Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

1977 film directed by George Lucas

Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (initially named Star Wars) is a science fiction movie. It is the first film made in the Star Wars saga, but is the fourth film in the story's timeline. The movie was released in 1977 and also incorporates adventure, action and drama.

Star Wars: Episode IV -
A New Hope
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Directed byGeorge Lucas
Written byGeorge Lucas
Produced byGary Kurtz
Rick McCallum
(Special Edition)
StarringMark Hamill
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher
Peter Cushing
Alec Guinness
CinematographyGilbert Taylor, BSC
Edited byRichard Chew
Paul Hirsch
Marcia Lucas
Music byJohn Williams
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Lucasfilm
Release dates
May 25, 1977 (USA)
October 27, 1977 (Australia)
December 27, 1977 (UK)
Running time
121 minutes (original)
125 minutes (Special Edition)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$11,000,000

The film takes place years after Revenge of the Sith, which was made in 2005 as a prequel. The Rebellion has stolen the secret plans for the Galactic Empire's superweapon known as the Death Star. Darth Vader and his stormtroopers capture Princess Leia Organa, a leader of the Rebellion but she secretly gives the Death Star plans to two droids (robots), C-3PO and R2-D2.

The two droids escape to a desert planet called Tatooine, where they are bought by Luke Skywalker and his adoptive parents, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. Luke and the droids are attacked by desert natives called "sand people", but are rescued by Luke's friend, Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is a Jedi.

Obi-Wan explains that the Jedi used a power known as the Force to keep peace in the galaxy until the Empire hunted them down. R2-D2 shows Obi-Wan the distress call from Princess Leia. Luke finds out that stormtroopers have destroyed his home, including his aunt and uncle, in search for R2-D2. Luke decides to accompany Obi-Wan and the droids to Alderaan, Leia's homeworld.

They go into a local cantina, where they meet two pilots, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Han Solo is a smuggler/pirate, who is in debt to a crime lord named Jabba the Hutt. Luke, Obi-Wan and the droids leave the planet with Han and Chewbacca in their ship, the Millennium Falcon.

On board the Death Star, Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin interrogate Princess Leia and use the superweapon to destroy her homeworld Alderaan. The Millennium Falcon arrives and they discover Alderaan's destruction. The Death Star uses its technology to capture the Millennium Falcon and bring it aboard the space station. Luke, Han, Obi-Wan and Chewbacca decide to sneak around the station to rescue Leia. They eventually find her in a cell. As they try to escape, Darth Vader kills Obi-Wan in a lightsaber battle, but the rest of the heroes escape on the Millennium Falcon.

They arrive at the Rebel base and R2-D2 gives the secret plans to the Rebels and they discover a weakness in the Death Star. They organise an attack on the Death Star in their small ships called starfighters. With the help of the Force, Luke is able to destroy the Death Star. The Rebellion celebrates their victory.

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