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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (original title)
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Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.


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30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker. Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order. Written by Noah White

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 December 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens  »

Box Office


$245,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$247,966,675 (USA) (18 December 2015)


$936,627,416 (USA) (20 May 2016)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rey doesn't appear until 10 minutes into the film. See more »


When Finn first meets Rey and is knocked to the floor by her and BB-8 zaps him on his leg, at first there are marks on his trouser leg, but in the next cut, sand appears. After BB-8 zaps him a second time, the sand moves to his crotch area and then disappears entirely in the next shot. See more »


[first lines]
Lor San Tekka: This will begin to make things right. I've traveled too far and seen too much to ignore the despair in the galaxy. Without the Jedi, there can be no balance in the Force.
Poe Dameron: Well, because of you, now we have a chance. The General's been after this for a long time.
Lor San Tekka: Oh, the General? To me, she is royalty.
Poe Dameron: Well, she certainly is that.
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Crazy Credits

The stars that form the backdrop for the end credits are exactly the same stars as in the beginning of the movie. See more »


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User Reviews

Entertaining but forgettable popcorn movie....horrendous Star Wars movie
30 January 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Under Disney ownership and with hacks such as JJ Abrams (with creative input from Simon Pegg...God help us) at the helm now, unfortunately Star Wars has been reduced to yet another Transformers/Marvel mindless action, zero plot franchise designed purely to reach the widest possible audience. The legacy of the iconic characters of the OT (particularly Luke) have been reduced to the point of them being almost unrecognizable losers. The previous six film story arc has been completely undermined to say the least and the mystique and nature of the Force simplified, dumbed down and instant.

The endless coincidences, JJs nonsensical, deus ex machina story, riddled with plot holes, absurd pacing and editing (which explains John Williams difficulty to nail the score), lack of character development/backstory, so on and so on. The bastardization of SW universe laws and the basic fact that this was supposed to be Episode VII in a seamless saga, but instead we were coned and sold a forgettable reboot was utterly unforgivable. But alas it's a huge commercial hit and the mob sing its praises. But without Lucas, it's just spaceships and lasers.

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