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Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Worst of "Star Wars"

There's no question that the Star Wars movies represent the greatest entertainment franchise in history. With so much demand for all things Star Wars -- not to mention a filmography that spans nearly three decades -- it stands to reason that not everything in George Lucas' idea bank is golden.

Forbes magazine profiles some of the franchise's less stellar moments, including lame spin-offs like the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, irritating characters, muddled reshoots, and what has to be the worst Christmas album ever made.

Depending on how you feel about Star Wars, these missteps will strike you either as bad judgement or outright sacrilege. At any rate, where are black holes when you need them?

RELATED: Employers expect to see a spike in absenteeism next week when Star Wars Episode III opens. One estimate pegs the loss of productivity during the first two weekdays of the film's release at well over $600 million.