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STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) Advance U.S. one-sheet regular 27×41 with NSS coding

April 1, 2014

ImageImageImageImageSTAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) original issued folded Advance U.S. one-sheet regular 27×41 with NSS coding; 1980 poster numbered 800001; Vintage unrestored movie poster autographed by David Prowse, who played the role of ‘Darth Vader’ in the film.

This poster features original artwork created for the films first-run to the theatre from its U.S. release on May 21, 1980. This is guaranteed to be an original movie poster issued by the studio and meant for theatrical display. In addition, the poster is autographed by David Prowse, who played the role of ‘Darth Vader’ in the film (though James Earl Jones voiced the character). Prowse spoke the dialogue during the making of the film and didn’t actually know Vader was Luke’s father until he saw Empire in the theatre, which he considers to be his favourite of the original trilogy. In the script, Darth Vader’s famous revelation read, “Obi-Wan killed your father.” Only Irvin Kershner (film’s director), Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Lucas knew what the real overdubbed dialogue would be.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, later released as Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, is a 1980 American epic space opera film. It is the second film to be released in the Star Wars series and the fifth in terms of internal chronology of the storyline. Like its predecessor, Empire draws from several mythological stories and world religions. It also includes elements of 1930s film serials such as Flash Gordon, a childhood favorite of Lucas’, that similarly featured a city afloat in the sky (i.e., Cloud City). George Lucas’ 1977 Star Wars exceeded all expectations in terms of profit, its revolutionary effect on the film industry, and its unexpected resonance as a cultural phenomenon. Lucas hoped to become independent from the Hollywood film industry by financing Empire himself with $33 million from loans and the previous film’s earnings, going against the principles of many Hollywood producers never to invest one’s own money. Now fully in command of his Star Wars enterprise, Lucas offered the role to director to Irvin Kershner, one of his former professors at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Lawrence Kasdan, who Lucas was impressed from his script draft for Raiders of the Lost Ark was hired as writer after Leigh Brackett died of cancer after finishing her first draft of Empire in February 1978. After the various increases in budget, Empire became one of the most expensive films of its day and after the bank threatened to pull his loan, Lucas was forced to approach Alan Ladd Jr., then president of 20th Century Fox. Lucas and Ladd made a deal to secure the loan in exchange for paying the studio more money but without the loss of his sequel and merchandising rights. A deal the studio later squawked about, which pressured Ladd to quit. The departure of his longtime ally caused Lucas to take Raiders to Paramount Pictures. The Empire Strikes Back became the highest-grossing film of 1980. The film received mixed reviews from critics upon its initial release. However, fans and critics alike have widely come to consider Empire to be the franchise’s best film and one of the greatest films ever made.

The poster measures 27×41 inches and printed single-sided issued folded. All original theatre release issued Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back one-sheets posters will measure 27×41. This vintage unrestored poster is in near mint plus – Never Used condition.

No tears, tape, pin holes, stains, yellowing or color fading. Further pictures are available upon request.

Item will be properly packaged (rolled) with extreme care for immediate shipping. Fully insured secure safe packaging. Shipping costs separate.

All purchases guaranteed.

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