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Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy is a 2004 documentary film directed by Kevin Burns and narrated by Robert Clotworthy. It documents the making of the original Star Wars trilogy: Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983), and their impact on popular culture.

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
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Written byEd Singer
Directed byKevin Burns
Edith Becker
StarringGeorge Lucas
Mark Hamill
Narrated byRobert Clotworthy
Composer(s)John Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Edith Becker
Editor(s)Troy Bogert
David Comtois
Scott B. Morgan
Molly Shock
Running time150 min
Production company(s)Prometheus Entertainment
in association with Lucasfilm
Distributor20th Century Fox Television (Original)
Disney–ABC Domestic Television (Current)
Original networkA&E Network (edited)
Picture formatColor (1.78:1)
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 2004

The two-and-a-half-hour-long documentary was made for the bonus disc of the DVD box set of the Star Wars Trilogy, released on September 21, 2004. A shortened version of the documentary premiered on the A&E Network later that fall. The TV version ran at around ninety minutes, cutting out nearly an hour of content.



The documentary is strictly chronological, divided into five parts, from the beginning of George Lucas' career as a filmmaker, to the complicated production of Star Wars in 1976, to the impact the film, and its sequels, have made on the world today. It features interviews with George Lucas and major cast and crew members. The documentary puts Star Wars into a sociological and political perspective by using interviews with spectators such as Walter Cronkite.

The film was shot in 1.78:1 aspect ratio.

Featured interviewsEdit

People interviewed are:

Actors featured in archive footage, except:


The documentary was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing (Non-fiction).[1]


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