'77 (film)

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Directed byPatrick Read Johnson
Written byPatrick Read Johnson
Produced by
Edited by
Music by
Release date
  • May 25, 2017 (2017-05-25)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States

5-25-77 is a coming of age film written and directed by Patrick Read Johnson and produced by Fred Roos and Gary Kurtz. It stars John Francis Daley as a teenage filmmaker living in Wadsworth, Illinois, and his excitement for the premiere of Star Wars on May 25, 1977.[1] Johnson began funding the project in 2001 and filming took place from 2004 to 2006. Additional shots were filmed in 2015 and 2016, making the filming span a total of thirteen years.

The film was first known as 5-25-77; the title was then changed to '77. In 2012, the title was reverted to 5-25-77.[2]

The film had its official premiere on May 22, 2017, at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois. A short theatrical run followed.[3] On December 25, 2020, its director announced on both his Facebook and Twitter that 5-25-77 would be available to stream, buy, and see in select theaters on May 25, 2021. As of 2022 the film hasn't been released in any format.


  1. ^ DeMara, Bruce (15 February 2013). "Star Wars-inspired 5-25-77 a long, long time in the making: Director Patrick Read Johnson brings his nearly finished love letter to his own idealistic filmmaking youth to TIFF's Next Wave Festival". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Wadsworth director has new hope for 'Star Wars' flick - PhotoGallery - Lake County News-Sun". Newssun.suntimes.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ Moran, Dan (23 May 2017). "'5-25-77' earns its long-sought moment in the spotlight". Chicago Tribune.

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