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George Lucas' mythological popcorn movie is a two-hour roller-coaster ride that has passed into movie legend. The story, for the tiny number of people not familiar with it, concerns a farm boy named Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) who discovers that the used robot recently purchased by his family plays back a message from one Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), begging for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke asks his father's friend Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness) about this, and he discovers that Ben and Obi-Wan are one and the same. Kenobi tells Luke of the battle of the rebels against the ruling Empire and the spiritual energy called "The Force." Soon Luke, Kenobi, and a mercenary named Han Solo (Harrison Ford) join forces to rescue Princess Leia from the Empire's mammoth warship, the Death Star, controlled by evil genius Darth Vader (David Prowse, with the voice of James Earl Jones). George Lucas has frequently cited the influence of several films on Star Wars, particularly Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress and Yojimbo and John Ford's The Searchers, as well as the original Flash Gordon serials. After Star Wars became a success, Lucas announced his intention to turn the film into a series, originally totalling nine films (later pared back to six). Consequently, most reissue prints now feature the title Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope, with The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) serving as Episodes Five and Six in the serial, and Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace (1999) going back to the myth's beginnings. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Dykstra Best Visual Effects 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Stears Best Visual Effects 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Dilley Best Art Direction 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marcia Lucas Best Editing 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Hirsch Best Editing 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray West Best Sound 1977 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ray West Best Soundtrack 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Edlund Best Visual Effects 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ben Burtt Special Achievement 1977 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alec Guinness Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alec Guinness Best Supporting Actor 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association George Lucas Best Director 1977 Nominee
Directors Guild of America George Lucas Best Director 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Lucas Best Original Screenplay 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Lucas Best Director 1977 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts George Lucas Best Picture 1978 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jonathan Barry Best Art Direction 1977 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Williams Best Original Score 1977 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association John Williams Best Music Score 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Original Score 1977 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Williams Anthony Asquith Award 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roger Christian Best Art Direction 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Chew Best Editing 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bob Minkler Best Sound 1977 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bob Minkler Best Soundtrack 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Reynolds Best Art Direction 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Mollo Best Costume Design 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Derek Ball Best Sound 1977 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Derek Ball Best Soundtrack 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don MacDougall Best Sound 1977 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Don MacDougall Best Soundtrack 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Kurtz Best Picture 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grant McCune Best Visual Effects 1977 Winner

Cast

Mark Hamill
as Luke Skywalker
Anthony Daniels
as C-3PO
Harrison Ford
as Han Solo
Carrie Fisher
as Princess Leia
Peter Cushing
as Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness
as Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi
Kenny Baker
as R2-D2
Peter Mayhew
as Chewbacca
David Prowse
as Darth Vader
Shelagh Fraser
as Aunt Beru Lars
Jack Purvis
as Chief Jawa
Eddie Byrne
as Gen. Willard
Don Henderson
as Gen. Taggi
Jack Klaff
as Red Four (John "D")
Drewe Henley
as Red Leader
Jeremy Sinden
as Gold Two
Alex McCrindle
as Gen. Dodonna
Denis Lawson
as Red Two (Wedge)
Garick Hagon
as Red Three (Biggs)
Graham Ashley
as Gold Five
William Hootkins
as Red Six (Porkins)
Angus MacInnes
as Gold Leader
Leslie Schofield
as Commander No. 1
Malcolm Tierney
as Officer in Detention Area (uncredited)
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
Sadie Corré

Crew

George Lucas
Director
Gary Kurtz
Producer
George Lucas
Screenwriter
Gilbert Taylor
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Angela Morley
Musical Arrangement
Don MacDougall
Musical Direction/Supervision
Marcia Lucas
Editor
Paul Hirsch
Editor
Richard Chew
Editor
Anton Furst
Production Designer
Harry Lange
Production Designer
Leslie Dilley
Art Director
Norman Reynolds
Art Director
Roger Christian
Set Designer
Ron Beck
Costume Designer
John Mollo
Costume Designer
Bob Minkler
Sound/Sound Designer
Derek Ball
Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Burtt
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Minkler
Sound/Sound Designer
Les Fresholtz
Sound/Sound Designer
Ray West
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Portman
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Edlund
Special Effects
John Dykstra
Special Effects
John Stears
Special Effects
Grant McCune
Special Effects
Adam Beckett
Animator
Jon Berg
Animator
Chris Casady
Animator
Peter Kuran
Animator
Phil Tippett
Animator
Irene Lamb
Casting
Vic Ramos
Casting
Peter V. Herald
Production Manager
Dianne Crittenden
Casting
Bob Shepherd
Production Manager
Bruce Sharman
Production Manager
Doug Beswick
Makeup
Gene Corso
Sound Editor
Gerry Gavigan
Assistant Director
Carroll Ballard
Second Unit Camera
Stuart Freeborn
Makeup
Tak Fujimoto
Second Unit Camera
Sam Shaw
Sound Editor
Rick Baker
Makeup Special Effects
Ralph McQuarrie
Conceptual Design
Peter Diamond
Stunts Coordinator
Robert Dalva
Second Unit Camera
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