Gunman takes 'Jedi' print OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (UPI)
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Hawk-Eye (Burlington, Iowa), July 6, 1983, p.6:||Date:
of the Jedi" playing at San Francisco's Coronet theatre. Image from a
Japanese program booklet supplied by Mike Coate|
— A gunman with the scruples of a Darth Vader held a movie
projectionist captive for two hours and stole a copy of the film "Return
of the Jedi," apparently so he could make illegal copies of it.
Projectionist John J. Smith told authorities he was leaving the Glenwood
Theater shortly after midnight when the gunman confronted him in the parking
The gunman directed Smith inside the theater and told the projectionist to
rewind the film on seven transport reels. After the hourlong task was
completed. Smith was told to help carry the reels to the parking lot. He was
then ordered back into the theater and told not to call anyone for 20
Theater officials obtained another copy of the film and no performances were
Police said they believed the 70mm movie, valued at $12,000. was stolen to
make illegal copies for sale but Frank McGowan, a branch manager for 20th
Century Fox, said it was difficult to make a quality copy from a 70mm print.
"The only way you can copy it is by screening it and take it directly off
the screen by videotape." said McGowan.
"Return of the Jedi" is the third movie in the "Star Wars" series
dreamed up by George Lucas. It has grossed nearly S150 million since its
opening last month.
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