Watch: Siskel & Ebert Defend ‘Return of the Jedi’ in 1983
Ah, the ’80s. A time when people wanting an opinion on a new movie had to seek out critic reviews in print and on television, rather than simply consulting Twitter, or Rotten Tomatoes, or the Highest Ranked Films of All-Time on Flickchart.
As hard as it might be to believe now (what with them occupying three slots in Flickchart’s Top 10 of all time), not everybody loved the original Star Wars trilogy even when the movies first came out. There were always people ready to jump to their defense however, including critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel of At the Movies. Here, the dynamic duo face off against their fellow critic, John Simon, on Ted Koppel’s Nightline, as Simon claims the Star Wars films are making kids even more stupid than they already are.
Check out this amusing clip after the jump.