Thursday, June 26, 2008

Star Wars Rip Offs: Epilogue

Perhaps imitation isn’t the sincerest form of flattery after all. The phenomenon has netted some truly outrageous bouts of cinematic tomfoolery from the inane (Star Babe) to the sublime (The Man Who Saves the World). Not everything that has borne the label “Star Wars Rip Off” is truly worthy of such a distinction. While other masked villains, creature-filled cantinas, and religious hokum linger in other post-Star Wars works, the above are most often cited during discussions about the ramifications of Lucas’s 1977 hit film. For the most part, these stemmed from film industries that couldn’t compete with the panache of Hollywood.

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