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

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy


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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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25 April 2005 | budmassey
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| The greatest cinematic epic of all time begins here.
Here begins the greatest cinematic epic of all time, and arguably one of the greatest stories ever told. Originally conceived as a serialized popcorn movie in the manner of the old action movies that Lucas grew up with, Star Wars surpassed even George's keen and bombastic imagination to become a central part of movie history.

There are countless tales of the making of this movie; how Lucas never believed he would get the chance to complete the series, how it spawned an industry and made the name of nearly everyone who touched it a household word. But what that does not reveal, nor do the much diminished prequels, is the sheer joy and excitement these movies generated.

It was a once in a lifetime experience. You could feel it from opening day, earlier if you paid attention to such things. We had never seen anything like it, and we are not likely to again.

This episode finds young Luke Skywalker yearning to leave the agrarian life he has with his aunt and uncle, and chase after adventure as his friends before him have already done. And what adventure there is. The galaxy is in the grip of a massive rebellion against a tyrannical and oppressive empire, but on Luke's home planet, it's something you only dare speak of in a whisper.

Along come two robots, "Droids" for short, who inadvertently involve Luke in a stellar attempt to contact an old wizard named Ben Kenobi, who lives in the caves near Luke's home.

The rest is history, and there isn't a person alive in the civilized world who doesn't have at least some awareness of the epic story that unfolds. Luke's rise from adolescent obscurity on Tatooine to a leading role in the greatest struggle of all time is told with humor, action, adventure, and always a sense of story that is unmatched on the screen or on the page.

With the completion of the prequel trilogy, these films are enjoying a renewed popularity among a generation that never saw the films on the big screen, and the theatric revivals are almost guaranteed. Go. Get some popcorn. And may the Force be with you.

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The only film of the original trilogy in which Luke doesn't have a lightsaber duel with anyone.


Quotes

C-3PO: Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness.


Goofs

Just after R5D4 "blows a fuse" when the droids are purchased from the Jawas and C3PO recommends R2D2, we see R5D4 behind R2 (as R2D2 stands against the sandcrawler). In the next shot, R5D4 is once again beside C3PO being taken back by the Jawas.


Crazy Credits

The film's opening prologue: It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Emperor's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Emperor's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy ....


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For the initial Australian Cinema release of Star Wars (1977) distributor cuts were made to get the censorship classification the distributor wanted to guarantee an audience. To obtain the classification rating of (NRC) NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN - the Australia Film Censorship Board ordered the elimination of "the frightening and extremely disturbing brief shots of the two burned and still smoking, charred skeletons" i.e. Australia Film Censorship Board insisted that the full length scene was not allowed to be seen "Luke's home is destroyed and he finds two charred bodies at his burnt-out home on Tatooine (his aunt and uncle)" all shown in a close-in shot of the homestead "Igloo" and nearby are the charred bodies (skeletons) of Owen and Beru Lars. - - - In 1977 the part of the scene at Luke's burnt-out home on Tatooine, which demonstrated the ruthless and quite horrible tactics used by the Empire, with an extremely shocking and very lingering scene showing his aunt and uncle's burnt and still smoking, charred skeletons, was removed from all 1977 Australian Cinema film prints, so Australian audiences were not permitted see all of the tactics used by the Empire . . .

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