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STAR WARS (1977)

Star Wars IV: The New Hope, is the first installment of George Lucas' 6 film saga which tells the  story of courageous rebels in their uphill fight against the evil empire forces. A tyrannical emperor, master of the dark side of the force,  with the help his powerful servant, a former Jedi Knight, Darth Vader, have been murderously hunting down the Jedi Knights,  trying to crush all opposition, and have taken over the galaxy planets in the meantime.  They have developed a new, destructive weapon to bring the rebels to their knees. Enter Luke Skywalker, Princess Leah, his trusty droids and Han Solo, and the last Jedi Kight,Obi-Wan Kenobi, to fight the good fight!

The famous cast includes: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, and James Earl Jones.

#15 on the AFI Top 100. STAR WARS is science fiction at it's very best.

STAR WARS was nominated for the Best Picture award. Ten Oscar Nominations; six wins (including Original Score and Film Editing).

George Lucas brings us "Star Wars" which breathlessly re-invented science fiction films, and modern cinema in general. In short, Director George Lucas gives us the universe. Lucas received a nomination for best directing.

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"A long ago, in a place far, far away..."



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The basic story set, "long ago, in a place far, far away," begins with excitement and danger. The evil Darth Vader and his storm troopers board a ship carrying the rebel princess Leah and other rebels. Just in the nick of time, before the princess is captured, she manages to put a hollowgram message for help, along with the stolen Death Star plans into a little robot, called C-3PO, R2-D2, with the mission to deliver this message to an old mythic warrior, a Jedi Knight known as Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the midst of a hot battle, R2D2 and the reluctant C-3PO, a protocol droid escape the ship through an escape pod, which takes them down to the wild and woolly planet below, where this reclusive Jedi Knight lives.  The robots are captured by scavengers who sell them to a farmer.

Enter Luke Skywalker, a youth of 18 years who lives with his Uncle Owen & Aunt Beru, itching to get off the farm and go to the academy. While cleaning  R2D2, part of the hollowgram message is played, showing the beautiful princess asking for help. When Luke goes in for dinner, R2D2, who now has no restraining bolt on, takes off into the desert still on his mission. The next morning, Luke and C3PO, jump into his speedster to look for C3PO. They run into trouble with the sand people, but are rescued by Obi-Wan Kenobi. When Luke and friends go past the wreakage  and the slaughter of the scavengers, Luke knows that his family and home are toast as well, which turns out to be the case. DArth Vader and the storm troopers want those plans at any cost of life.

This begins Luke's grand adventure to not only save Princess Lea, but to do his best to fight the evil empire, with the team of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leah, a cocky space jockey, Hans Solo, a large Hairy alien, Chewbaca and cute robots!

Lucas supposedly decided to write and direct "Star Wars" after he was unable to secure the right to make a film out of the old "Flash Gordon." Considering that the serial, as well as the 1980 feature, were rather hokey, things seem to have worked out for the best.

My favorite scene takes place at the planetary Cantina. When an alien threatens Hamill in the bar, Guinness, with lightning speed and samurai grace, swiftly produces his light sabre, which he activates and then slices off the alien's arm in the blink of an eye.

"Star Wars" spawned many imitators, including the TV series, "Battlestar Galactica" and "Buck Rogers." Few got close, with the notable exceptions of "The Last Starfighter," "Stargate" and "Independence Day."

The film won six Oscars. Most were for technical achievements, with a much deserved one for the triumphant score by John Williams.

Because Lucas didn't have much dough to make the movie, he gave the actors a percentage of the profits, ultimately providing them with quite a nest egg.

If you enjoyed STAR WARS you may like THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RETURN OF THE JEDI, STARGATE, INDEPENDENCE DAY, STAR WARS 1-PHANTOM MENACE, and STAR WARS 2-ATTACK OF THE CLONES.