Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)



Critic Consensus: A legendarily expansive and ambitious start to the sci-fi saga, George Lucas opened our eyes to the possiblites of blockbuster filmmaking and things have never been the same.

Movie Info

Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the … More

Rating: PG (for sci-fi violence and brief mild language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: George Lucas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 2004
20th Century Fox - Official Site


as Luke Skywalker

as Han Solo

as Princess Leia Organa

as Ben `Obi-Wan' Kenobi

as Darth Vader

as Darth Vader

as R2-D2

as Chewbacca

as Tarkin

as Uncle Owen

as Aunt Beru

as Jawa Chief

as Gen. Willard

as Gen. Taggi

as Red Four (John "D")

as Red Leader

as Gold Two

as Red Three (Biggs)

as Red Two (Wedge)

as Gen. Dodonna

as Red Six (Porkins)

as Gold Leader

as Gold Five

as Commander No. 1

as Officer in Detention...
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (25)

[Star Wars] will undoubtedly emerge as one of the true classics in the genre of science fiction/fantasy films. In any event, it will be thrilling audiences of all ages for a long time to come.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

George Lucas's science fiction adventure is an exhilarating update of Flash Gordon, very much in the same half-jokey, half-earnest mood, but backed by special effects that, for once, really work and are intelligently integrated with the story.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Heavy SF readers will recognize each character, every situation by its stock number and almost feel the affection Lucas has for them. There is not the tiniest sniff of cynicism anywhere in this film.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The view of outer space is a marvelous one, awe-inspiring in its beauty, and the artists and designers who did the work... deserve as many plaudits as can be thought up.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A mind-blowing spectacle that sends the audience off onto the wondrously strange world of fantasy and satisfies just about everyone's adolescent craving for a corny old-fashioned adventure movie.

Full Review… | April 30, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

What places it a sizable cut about the routine is its spectacular visual effects, the best since Stanley Kubrick's 2001.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope


It is not a perfect film--unlike its successor--but still legendary with a powerful story, engaging characters, and brilliant writing.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

The most incredible special effects for the time, but the story is poorly conceived/developed and lousy acting by Fisher and Hamill. Really, if it weren't for the then-ground-breaking special effects, I'd give this a sub-par rating.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

The start of an amazing mythology, and the beginning of one of the most well known movie franchises of all time. This story tells the journey of how a young man gains knowledge of the universe he lives in, and becomes a force to be reckoned with. It is classic storytelling at it's finest. It may not have perfect dialogue, and the action is a bit weak for most of the film, but in the end, that is not at all what matters. The characters, the world, and the meaning behind everything is what really sticks out, and I love this film for that. A movie does not have to be perfect, to feel perfect. "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" is fantastic filmmaking and perfect storytelling!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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