Saving Star Wars

Gary Wood


Gary Wood


Woodworks Films


June 9, 2004

Saving Star Wars is a 2004 independent film by Woodworks Films. The title is a play on the title of the World War II movie Saving Private Ryan and Star Wars.


Though a Star Wars fan as a child, life holds no magic or adventure for Woody Garrison (Joe Urban). Divorced and working two jobs to pay medical bills for his terminally ill son, Star Wars is now just a movie. Only at the request of his son (Scott Heffern II) does he set off with his childhood buddy, Hank (Jim Peterson), on a quest to find filmmaker George Lucas (George Starkey) and convince him to continue making Star Wars movies. Through a series of mishaps, Woody and Hank accidentally kidnap Lucas and allow the script for Episode III to fall into the hands of an unbalanced fan (Scott C. Sendelweck), a murderous producer and a certain Dark Lord-portraying actor (David Prowse). To his surprise, Woody finds himself in the middle of a great adventure with the fate of the Star Wars movie-making empire hanging in the balance.

Behind the scenesEdit

The title Saving Star Wars was based on Saving Private Ryan, a World War II film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon. The fan film, shot in Indiana, featured David Prowse as a member of the cast; Prowse is famous for playing Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy.

The film was released on June 9, 2004. In 2005, it was shown at Celebration III in an IMAX screening.

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