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

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MPAA Rated PG for sci-fi violence and brief mild language

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • (At around 1 h 30 min) Obi-Wan allows himself to be killed during a duel. There is no blood or injury detail, since his body vanishes instantly, leaving only his cloak and weapon behind.
  • (At around 2 min) Darth Vader lifts a man off the floor by the man's throat, interrogating him, and subsequently strangles him to death before throwing him to the floor. The sound of bones being crushed can be heard as the man is strangled. No blood or disfigurement is shown.
  • (At around 38 min) Darth Vader is shown to telekinetically strangle a man half to death. We see and hear the victim moan and writhe, struggling to breathe until Vader releases him.
  • (at around 40 min) The burned and smoking skeletons of Owen and Beru Lars lying on the ground near the entryway to a small burning structure are visible by there stunned and horrified nephew, Luke Skywalker, after he has rushed home to their see about their well-being. They are not focused on and are quite easy to miss.
  • (At around 45 min) Obi-Wan Kenobi cuts off the arm of an attacker with his lightsaber who was threatening him with a gun. In this scene, the severed arm is shown lying on the ground with some blood around and in it.
  • (at around 50 min) Han Solo is intercepted by Greedo pointing a laser gun at him, in an establishment. While conversing, they sit opposite of each other at a table there, and several times Greedo expresses intention to shoot Han dead. Throughout this time, Han has covertly drawn his own laser gun and, from his waist, obscuredly aimed it at Greedo. This is suspenseful. In the original version of the film, just as Greedo about make good on his aggressive words, space above the table explodes into a momentary cloud of smoke, and the alien's dead body is shown slumping forward onto the table, as he had been shot by Han. Whereas in Special and subsequent editions of the film, Greedo is shown to fire at but miss Han's head before being immediately shot dead by Han's return fire.
  • There are numerous scenes of gunplay, all of which leave no visible wounds.
  • (at around 1 h 54 min) A massive space station ignites into an enormous shock wave and explosion that kills all lifeforms on board.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • When Luke and Ben go in a bar there's loads of Aliens and creatures drinking and some smoking a pipe.
  • There is a scene early on in the film set at a bar. Numerous characters are drinking unidentified beverages, presumed to be alcoholic. One character in the scene is seen smoking a hookah, and another appears to be smoking a cigarette on a holder.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • (At around 50 min) Han Solo's fight scene in the bar leaves a smoking husk of alien on a table.
  • In the final battle's trench run, Luke's wingmen are killed or forced to disengage one by one by Darth Vader pursuing and shooting them.


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Violence & Gore

  • (at around 56 min) The Death Star ignites a planet, Alderaan, into an shock wave and giant explosion, killing the planet's entire population.
  • Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi engage in a fierce lightsaber duel with each other for some time. After seeing that the other heroes need to escape nearby, Obi-Wan allows himself to be killed, whereupon Vader decapitates him, only to find that his body disappears, leaving his cloak and lightsaber on the ground.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Darth Vader kills Obi Wan Kenobi
  • (At around 45 min) In the bar an alien's arm is removed with a light saber. Instead of cauderizing the wound, the arm is shown bloody and detached. This has been retconned and is because of the species of alien

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