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Published:January 1st, 2008 10:10 EST
1977: the 'Fever' planted its 'Roots' and reached for the 'Star'

1977: the 'Fever' planted its 'Roots' and reached for the 'Star'

By Garrett Godwin

The 1970s were a decade that was a long, long, time ago where there was Watergate, Vietnam, and cynicism in the world.  In the big screen, anti-heroes ruled with Dirty Harry and The Godfather.  But thirty years ago, three films broke conventions, records, and became a part of not only pop culture, but also a part of American history. Star Wars

Because of his passion for movies as well his independence, George Lucas resurrected the sci-fi fantasy genre with the epic tale of good versus evil that took place in the galaxy.  Combining tragic, epic mythologies with world religions, old-school film serials, swashbuckling and brave heroism from literature, and with an memorable orchestra soundtrack, it became more than a popcorn movie, and three decades later, the force is still with us ... always.


Debuted on ABC, this acclaimed, award-winning miniseries is based on author Alex Haley's book about his ancestors.  It features an all-star African-American such as then-newcomer LeVar Burton and John Amos, both portraying Kunta Kinte at youth and adulthood.  Roots was groundbreaking as one of the first few limited series with an African-American cast that connected with people of all races and nationalities.  Though the setting was during slavery, Roots was about one man's willingness and testament to be free -- for himself and his generations.

Saturday Night Fever

John Travolta cemented his place in both music and movies with the role that made him an international superstar.  By day, Tony Manero works as a paint clerk, but on Saturday night, he is the king of the dance floor.

Besides Travolta, what made the film even better is the soundtrack, which spent 24 weeks on the chart, as The Bee Gees became the first band since The Beatles to have several songs all at once in the Top 10.

Although disco died, both the Fever and the music continues to stay alive after thirty years.

Star Wars, Roots, and Saturday Night Fever -- three movies that broke new ground into Hollywood, introducing us to a new era, new storytelling, bringing back a sense of hope and idealism as well as having the opportunity to discover our past in order to be ready for the future.

It's been thirty years, and though the world continues to change, these movies haven't because they're timeless -- and will always remain to be a part of our lives and legacy forever.