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Saving Star Wars (2004)

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Two Star Wars fans venture to deliver a letter to George Lucas.


Gary Wood


Gary Wood


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Credited cast:
Joe Urban Joe Urban ... Woody
Jim Peterson Jim Peterson ... Hank
David Prowse ... Dave Prowse
Lee Ann Millen Lee Ann Millen ... Lisa
George Starkey George Starkey ... George Lucas
Matthew Scott Brooks Matthew Scott Brooks ... Man In Chair
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tori Allen Tori Allen ... Herself
Apollo Bacala Apollo Bacala ... Melvin Lucas
Justin Escue Justin Escue ... Brad
Michelle Estelle Michelle Estelle ... Fan
Steve Gray Steve Gray ... Tusken Raider
Russell Harrell ... Jedi
Carl Kakasuleff Carl Kakasuleff ... Big Thug
Daniel Niswander Daniel Niswander
Gregg Nowling Gregg Nowling ... Jedi


Two Star Wars fans venture to deliver a letter to George Lucas.

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Not all sagas have to end.





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9 June 2004 (USA) See more »

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Indianapolis, Indiana, USA See more »

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Woodworks Films See more »
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No sets were built. All scenes were filmed on location throughout Central Indiana. See more »


Present day cars visible in a scene that takes place in 1977. See more »


Features Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) See more »

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A Parody with Heart
23 February 2005 | by doorkeypressSee all my reviews

"Saving Star Wars" is a movie for anyone who's lost faith in magic but who desperately wants to believe again. I am not a "Star Wars" fan. But I know the heartbreak of disillusionment. I'll never forget the day in 1987 when I realized that Laser Tag belts did not send the wearer back in time, as the cartoon of the same name suggested. Naturally I got a huge kick out of seeing Woody Garrison (Joe Urban) turn a plastic light saber into a weapon of righteousness.

Best friends Woody and Hank (Jim Peterson) have been serious students of the Lucas universe since they saw "Star Wars" together in 1977. Hank still sleeps in jedi jammies and takes calls on a life-sized Yoda phone, but difficult circumstances have turned Woody into an agnostic. It's hard for him to get excited about The Force when his young son Taylor (Scott Heffern II) is dying. Ironically, Taylor's greatest desire is to convince George Lucas to continue making "Star Wars" movies forever, so his father can enjoy the magic and adventure after the boy is gone. Taylor puts his request in writing and asks Woody to deliver the letter to the notoriously reclusive director.

The premise is an invitation for melodrama, but the characters express their complicated emotions indirectly, through dialog that is, at times, goofy. An early scene in Taylor's hospital room consists largely of "Airplane!" quotes. Writer/director Gary Wood has a good ear for the way guys use movie references and corny jokes in everyday conversations, and the actors deliver the lines with the perfect mixture of earnestness and self-conscious cheesiness.

After much internal debate, Woody accompanies Hank to the Star Wars Celebration II in Indianapolis, where George Lucas may or may not make an appearance. He runs afoul of a hostile press coordinator and a "matrix" of security guards, before finding Lucas (George Starkey) unconscious at his feet.

As the story progresses, it morphs into an epic parody of the best scenes from the "Star Wars" movies. A low-rent "pod race" is fall down funny, while a roof-top showdown creates real suspense by faithfully adhering to the rules of action sequence editing. The likable Dave Prowse, as himself, busts a few Darth Vader moves. And, of course, no "Star Wars" parody would be complete without a woman in a gold bikini.

Footage shot on location at the 2002 Star Wars Celebration is well-planned and blends seamlessly with footage shot elsewhere. A few scenes might have benefited from better lighting, but technical shortcomings such as these are easy to overlook when the performances are so engaging.

Joe Urban and Jim Peterson are irresistible as, well, a couple of dorks. Whether or not Peterson likes "Star Wars" in real life, he approaches the role of Hank with remarkable affection and respect for the character's passion. Gary Wood makes an important distinction between Hank's true admiration, and the immature obsession of "Darth Bader" (Scott C. Sendelweck), a character who steals the script for Episode III. Joe Urban is sympathetic as the world-weary skeptic who tentatively taps into The Force to escape increasingly outrageous situations.

Gary Wood's low-budget, feel-good comedy suggests that there's dorkiness in all of us, and that we'll never be truly happy until we accept it. "Saving Star Wars" convinced the dork in me.

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