Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
DirectorGeorge Lucas
ProducerGary Kurtz
Theatrical ReleaseMay 25, 77
Theme(s)Fantasy, Sci-Fi (Futuristic)


[edit] Plot Summary

The movie begins during a period of civil war between the Galactic Empire and the fledgling Rebel Alliance. At the beginning of the film, an Imperial Star Destroyer chases down and docks with the Corellian Corvette Tantive IV in the belief that the stolen plans for the Empire's new Death Star are on board. As Imperial troops assault the starship, Rebel leader Princess Leia Organa stows the plans in droid R2-D2 who, along with droid counterpart C-3PO, manage to flee to the escape pods shortly before Leia is found. Leia is brought to and questioned by Vader. Despite denying any allegiance to the Rebel Alliance, she is taken to the Death Star where she is imprisoned.

Meanwhile, the escape pod carrying the two fugitive droids lands on the nearby desert planet Tatooine. There the pair are found and captured by the native Jawa traders, who sell them to the moisture farmers Owen and Beru Lars, and Owen's nephew Luke Skywalker. An orphan, Luke dreams of joining the Rebel Alliance with his friends but is obligated to assist his uncle with the harvest.

While cleaning R2-D2, Luke accidentally finds a recorded message left by Leia in which she pleads for help from an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Having only ever heard of a Ben Kenobi, Luke asks his Uncle, who tells him that there is no connection between them.

R2-D2 soon escapes to search out Obi-Wan, and Luke and C-3PO go to find him. On the way, they are attacked and raided by Tusken Raiders, but saved from death by none other than Ben Kenobi himself who takes them back to his home. Ben reveals that he used to go by the name Obi-Wan, and tells them that he is one of the last remaining Jedi Knights. He tells Luke about the Force, and then reveals that he used to fight alongside Luke's father. Obi-Wan tells Luke that his father was betrayed and murdered by Darth Vader. R2-D2 shows them Leia's message in full, and Obi-Wan asks Luke to come with him to Leia's homeworld - Alderaan. Complaining that he has to help his Uncle, they return to the Lars' homestead to find that it has been destroyed by Imperial Stormtroopers, looking for the two droids. His Aunt and Uncle lie murdered. With nothing to remain on Tatooine for, Luke agrees to go with Obi-Wan. The two search out and hire two local mercenaries - Han Solo and the Wookiee Chewbacca - to fly them to Alderaan.

Meanwhile, on the Death Star, Leia continues to withold any information concerning the Rebel Alliance. In an attempt to force the location of the Rebel base out of her, Imperial Grand Moff Tarkin threatens to use the Death Star's superlaser to destroy Alderaan. Leia lies that the base in on Dantooine, and despite being satisfied with the information, Tarkin orders the destruction of Alderaan anyway. The planet is blown up in front of their eyes in a terrifying warning to any potential rebels.

Still en route, Obi-Wan senses through the Force the simultaneous deaths of millions of people. On dropping out of hyperspace they find that Alderaan has been obliterated, an asteroid field filling the void where it once was. They follow an Imperial TIE Fighter to the Death Star which captures their ship, the Millenium Falcon, in its tractor beam. Unable to escape, Obi-Wan, Luke, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 hide and avoid detection by the Imperial forces in the docking bay. Luke and Han manage to steal two Stormtrooper uniforms and hide in the docking bay's control room while Obi-Wan searches out the tractor beam's power core to disable it. While waiting, R2-D2 discovers that Princess Leia is onboard. When Luke finally convinces Han and Chewbacca to help him, they hatch a plan to rescue her. Both parties are successful - the Princess is released from her imprisonment and Obi-Wan takes the tractor beam out of commission. However, Darth Vader - still on board the Death Star - senses Obi-Wan's presence and confronts him in a corridor. During their Lightsaber duel the others make it back to the Falcon. Obi-Wan sacrifices himself and is cut down by Vader, allowing the rest of the party to escape.

With the newly-freed Princess on board, the Falcon flies to Yavin IV: the true location of the rebel base. Leia hands over the Death Star plans which upon analysis reveal a weakness - an exhaust port that could be assaulted by one-man starfighters. Agreeing to assist them, Luke pleas with Han to do the same to no avail. Han and Chewbacca take the Falcon and leave. The Death Star, having tracked the Falcon to Yavin IV, soon arrives and commences preparations to destroy the planet. Luke joins the assault as part of a squadron including one of his old friends from Tatooine, Biggs Darklighter. Following a failed attempt to fire proton torpedoes into the exhaust port, the Rebels take heavy losses, particularly when Darth Vader himself joins the battle in his personal TIE fighter, a TIE Advanced X1. Vader and his wingmen destroy several ships, including Biggs, and Luke is left to make the run alone. Moments before Vader is able to destroy him too, his concentration is broken by the destruction of one of his wingmen - shot down by the newly-arrived Falcon, piloted by none other than the returned Han and Chewbacca. The two are able to destroy Vader's remaining wingman, who sacrifices himself to take Vader safely out of the battle. Free to make the run, Luke uses the Force to successfully fire torpedoes into the Death Star, destroying it moments before it is able to blow up Yavin IV. Heroes, Luke, Han and Chewbacca are honoured at a ceremony in front of the entire Rebel force.

[edit] Cast & Crew

(Ordered by Real Name - Played Character)

  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
  • Harrison Ford as Han Solo
  • Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa
  • Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
  • Kenny Baker as R2-D2
  • Alec Guinness as Ben Kenobi
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
  • Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
  • David Prowse as Darth Vader
  • James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader
  • Phil Brown as Owen Lars
  • Shalagh Fraser as Beru Lars

[edit] 1997 Special Edition

[edit] DVD Release

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