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The People vs. George Lucas

  Unrated Closed Captioning

Alexandre O. Philippe

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Plot Summary

They gave him their love, their money and their online parodies. He gave them... the prequels. 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 ardor has cooled into a complicated love-hate relationship. This hilarious, heartfelt documentary delves deep into Lucas’s cultural legacy. Utilizing interviews taken from over 600 hours of footage, and peppered with extraordinary Star Wars and Indiana Jones recreations lovingly immortalized in song, needlepoint, Lego, claymation, puppets and paper-mâché, above all this film asks the question: who truly owns that galaxy far, far away—the man who created it, or the fans who worship it?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

71%
  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 17
  • 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

HORRIBLE

Don't be fooled by the trailer it is deceptive. It looks like a movie about Lucas and his life and interviews etc … but really it is a bunch of fans complaining about the movie the whole time. This is not an exaggeration, random fans complaint THE WHOLE TIME about changes in the film. SAVE YOUR MONEY!

Don't miss this movie or the point - take it for what it is.

Wow. Where do I start? There are so many metaphors within metaphors in this movie - you have to watch it twice. It's not about Lucas - it's about the people. When popular art is created - does it belong to the people or to the creator?

And did George Lucas end up living out the Star Wars saga? Great documentary.

The People vs. George Lucas

The title is incorrect. It should be; "The Fans Roast George Lucas". The term Intellectual Property isn't in this movie but it should be. Since the film uses an hour and a half of your time discussing what it is and rejecting it in favor of the term Fan Property. Yes these fans believe they are right and the artist or creator is wrong! And they don't just think they're right and George Lucas is wrong, they abridge Copyright to their p. o. v. to prove they are right and the guy who had the idea got it wrong. I gave it three stars, not because it's a good movie, but because I think the FANS need to get a life and let go of their childhoods!

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