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  • by David C. Terr

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    star wars movie posterTitle: Star Wars

    Director: George Lucas

    Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness

    Release Date: May 25, 1977 (USA)

    Running Time: 121 min

    Genres: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

     

    Commentary
    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, originally known simply as Star Wars, is one of my alltime favorite movies. I mainly like the special effects, but I also enjoy the story, which is one-of-a-kind. The world of Star Wars is truly unique, with the following unusual characters:

    • intelligent robots ('droids) such as R2-D2 and C-3P0
    • the evil master Darth Vader
    • Chewbacca, a hairy apelike "wookie"
    • other strange aliens, such as the clientelle at the Cantina on Tatooine

    Star Wars takes us on a journey to another incredible futuristic and magical world, governed by "the force".

    Plot Summary

    • The Death Star: The evil Galactic Empire ruled by Darth Vader, a very scary large man with a black robe and large mask, completes construction of its Death Star, a moon-sized weapon capable of destroying a planet. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), leader of the Rebel Alliance, steals the plans for the Death Star in order to find a weakness, but gets captured and interrogated by Darth Vader and his associates and ultimately imprisoned inside the Death Star, where she is to be killed.
    • Luke Skywalker: Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), a young farmer living on the desert planet of Tatooine, meets Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), a Jedi master who has lived in seclusion on the planet for several years. After Luke's home is destroyed by the Empire along with his aunt and uncle, with whom he has been living, Obi-Wan begins Luke's training as a Jedi master. Luke and Obi-Wan team up with Han Solo (Harrison Ford), his hairy ape-like wookie Chewbacca, and Luke's new android friends R2-D2 and C-3P0. They board the Millenium Falcon, a small starship capable of faster-than-light travel, and head to Death Star to try to rescue Princess Leia and fight Darth Vader.

    Cultural Significance
    Star Wars had a tremendous effect on popular culture. The movie's huge popularity resulted in a renewed interest in science fiction as well as a slue of imitations and paraphenalia, including the following:

    • action figures
    • costumes
    • lunch boxes
    • T-shirts

    Star Wars was a first of a kind in many ways. For instance, it was the first hugely popular comic book style Sci-Fi movie and the first to use many of its numerous special effects, including the following:

    • lightsabers
    • blasters
    • hyperspace drive
    • battling starships

    Movie Clips

    Here's the original trailer.

     

     

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