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5-25-77 (2017)

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Alienated, hopeful-filmmaker Pat Johnson's epic story growing up in rural Illinois, falling in love, and becoming the first fan of the movie that changed everything.
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Austin Pendleton ... Herb Lightman
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Neil Flynn ... Dr. Callahan
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Emmi Chen Emmi Chen ... Linda
Katie Jeep Katie Jeep ... Robin Braden
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Alienated, hopeful-filmmaker Pat Johnson's epic story growing up in rural Illinois, falling in love, and becoming the first fan of the movie that changed everything.

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Release Date:

25 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5-25-77 See more »

Filming Locations:

Gurnee, Illinois, USA See more »

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(Workprint Version)


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Did You Know?


Writer/director Patrick Read Johnson was in reality the first person to be shown an incomplete preview screening of Star Wars: A New Hope outside of those who worked on the movie. This film is his autobiographical telling of how that came to happen. See more »


Some shots show the characters driving on Gurnee, IL roads where Six Flags Great America's "American Eagle" wooden roller coaster can be prominently seen in the background.

The movie is set in 1977, but the American Eagle did not open until the 1981 season. See more »


Pat: The Death Star would take out the Enterprise with one shot.
Jenny: The Enterprise has deflector shields!
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Alternate Versions

Versions of the film were screened on the festival circuit in 2008 and 2013 but additional scenes were filmed in 2015 and 2016, to be incorporated into the version released in 2017. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5-25-77 See more »


Spoofs 6-18-67 (1967) See more »

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superb coming-of-age story
26 May 2017 | by pbosoldSee all my reviews

This film was shown at my local art-house theater tonight, and it far exceeded my expectations - I'd seen an earlier version a few years ago and really didn't know what to expect. This is an indie gem, a coming- of-age tale built around the release of the first Star Wars film on May 25, 1977. The filmmaker weaves the lead character's lovable, laughable attempts at Super-8 filmmaking into his high school loves and losses and his breakthrough experiences with other films of the era in a way that is engaging, entertaining and thought-provoking from start to finish. The actors are terrific and very professional, the attention to detail is outstanding, and the production values are top notch. Highly recommended.

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