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'Star Wars' saga turns 40

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'Star Wars' saga turns 40

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It may seem like a long, long time ago, but it’s been exactly 40 years since “Star Wars” opened in cinemas across the United States, sparking a cultural phenomenon as strong as ever today.

At the time the film starred relatively unknown actors, but it became so wildly popular it played in cinemas for over a year. The trio of lead actors in the original film – Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill – became Hollywood icons.

Nobody could imagine the saga would be such a hit, not even its creator George Lucas, now one of the world’s richest men.

John Williams composed what remains perhaps the most famous theme for a movie in history. And Luke Skywalker, his faithful droids, Princess Leia and Darth Vader are now all part of pop culture.

The franchise’s eighth film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, is set to be released in December.