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That said, even the prequels had their moments, Rob Weiner said, such as the late Christopher Lee chewing up the scenery as the evil Count Dooku, a Jedi knight turned rogue and seduced by the dark side of the Force.

And after several generations of parents showing any of the "Star Wars" films to their children, there is excitement for "Force Awakens" from people of all ages.

"It makes young people a generation removed from you or me excited about it," said Weiner, 49. "And it also makes you and I excited."

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