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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 02 December 2017 at 6:16am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I seem to have memories of seeing the two Ewoks movies - CARAVAN OF COURAGE and THE BATTLE FOR ENDOR - at the cinema, but something a Facebook friend stated has left me thinking I imagined it all!

I have seen the films (in the 80s, doubt I have watched them since). I know they had VHS releases. And my FB "friend" told me they were TV movies in the US, but I thought I'd seen them in the cinema.

Perhaps having seen almost all the theatrical movies at the cinema has created a "blur" and I'm wrong. Memories, eh? 

All I can find via search engines is mention of the Ewoks movies having been TV movies in the US, but I wonder, did they get theatrical releases in the UK?

It has happened with other franchises. Not quite the same, but episodes of the 70s SPIDER-MAN series were spliced together and released as "movies" in the UK. 

Could the Ewoks movies have been given theatrical releases in the UK?
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Joe Hollon
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Posted: 02 December 2017 at 9:05am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

They were definitely TV movies here in the USA, I can't
find anything that mentions a box office tally for the
films.

I forget these movies existed. I liked them at the time
but it's been 25 years since I saw them I suppose.
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Mike Devlin
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Posted: 02 December 2017 at 9:40am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Hey Robby,

Well Caravan of Courage ,at least, *certainly* got released
at the cinemas here in Australia!

I clearly remember when the film was coming out - there was a big poster for the film outside a local cinema.
When I first saw Mace Windu...errrr Towani ,on the poster,  I got
VERY excited, thinking it was a young Luke Skywalker
(with that 70s hair) and this must be a prequel!

Anyhoo - I guess it`s probable the film was also released theatrically in the UK too.

Cheers!

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Bill Collins
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Posted: 02 December 2017 at 12:11pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Yes Robbie,i`m pretty certain both were released in the
cinema over here,i distinctly remember NOT wanting to
see them despite there being Monday night specials in
those days where entry was 1 each!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 02 December 2017 at 3:06pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Thanks, guys. Maybe I did go. Vague memories suggest yes.
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Matthew Wilkie
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Posted: 09 December 2017 at 3:14pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I definitely remember CoC getting a theatrical release in the UK and tracked down this article that supports it.  
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Neil Lindholm
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Posted: 09 December 2017 at 6:57pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I know I saw "Buck Rogers" and "Battlestar Galactica" in the theatres before they were on TV so it would not be a new situation back then for TV shows to appear in the theatres as well. 
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 10 December 2017 at 9:53am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Both in cinemas and on VHS, a lot of TV episodes were spliced together as "movies" in the UK.

AIRWOLF: THE MOVIE was released on VHS. It's basically the two-part pilot spliced together with some adult language dubbed. 

Many episodes of shows such as KNIGHT RIDER were spliced together and given to us as "movies".
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Matthew Wilkie
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Posted: 10 December 2017 at 12:05pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Does this ever happen anymore (something released on TV in the US and as a film in other countries)? The Soderbergh Liberace biopic is the most recent standalone "film" I can think of but any recent examples with TV series getting a theatrical release? 
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