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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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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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The way it was originally written (and happens in the novelization), Luke was supposed to make two seperate trench runs during the Battle of Yavin. On the first attempt, he used the targeting computer and missed, but during the second, going in at full throttle, he succeeded by trusting the Force. When the film was edited, it was decided to up the stakes by merging elements from both runs into a single sequence, so that Luke only has one chance to destroy the Death Star. See more »


When Obi-Wan and Vader's sabers hit each other, you can see dust coming from the poles they are using that are serving as the sabers. This is most noticeable in the Blu-ray release. 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

To compensate for the new special edition credits inserted in versions 1997 and beyond, a longer instrumental suite plays during the credits roll, integrating various themes from throughout the film. 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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