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

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  25 May 1977 (USA)
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Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the universe from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.



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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  »

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Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ESP 1,366,116,825 (Spain) (13 July 2001)

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The greatest cinematic epic of all time begins here.
25 April 2005 | by (Indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

Here begins the greatest cinematic epic of all time, and arguably one of the greatest stories ever told. Originally conceived as a serialized popcorn movie in the manner of the old action movies that Lucas grew up with, Star Wars surpassed even George's keen and bombastic imagination to become a central part of movie history.

There are countless tales of the making of this movie; how Lucas never believed he would get the chance to complete the series, how it spawned an industry and made the name of nearly everyone who touched it a household word. But what that does not reveal, nor do the much diminished prequels, is the sheer joy and excitement these movies generated.

It was a once in a lifetime experience. You could feel it from opening day, earlier if you paid attention to such things. We had never seen anything like it, and we are not likely to again.

This episode finds young Luke Skywalker yearning to leave the agrarian life he has with his aunt and uncle, and chase after adventure as his friends before him have already done. And what adventure there is. The galaxy is in the grip of a massive rebellion against a tyrannical and oppressive empire, but on Luke's home planet, it's something you only dare speak of in a whisper.

Along come two robots, "Droids" for short, who inadvertently involve Luke in a stellar attempt to contact an old wizard named Ben Kenobi, who lives in the caves near Luke's home.

The rest is history, and there isn't a person alive in the civilized world who doesn't have at least some awareness of the epic story that unfolds. Luke's rise from adolescent obscurity on Tatooine to a leading role in the greatest struggle of all time is told with humor, action, adventure, and always a sense of story that is unmatched on the screen or on the page.

With the completion of the prequel trilogy, these films are enjoying a renewed popularity among a generation that never saw the films on the big screen, and the theatric revivals are almost guaranteed. Go. Get some popcorn. And may the Force be with you.

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