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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Movies | 1 comment

The Force Is Still Strong In This One After 35 Years

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Star Wars (which younger fans may know as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope). Released on 25 May 1977 after more than two years of production, the epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas, is considered by many to be one of the most influential films of all time.


Will the Rebel Alliances’ battle to restore the Galactic Republic succeed? Will the evil Sith Lords of the Galactic Empire triumph?

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

The original first instalment of what has eventually grown into a six movie franchise featured a young cast of (then) relatively unknown stars, and introduced a number of ground-breaking special effects techniques, unconventional editing and a set of meme generating characters to a generation of sci-fi fans.

Set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”, the film follows a group of freedom fighters known as the Rebel Alliance as they plot to destroy the powerful Death Star space station, a devastating weapon created by the evil Galactic Empire. This conflict disrupts the isolated life of farmboy Luke Skywalker when he inadvertently acquires the droids carrying the stolen plans to the Death Star. After the Empire begins a cruel and destructive search for the droids, Skywalker decides to accompany Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on a daring mission to rescue the owner of the droids, rebel leader Princess Leia, and save the galaxy.

Star Wars – Just the Essential Plot

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A Cast of Thousands

  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker: Luke is a young man who was raised by his aunt and uncle on the remote, desert world Tatooine. He dreams of something greater than his current position in life and eventually finds it.
  • Harrison Ford as Han Solo: Han is a cynical smuggler whom Luke and Obi-Wan meet at the Mos Eisley Cantina. They hire him to take them to Alderaan in his ship, the Millennium Falcon, which is co-piloted by Chewbacca.
  • Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa: Leia is a member of the Imperial Senate and a leader of the Rebel Alliance. She plans to use the stolen Death Star plans to find the station’s weakness.
  • Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin: Tarkin is the commander of the Death Star and a Regional Governor of the Galaxy. He leads the search for the Rebel Base, hoping to destroy it.
  • Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi: Obi-Wan is an aging man who served as a Jedi Knight and then Jedi Master during the Clone Wars. Early in the film, Kenobi introduces Luke to the Force.
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3PO: 3PO is a protocol and interpreter droid who also falls into Luke’s hands. He is rarely without his counterpart droid, R2-D2.
  • Kenny Baker as R2-D2: R2 is an astromech droid who is carrying the Death Star plans and a secret message for Obi-Wan from Princess Leia.
  • Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca: Chewie is Han Solo’s sidekick, a 200 year old Wookiee and co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon.
  • David Prowse as Darth Vader: Vader is a Dark Lord of the Sith and a prominent figure of the Galactic Empire who hopes to destroy the Rebel Alliance. Vader was voiced by James Earl Jones.

Produced with a budget of $11 million, the film earned $460 million in the United States and $337 million overseas, surpassing Jaws as the nominal highest-grossing film and remained that way until being surpassed by E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in 1983. When adjusted for inflation, it is the second highest grossing film in the USA and Canada as of 2010.

Among the many awards the film received, it gained ten Academy Award nominations, winning six; the nominations included Best Supporting Actor for Alec Guinness and Best Picture. The film is often ranked among the best films of all time. Lucas has re-released the film on several occasions, sometimes with significant changes; the most notable versions are the 1997 Special Edition, the 2004 DVD release, and the 2011 Blu-ray release, which have modified computer-generated effects, altered dialogue, and added scenes.

Gosh Luke, You Look So Buff!

Gosh Luke, you look so buff in your original 1977 US theatrical release poster! And your sister looks pretty hot and sexy too! (Although at this point you don’t actually know that she’s your sister do you?)

Star Wars Original 1997 One Sheet poster

1 Comment

  1. been watching with the kids over the last week…we are doing episode 6 tonight!!!

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