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Hear How Exciting It Was To See 'Star Wars' In Theaters In 1977

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When William Forsche was just 13 years old, he snuck a cassette recorder into a 1977 screening of Star Wars.

Back in 1977, Star Wars was a brand new concept with stunning special effects. Forsche, then just a boy, took the recorder with him into the theatre the second time he saw the film, the AV Club reports. The five-minute long recording—taken during the (spoiler alert) destruction of the Death Star at the end of the film—reveals a different kind of movie-going experience, where audience members loudly clap and cheer. Forsche was accompanied by his mother, who chuckles at the film a few times.

The best part, in our humble opinion, is when the audience cheers at 2:51. That's when Han Solo swoops in to save Luke Skywalker's butt. Also, as Forsche and his mom exit the theatre, you can hear an excited Forsche making laser noises.

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In modern times, Forsche is a makeup and effects artists with credits including Buffy the Vampire Salyer and A Nightmare on Elm Street. According to his IMDB biography, he hitchhiked from his home in Wisconsin to Los Angeles with a fake ID and a fake beard at only 15 to work at Universal Studios.

For reference, here's the actual scene from Star Wars:

[h/t to i09]