Why? Because thirty years ago today, when the movie opened, was the day I actually saw this film. My father had heard about it, and insisted that the family all go to see it the day it opened. He knew it would be something special.
And ten years ago, on January 29, 1997, I asked Mom to record her memories of our experience of going to see the film. Both Mom and Dad are now gone, but through the magic of technology, I'm listening to her voice on my iPod, telling me the story of us going to see the film.
Many people went to see the movie over and over, but in its original release, we only saw it twice. We saw it on opening day...and we saw it on closing day.