"May the Force be with you."
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Star Wars Episode IV
A New Hope
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Title: Star Wars Episode IV
A New Hope
Genres: Sci-fi
Directed by: George Lucas
Written by: George Lucas
Produced by: George Lucas; Gary Kurtz; Rick McCallum [1]
Music by: John Williams; Lionel Newman
Cinematography: Gilbert Taylor
Edited by: George Lucas; Marcia Lucas; Paul Hirsch; Richard Chew; T.M. Christopher [1]
Distributed by: Lucasfilm, Ltd.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Released: May 25th, 1977
Rating: PG
Running time: 121 min. (theatrical)
125 min. (special edition)
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $13,000,000
Gross: $215,537,332 (original releases)
$460,935,665 (re-issue)
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Star Wars is a 1977 science-fiction/fantasy film directed by George Lucas. Released in May of 1977, it became a runaway smash-hit and begat a legacy which has proven to be one of the most popular and enduring sci-fi commercial franchises of all time. Along with Steven Spielberg's 1975 thriller Jaws, Lucas' Star Wars brought about the evolution of the "summer blockbuster" movie spectacle.

Taking place "...a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...", the film chronicles the adventures of teenage farmer Luke Skywalker, who finds himself unexpectedly propelled into the middle of a Galactic Civil War being waged between the forces of an evil Empire and a struggling Rebel Alliance. Along the way, he awakens to his destiny to become a Jedi Knight - one of the last of an august order of guardians armed with the power of The Force. With his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke befriends two droids named C-3PO and R2-D2, an opportunistic smuggler and pilot named Han Solo, Han's Wookiee co-pilot, Chewbacca and a young princess named Leia, late of the planet Alderaan.

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Actor Role
Mark Hamill Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford Han Solo
Carrie Fisher Princess Leia
Peter Cushing Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness Obi-Wan Kenobi
Anthony Daniels C-3PO
Kenny Baker R2-D2
Peter Mayhew Chewbacca
Dave Prowse Darth Vader

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  • Actor Robert Englund was initially considered to play Han Solo, but the part went to Harrison Ford. However, Robert did encourage his friend, Mark Hamill, to try out for the role of Luke Skywalker.

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See also Edit

The World of Star Wars

Star Wars miscellaneous

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  1. 1.0 1.1 This individual was credited on the 1997 20th Anniversary Special Edition re-release of the film only.

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