Star Wars Episode IV: a New Hope

  • U
  • George Lucas (1977)
  • US
  • 115 min
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Film Review
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5 out of 5

Endlessly imitated but never rivalled, this opening instalment of George Lucas's original space trilogy dresses up the timeless tale of good versus evil with ground-breaking special effects and a dazzling array of intergalactic characters. Mark Hamill plays Luke Skywalker, whose dull life on a remote planet is thrown into chaos when he intercepts a distress call from beleaguered Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). With robots R2-D2 and C-3PO in tow, Skywalker teams up with an ageing Jedi warrior (Alec Guinness) and a cynical space rogue (a star-making turn from Harrison Ford) to rescue Leia from the clutches of the evil Darth Vader. Breathless action collides with sci-fi theatrics and more than a hint of mysticism to create a new style of cinema that remains unmatched for sheer entertainment value.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction fantasy adventure starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. In a galaxy far, far away, Princess Leia is captured by Darth Vader while trying to steal the plans of the evil Empire's new secret weapon. Meanwhile, on the desert planet of Tatooine, young Luke Skywalker discovers her plight and, in the company of two robots and former Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, sets off to rescue her.

Cast and crew


Luke Skywalker
Mark Hamill
Han Solo
Harrison Ford
Princess Leia Organa
Carrie Fisher
Grand Moff Tarkin
Peter Cushing
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Alec Guinness
Anthony Daniels
Kenny Baker (2)
Peter Mayhew
Darth Vader
Dave Prowse
Darth Vader
James Earl Jones
Uncle Owen Lars
Phil Brown
Aunt Beru Lars
Shelagh Fraser
General Motti
Richard Le Parmentier
Gold Leader
Angus MacInnes


George Lucas

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U