Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

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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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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 Force is with him by destroying the Empire's dreaded Death Star.

Cast

Mark Hamill
as Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford
as Han Solo
Carrie Fisher
as Princess Leia Organa
Alec Guinness
as Ben `Obi-Wan' Kenobi
David Prowse
as Darth Vader
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
Peter Mayhew
as Chewbacca
Phil Brown
as Uncle Owen
Shelagh Fraser
as Aunt Beru
Jack Purvis
as Jawa Chief
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
Garrick Hagon
as Red Three (Biggs)
Denis Lawson
as Red Two (Wedge)
Alex McCrindle
as Gen. Dodonna
William Hootkins
as Red Six (Porkins)
Angus MacInnes
as Gold Leader
Graham Ashley
as Gold Five
Leslie Schofield
as Commander No. 1
Malcolm Tierney
as Officer in Detention Area (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (9)

  • 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

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • 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…
  • In addition to being a slickly produced and highly entertaining adventure suitable for the whole family, Star Wars is richly evocative of a whole range of old film forms.

    December 16, 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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