Luke Skywalker leaves his home planet, teams up with other rebels, and tries to save Princess Leia from the evil clutches of Darth Vader.
Release Year: 1977
Rating: 8.8/10 (414,131 voted)
Critic's Score: 91/100
Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
Part IV in George Lucas' epic, Star Wars: A New Hope opens with a Rebel ship being boarded by the tyrannical Darth Vader. The plot then follows the life of a simple farm boy, Luke Skywalker, as he and his newly met allies (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, R2-D2) attempt to rescue a Rebel leader, Princess Leia, from the clutches of the Empire. The conclusion is culminated as the Rebels, including Skywalker and flying ace Wedge Antilles make an attack on the Empire's most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star.
Princess Leia Organa
Grand Moff Tarkin
Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi
James Earl Jones
May the Force be with you (re-release)
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Release Date: 25 May 1977
Filming Locations: Tikal National Park, Guatemala
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $35,906,661
(2 February 1997)
(25 November 2011)
Did You Know?
The reason the screen "whites up" as Ben and Luke carry C-3P0 to repair him after the Sand People attack is that Anthony Daniels was only wearing black tights below the waist.
When the Death Star is approaching the Yavin Base to superlaser it, the times to arrival at the laser firing point don't even come close to matching the ones on the clock on the monitor of the control room.
Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness.
One of the most successful movies of all time (and I'm not talking about the Box Office take)
What made this the hugely successful triumph it was? Was it casting,
music, imagination, ingenuity, or luck?
I remember opening day at the theaters. I was old enough to remember
every scene, every character, every nuance of this film; having
committed it to memory forever, as if I would never again be able to
see this beloved, instantly loved masterpiece.
I also remember that the HIT factor of this movie was so unexpected
that you had to wait literal MONTHS to get the action figures promised
on the cereal boxes. The pieces were still in the manufacturing process
and we had to settle for coupons promising our toys in a few months. I
wound up seeing this in the theaters a grand total of 36 times; much to
my mother's dismay. She loved the movie as I did, but felt I was
obsessed. Today, thirty years later, sitting here writing this review,
I realize how right she was. I'm still obsessed with this movie, and
with the subsequent movies which followed. I wait in great anticipation
for Episode 3. I'm a fan, and I don't care what other people say about
Episodes 1 & 2. I don't even mind the "prequel" factor, as the
situation at the time, dictated to Lucas which movies he would do
See, I remember the studios saying to him that he had to choose from
the three central climactic books, and trash the rest, or just trash
the whole idea. He didn't exactly "sell out," he did what he had to do
to get his movie…his vision…out there for us to see and experience.
I admired his decision then, and I admire it now. Episodes 1-3 are
being filmed now, because Lucas had the clout, the money, and the
patience to give us his vision…his complete vision and not just the
three center books of a 9-book series. I realize that now, there are
dozens of books, but at the time, there were nine. And while most of us
were happy with Episodes 4-6 and would not have missed 1-3 and 7-9, I
personally am so very glad he has taken it upon himself to give us his
full vision. I have enjoyed each and every installment with the same
sense of awe and joy as I did this one.
The casting was the first triumph for this cinematic milestone. Ford is
a charismatic and magnetic personality and portrayed Han with a
professionalism that you'd expect from more seasoned actors. Sir Alec
Guiness is an absolute joy as Obi Wan. His casting was precise and
excellent in that part. Carrie Fisher portrayed Leia in a way that, up
until then, had never been experienced. Most "princess" types before
her were whining, whimpering, little snots who were incapable of
anything beyond tripping and twisting their ankle in times of peril,
while Fisher portrayed her character as a bold, brazen, yet
sophisticated and educated woman who was aware of her surroundings and
capable of defending herself and her realm with the utmost authority.
And Mark Hamil. He was perfectly cast as the whining little boy who
wanted more, but was afraid to reach for it. He grows up quite well on
film in these three installments, and endears himself to the audience
so much the more for it. But a cast member who is almost always left
out of these reviews is Peter Mayhew. Chewbacca. His character, as a
supporting character to Han's, was exemplary. It's not easy portraying
a walking carpet, yet holding the attention, admiration, and love of
virtual millions. I am VERY happy about his being cast as Chewy in
Episode 3. Couldn't happen to a more deserving…or capable…fellow.
Bravo! And James Earl Jones's voice being used as the voice of Darth
Vader, was pure genius. His commanding voice haunted the dreams of
countless thousands of star-struck children for generations to come. I
also have to say that this movie would not have had the charm it does
had it not been for Anthony Daniels' C3P0. He is a gift and a joy.
The musical score by John Williams featured in this masterpiece was one
of the contributing factors. But honestly, this movie's success was
such a total surprise to everyone, including Lucas, that nothing could
prepare the world for the aftermath of having witnessed this bona fide
legend, first hand.
The story itself; replete with sub-plot after sub-plot, rich in dialog
and detail, was beyond anyone's greatest expectations. Everyone,
including Lucas, expected this movie to fail. It is a timeless classic,
which I will not repeat here. There are too many movie reviews giving
full details of the plot, and I won't be redundant beyond what I have
However, that being said, there are a few points I would like to make
concerning the symbolism of this endeavor. The Force is a metaphor for
the psychic abilities with which we are all born. It was also a
metaphor for hope and faith, dedication and commitment to the greater
state of being. The Empire is said to have been a metaphor for the
Germanic Nazi "storm troopers." While the Rebellion is said to have
been symbolic of (what would later become) the NATO forces who defeated
And then there are the effects. The effects were, in 1977, so awesome;
so creative; so ahead of their time, as to ensure this movie's vast
success for the next forty years. George Lucas enjoys an almost
god-like status among sci-fi/fantasy fans worldwide.
This movie does not rate a rating. Usually, when I say that, it is
because the movie is so bad, or disappointing that I don't have the
heart to rate it.
But in this case, it far surpasses any 10/10 rating I could give it.
The Fiend :.