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Old October 25 2012, 10:41 PM   #123
Dantheman
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Re: How did TMP get a G rating?

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STAR WARS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS had somewhat reversed that trend by demonstrating the box office potential of more family-friendly sf.
Lucas was worried ANH getting a G rating would make the movie look uncool to teens, so he put in the burned bodies of Luke's uncle and aunt to get a PG rating.
And maybe the severed arm in the cantina scene?
I heard one story that Lucas wanted the PG rating so as to attract teens and adults, but got it when at a preview showing, a young child cried when Darth Vader choked the captain of the rebel ship to death. An MPAA official on hand supposedly said, "You got your PG rating, George".
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