Elstree 1976 (2016)


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ELSTREE 1976 explores the lives of the actors and extras behind one of the most celebrated franchises in cinematic history, which spans from George Lucas' original A NEW HOPE to J.J. Abrams' recent record-breaking blockbuster THE FORCE AWAKENS. From the man behind film's most iconic villain, to the actor whose character was completely cut from the final film, the documentary delves into the eccentric community these individuals have formed and how the Star Wars franchise continues to impact their lives decades later.

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A deadpan documentary with notes of wistful irony ...

May 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Elstree 1976 isn't an essential movie for anyone but the most obsessive fanboy or girl. It's a film about the strange hand of fate, the wages of dumb luck, and the flipside of fame-life on the D-list.

May 9, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

You're hearing some good stories told from the viewpoints of minor characters. This will hold your attention best if you are a "Star Wars" completist or a super-fan.

May 6, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The most interesting part of Elstree 1976 comes when these actors express ambivalence about their odd celebrity.

May 5, 2016 | Full Review…

In telling a small story of bit players, the director, Jon Spira, captures a more universal picture of the droplets of fame created by a pop-culture tidal wave.

May 5, 2016 | Full Review…

A sweet, quietly funny, fascinating and contemplative study of 10 character actors and extras, none of whom had any idea back in the 1970s they'd forever be defined by the one or two days they spent on the set of a sci-fi movie.

May 5, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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