Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is held hostage by the evil Imperial Forces, under orders from Darth Vader (David Prowse), in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Millennium Falcon Captain Han Solo (Harrison Ford) team together with the lovable droid duo R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) to rescue the beautiful princess and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.
Writer: George Lucas
Director: George Lucas
Producer: George Lucas, Gary Kurtz
Cast: Carrie Fisher, James Jones, Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford, Phil Brown, Peter Cushing, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Drewe Henley, Eddie Byrne, Shelagh Fraser, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Alex McCrindle, Jack Purvis
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One of the greatest movies ever made! So many memorable moments and characters! The first movie that made me want to be a hero. Every boy wanted to be Luke and secretly wished they were Han! Kids will love it.March 25th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
Greatest movie ever made. Ok.com needs to just put this at 100%. I bet the people who thumbs downed this movie loved The Notebook, that Sisterhood Traveling pants shame and the infamous War Horse. Fact!January 18th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
the only one that little kids could watchMarch 14th, 2011 · Details1 Thank ·
My father told me that when Star Wars was first released in theaters, a friend, who had watched it the night previously, came to him and told him what a fantastic movie it was! My father asked what it was about, to which the friend fumbled in reply something about weird and crazy aliens in bars and swords that were made of light. Unimpressed, he wondered what the movie could really offer.
He was pleasantly surprised, obviously. Star Wars back then was almost a whole new world to the movies.Today it is the father of many more amazing stories. It introduced the classic orphaned child who finds family in places he didn't expect, one who is a no one and becomes a legend. And it is still one of the best of its kind out there.November 22nd, 2013 · Details
My father believed that every family should see this movie, it's the American way - baseball, apple pie and Star Wars. Good times.April 9th, 2013 · Details
What a great movie and impressive film making for its time. The story is a classic and is definitely worth your time.January 7th, 2013 · Details
Not the flashiest, but my favorite of the Star Wars films.January 22nd, 2012 · Details
The one that started it all. It marked the beginning of Lucas's success as a movie maker and Ford's success as an actor. Call it shear luck, desparation or skill, Lucas directed this movie in a way that just resonates with everyone on one level or another. This is one of only a few movies I've been to where the crowd cheers and claps when the Death Star blows its self to bits. This gets a PG-13 rating in my opinion for some violence which includes people getting Blasted and dismemberment by lightsaber. Almost forgot, Vader does a force choke and also physically chokes a man to death in the first scene. Great movie though, do see.October 15th, 2011 · Details
There's no doubt about it audiences will get quite a rush seeing "Star Wars" on the big screen again.
All the familiar characters and memorable moments are here, in gleaming color thanks to a lavish restoration project, which also provided an enhanced stereo soundtrack.
It should be noted at the outset, however, that despite all the changes and improvements ("improvements" being an arguable point, of course), there is nothing in this "Special Edition" reissue that alters the film substantially. The Rebel Alliance still wins the day; Darth Vader still gets away.
So, the real question in this updated review has little to do with the film itself was all this tweaking necessary?
Well, no. But it is pretty cool.
The special effects are smoother, the creatures are more elaborate, the story is filled out a bit and a couple of new moments including the much-anticipated moment when Han Solo confronts Jabba the Hutt are seamlessly incorporated into the fabric of the film.
In other words, this ain't Steven Spielberg's "Special Edition" of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
But it must also be said that there are places in this upgraded "Star Wars" where the screen seems overly cluttered, as all kinds of little creatures move around in the background (and in the foreground, for that matter), which proves distracting from the focal point of certain scenes.
In fact, one wonders if Lucas would have allowed that the first time around, even if he had the technology to do it.
Still, the computer-generated cleanup job does well by the explosions and dogfights, and the new material is often visually stunning there are things here that definitely shift the "wow" factor up to razzle-dazzle levels.
And let's face it, with all the high-tech, special-effects-driven pictures that have come along since "Star Wars," Lucas probably did need to do some of this if he wanted to get a young generation of moviegoers into theater seats.
With the notable exception of Mark Hamill's performance (which was even too whiny in 1977), the film holds up quite well, with a great old-fashioned story and clearly defined heroes and villains.
In other words, "Star Wars" remains the wild ride that helped change the face of modern moviegoing, and is every bit as entertaining today as it was 20 years ago.
You can't ask much more than that.
"Star Wars" is rated PG for violence and profanity.
January 31st, 1997 · Details