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Was TFA called Episode VII?

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Sorry for the question, but I can’t find the answer anywhere. I know that the “Episode VII” part of the title was supposed to be dropped, and it’s not mentioned on Wikipedia, where the movie is called simply “Star Wars : The Force Awakens”.
I live in Slovakia, where the movie has been marketed as Star Wars Episode 7, and the opening crawl (a translated version, not the English version) has also included the episode number.

Can anybody of you guys who has seen the English version confirm if the crawl had the “Episode VII” part in it? And I apologize if it was discussed already - I couldn’t find it. Thanks a lot.

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Crawl has Episode VII in it. The name of the movie just is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, just like TESB had Episode V in the crawl but the name of the movie was just The Empire Strikes Back.

TFA was the first SW movie not to be translated here, so it was just SW: TFA. Even the crawl didn’t have subtitles for Episode VII - The Force Awakens. As a fan, I don’t like this one breaking the mold.

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I thought the official name was indeed “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens”, only it was marketed with a shorter title.

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LexX said:

Crawl has Episode VII in it. The name of the movie just is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, just like TESB had Episode V in the crawl but the name of the movie was just The Empire Strikes Back.

I’m 99% sure that the film was released in the UK as “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” - going on the BBFC certificate card I think I saw.

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Wexter said:

I thought the official name was indeed “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens”, only it was marketed with a shorter title.

No, its official name is SW:TFA but the on-screen title is Episode VII.

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Depends on whether LFL/Disney’s marketing department is the only entity that gets to “call” a SW film.

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Well for what is’t worth, Wikipedia, IMDB and starwars.com all refer to the movie by the long title. The shorter version seems to be present mainly on promotional items and ticket stubs…

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Wazzles said:

Wexter said:

I thought the official name was indeed “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens”, only it was marketed with a shorter title.

No, its official name is SW:TFA but the on-screen title is Episode VII.

What makes a title the official title? Isn’t it what’s on-screen?

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At the bottom of the poster in the writing where all actors/producers are credited, the title is labeled “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. I tend to think of that as making it official. Even on the 2000 VHS set of the SEs that had episode numbers in giant font on the boxes had the films credited as being titled Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in the credits at the bottom of the case.

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moviefreakedmind said:

At the bottom of the poster in the writing where all actors/producers are credited, the title is labeled “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. I tend to think of that as making it official. Even on the 2000 VHS set of the SEs that had episode numbers in giant font on the boxes had the films credited as being titled Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in the credits at the bottom of the case.

I agree.

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To be fair before the prequels came out I don’t remember any of the Star Wars movies having the episode number on the posters or the home video box art. I would have to check but even the SEs don’t seem to have done that, so TFA was only going back to that tradition and given that it seems to go out of it’s way not to mention the prequels(besides the remark about clone troopers)that doesn’t really surprise me.

My ratings for the Star Wars movies. EP1 4.5/10. Ep2 4.0/10. EP3 2.0/10. EP4 9.5/10. EP5 10/10 EP6 8.5/10 EP7 8.3/10.

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If we go by the poster, its title was Star The Force Awakens Wars.

Not enough people read the EU.

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LuckyGungan2001 said:

If we go by the poster, its title was Star The Force Awakens Wars.

Read again.

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The name listed at the box office of my local theater is “Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens”

I know. They didn’t even bother with the Roma numerals. Lazy jerks.

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Darth Lucas said:

They didn’t even bother with the Roma numerals.

I didn’t know Gypsies had their own numeral system. 😛

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The title is offically the long version, with “Episode VII” in it (this is the actual title used in the movie). Lucas emphasized on the number of the episode for the Prelogy (which were even bigger on prom material than STAR WARS or the subtitles) because it was commercially challenging to release prequel movies (people knew they were going to see “Episode I-II-III” and that the original 1977 Star Wars had become the 4th one in the series). The concept of sequel is easier to understand, so there is no real need to put a number on posters and trailers. The absence of the number on prom material will also help the publicity around the spin off movies, which is a little bit odd (I’m sure mainstream viewers will go see ROGUE ONE and won’t be pleased to discover this is not the sequel of TFA…).

“I have to say that I felt George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters.” - James Cameron about Episode VII.

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MalàStrana said:

The title is offically the long version, with “Episode VII” in it (this is the actual title used in the movie).

It is as offical as Star Wars is Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It is registered as Star Wars: The Force Awakens at least in our national film registry purely as that. I’ve yet to see a film that doesn’t have its official name spelled at right at its official poster. Feel free to compare TFA to PT posters.

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Episode VII is in the crawl, making it the seventh episode of the Star Wars Saga. They only use Star Wars The Force Awakens as the title, because 99% of the general population know it’s the sequel to Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi. There’s no need for the Roman Numeral VII, and it also shortens the title for merchandising.

A STAR WARS STORY will be attached to the other films like Rogue One and Han Solo, in order to differentiate between the Skywalker Saga Episode I-IX and these new films, that are prequels to earlier films in the timeline.

They will NOT have an EPISODE in them, but instead have A STAR WARS STORY.

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