, there was no internet, there were no spoilers, and I saw it the first weekend so there was no time to accidentally find out.

So, yeah, it was easily the biggest movie event of my young life, and it blew my mind.
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:22 PM   #4
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He doesn't actually say "Luke"



I will never forget my uncle coming over to our house super excited about a movie he had just seen called Star Wars. He stood in our family room describing the scene in the Mos Eisley Cantina with the band playing the instruments and everything. We went to see it the next day.

Like NSW, I was nine when Empire was released. I remember being surprised by the fact that Vader was Luke's father but I also remember that as a nine year old girl I didn't really give a rat's ass.
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:26 PM   #5
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We saw it in 97.
I think me mum told us about this part on way to the cinema
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Old 10-05-2008, 09:39 PM   #6
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I saw star wars for the first time in 1995

i swore vader was lying and obi wan was his father
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Old 10-05-2008, 10:18 PM   #7
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He doesn't actually say "Luke"


I know, but he says it in the radio production.



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Old 10-06-2008, 12:06 AM   #8
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I saw star wars for the first time in 1995

i swore vader was lying and obi wan was his father
hey, no need to be all ... i just saw it for the first time this summer!
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I'm waiting for somebody to say "I still haven't seen it! Thanks for spoiling it, you fuckers!"
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I was 9, I of course had no idea and I was truly fucking shocked.

These were the days when most theaters were single screen...there was a theater in Yonkers called "Movieland" that had 4 theaters at the time, I think....maybe Empire was on two of them? Anyway, the lines were around the block, around the corner, across the street, etc....it was mayhem.....but, there was no internet, there were no spoilers, and I saw it the first weekend so there was no time to accidentally find out.

So, yeah, it was easily the biggest movie event of my young life, and it blew my mind.
Same here, although I was 10.

The weekend it came out, I begged my mother to take me. She said we had no chance of getting a seat, but I pleaded with her to try. So we went, and they were down to single seats, and luckily someone moved so we could sit together.

I remember being so transfixed by the whole movie, having seen the original numerous times by then. I was a die hard Star Wars fan. I had all the toys, books, poster, you name it. When Empire came out, I was totally blown away.
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I should have mentioned that, like Phanan, at that time, I had seen Star Wars in the movies 5x, which was unheard of....and owned shirts, action figures, lunch boxes, etc....for a while, it eclipsed the Yankees as my #1 interest......
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Fuck, wait a minute. I was 9, too. It came out in the summer, obviously, and I didn't turn 10 until October.
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No, because my dad let me watch ROTJ first, so it's just something I always knew if only I could go back somehow.
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"I still haven't seen it! Thanks for spoiling it, you fuckers!"
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I'm waiting for somebody to say "I still haven't seen it! Thanks for spoiling it, you fuckers!"
I guess that's the problem with stories being so huge in pop culture; no opportunities for others to discover them spoiler-free. I had the same problem trying to watch "Planet of the Apes", I think.
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