Star Wars Holiday Special Turns 35 — A Celebration?

By David Wharton | 7 years ago

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Amidst all the madness that is the Star Wars Holiday Special are the trilogy’s main cast, gamely giving it their all and likely praying that the negatives would be devoured by rats before this fustercluck could actually make it to air. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker — the gang’s all here, performing with all the enthusiasm of a kidnap victim being forced to record a ransom demand at gunpoint. And sure, there is ostensibly a plot to this thing, with Han and Chewie ducking Imperials so they can get their Life Day on. But that’s really just the flimsy connective tissue holding together one bad idea after another. It’s all ill-conceived in the most glorious way possible, and you can’t help but wonder if the cast had any idea what a slice of infamy they were making at the time.

But hey, let it never be said that Harrison Ford can’t rally and elevate damn near any material. Watch him bring the feels around the 0:53 mark.

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