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The People vs. George Lucas

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Alexandre O. Philippe

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About the Movie

We all love Star Wars…until George Lucas went and ruined it! The passion the original Star Wars trilogy inspires in its fans is unparalleled, but when it comes to George Lucas himself, many have found their ardour has cooled into a complicated love-hate relationship. This hilarious, heartfelt documentary delves deep into Lucas’ cultural legacy asking all the tough questions: has Lucas betrayed his masterwork? Should he just have left the original trilogy alone? Is The Phantom Menace so bad it should carry a health warning? Using interviews taken from over 700 hours of footage and peppered with extraordinary Star Wars recreations lovingly immortalised in needlepoint, Lego, Claymation and puppets, above all this film asks the question: Who truly owns that galaxy far, far away? The man who created it or the fans who love it?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There's a lot of anger floating around in "The People vs.," but Mr. Philippe somehow manages to make the overall tone good-hearted, and he ends on a sentimental note of exasperated love for the man frequently referred to as "the creator." – Mike Hale, New York Times, May 6, 2011

Fresh: You don't have to be a "Star Wars" nut to enjoy this fast-paced film, though it's sure to resonate most with those whose childhoods - and beyond - were shaped by the 1977 phenomenon. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, May 13, 2011

Rotten: It's an exhausting airing of nerd grievances, the monolithic arguments leavened only slightly by counterpoints seemingly inserted for comic relief. – Karina Longworth, Village Voice, May 3, 2011

Fresh: If you're a Force completist, this is as crucial as a bootleg of 1978's "Star Wars Holiday Special." Which, by the way, was awesome. – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, May 7, 2011

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Customer Reviews

I can relate to this

I enjoyed episodes 4,5,6 as a kid, but episodes 1,2,3 felt like regular movies, they were not a source of inspiration or strength, but they were fine movies. I certainly have now stopped looking for answers from Star Wars and I no longer watch them, but I will watch some of the new release movies that come out every few weeks, and some are just fine, for example, Tron Legacy was worth looking at.

I did get myself up for episode 1 and I was on the band wagon. I had the spirit inside of me to look forward to more Star Wars and I suppose that I was dissapointed but it is all over now. I'm ready to throw Star Wars into the garbage and move on, and I do not look up to any of it, but I am also not angry and that is the main point. I don't feel disappointed anymore. It is just not important now and I would be happy if George Lucas was able to look at a new project or else I'll wait for someone elses movies to watch.

This is absolute crap

I love star wars. I always have loved star wars. I do love the original trilogy, and the prequel trilogy. What's wrong with it? Great special effects, acting, screenplay, actors. What is it then? People say it's not inspiring like the first three films. The thing people don't get is it's not supposed to be an inspiring story. It's not about three young people and a rebel alliance trying to save the galaxy. It's about 1 good person turning evil. Think about it, if the prequel had the same feel as the original, it would've sucked. All six movies are masterpieces.


The first three movies were wickedly awesome. But I think that too much CGI has lost touch with us. I can see that kind of stuff on TV. The real animation, rear puppetry, and the live locations made it genius.

The People vs. George Lucas
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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