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Overview of Star Wars Movies
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Which of these "Star Wars" movies was not a prequel to the original series?
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Hi, I'm Jim Flink for About.com, and today we're reviewing the Star Wars movies, which began in 1977 and have shaped an entire generation of virtual space travelers.Directed by George Lucas, and released by 20th Century Fox, Star Wars became an instant smash hit.  Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi and all the other Star Wars characters left an indelible imprint on audiences.  Star Wars takes place in a fictional galaxy, where many different alien creatures exist, some resembling humans, some robots or droids.  Space travel is so common, instead of countries, worlds are united by galactic alliances.  And there is a "force" which exists, an energy which surrounds and binds all life, which, when properly utilized allows its adherents to take on supernatural powers -- telekinesis, clairvoyance and mind control among them.But the force also has a dark side, if used improperly, which is manifested by hatred and aggression.   The classic battle in all Star Wars films is between the Jedi, who use the force for good, and the Sith, who use it for evil.The characters in the movies are well known by many moviegoers now.  Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, R2D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, all in alliance for good.  Fighting against the darkness, led by Darth Vader.  Then there's Jabba the Hut, and YodaThe first Star Wars movies were a trilogy, released on three-year intervals from 1977 to 1983.  It started with the original Star Wars: A New Hope, followed by The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.  Technically, these movies were the fourth, fifth and sixth in the series, though they were released first.This of course, set the stage for what came before those movies. Sixteen years after the release of the final film of the trilogy, Star Wars released the prequel to the original series in four separate films:  The Phantom Menace, released in 1999, followed by Attack of the Clones in 2002, Revenge of the Sith in 2005, and The Clone Wars in 2008.Star Wars has garnered more than $4 billion at the box office, and at least two of its movies rank among the top 10 films ever released to American audiences.  Together, the films have garnered 25 Academy Awards, including three Special Achievement Awards.The series lives on in video games and in toys, as well as in the release of home movies.And that's a short look at the Star Wars phenomenon.  I'm Jim Flink.  For more information, be sure to check out About.com.
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