Principal photography for the first “Star Wars” movie (now titled “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope“) began on March 22, 1976, and the movie hit theaters May 25, 1977 — a mere 14 months later — and quickly made motion picture history.
As of 2013, “Star Wars” is the second-highest-grossing film in the US/Canada (after adjusting for inflation), and #3 worldwide. Produced on a budget of $11 million, the movie was a gamble, and two major studios had already rejected the script. Several of the actors were relative unknowns, including a guy named Harrison Ford, a carpenter who George Lucas had hired to build some cabinets in his home.
See a little bit of the funny side of shooting life — including amusing takes starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. This video is excerpted from the book “The Making of Star Wars (Enhanced Edition)” by Lucasfilm editor and author JW Rinzler, and contains clips discovered deep in the Lucasfilm archives.
Star Wars blooper/gag reel (with outtakes)
Note: There is no sound on the first few clips (original sound was not present).