Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Lucasfilm Ltd. Released 1977




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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Movie Summary

George Lucas

Star Wars is a film about Luke Skywalker leaving his home planet of Tattooine on an adventure across a galaxy far, far away. Skywalker lives with his aunt and uncle on a dirt farm with dreams of someday joining the Rebel Alliance to fight the evil empire. His life changes when he buys two droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. A secret message hidden inside R2-D2 from Princess Leia leads him to find Obi-Wan Kenobi . Skywalker and Kenobi go on an adventure to rescue the Princess from the evil Empire. They get space smuggler, and all round scoundrel Han Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca to escort them. Skywalker, Kenobi, Solo, and Chewbacca infultrate the Empire's Death Star and rescue the princess. Leia brings them to a rebel base where Solo leaves and Luke joins the fight. They have a plan to attack the Death Star at it's only weak spot. To destroy it, Luke must focus all he has learned from Kenobi and let the Force guide the rebels to victory.


Metacritic Score

  • 100


    A magnificent film. George Lucas set out to make the biggest possible adventure fantasy out of his memories of serials and older action epics, and he succeeded brilliantly.

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    If I were asked to say with certainty which movies will still be widely known a century or two from now, I would list "2001,'' "The Wizard of Oz,'' Keaton and Chaplin, Astaire and ...

  • 80

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Everyone treats his material with the proper combination of solemnity and good humor that avoids condescension. One of Mr. Lucas's particular achievements is the manner in which he...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Leia: Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope.

    • Obi-Wan: The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us... it binds the galaxy together.

    • General Motti: The station is now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it.
      Vader: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the force.
      General Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels hidden fortress--
      Vader: (Vader's thumb and index finger start to close and Motti starts to choke) I find your lack of faith disturbing.
      Tarkin: Enough of this. Vader, release him.
      Vader: As you wish.

    • Obi-Wan: (at Mos Eisley Spaceport) You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

    • Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification.
      Obi-Wan: You don't need to see his identification.
      Stormtrooper: We don't need to see his identification.
      Obi-Wan: These aren't the droids you are looking for.
      Stormtrooper: These aren't the droids we're looking for.
      Obi-Wan: He can go about his business.
      Stormtrooper: You can go about you're business.
      Obi-Wan: Move along.
      Stormtrooper: Move along. Move along.

    • Obi-Wan: The Force can have a strong influence on the weak minded.

    • Han: Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side.

    • Leia: I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought aboard.
      Tarkin: Charming to the last.

    • Leia: Listen... I don't know who you are or where you came from... but from now on, you do as I tell you, O.K.?
      Han: Look, your worshipfulness let's get one thing straight. I take orders from just one person--me.
      Leia: Mmm, it's a wonder you're still alive.

    • Leia: (regarding Chewie) Will someone please get this big walking carpet out of my way?

    • Vader: I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now, I am the master.
      Obi-Wan: Only a master of evil, Darth.
      Vader: (sabre battle ensues) Your powers are weak old man.
      Obi-Wan: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

    • Han: (Luke has just destroyed the Death Star with a direct hit) Great shot kid. That was one in a million.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Production Budget - $11,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $460,998,007 (1st)
      Lifetime Worldwide Gross - $775,398,007 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $1,686,880,600
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $2,837,330,824

    • Taglines:
      1. Coming to your galaxy this summer.
      2. It's Back!
      3. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
      4. The force will be with you.
      5. May the Force be with you.

    • Filming locations include:
      Tikal National Park, Guatemala
      Ajim, Jerba, Tunisia
      Chott el Djerid, Nefta, Tunisia
      Death Valley National Park, California
      Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
      Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England
      Sidi Bouhlel, Tozeur, Tunisia
      Matmata, Tunisia
      Yuma, Arizona

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Art Direction
      2. Costume Design
      3. Visual Effects
      4. Editing
      5. Original Score
      6. Sound
      7. Special Achievement Award

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Supporting Actor - Alec Guinness 
      2. Director - George Lucas
      3. Picture
      4. Original Screenplay


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visually stunning, visually striking, for men, good vs. evil, high stake situations