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8. November 2012 17:34
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The Empire Hotline

8. November 2012 17:34 by jedi1 | 0 Comments

During the build up to the release of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back the promoters had the idea of using a series of free recorded phone messages to promote the movie. The number to call was 1-800-521-1980 (5/21/1980 being the release date). Not too long ago, Craig Miller, Lucasfilm's first director of fan relations, found some old cassette tapes of the recordings and posted them to StarWars.com, but the links are broken now and a search on their site did not turn up any results. Luckily, I had archived them to make sure they remain available to anyone who didn't get to hear them.

The sound quality is pretty good, although some of the readings are kind of stilted. Still, in 1979, there was no Internet and I think this would have been a pretty neat thing for kids to do. I know I would have called back a dozen times just to hear them again..

Here is what Darth Vader had to say - accompanied by, possibly inappropriate, heavy breathing:

"They managed to rescue the princess and destroy the Death Star. But, this time, the rebels won't be so lucky. The power of the Death Star was insignificant compared to the power of the Force. And, with Obi-Wan Kenobi gone, I am the master. See it, as the Empire strikes back."

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Darth Vader (James Earl Jones)

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Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)

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C-3PO (Anthony Daniels)

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Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

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Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)

 
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