Star Wars Episode IV: a New Hope

Star Wars Episode IV: a New Hope

George Lucas (1977)

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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.


Farm boy Luke Skywalker is thrust into an intergalactic battle between good and evil while trying to rescue a spirited princess from the clutches of the evil Darth Vader. En route, he is helped by a cocky space pilot, a veteran warrior, two bickering robots and a hairy 8ft alien. Sci-fi adventure directed by George Lucas, with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing.

Cast & 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
C-3PO Anthony Daniels
R2-D2 Kenny Baker (2)
Chewbacca 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
Lt Pol Treidum Peter Sumner
Director George Lucas
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray