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  • U
  • Action, Adventure
  • 1977
  • 121 mins

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Synopsis

George Lucas serves up his own homage to the Saturday morning adventure serials he loved as a kid, in the process creating one of the most revered and successful films ever

About

Daydreaming farm boy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) longs for a life of adventure and finds it when two droids, one carrying a distress signal from the beautiful Princess Leia, turn up on his farm. Seeking out "crazy old wizard" Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi (Guiness), Luke embarks on his quest to rescue Leia, enlisting the help of cynical Corellian space pirate Han Solo (Ford), his Wookie co-pilot Chewbacca (Mayhew) and the Millennium Falcon ("the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs") along the way.

Made on a relatively low budget ($11m), Star Wars (or Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope to give it its full franchise title) is a relentlessly inventive film. The attention to minute details gives it a rich texture; there are some fantastic set-pieces (Leia's rescue from the Death Star, the X-Wing dogfights), and Lucas binds the whole film together with a hokey religion (The Force) and fatalistic story lifted from Greek mythology. While Ford famously dismissed the script (complaining that, "You can type this shit, but you can't say it"), Lucas manages to get away with it by making everyone take it seriously - although Ford can often be seen smirking his way through some of the more clunky lines. Then there's the rousing score by John Williams.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: James Earl Jones, Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew
  • Director: George Lucas
  • Screen Writer: George Lucas
  • Producer: Gary Kurtz
  • Photographer: Gilbert Taylor
  • Composer: John Williams

In a nutshell

So, is this the best film of all time? Certainly not. But it definitely is one of the most enduring, and it's hard not to be seduced.

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