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In a distant galaxy eons before the creation of the mythical planet known as Earth, vast civilizations have evolved, and ruling the galaxy is an interstellar Empire created from the ruins of an Old Republic that held sway for generations. It is a time of civil war, as solar systems have broken away from the Empire and are waging a war of rebellion. During a recent battle techical schematics for a gigantic space station, code named The Death Star, have been unearthed by Rebel spies, and a young woman who is a dissident member of the Imperial Senate, under the cover of a diplomatic mission to the planet Alderaan, is trying to smuggle these plans to the Rebellion. But her spacecraft is attacked by a vast warship of the Empire and seized. The dissident Senator is captured, but the plans for the Death Star are nowhere to be found. While soldiers of the Empire search the nearby planet Tatooine, a series of incidents sweeps up a young desert farmer with dreams of being a fighter pilot in the Rebellion, as he winds up with the Death Star plans and also the assistance of an elderly hermit who once served as a warrior of an ancient order whose chosen weapons were powerful energy swords known as light sabers. The pair recruit a cynical interstellar smuggler and his outsized alien copilot with an ancient freighter heavily modified for combat to help them reach Alderaan - but the planet is obliterated and now the foursome must rescue the young woman held prisoner by the Empire and lead an attack by the Rebellion against the Death Star before it can annihilate all hope of restoring freedom to the galaxy.
It's Back! (re-release)
Also Known As:
Adventures of the Starkiller: Episode 1 - The Star Wars
Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
The Adventures of Luke Starkiller as Taken from the 'Journal of the Whills': Saga I - Star Wars
The Star Wars
The Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Starkiller
Title: Star Wars
Release Date: May 25, 1977
Runtime: 121 mins
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, DTS 70 mm, DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 8.8
Buried.com Rating: 9.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: PG
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG for sci-fi violence and brief mild language. (special edition, DVD version)
Mark Hamill ...Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford ...Han Solo
Carrie Fisher ...Princess Leia Organa
Peter Cushing ...Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness ...Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi
Anthony Daniels ...C-3PO
Kenny Baker ...R2-D2
Peter Mayhew ...Chewbacca
David Prowse ...Darth Vader
James Earl Jones ...Darth Vader (voice)
Phil Brown ...Uncle Owen
Shelagh Fraser ...Aunt Beru
Jack Purvis ...Chief Jawa
Alex McCrindle ...General Dodonna
Eddie Byrne ...General Willard
Drewe Henley ...Red Leader (as Drewe Hemley)
Denis Lawson ...Red Two (Wedge) (as Dennis Lawson)
Garrick Hagon ...Red Three (Biggs)
Jack Klaff ...Red Four (John D.)
William Hootkins ...Red Six (Porkins)
Angus MacInnes ...Gold Leader (as Angus Mcinnis)
Jeremy Sinden ...Gold Two
Graham Ashley ...Gold Five
Don Henderson ...General Taggi
Richard LeParmentier ...General Motti
Leslie Schofield ...Commander #1
David Ankrum ...Red Two (voice)
Mark Austin ...Boba Fett (special edition)
Rick Baker ...Cantina alien
Scott Beach ...Stormtrooper (voice)
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Star Wars Horror Film Trailer 1
Star Wars Horror Film Trailer 2
More Movie Taglines:
- It's Back! (re-release)
- May the Force be with you (re-release)
- The force will be with you (re-release)
- A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
- Coming to your galaxy this summer. (Teaser poster)
- [Pomda Baba gives Luke a rough shove and starts yelling at Luke in an alien language which Luke doesn't understand] Dr. Evazan: [explaining] He doesn't like you. Luke: Sorry. Dr. Evazan: [grabbing Luke] *I* don't like you either. You just watch yourself. We're wanted men. I have the death sentence on twelve systems. Luke: I'll be careful. Dr. Evazan: You'll be dead! Obi-Wan: [intervening] This little one's not worth the effort. Now, let me get you something. [Dr. Evazan shoves Luke across the room and pulls out a blaster] Bartender: No blasters! No blasters! [Obi-Wan ignites his lightsaber, severing Dr. Evazan's arm]
Darth Vader: I have you now!
Luke: You know, I think that R2 unit we bought may have been stolen. Uncle Owen: What makes you think that? Luke: Well, I stumbled across a recording while I was cleaning him. He says that he belongs to someone named Obi-Wan Kenobi. I thought he might have meant old Ben. Do you know what he's talking about? Uncle Owen: Uh-uh. Luke: I wonder if he's related to Ben. Uncle Owen: That wizard is just a crazy old man. Now, tomorrow I want you to take that R2 unit to Anchorhead and have it's memory erased. That'll be the end of it. It belongs to us now. Luke: But what if this Obi-Wan comes looking for him? Uncle Owen: He won't. I don't think he exists anymore. He died about the same time as your father. Luke: He knew my father? Uncle Owen: I told you to forget it.
Darth Vader: He is here. Governor Tarkin: Obi-Wan Kenobi? What makes you think so? Darth Vader: A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. Governor Tarkin: Surely he must be dead by now. Darth Vader: Don't underestimate the Force. Governor Tarkin: The Jedi are extinct, their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion. [answering a comm signal] Governor Tarkin: Yes? Voice over comm: We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23. Governor Tarkin: The Princess? Put all sections on alert. Darth Vader: Obi-wan *is* here. The Force is with him. Governor Tarkin: If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape. Darth Vader: Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone.
General Tagge: What of the Rebellion? If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical reading of this station, it is possible, however unlikely, they might find a weakness and exploit it. Darth Vader: The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands. Admiral Motti: Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they have obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it. Darth Vader: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. Admiral Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerous ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fortress... [Vader makes a pinching motion and Motti starts choking] Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
- William Katt auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker.
The weapons the stormtroopers used were essentially the Sterling L2A3 9mm SMG (sub-machine gun) a military weapon developed in the late 1940s in the UK and adopted by the British and Canadian Armies in the 1950s. The curved left entry side mounted magazine was removed. And that was as much as it was modified for the film. The longer sandtrooper weapon was the MG-34 machine gun from Germany.
Alec Guinness always recalled the experience of making the movie as a bad one, and consistently claimed that it was his idea to have his character killed in the first film, so he "wouldn't have to carry on saying these rubbish lines". Contrary to this, George Lucas has said he made the decision to kill off Kenobi, that Guinness was "less than happy" his character was dying earlier than expected, and that Guinness appeared to enjoy his time on set.
For the special edition version, in the Cantina the close-up shot of the wolfman was removed. He was replaced with a close-up shot of a CGI dinosaur-type man. However in additional frames, you can still see the wolfman in the background.
Some unused footage shot for the film was used in The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) (TV).
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