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OPENS TO RAVE REVIEWS

May 20, 1999

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Lawrence residents who saw the first screening of the new "Star Wars" movie said it was worth waiting hours in line for tickets.

Moments after the clock struck 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Korri Stocker marked her 25th birthday.

But what she was really excited about was the new "Star Wars" movie.

She wasn't disappointed.

"I don't think I could ask for anything better," said Stocker, one of about 720 people who saw the first screenings of "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" early Wednesday in Lawrence.

Southwind 12 Theatres, 3433 Iowa, had three screenings of the film shortly after 12:01 a.m.

"It was beautiful -- the different cities, the planets. The planes were gorgeous," said Stocker, an aerospace engineering student at Kansas University.

"When I got home last night I said " 'If I could go see it again right now, I would.'"

"They were talking about how it was going to be computer-generated and everything. I thought it was pretty realistic," said Derek Noll, a KU senior from Great Bend.

Noll said he was among a group of eight people who arrived at the theater about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday for the film.

Doors opened around 11 p.m., he said.

"They (the crowd) were booing the previews and stuff because they wanted the movie to start," he said.

But once the film started rolling, he said, "They were pretty transfixed."

"I didn't mind waiting in line at all to see it," said Audrey Mossetto, a KU freshman from Topeka who waited in line from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday for tickets.

"I thought the plot and everything was really good. Some of the costumes seemed a bit overdone but other than that."

"It was a lot of action, which is always a plus," said Michael Ryan, a KU freshman from Hoyt. "There was a good plot line involved and it answered a lot of questions."

Several of those who saw the film Wednesday said they would probably wait at least a week or two, before seeing it again.

"I'm just going to wait until the crowd dies down," Ryan said.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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