Today (March 22) it is exactly 40 years since prinicipal photography started on Star Wars (later known as Episode IV – A New Hope) in Tunisia.
When it was released in Sweden at Christmas 1977 it was released with the age restriction 11 years and older (unless accompanied by a parent, then it was from 7 years old). Since I was 8 years old at the time and my parents were not interested in seeing the movie, I did not get to see it until years later. I did however borrow the book from the library and read it around that same time.
It was actually not until Return of the Jedi came out in 1983 that I was able to watch it. A movie theatre in Stockholm showed the two first movie as a double-feature with just a short break inbetween about a week or two before the premiere of the third movie in the original trilogy.
I was already a sci-fi fan at this time, and I was amazed by the adventures and the special effects on the movies. I even had some plastic models from the movies, for example an X-Wing and an R2-D2 model. I think I got them for Christmas in 1977 or possibly 1978.
I was of course excited when Episode I was coming out back in 1999, but I have to admit I was disappointed with the whole prequel trilogy. The latest installment, Episode VII, was okay. I did enjoy it and it will be interesting to see where Disney is taking this in the next few years. But the original trilogy is still the best, in my opinion.