Star Wars

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

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The Imperial Forces -- under orders from cruel Darth Vader (David Prowse) -- hold Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) hostage, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance, and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.

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Mark Hamill
Luke Skywalker
Carrie Fisher
Princess Leia Organa
Alec Guinness
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Peter Cushing
Grand Moff Tarkin
David Prowse
Darth Vader
James Earl Jones
Darth Vader (voice)
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George Lucas
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John Williams
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Gilbert Taylor
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Richard Chew
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Paul Hirsch
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

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  • I don't see how I can come out ahead panning Star Wars, George Lucas's science-fiction film that has been acclaimed by children of all ages as the Fun Movie of the year.

    February 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A boy's adventure yarn in the most traditional, unabashedly entertaining sense.

    December 12, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Oh, the astronomical audiences; oh, the mundane story; oh, the over-cute little robots (one fat, one thin); oh, the vapid actors, the galactic shootouts; oh, the brilliant technology and oh, the boredom of it all.

    December 12, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's a "fun movie", as they say. Meaning that it doesn't mean anything, it's a superior, pop plaything to play with, to be innocently enjoyed and thrown away like a four-dollar comic book.

    December 12, 2017 | Full Review…
  • I haven't had as much fun at a movie in years. With its technical wizardry, high-velocity storytelling and spirited good humor, Star Wars dazzles the child in us.

    December 12, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Joseph Gelmis

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  • Star Wars is nothing short of pure unadulterated entertainment, something that has been sorely lacking in a great majority of recent films.

    December 21, 2015 | Full Review…

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

  • Jun 22, 2016
    The movie that started "it all." George Lucas quite literally picked up a study by Carl Jung on literary archetypes and wrote the script to a "T." Wonderful cast interaction and great "coming of age" film. One of the best parts of the movie is how relatable the characters can be to just about everyone. Luke Skywalker is the farm boy that seeks bigger and better things, Han Solo is the average cocky guy but also has a soft spot for helping people. Wonderfully crafted film to lay ground work for the rest of the saga, starting with episode IV of course.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    A groundbreaking and legendary film that is both fun and entertaining beyond belief. The writing is fantastic, the performances have a pulpy undercurrent and the action exhilarating and iconic. An arguably perfect film that captures the feeling of child like wonder and awe unlike any other film.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2016
    Unlike anything that came before, Star Wars is epic on every scale; and George Lucas has given us a glimpse of a fully realized universe that leaves its legacy today.
    Jonathan W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    An important and revolutionary film. Unforgettable, fun and smart. If you haven't seen this film yet or any other Star Wars film for that matter, then you are doing a complete disservice!
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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