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Old 01-01-2018, 12:21 PM   #24
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Yes Panos, developing the special FX was a big part of getting it sold. But so was his success with American Grafitti. Star Wars wasn't an easy sell. "United Artists... Universal passed. Disney, ironically, passed. But then Fox agreed to finance the film as a means to craft a relationship with the rising star (Lucas), who was fresh off a best-picture-Oscar nomination for American Graffiti—a movie that has nothing to do with sci-fi, but still... American Graffiti became one of the most profitable films of all time during its mid-70s theatrical run..." That counts for a lot.
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