Final 'Star Wars' movie unveils the Sith's takeover of the RepublicSEASIDE - "10 ... 9 ... 8 ..." Sabers waved. It was 11:59 p.m., and the long wait was finally over.

There were many sabers on guard at the midnight showing of "Revenge of the Sith" Wednesday night. There were saber fights in the parking lot. There were capes, Star Wars T-shirts, Star Wars hats, Leia hairstyles and a lot of enthusiasm from the mostly teenaged and young adult crowd.

"They'll kill me if I don't let them in," a worker reported before opening the doors at 10 p.m. Some fans had been in line since Monday. The next two hours were filled with Star Wars Trivial Pursuit and viewing of parodies such as "Thumb Wars."

For Kyle Hansen and Rob Johnson, "Revenge of the Sith" marks the end of a 28-year era that has shaped their lives. "I probably will cry at the end of this movie, because it's the last one," Hansen said as he went in.

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Scott Merrow said Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mentor of central character Anakin Skywalker, is almost a religious figure. As Merrow, Hansen and Johnson explained with great passion, Star Wars has touched their lives.

"The acting sucks, but there's a story there that's deeper than the acting," Merrow said. (There was a cry of "Blasphemy!" from the sidelines.)LORI ASSA - The Daily Astorian

The Days adorn their tent with a countdown sign, which they say they've been using since 138 days remained.

"We're not just a bunch of geeky nerds," Hanson said. People who mock Star Wars fans don't understand the importance of Star Wars and how it has affected people. He winced as he described being confused with Star Trek fans.

"I aspire to be like Jedi Knights," Merrow said. "I think they're a good moral figure for children." He emceed the show until the curtain opened, when, except for cheers for R2D2 and Yoda, a reverent hush was maintained.LORI ASSA - The Daily Astorian

Josh Firth, 18, sets up his tent in the Cannes Cinema parking lot.

The third movie has less politics and more action and was the most intense, hard-core fans Merrow, Hansen, Johnson, Evan Knippa and Matt Flanagan agreed. Hansen said afterward the movie was sad, but very powerful. Merrow agreed, saying it was the most touching movie of the six. "I felt I was going to cry several times," he said. He decided the acting was all right after all.

Merrow said Star Wars shows heroes who don't like killing, unlike many present-day movies and video games. He is worried that children find fewer positive role models in movies than they used to. He said "Revenge of the Sith" deals with fears of the current day, including war and too much power in the hands of one person. "I think it's real," he said.

Hansen agreed. "Lucas does a great job of making a good movie for the fans, but at the same time, giving us something to think about," he said.

All five said they were satisfied. It was a good way to end. It did justice to the fans, cleared up several points and was true to the story, they decided. They did find one discrepancy, but they can forgive creator George Lucas for not being perfect.

It's over. But there's still role-playing, "Star Wars" cartoons and giant movie fests.

The party will never really end.