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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

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Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.



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A young boy from Tatooine sets out on an adventure with an old Jedi named Obi-Wan Kenobi as his mentor to save Princess Leia from the ruthless Darth Vader and Destroy the Death Star built by the Empire which has the power to destroy the entire galaxy. Written by Aravind R.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi violence and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 May 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A New Hope  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,906,661 (USA) (31 January 1997)


$460,935,665 (USA) (2 May 1997)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (as Dolby System) (35 mm prints) (1977 print)| (as DTS Stereo® in selected theatres) (1997 print)| (as Dolby® Digital in selected theatres) (1997 print)| (as Sony Dynamic Digital SoundTM in selected theatres) (1997 print)| (some 35 mm prints) (other 16 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the Stormtroopers enter the room where C-3PO and R2-D2 are hiding, one of the actors accidentally bumps his head on the doorway due to his limited visibility. When the special edition came out in 1997, a sound effect had been added to the scene to accompany the head bump. See more »


Princess Leia uses R2D2 camera to deliver a message to Obi Wan Kenobi. The scene is a long shot made with a camera standing to her right. She operates whatever buttons on the droid and stands in front of it to have it recorded. Yet, when Luke Skywalker is cleaning R2D2 and the hologram is projected, Princess Leia is seen in a long shot from her right side. Exactly like the film camera shot the message scene, whereas the hologram should show Leia from the point of view of the droid, that is, from the front and in a medium shot at least. See more »


[first lines]
C-3PO: Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness.
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Crazy Credits

The film's opening prologue: It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Emperor's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Emperor's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy .... See more »


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User Reviews

No words to say
1 February 2000 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

There's not much to say about this movie this is *THE* movie that changed it all.

It's my favourite movie, and not only among the quadrilogy, among all movies; it has everything that can be great in a movie, great characters, great story, great sights, great special effects (they don't show 23 years) and a mythological background that made us dream for decades now, and that'll keep us dreaming for a long, long time. Maybe the characters I liked most in this one are Old Obi-Wan Kenobi, wonderfully portrayed by Alec Guinness, and Han Solo, Harrison Ford's first important role, they're both great.

Not to mention John Williams' wonderful score, without of it, the movie wouldn't have been this great it's a perfect mix, that's what it is!

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