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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

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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: 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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During the first conversation between Rey and Solo aboard Millennium Falcon, it is established that the ship was stolen initially by Duquesne, who lost it to the 'Erwin Boys,' who finally lose the Falcon when Unkar Plutt steals it. This explains the presence of Millennium Falcon in Jakku. See more »


After the TIE fighter crashes on Jakku, when Finn searches for Poe in the wreckage he finds Poe's jacket and grabs hold of the jacket arm, but when it cuts to the following shots as the ground starts shaking, Finn's holding the top (neck area) of the jacket, even though it never left his hand. 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 first "Thank You" credit (usually dedicated to benefactors of the film or to organizations or locations that gave permission for filming/technical advice/support) is dedicated to "The patient family and friends of the cast and crew." See more »


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User Reviews

NEWSFLASH: You Can't Buy Me with the Original Cast!
19 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Context: I grew up on these films. I didn't think the first trilogy was the "best thing ever made", but the story was gripping, the material was fresh, and I couldn't get enough of it. Hell, I can still remember playing the podracer game on N64 after episode 1 came out and every time I would race, would relive the stories in my mind.

It has become abundantly clear after sitting through this cash-cow that one can ascertain from fairly obvious decision-making for this film the following notions:

1) There was NO intention of contributing to an amazing story. Instead the saga ripped-off general focal points from the previous films...

Just to name a few: a larger Death Star, the same weapon/laser-beam on this larger Death Star, the only weakness of said giant Death Star, the single villain wearing Vader-like mask.

2) Success of the film largely will be based on (A) appealing to small children who cannot look away from bright shiny light and CGI affects, (B) loyal fans of the first trilogy who managed to hang in there for the 2nd trilogy (somewhat of a train-wreck) through introducing original cast-mates strategically over a 2-hour period forcing us to sit tight to the end.

Making things even more obvious as to how much previous ideas would be used as bait, a redone Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina on Tatooineis was created. Throughout the entire film I simply could not stop thinking that I was being tricked into paying simply because they took advantage of my appreciation for the earlier movies.

3) I briefly mentioned this but it bears repeating: THE STORY WAS AWFUL!!! Little more could have been done to show how J.J. Abrams felt about this one... Sure, I'll credit him with a great rendition of Star Trek, but in Ep-7 I found it extremely difficult not to feel like during the development phase he would often write a bit, and then get bored with it whereby taking a huge bowel movement on that particular piece and proceeding on to the next scene.

For example, when Han Solo finally reunited with Leia (aka Princess Leia) after 30 years... boy was that one of the most poorly designed representations of long-lost love between two people: upon seeing one another they put on a sad face whereby Chewbacca walks by and pats her on the back in such a casual way as if to say "Whatsup Laya".

I give this 2 stars!

Simply because I cannot help but feel some attachment to seeing Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in their original roles just one last time.

Ultimately, what made this entire experience a failure, was how the following 2 items were depicted: (1)The Force, (2)the Lightsabre.

(1)THE FORCE:The fabric which lines this fantastically designed mythical world which has so much history. The Force was offered up as little more than a "trick" which may be learned with little training or dedication to having a greater understanding for it. Remember how long Luke spent trying to uncover all the different ways which the force encapsulates his world? He would duel blindfolded with a drone, gain incites into future events, connect with his sister through feeling the force, fetching the lightsabre out of snow while tied up in a cave about to be eaten by a yeti... you get the idea. Yet Rey spends about 2 minutes repeating a few words to a guard, thereby forcing him to release her, having completely harnessed something Luke doesn't manage for a greater portion of his time as a Jedi, well past the point where his training is announced as complete by Yoda. It felt as if the writers simply were instructed to skip addressing this aspect of Rey, because it would take away from all the cheap, effortless ways by which to garner more paying viewers.

(2)LIGHTSABRE: How many different people were going to casually whip out Luke's lightsabre during tight situations? It was ridiculous how often this would occur...

But I digress... I shan't keep you away any longer...

If you're a small child or never cared for any of the originals, then this film is for you. But for everyone else out there who grew up on the first trilogy, it has been despicable to see how these people have taken advantage of such an amazing story in exchange for ticket sales...

Having said all that, I am beginning to really question the ratings. At one point this site was the most reliable source for film reviews (Rotten Tomatoes always seemed to be the biased place), however after seeing the overall rating and many of the initial reviews (of which I AM CERTAIN the consensus for this film is not in the 80% range), this site is losing the usefulness it once had.

And a "Top 250", no less? Yea right... The review system is losing its validity. Now I notice a pattern immediately after release whereby numerous fake accounts are created which then give raving 10 star reviews. It's so clear what is happening there, but IMDb seems to not have a solution nor want to fix the problem.

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