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Siskel and Ebert Defending Star Wars

by Kenny Hoeschen

Watch Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on ABC’s Nightline defending George Lucas’s first Star Wars films against film critic John Simon. Simon argues that the films are for children, yet instead of trying to teach children something the films try to keep children stupid forever. This interview is from 1983, the same year the third Star Wars film, The Return of the Jedi was in theaters.

Siskel and Ebert are quick to defend the Star Wars trilogy and the fact that the films are great fun for kids. Simon also argues that the special effects are simply 90% of the film with “lousy actors, ghastly dialogue, terrible plotting and miserable characterization.” Roger Ebert points out that all films are special effects and imaginary and, in his broader taste, these films can be very enjoyable. Gene Siskel points out how these films are so well done for what they are.

You can certainly guess what side of the fence we fall on.

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