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Film Review: “Elstree 1976” profiles the extras of “Star Wars”

Who played Greedo, Boba Fett, and the third X-Wing pilot from the left? Find out in this documentary.

Of course you know who played Luke, Han, and Leia. You might even know who that was under Chewbacca’s fur onesie, or stuffed inside R2-D2’s cylindrical shell. But even if you have strong feelings about whether or not Greedo shot first, you probably can’t name the performer who did the actual shooting. (It’s Paul Blake.) The anonymous folks who helped to populate the “Star Wars” universe are the subjects of “Elstree 1976,” a shaggy, ill-sculpted mess of a documentary that’s certainly of interest to rabid fans, but probably not too many others.

The lesser-known cast members of "Star Wars" get their moment in "Elstree 1976"

The lesser-known cast members of “Star Wars” get their moment in “Elstree 1976”

The movie takes its title from the name of the studio and the year where what’s now known as “Star Wars: A New Hope” was filmed. It’s essentially a compilation of talking-head interviews with the guy who played the third pilot from the left in the X-Wing briefing room, and that Stormtrooper who bumped his heat in that one shot. In other words, this is deep cut making-of material.


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