Throwback Thursday: Hardware Wars (1978)

Hardware_WarsA year after the firs Star Wars movie hit theaters, a parody of the film called Hardware Wars hit the world and has been hailed as one of the most profitable short films of all time.  All month I have been reviewing fan films andthis has to be the godfather of them all.  Consider when this first came out it was only available on film.  I remember seeing this as a very young child and being confused, but loving it.  We would rent the VHS tape from the video store and at some point we had our own copy.   Yet, over the years, the memories faded and I forgot about Fluke Starbucker and Ham Salad.  Then, during a search on YouTube, there it was in all of its amazing glory.  If you have never seen this movie, go straight to the bottom of this post and watch it.  It’s less than 15 minutes long and even though it might not stack up to present day fan films, without this film we may never have amazing stories such as CROFT, The Verse, Batman vs Darth Vader, or Deadpool: Typical Tuesday.

Here’s the rundown of the flick:

Synopsis: Young Fluke Starbucker, under the tutelage of Auggie “Ben” Doggie, learns to master the power of the Farce, while teaming up with Ham Salad to rescue Princess Anne-Droid and aid her fight against the evil Empire.


  • Frank Robertson – 4-Q-2
  • Scott Mathews – Fluke Starbucker
  • Jeff Hale – Augie ‘Ben’ Doggie
  • Cindy Furgatch – Princess Anne-Droid
  • Bob Knickerbocker – Ham Salad
  • Paul Frees – Narrator (voice)

Directed By: Ernie Fosselius

Written By: Ernie Fosselius

Run Time: 12:55

And for more on the Adventures of OxenTrot, check out other stories at Monday Cinema Club, Bookworm TuesdayAnything Can Happen WednesdayThrowback Thursday, and  Friday’s Week in Review.

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About OxenTrot

During the day, I am a mild mannered desk jockey who helps to manage a large IT company.  At night, I am a family man, who is insanely in love with his wife and a proud daddy to an amazing girl.  But in the pre-dawn hours, as most everyone else is still asleep, I am my alter ego.  During that time, I am: OxenTrot. Ox was a call sign bestowed upon me while I was an active duty United States Marine, mainly in tribute to the fact that I was a major gym rat. After 5 years and three tours of duty, I reentered the civilian world.  My call sign was replaced by my actual name but the Ox still lived inside. As I began to adapt to my new life, I also began to take on new adventures, such as starting a family, getting a “big boy” job and taking on endurance sports.
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One Response to Throwback Thursday: Hardware Wars (1978)

  1. Jen says:

    Oh, yeah, this was a favorite.

    Liked by 1 person

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