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

Star Wars (original title)
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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 mysterious Darth Vader.

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George Lucas

Writer:

George Lucas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Hamill ... Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford ... Han Solo
Carrie Fisher ... Princess Leia Organa
Peter Cushing ... Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness ... Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi
Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO
Kenny Baker ... R2-D2
Peter Mayhew ... Chewbacca
David Prowse ... Darth Vader
Phil Brown ... Uncle Owen
Shelagh Fraser ... Aunt Beru
Jack Purvis ... Chief Jawa
Alex McCrindle ... General Dodonna
Eddie Byrne ... General Willard
Drewe Henley ... Red Leader (as Drewe Hemley)
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Storyline

The Imperial Forces, under orders from cruel Darth Vader, hold Princess Leia hostage in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy. Written by Jwelch5742

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Coming to your galaxy this summer. (Teaser poster) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,554,475, 30 May 1977

Gross USA:

$460,998,507

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$775,512,064
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (as Dolby System) (35 mm prints) (1977 print)| DTS-Stereo (as DTS Stereo® in selected theatres) (1997 print)| Dolby Digital (as Dolby® Digital in selected theatres) (1997 print)| Dolby Atmos | SDDS (as Sony Dynamic Digital SoundTM in selected theatres) (1997 print)| Mono (some 35 mm prints) (other 16 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Goofs

Just before the escape from Tatooine, Chewbacca puts his bandolier on a chair before sitting down in his co-pilot's chair. He is still 'naked' when during the lift off and when Luke & Obi-Wan enter the cockpit, but when they make the jump to lightspeed he is suddenly wearing his bandolier. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

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User Reviews

 
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... before the fans were divided
21 December 2019 | by Aaron_KyleSee all my reviews

George Lucas's Star Wars Episode IV was released in 1977 and became an instant hit with both people and critics. It didn't just become an instant hit, Star Wars Episode IV revolutionised cinema.

Almost everything about Star Wars is iconic. John Williams's musical score is still to this day one of the best movie scores of all time, the creative and unforgettable special and sound effects, the title crawl, the flawless world-building, and the perfect cast. Mark Hamill plays the soon to be hero whose characters gets remarkably developed throughout the film, Harrison Ford plays a charismatic smuggler with charming personality, Carrie Fisher plays the alluring princess Leia, Sir Alec Guinness skilfully portrays Obi Wan Kenobi and of course James Earl Jones creates one of the most memorable vocal performances of all time with his portrayal of Darth Vader.

My only real flaw with Star Wars is that its story is a bit too full of subplots but, despite that, every single scene is rich in detail, characters development and well written dialogue ultimately leading up to an epic conclusion.

Taking everything into account, Star Wars is a fantasy epic that will always be remembered as one of cinemas greatest feats.

Final Grade - 9/10


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