PG | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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 evil Darth Vader.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Back to the Future
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tatooine is similar to Arrakis from Frank Herbert's Dune series. Arrakis is the only known source of a longevity spice called Melange. References to "spice", various illegal stimulant drugs, occur throughout the last three movies of the Star Wars saga. In the original movie, Han Solo is a spice smuggler who has been through the spice mines of Kessel. In the conversation at Obi-wan Kenobi's home, between Obi-wan and Luke, Luke expresses a belief that his father was a navigator on a spice freighter. Other similarities include those between Princess Leia and Princess Alia, and between Jedi mind tricks and "The Voice", a controlling ability used by Bene Gesserit. In passing, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru are "moisture farmers". In Dune, dew collectors are used by Fremen to "provide a small but reliable source of water." Herbert reported that "David Lynch, (director of Dune (1984)) had trouble with the fact that Star Wars used up so much of Dune." The pair found "sixteen points of identity" and they calculated that, "the odds against coincidence produced a number larger than the number of stars in the universe."
Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness.
Although Tatooine has two suns, the angular distance between them is quite small, so only very large objects would cast two distinct shadows.
When first released theatrically, prior to the film, a generic screen reading in green letters "A Lucasfilm Limited Production" appeared. In all versions from the Special Edition onward, this is replaced with a more elaborate Lucasfilm logo that shines and glows.
In all theatrical versions, subtitles for alien languages appear at the bottom of the frame. In widescreen video releases, the subtitles are moved to the top of the lower black bar, so that they actually appear below the image without obstructing the picture. Long lines of dialogue, such as those during the Greedo scene, were originally given one long caption at the bottom of the screen. Due to the shorter space available on television screens, these captions were broken into two pieces. "Jabba put a price on your head so big every bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for you" was split into "Jabba put a price so big on your head..." followed by, "every bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for you."
$35,906,661 (USA) (2 February 1997)
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