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.

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

An all time classic and many people's favourite all time film. Well ahead of itself and launched the Star Wars series. Always entertaining, a land mark in film making!!

Dean King
Dean King

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Created a pop culture phenomenon that probably has no equal and deservedly so as A New Hope is a classic that only gets better the more they try to expand this universe with sequels and prequels. It has a sense of wonder and discovery that no other film in the series can match. The plot is pretty simple, but the characters really make it come to life. Empire Strikes Back would expand on all the things done well in this movie, but because it was darker it wasn't as fun as this one. That's not a complaint, just an observation. A New Hope was as good of a start as you can get for a franchise.

Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis

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

Star Wars changed everything. That could be the review of the film. Nothing else needs to be said, but I will. It changed how movies were made, merchandise, released, controlled. Everything. Film was going into a transition period that saw the collapse of the huge studio systems into small, independent, personal films. A summer blockbuster was a foreign animal. The 1970's were a decade of sadness and disgust in far more than Hollywood films. Society dictated what film presented on the screen in 1977. Star Wars changed that. It was ok to escape. It is a watershed moment in film history, commercial history, and holds a place in billions of lives across the globe. Billions. Those are religion numbers and people actively practice it. The scaled down plot of the film is simple. A princess in danger. A young farm boy with no sights of a future is wrapped up in an adventure with an old wizard, a scoundrel, and sidekicks to stop the evil that has engulfed the galaxy. It's all there and it was so different in 1977. In a decade that gave us Straw Dogs, Taxi Driver, Dog Day Afternoon, and all of those disaster films Star Wars was a breath of fresh air. It was a turning point for the dark view of American society in the 1970's. It harkens back to yesterday when heroes were heroes and villains were villains. A simpler time. Lines were not blended at that time. The acting and the dialogue aren't the greatest with Harrison Ford delivering the best performance, but director George Lucas creates a world out of nothing but ancient religious beliefs. It carries on more than it's movie serial tradition, but an ideal of being one with the world. It wasn't just the marketing that pushed this film from beyond the silver screen, but those universal ideas of accepting what is good and shunning the evil that we encounter in our lives. I'm getting really deep on this so bare with me. Overall, Star Wars is a magnificent film that captures not just one spirit, but multiple ideals from throughout history. There's thousands of years of beliefs rolled up into 125 minutes of intergalactic adventure. Of course Star Wars is a phenomenon, but when you get back to the basics of the film itself it stands on its own and has become a high standard that other filmmakers try to achieve

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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