Bootleg Theater: The Star Wars Holiday Special
USA, 1978, 120 Minute Running Time
ONE NIGHT ONLY! Friday, December 19th at 9:30pm.
You asked for it. So, we're bringing it back! Join us for the Second Annual screening of this classic!
What's worse than CGI Jabba the Hutt? More blasphemous than Greedo shooting first? More offensive than Jar Jar Binks? Why, the STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL?
Most Star Wars fans are at least peripherally aware of the Star Wars Holiday special, but almost no one has seen it because it was never released on home video. The special aired on November 17, 1978. Ever since then, everyone involved has been trying to forget about it, destroy it, or at least deny that they did it willingly. But for one-night only the Sie FilmCenter will present the special in all its, um "glory".
Plot note: the special revolves around a holiday called "Life Day" which is a sort of intergalactic version of Thanksgiving; Wikipedia has a full plot description here, including the unforgettable line: "When the cartoon finishes, Lumpy works to create a translation device from his Amorphian machine that will fool the Imperials into returning to their base by faking their commander's voice. To do so, he first must watch the manual for the device, being presented by a malfunctioning, incompetent robot (Harvey Korman again)."
Read more about the special here.
Watch a bit of the special below: