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The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

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Summary: Chewie and Han Solo are trying to get home to Chewie's family, so they can celebrate Lifeday. (imdb)

Genres: Comedy, Musical, Family/Kids, Adventure

Country: USA

Directed By: Steve Binder, David Acomba

Written By: Bruce Vilanch, Pat Proft, Leonard Ripps, Mitzie Welch

Starring: Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, Mark Hamill, Beatrice Arthur, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, Diahann Carroll

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The Star Wars Holiday Special belongs to 19 collections
1. Star Wars (public: moderated by td888 - 7 stars)
2. Rifftrax (public: moderated by x-human - 6 stars)
3. Telemovie (public: moderated by djross - 4 stars)
4. So bad they are good (public: moderated by cagedwisdom - 4 stars)
5. Holiday Specials (public: moderated by Ununnilium - 4 stars)
6. How Did This Get Made? (public: moderated by theficionado - 2 stars)
7. Nostalgia Critic Episodes (public: moderated by KirkJiggler - 2 stars)
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Barthalen Barthalen
0T1
So I accidentally took some acid mixed with cough syrup and then I fell down a flight of stairs and suddenly I saw these horrible looking Wookies who were screeching for what seemed like hours and Bea Arthur sang to me and some old four-armed transvestite was making me dinner and I saw recycled footage of A New Hope and what must have been 3 days later I woke up in a puddle of Bacta-fluid and my own tears.
karabe karabe
20T1
dunetails
0T1
kurenai kurenai
60T1
Detonathor
0T1
On one hand, it needs to be seen to be believed...but then you can't unsee it.
cairosmith
6T1
snallygaster snallygaster
10T1
dognamedfrog
80T8
minge
90T8
cagedwisdom cagedwisdom
0T1
This is so terrible, there really isn't much else to say about it. I really didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I saw this.
Onac
2T1
vlqwo
5T1
locutus266 locutus266
0T1
CinematicESP CinematicESP
2T1
Both of those points go toward the kinda cool Boba Fett cartoon. Otherwise, this thing is an absolute bore. I'd like to know who thought any of this would be at all entertaining to watch.
Darko Vandelay1
8T1
chmod chmod
1T3
thesleepwalk
10T1
Unbelievably terrible. Almost worth watching to be able to say you made it through...if you can manage.
ewp805 ewp805
10T1
Ouch.
TheAlliance TheAlliance
10T1
I saved myself a lot of agony by watching the YouTube-5-minutes-version. Well, what is there to say... Chewy was amazing as always.
kingofjew kingofjew
34T1
Squin
0T1
von_krogh von krogh
0T1
You know those people who say the Boba Fett cartoon in this travesty of a TV movie is "actually pretty good" or "not so bad"? They're wrong. It's as horrible as the rest. I can, without a trace of doubt, state that The Star Wars Holiday Special is the worst movie ever made. This is the point where George Lucas should have realized he'd created a monster.
rottentomat rottentomat
40T3
Crazyfishguy
1T1
IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
30T1
erikasterup
0T1
Jabberwocky
0T2
Zoltan Zoltan
30T1
Eignarom Eignarom
0T1
MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
19T1
BurstBubble
0T1
My ears are bleeding...
crimnos
0T1
botelhudo botelhudo
0T1
Cantstopdrew Cantstopdrew
20T1
Filligan Filligan
0T1
I want to die now.
htiman htiman
40T1
baconadidas bacon&adidas
70T4
jrmoviemania
50T2
Nday Nday
0T1
darthfrede darthfrede
40T1
Holygrail2
5T1
sirhcybe
20T1
torontodog torontodog
30T1
This awful show foreshadowed the nonsensical second trilogy.
juanpsala
1T1
Nroo Nroo
15T1
pianistry
0T1
xacviant
12T1
Were I a STAR WARS devotee, I'm sure I would see this as a violation of what I believe in, and a humiliation of my loved ones. But I was just left numb. You want minutes upon minutes of unsubtitled Wookiee antics? Diahann Carroll as a singing fantasy for the pleasure (...) of Chewbacca's father? Endless and painfully stupid skits which embarass Art Carney and Harvey Korman? Bea fucking Arthur? Terrible animation for Boba Fett's debut? Harrison Ford looking bored? Lameness unlimited? You got it.
nickabc nickabc
60T1
gavinbennett
20T2
Talyn_Golic Talyn Golic
20T1
drcriddle drcriddle
0T1
Arthur Katt
0T1
Demorest Demorest
1T1
spookey
0T1
spatters
0T1
Nursus Nursus
60T1
huebs
27T1
annaud annaud
40T1
Dewmeister Dewmeister
30T1
daisylegs daisylegs
0T1
Ytadel Ytadel
10T1
A terrifying, grotesque spectacle that manages to make a mockery of both Star Wars and Christmas. But Star Wars fans should probably see it, just to say they have. Carrie Fisher is out of her mind on cocaine in every frame she's in, which is hilarious.
XakkMaster XakkMaster
15T1
For completists only. This had to have been created as something else entirely and only had Star Wars slapped on it because of the Box Office success of the first movie. The characters don't have any resemblance to characters in the Star Wars universe, other than physically. For the first 15-20 minutes you might find it "so bad it's hilarious," especially if you're watching it with a group, but before the half-way point (save for the cartoon) it becomes un-watchable and tedious beyond belief.
boesball
0T1
What did I just watch???
oisteing oisteing
80T9
KTK
1T3
Korsoh Korsoh
10T1
Jdiddy381
0T1
kastenm kastenm
39T1
marsnoir
25T1
So bad, its good! Watch it with the commercials, to bring you back to a time when 'Made in the USA' meant for something.
LunaticC NBD Rab
0T1
sjnogs sjnogs
35T1
DMCrimson DMCrimson
1T1
My God...it's full of stars...
roger1
3T1
Rotten Users
20T1
FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
0T1
snyderrb snyder_rb
39T1
ktappe ktappe
9T1
jcdracula
0T3
CosmicMonkey CosmicMonkey
3T1
"Abysmal"? "Horrendous"? "Painful"? The English language simply lacks the vocabulary to accurately and precisely describe how soul-crushingly awful this film is. I think I'll weep and cry in a corner now.
wokelstein wokelstein
30T1
cminferno cminferno
0T1
PaulSandell
20T1
jasonasteele
5T1
JooJoo JooJoo
2T2
Attack of the Clones is worse.
Sheldrake Sheldrake
40T3
kyleloomis kyle.loomis
1T1
RAMTHA
90T5
jubei07 jubei07
1T1
imdb imdb
38T1
sirperry
88T9
Jake_R
32T1
Wesfx
51T1
x_human x-human
8T1
Carrie Fisher wasn't the only one strung out on cocaine during the making of this. It was certainly widely administered just to get the crew though the shoot. Should have been provided to the audience as well. Lucas slapped the Star Wars logo on everything else, why not on cocaine? [Rifftrax can't even save this one. While there is the occasional funny quip it's mostly just them whining about how bad it all is. They also break into giggle fits far too often. Avoid if you can help it.]
cwratliff
90T7
gimli999
10T1
Indycoone
0T1
KungFuDolly KungFuDolly
1T1
eadwinn
1T1
Trainwreck.
scorpius
0T2
shahness
18T1
DalekCritic DalekCritic
0T1
sheepslasher sheepslasher
0T1
????
dourface
10T1
piratejerk piratejerk
1T1
DavidBlast DavidBlast
5T1
I can't quite decide if this was a worse addition to the STAR WARS saga than the "Midiclorian" revelation in Episode one. Hm.. Right. let's stay positive here: The STAR WARS Holiday Special has ... uh.. no JarJar Binks. It does, however, have wookie families and.. singing... I think what I'm trying to say is that this is the movie equivalent of cancer.
cesarm cesarm
60T6
arsenmm
30T1
Farzan Farzan
12T1
yes, it is as bad as they say.
FTGE
3T1
Winston4th
0T1
Emren Emren
10T1
mandonteven
20T2
ArloJWiley
1T1
Booster Booster
45T3
niksan
1T1
warrensm
12T2
Efrye Efrye
10T1
Cerebrus Cerebrus
0T1
fuzzleshnops fuzzleshnops
0T1
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. If I could give it a negative score, I would.
Kraven1905 Kraven1905
1T1
onrv
24T1
tuerda
2T1
Nearly half an hour of this is nothing but wookies grunting at each other. The rest of it is worse. Just remembering it is painful. . . . still better than attack of the clones though.
pomattovich
28T2
thirtyframes
60T1
sarossell
50T1
m0nkeyhunter
3T1
DanseMacabre
50T2
anakyle
0T1
asdfg
10T1
iabpup
20T1
redpatriot redpatriot
30T1
The actual "special" is pretty horrible, but the cartoon is actually really good. But man... Bea Arthur sings.. and Leia sings... and various wookies jump around and do household chores... this was REAL bad.
supergloo supergloo
1T1
Arguably, positive proof that all the success George Lucas had with Star Wars was pure luck.
npcdel npcdel
20T2
psych0naut psych0naut (The Socialist Standard)
0T1
cantaloupe
7T1
hekkon hekkon
20T1
SirVasil SirVasil
0T1
bigjeff822
89T6
emtilt emtilt
0T1
Unwatchable.
El_Guapo El Guapo
10T1
GentlyFeral
0T1
Grizzlefoot
25T1
saucyjack saucyjack
14T1
You'll feel braindamaged after watching it, but there are some redeeming qualities like Bea Arthur singing...
timmytom
1T1
jacobclark12 jacobclark12
14T1
If you're a massive Star Wars fan like myself, it's worth watching just once because it's so rare. Otherwise, steer far clear of this crapfest. The only reason it's not the worst thing I've ever seen is because Star Wars.
Ross Ross
0T1
minutemusic
43T1
ThePunisher ThePunisher
0T1
lapierre520
0T1
Sagremore
15T1
Johnny6Gun Johnny6Gun
10T1
Almost as bad as Episode II, but at least it has Harrison Ford in it. Oh yeah, Lumpy's in it, too. Everyone loves Lumpy.
Travisbickle Travisbickle
45T1
doctor7 doctor7
6T1
An obvious cash in of the worst possible type. It's just literally mind bending how anyone thought this was a good idea. It's so awfully out of character for every single Star Wars character involved. I honestly can't believe that this actually exists, let alone that I've seen it. Pure embarrassment for all involved I think is the only way to describe it. They should've just gone the full nine and had Vader give a round of high fives and knuckles to everyone.
ssavage ssavage
40T1
LordBeefJerk
20T1
shrugfive
30T1
Capn_Kue_Que Capn Kue Que
0T1
nickwindk nickwin_dk
10T1
mnzeric mnzeric
4T5
hellboy76 hellboy76
9T1
I have no idea what anyone was thinking when anyone had anything to do with any of this. The only slightly OK thing about this, is the animated fare. Other than that, you will be angry and hurt, possibly hungry.
jxc0207
67T2
DallasSD
1T1
fedepia
85T8
DesertPunk DesertPunk
32T1
STIR STIR WHIP WHIP WHIP WHIP STIR
roguepixel roguepixel
0T1
NightGoat72 NightGoat72
50T5
Lanhia
30T1
Jorbes
0T1
B8Mana
5T1
Dimentia Dimentia
0T1
WHAT THE HELL GEORGE LUCAS. WHAT THE HELL.
mich8bsp mich8bsp
0T1
moeru
20T1
FrederikA FrederikA
0T1
When I heard about it, I said "that's so insaneI need to see it". When I was 3 minutes into it, I shouted "Holy shit this is hilarious!" When I'd watched appx 20 minutes of un-subtitled wookie sit-com cross-cut with terrible 70s music-videos I found myself with shotgun barrel in my mouth...
quenyks
5T1
ShitHappens ShitHappens
0T1
um question....Why is there no Wookie translator....and 99.9% of it is...Wookies?
mathiascz mathiascz
10T1
Nothing to say! I leave it without any comment! It cost me two bottles of whiskey.
Optimusmike Optimus_mike
0T1
It makes you believe again, doesn't it?
SteveToyne SteveToyne
20T1
Manic_Ken
0T1
amecylia amecylia
0T1
Bagger Bagger
0T1
What is even the hell?
ninjamonkey ninjamonkey
4T1
Bailey74 Bailey74
8T1
Barkinson
10T1
haljordan2 haljordan2
1T1
maborosi maborosi
2T1
columbusbob
10T1
ME_Criticker
20T4
Omega Omega
0T1
DrewTheDude DrewTheDude
14T1
Nothing will be more beautiful than a bunch of heavenly Wookies!
Timon88 Timon88
5T1
Usually a flick this bad gets at least 30 points for camp value, but... no such luck here. 2 points for Harvey Korman, another 2 for Bea Arthur (talking her way through a "song" a la Sophie Tucker), and 1 for Diahann Carroll's soft-core porn/musical number. Almost had to subtract a point for Carrie Fisher singing the final number.
walmarket
10T1
ITS SO BAD!!!
Skaffel
10T1
GroovySouls Groovy_Souls
0T1
Just.... No.
Cahadras1 Cahadras1
8T1
Kimmie Kimmie
20T1
Ununnilium Ununnilium
19T1
Everyone's already commented on the negative aspects of this, so I'll mostly skip that - though I will say that the cartoon that introduces Boba Fett is also terrible, with weird unpleasant animation and a plot that just kind of stops. But what I find interesting about the special is how dedicated it is to showing life in a society under heavy fascist oppression. You have censorship, soldiers barging into homes, whole ways of life being shut down on a say-so. It's evocative, at the least.
nausic
50T3
Jeb Jeb
0T1
Please....just don't watch it......
Merv_Taylor
20T1
Hilarious
jimmyjazz
35T1
Darken Skye
0T1
Nearphotison Nearphotison
5T1
One point for Boba Fett's debut, four for Bea Arthur.
CRB9000 CRB9000
1T1
JohnnyZombie JohnnyZombie
0T1
The fact that this is a Star Wars product and has not been released since the original airing should give you a hint as to how terrible it is.
Charlie Charlie
10T1
NEVER AGAIN!!!
marntim
10T1
FallFoliage
10T1
terrymac terrymac
11T1
Beageal Beageal
37T1
kascal
0T1
Shadrik Shadrik
5T1
Schismchasm Schismchasm
1T1
Marty
45T4
grubi grubi
13T1
SimonJones96 SimonJones96
3T1
jawz13
20T1
lodevijk lodevijk
0T1
Severian
0T1
Cronos
10T1
bof bof
4T1
My opinions of this movie can only be expressed in Wookie - ie groans of pain and blunt violence to the head. Please, do keep explaining how it's a shame George Lucas won't be involved with the new movies.
Tobia Tobia
1T1
jimmynmu jimmynmu
17T1
Hawke
0T1
davisraffi
30T1
cullen
10T1
ScrumYummy
3T1
Arschloch
25T2
Allocine Allocine
54T3
donquixotic
1T1
This is a case of "only watched it because a bad movies podcast is covering it". In this case it's How Did This Get Made's next episode
ronen2
2T1
wavex
20T1
volkanya volkanya
0T1
Crapface108 Crapface108
3T1
NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENS IN THIS STUPID FUCKING MOVIE. NOTHING! I watched this with the Rifftrax commentary and that did not help one iota! WHY WOULD YOU MAKE THE MOVIE LIKE THIS? WHY WOULD YOU MAKE THE MOVIE SO MUCH NOTHING? WHY? WHAT HAPPENED TO MAKE THIS SO AWFUL? THIS WAS DURING THE TIME STAR WARS WAS AWESOME! WHY DID THIS SUCK SO HARD?
lostinlodos
59T2
Has its moments.
Evolution Evolution
2T1
Stay away... stay far, far away from this.
chiefg chiefg
0T1
fenixdown fenixdown
1T1
Oliveira Oliveira
10T1
Pharley Pharley
2T1
MajorB
10T1
i hope you like wookie porn
DaWolfey DaWolfey
28T5
I don't see what the problem is with the Star Wars Holiday Special. The clue is in the title - it's a holiday special, so it was supposed to be a family entertaining special, probably at prime-time on TV. Throw in a few minor celebrities and a few musical numbers and you have something the whole family can enjoy! I didn't like it, but it wasn't as awful when considered as what it was.
maddog maddog
15T1
You watch it with someone to make fun of it because it's so bad. It has no other value... just don't underestimate sitting down to make fun of it.
KasperL KasperL
0T1
Definitely not one of those "so bad it's good"-type films - it's immeasurably worse! Truly beyond painful to watch. Don't do it. Don't even consider it. (Ever.)
the_e the e
5T1
SteveAston SteveAston
0T1
podaddy podaddy
5T1
dgannz
10T1
Elex
1T1
Daniel Radd
13T1
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