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Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Young Mark Hamill In “Corvette Summer”: What Did We Just Watch?


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Star Wars, this is not. Frankly, we don’t know what this is, or why we watched it, or really anything else anymore. Our worldview has cracked, but honestly, it hasn’t necessarily cracked in a bad way. It’s just that our eyes now only see all the hair, glitter, and absurdity of the late 1970s that could have led to this film.

Corvette Summer proves that you can take massive stars like Mark Hamill and Annie Potts, and drop them into the strange Smokey and the Bandit-inspired films. We wish there was a sequel.

After Star Wars made Mark Hamill a mega star in the industry, every studio in Hollywood wanted him to be the lead of their next project. That just so happened to be Corvette Summer.

The plot, as much as we can understand it, details the life and times of Mark Hamill’s character after discovering his prized custom Corvette was stolen and his trip to find it and love begins. Annie Potts, which you may know as the voice of Bo Peep from Toy Story, is the freethinking and extremely amorous love interest that Hamill discovers he needs through the film.

When the movie debuted, it wasn’t exactly a hit, but it was eventually profitable, generating $15,500,000 after costing an astronomical $9,000,000 to produce. Part of that cost went into the design and building of the cars involved in the picture. Dick Korkes of Korky’s Kustom Studios built the hero car, Hamill’s Corvette, for MGM. Korkes built a total of two cars for the movie, a hero car, and a backup car in case things went all Dukes of Hazzard.

Thankfully, both Hamill and Potts bounced back from this train wreck of awesome mediocrity, with Hamill set to reprise his role as Luke Skywalker when Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens this weekend. However, that doesn’t exactly answer any of the questions we have regarding this movie, which will likely never go answered, as the people that originally wrote it are probably still high on…something.