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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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 Written by
J.J. Abrams Screenplay
Lawrence Kasdan Screenplay
George Lucas Characters
Michael Arndt Writer

 Directed by
J.J. Abrams

 Release Date
December 15, 2015

136 minutes

Harrison Ford Han Solo
Carrie Fisher General Leia Organa
Oscar Isaac Poe Dameron
Andy Serkis Supreme Leader Snoke
Domhnall Gleeson General Armitage Hux
Anthony Daniels C-3PO
Peter Mayhew Chewbacca
Max von Sydow Lor San Tekka
Mark Hamill Luke Skywalker
Simon Pegg Unkar Plutt
Ken Leung Admiral Statura
Greg Grunberg Snap Wexley
Iko Uwais Razoo Quin-Fee
Yayan Ruhian Tasu Leech
Tim Rose Admiral Ackbar
Warwick Davis Wollivan
Anna Brewster Bazine Netal
Dave Chapman BB-8 Performed By
Bill Hader BB-8 (vocal consultant)
Ben Schwartz BB-8 (vocal consultant)
Kenny Baker R2-D2 (consultant)
Thomas Brodie-Sangster First Order Officer
Kate Fleetwood First Order Officer
Harriet Walter Dr. Kalonia
Pip Torrens Colonel Kaplan
Daniel Craig Stormtrooper
Michael Giacchino FN-3181
Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan Kenobi (voice)
Frank Oz Yoda (voice)
Alec Guinness Obi-Wan Kenobi (voice) (archive footage)
Gerald W. Abrams Captain Cypress
Judah Friedlander Bar Patron
Kevin Smith Stormtrooper (voice)
J.J. Abrams Shag Kava
Dee Bradley Baker
Matt Lanter
Tom Kane Hosnian Citizen / Starkiller Technician
Matthew Wood Ello Asty / Quiggold / Niima Thug (voice)
Samuel Witwer Stormtroopers / Star Destroyer PA Announcer / Star Destroyer Officer (voice)
Meredith Salenger
James Arnold Taylor First Order Stormtrooper
Dave Filoni
Michael Donovan Starkiller PA Announcer (voice)
Terri Douglas
Eugene Byrd
Fred Tatasciore Niima Scavenger / Forest Stormtrooper (voice)
David Collins
Jeffery Kissoon Rear Admiral Guich
Victor McGuire Bar Patron

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Great entertainment film! A new hope made true.
By Jack Anderson on December 27, 2015

Even though Star Wars became the very first hugely popular franchise, the number of movies were incredibly small. There were only six films between 1977 and 2015 (before this one). Lovers of Star Wars had to endure the destruction of their beloved saga when George Lucas and Rick McCallum released the infamously bad prequels. I remember very well being in the first showing of Episode I. I then waited years before finally watching Episodes II and III on DVD. I just didn't care anymore. Star Wars was dead and damaged for good. It seems there was no more story to tell.
Then, when Disney bought Star Wars from Lucas and announced that there would be new movies, I wasn't particularly excited, thinking that the next instalment of Star Wars would be a dumb film with a big budget, big but boring special effects and young models being cast and giving totally empty performance without any ounce of charisma. Pretty much like most Marvel superheroes movies ("Thor", "The Avengers", "Captain America", etc.).
Finally, when I heard that J.J. Abrams would direct the film, I didn't have much more hope, as, even though I loved his pilot episode of LOST, didn't appreciate the reboot of the Star Trek franchise one bit. I also didn't like his Mission Impossible movie.
And then, slowly, I started to read that there would be no more overuse of CGI, that special effects would be real again, that there would be real sets instead of blue screens everywhere - the only two sets that George Lucas built in Episodes I to III were either blue screens or green screens.
The first trailer was released, and it felt great again! On purpose, I didn't watch any other trailers nor read any spoiler. I wanted to be surprised by this film.
And boy, was I surprised!

I was in a fully packed movie theater, filled with energy and anticipation. It was on December 16 (two days before its release in the US), that way I would be sure not to be spoiled in the street or by friends or co-workers.


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