The Star Wars Holiday Special
Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)
Title: The Star Wars Holiday Special
Directed by: Steve Binder
Written by: Pat Proft; Leonard Ripps; Bruce Vilanch; Rod Warren; Mitzie Welch
Produced by: Gary Smith; Dwight Hemion; Joe Layton; Jeff Starsh; Ken Welch; Mitzie Welch
Music by: Ian Fraser
Cinematography: John B. Field
Edited by: Jerry Bixman; Vince Humphrey
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox Television; CBS
Released: November 17th, 1978
Rating: PG
Running time: 97 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: Unknown
Gross: N/A
Previous: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Next: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The Star Wars Holiday Special is one of those rarified gems that everybody remembers, but in someway wishes they could all forget. Star Wars franchise creator George Lucas certainly wishes he could forget about it. Be that as it may, he still licensed his gold mine franchise out to 20th Century Fox Television to produce this television movie in 1978, which aired on CBS on November 17th. The events of the film take place in between 1977's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. The film is not generally recognized as part of the official Star Wars continuity, despite having certain notable characters and settings such as the first appearance of Boba Fett (albeit in animated form), the first appearance of the Wookiee homeworld, Kashyyyk, as well as appearances by the film staples we have all come to know and love (or hate depending upon your point of view) including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and the droids, C-3PO and R2-D2.

The movie was directed by the team of Steve Binder and David Acomba and was written by Pat Proft, Leonard Ripps, Bruce Vilanch, Rod Warren and Mitzie Welch. Original film actors to return to the franchise for this offbeat, comical non-sequel include Mark Hamill, reprising the role of Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, and James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader.

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Actor Role
Mark Hamill Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford Han Solo
Carrie Fisher Princess Leia Organa
Anthony Daniels C-3PO
Kenny Baker R2-D2
Peter Mayhew Chewbacca
James Earl Jones Darth Vader (voice)
Bea Arthur Ackmena
Art Carney Saundan
Diahann Carroll Mermeia Holographic Wow
Marty Balin Holographic band singer
Craig Chaquico Holographic band singer
David Freiberg Holographic band singer
Paul Kantner Holographic band singer
Harvey Korman Krelman/Chef Gormaanda
Mickey Morton Malla
Paul Gale Itchy
Patty Maloney Lumpawaroo
Jack Radar Imperial guard officer
Stephanie Stromer The Great Zorbak
Michael Potter Imperial guard officer
Wazzan Troupe Holographic tumblers
Yûichi Sugiyama Ringleader
Mum Brothers The Reeko Brothers
Claude Woolman Imperial officer
Lev Mailer Imperial guard #1
Don Francks Boba Fett (voice)
Mary Ann Hay Dancer
Marcus Powell Rycar Ryjerd
Linda Hoxit Young wookiee
Larry Mollin Pilot
Arthur Rowton Zutton Zutmore
Alec Guinness Obi-Wan Kenobi [1]
David Prowse Darth Vader [2]
Leslie Schofield Moradmin Bast [3]

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The World of Star Wars

Star Wars miscellaneous

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  1. Alec Guinness appears courtesy of archival footage from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope only.
  2. David Prowse appears courtesy of archival footage from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope only.
  3. Leslie Schofield appears courtesy of archival footage from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope only.

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