STAR Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope) is a 1977 American epic space sci-fi film written and directed by George Lucas.
It was the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy, and the beginning of a franchise that made Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Alec Guinness into household names.
The film's plot focuses on the Rebel Alliance led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
This conflict disrupts the isolated life of farmhand Luke Skywalker (Hamill) after he acquires a pair of droids that possess stolen architectural plans for the Death Star.
When the Empire begins a destructive search for the missing droids, Skywalker accompanies Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) on a mission to return the plans to the Rebel Alliance and rescue Leia from her imprisonment.
According to Lucas, different concepts of the film were inspired by numerous sources, such as Beowulf, Joseph Campbell and King Arthur.
At the time of its release in 1977, Star Wars was a technological wonder that changed the landscape of movie making and amazed audiences worldwide.
It was the first film to make over $300,000,000.
Lucas' superb vision and masterful direction created a modern franchise that would go on to create the other seven movies, and the franchise continues on to this day.
George Lucas' decision to accept a lower salary on the film in exchange for full merchandising rights was considered a fool's gamble on his part.
Toys based on movies had never been major money-earners (though some movie-toy combinations had done moderate retail returns) because of the long gap between when a movie would go through its theatrical run and when any products based on it would be available.
Star Wars, however, was such a phenomenon that it reached the holiday 1977 sales period in full swing, and changed the way movies were merchandised forever.
In early drafts of the script, R2-D2 could speak standard English, and he had a rather foul vocabulary.
Although all of R2's English speech was removed, many of C-3PO's reactions to it were left in.
The light saber sound effect is a combination of the hum of an idling 35mm movie projector and the feedback generated by passing a stripped microphone cable by a television.
Star Wars will release a new film later this year, called The Last Jedi, with an unnamed film scheduled for 2018 telling the background story of Han Solo.
Teen and long-time fans are encouraged to dress up in their best Star wars costumes, with prizes to be awarded to the best dressed male and female.
- At the Nimbin Bush Theatre on Wednesday, October 4, 11am. $10 with free popcorn.
- Director: George Lucas
- Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Alec Guinness
- Rating: PG
- Length: 121min
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