Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: May 25, 1977
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Bugger217Sep 9, 2017
There's nothing left to say about Star Wars, so I'll reiterate what countless others have said over the years. It's a deeply imaginative and exciting blockbuster with strong characters that changed how movies would be made forever. JohnThere's nothing left to say about Star Wars, so I'll reiterate what countless others have said over the years. It's a deeply imaginative and exciting blockbuster with strong characters that changed how movies would be made forever. John Williams' stunning musical score gives the movie a beating heart. The only thing that holds it back from perfection is George Lucas' occasionally clunky dialogue. Expand
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adw55125Jul 3, 2017
To say Star Wars was a big impact on film is an understatement. I was not even around the time it came out yet even today people understand the impact Star Wars had, not just for film, but for the world. The emergence of Star Wars began withTo say Star Wars was a big impact on film is an understatement. I was not even around the time it came out yet even today people understand the impact Star Wars had, not just for film, but for the world. The emergence of Star Wars began with this film, eventually being the fourth in the series (not counting the anthology films). This film was masterfully directed and written by George Lucas. It has a story that captures peoples imaginations and brings us along for an adventure with these great characters. The characters of Luke Skywalker: the farmer boy who dreamed of being more, Obiwan Kenobi (Ben): the wise old mentor , Han Solo: the smuggler turned hero, Chewbacca, Leia Organa: the princess who will fight for good, Darth Vader: the leader of the empire, C3PO, and R2D2 among others
The music of Star Wars has become truly iconic and memorable, the effects hold up even today, the visuals of the movie are dazzling. There is many things to be said about this film, but in short, if you haven't seen this film and franchise, you must.
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robertoiglesiasJun 18, 2017
This was an outstanding movie! All of the characters rocked. I don't have one complaint about this. This is my favorite out of all of the Star Wars films. 10/10.
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SonicHD7Jun 1, 2017
The Imperial Forces -- under orders from cruel Darth Vader (David Prowse) -- hold Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) hostage, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (HarrisonThe Imperial Forces -- under orders from cruel Darth Vader (David Prowse) -- hold Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) hostage, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance, and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy. Expand
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PluutozzMay 30, 2017
Simply put, one of the best films of all time and maybe THE best SciFi of all time. Groundbreaking and highly influential. Incredible worldbuilding. Incredibly shot. Interesting characters. Many classic scenes. A family drama/saga in a galaxySimply put, one of the best films of all time and maybe THE best SciFi of all time. Groundbreaking and highly influential. Incredible worldbuilding. Incredibly shot. Interesting characters. Many classic scenes. A family drama/saga in a galaxy far far away. The movie that started it all is atleast on my account the superior one. Expand
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yoshi8869May 23, 2017
I'm going to piss a lot of people off when I say it's not really my favorite Star Wars film. In fact it's my fourth favorite in the saga, but what it did is remarkable. It broke bounds of creativity and ingenuity in storytelling and practicalI'm going to piss a lot of people off when I say it's not really my favorite Star Wars film. In fact it's my fourth favorite in the saga, but what it did is remarkable. It broke bounds of creativity and ingenuity in storytelling and practical effects. It redefined the value of music in cinema and inspired and empowered people of all ages for ages to come. It is a perfect expression of imagination on the silver screen and is the reason I am a screenwriter today. For that, it's worth praising. -JR Expand
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MonkiReviewsMay 22, 2017
I always enjoy Star Wars movies. This one though, is one of the best. The story and characters make you want to come back to watch and see the sequals. Anyone who hasn't watched it needs to.
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EpsilonSigmaMuMay 12, 2017
Never has the word "game changing" better applied to a film. The beginning to the biggest cultural phenomenon in Science Fiction opened our eyes to new possibilities of blockbuster film making, and the industry hasn't been the same since.Never has the word "game changing" better applied to a film. The beginning to the biggest cultural phenomenon in Science Fiction opened our eyes to new possibilities of blockbuster film making, and the industry hasn't been the same since. Where would we be without Star Wars? Expand
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The_fantastic94May 2, 2017
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Star wars takes us to a galaxy far far away, introducing some of the most beloved and iconic characters in cinematic history. This movie set standards for sound editing and special effects, while bringing us the best score ever composed for a film. Boy, would I wish to visit the Cantina on Tatooine, play chess aboard the Millennium falcon or blow up the Death star with an X-wing... Expand
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SchrebelsApr 10, 2017
One of my all time favorite movies. Really not much to say. Such a rich universe and the characters are so strong, not to mention one of the best villains of all time. Sci-Fi MASTERPIECE!
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TiagoGM18Mar 27, 2017
It's not a 10/10 just because both the CGI, the coreography and the sound quality don't hold up as well as the other two movies, otherwise, a masterpiece.
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ZerpnosMar 4, 2017
Bir efsanenin doğuşu, o yıllarda bu kalitede ve görsellikte film çekmek gerçekten muazzam bir yetenek. George Lucas'ı takdir ediyor ve yazıma devam ediyorum. Ölüm yıldızı planlarını geri almak isteyen İmparatorluk güçleri ve karşılarına çıkanBir efsanenin doğuşu, o yıllarda bu kalitede ve görsellikte film çekmek gerçekten muazzam bir yetenek. George Lucas'ı takdir ediyor ve yazıma devam ediyorum. Ölüm yıldızı planlarını geri almak isteyen İmparatorluk güçleri ve karşılarına çıkan Asiler. Senaryosu başlangıç için çok güzel, Aksiyonu ciddi anlamda insanı besleyen ve izlerken büyük keyif alacağınız bir film olmuş. Expand
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UNARMED_JORDFeb 26, 2017
An utterly fantastic in not just the star wars department but also in the Science fiction genre this installment changed the very way filmmakers film movies
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Jk9785Feb 25, 2017
Possibly the most iconic sci-fi film to date, Star Wars is a thrilling adventure with a few small flaws, but it is still one hell of a ride. Lucas delivers a fantastic blockbuster after his two other films (also quite good), THX 1138 andPossibly the most iconic sci-fi film to date, Star Wars is a thrilling adventure with a few small flaws, but it is still one hell of a ride. Lucas delivers a fantastic blockbuster after his two other films (also quite good), THX 1138 and American Graffiti. Expand
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russiangamerFeb 4, 2017
Классика кинематографа.
Устарели только эффекты, а всё остальное держится на высоком уровне вот уже несколько десятилетий.
Обязательно смотрите, если ещё не делали этого. P.S. Неужели есть люди, которые не видели ЗВ?
Классика кинематографа.
Устарели только эффекты, а всё остальное держится на высоком уровне вот уже несколько десятилетий.
Обязательно смотрите, если ещё не делали этого. P.S. Неужели есть люди, которые не видели ЗВ?
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stevenschatzOct 29, 2016
Score: 93%
Star Wars: A New Hope is an outstanding film with a fantastic story.

Pros:
- A great story
- The Force
- Revolutionary graphics
Cons:
- The lightsaber duel was very slow / lack of action
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actiniumJan 15, 2017
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BroyaxJan 11, 2017
Dans le fond il n'a pas si bien vieilli que ça, l'épisode fondateur, malgré le replâtrage de l'édition spéciale dont on apprécie tout de même les effets sonores remontés à bloc mais qui ne s'imposait pas vraiment : les retouches sontDans le fond il n'a pas si bien vieilli que ça, l'épisode fondateur, malgré le replâtrage de l'édition spéciale dont on apprécie tout de même les effets sonores remontés à bloc mais qui ne s'imposait pas vraiment : les retouches sont anecdotiques et les images de synthèse insérées ici et là jurent avec les maquettes et le reste des effets roulés sous les aisselles à l'ancienne.

Non, ce qui a vieilli concerne le film lui-même, son côté bon enfant, trop bon enfant sans doute, comme ces kinders-suprise qu'on distribue à chacun à la fin. C'est tout ce côté gnangnan qui sera mis à la trappe dans l'Empire Contre-Attaque comme si Star Wars avait d'un coup passé sa crise d'adolescence... pour retourner chez Casimir dans le Retour du Jedi.

Certains dialogues font tache comme dans un dessin animé assez crétin et certaines actions font sourire de dérision comme Vador toujours en train de visser un truc dans son chasseur TIE customisé : on dirait qu'il joue avec la pression du turbo... dans le meilleur des cas. D'un autre côté, on a le vieux qui finit en dématérialisé (ça doit être la Force... dont les voies sont impénétrables pour le béotien) alors on ne va pas trop chipoter.

Comme mise en place de la mythologie Star Wars, cet épisode IV fait néanmoins son office avec application et son scénario est en fin de compte bien plus rigoureux qu'il n'y paraît avec en point d'orgue l'assaut final toujours aussi passionnant à suivre. Lorsque les trompettes vocifèrent tandis que les X-Wing se ruent dans la tranchée, ce moment-là, on est pas près de l'oublier. Un dernier petit quart d'heure d'une efficacité encore jamais égalée.

Ce qui nous amène à la musique survoltée de John Williams qui est aussi importante que le film et constitue son identité, autant de morceaux de bravoure qu'on est pas près d'oublier non plus.

Qu'il me soit permis d'ailleurs d'adresser un hommage pour les trois clampins qui suent comme des porcs sous leur casque, leur peluche ou dans leur boîte de conserve : vous êtes définitivement des héros, vous qui contribuez à l'alchimie bizarroïde de ce bric-à-brac du space-opera dont le tout, on en conviendra, est supérieur à la somme de ses défauts ou qualités. Et inversement.
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superbatJan 1, 2017
A New Hope laid the foundations for the sci-fi genre and for one of the greatest movie trilogies ever. Anyone seeing it for the first time will fall in love with it's main characters; Luke, Leia (RIP Carrie), Han Solo and Chew are all aA New Hope laid the foundations for the sci-fi genre and for one of the greatest movie trilogies ever. Anyone seeing it for the first time will fall in love with it's main characters; Luke, Leia (RIP Carrie), Han Solo and Chew are all a pleasure to watch. The story is well-balanced and the action is solid. There will never be another movie like it: it's a timeless classic. Expand
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PrivataDec 16, 2016
The movie that started it all.
Its an amazing movie , borderline perfect.
So , why not a 10? Special editions. But even with the special editions its a great movie , and deserves more rep than it gets. Not much to say to be honest ,
The movie that started it all.
Its an amazing movie , borderline perfect.

So , why not a 10?
Special editions.

But even with the special editions its a great movie , and deserves more rep than it gets.

Not much to say to be honest , critics at the time said it was the hidden fortress and indeed it is. only StarWars did it better , gave it an original spin and started the best franchise ever.

In fact you could argue without StarWars life would be more dull and nerds/geeks would still be seen as monsters.
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Thatonenerd2187Dec 11, 2016
This was the film that changed cinema for science fiction and movies alike. It's story, characters, and overall fun kept us invested, and the special effects and filming still hold up to this day, which is a big surprise to me.
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gNov 11, 2016
An iconic film turning 40 and its popularity never stops. Star Wars is an interesting story of galaxies and empires but I think sci-fi and fantasy is all the same.
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JurassicWookieNov 7, 2016
Its Star Wars [1977] SO WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? Special Effects Revolutionary! Story line is Awesome! and if you haven't seen it....uhhh...WATCH IT! You can't go wrong with the original trilogy!
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gta3lcpdOct 26, 2016
Well, I really don't like sci-fi, and so I'm not a big Star Wars fan, but I'd be dicking you if I said I didn't like the original trilogy of movies from the 70s and 80s. For me personally, I feel that the third one (the one where they're inWell, I really don't like sci-fi, and so I'm not a big Star Wars fan, but I'd be dicking you if I said I didn't like the original trilogy of movies from the 70s and 80s. For me personally, I feel that the third one (the one where they're in the place with Pizza the Hut, and he takes Princess Leia as a sex slave out in the desert, kind of like the prophet Muhammad) was the best. But this is still a great movie, an all-time classic! So, if you're looking for a good, classic sci-fi movie, and one of the best at that, STAR WARS is where it's at. Expand
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Cole_SoderstromOct 25, 2016
An amazing film and if you havn't seen it what have you been doing with your life? This film has an amazing cast of characters and is a classic tale of good vs evil. It is a much watch for anybody
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mm007Oct 12, 2016
This was a revolutionary movie that established scifi as a financially popular genre and allowed many more movies to come to the fore. The backstory might even be better than the actual movie.
AND YES, DARTH VADER ROCKSSS.
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MovieFanReview6Aug 15, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The original Star Wars is not something you can talk about without saying it was great, in fact it one of the best films ever. In my opinion it's the best Star Wars film. Easily in my top five, but is it the best movie. I'm afraid not. Most people overlook the films flaws because because of nostalgia. Some of the scenes would be removed and it wouldn't effect the movie in anyway, and I can't be the only one to think that C-3P0 and R2-D2 both being captured by the Jawa's and meeting each other again after storming off in two sides of the desert. Maybe it's just nitpicking, but I can't overlook it. Still a great film that should be preserved, so future generations can see it. Expand
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Antgiog1202Aug 9, 2016
Here begins the greatest cinematic achievement of all time, and arguably one of the greatest stories ever created. Originally conceived as a serialized popcorn fest, Star Wars surpassed even George's keen and bombastic imagination to become aHere begins the greatest cinematic achievement of all time, and arguably one of the greatest stories ever created. Originally conceived as a serialized popcorn fest, Star Wars surpassed even George's keen and bombastic imagination to become a central part of movie history. My point here is that Star Wars is a classic even to people who don't know Pulp Fiction from Twilight. It has everything you could possibly want: action, romance, midgets, quotable dialogue, and a reminiscent score by John Williams. Star Wars is the definition of success.

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BarneyOnMTJul 25, 2016
WHAT I LIKED: The first Star Wars could have easily been a miss, but it's Lucas' focus on these incredible characters that makes it. It's a true joy seeing them interact with an amazing world and amazing scenarios, and it's for that reasonWHAT I LIKED: The first Star Wars could have easily been a miss, but it's Lucas' focus on these incredible characters that makes it. It's a true joy seeing them interact with an amazing world and amazing scenarios, and it's for that reason that this film has stood the test of time and gone down in history. It truly changed film forever
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Compared to later films, this one doesn't quite live up in terms of plot, and Lucas ruins aspects of it with every special edition
VERDICT: It kick started the best franchise of all time with a bang thanks to Lucas' creative flair and focus on character. 'Episode 4' changed film forever
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MasterRileyJul 20, 2016
Star Wars changed the world. Literally. It is an epic space opera film about hope, romance, war, friendship, loss, and so much more. It is the first chapter of the greatest trilogy of movies of all time. There is nothing else I can say thatStar Wars changed the world. Literally. It is an epic space opera film about hope, romance, war, friendship, loss, and so much more. It is the first chapter of the greatest trilogy of movies of all time. There is nothing else I can say that has not been said already. If you're that one person in the galaxy that still somehow has not seen this movie, do yourself a favour and watch it. Expand
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akalukasJul 15, 2016
This movie is cult! It is one of the best movies i have ever seen (esept of episode 5)! This film is such a great start for a new triology, G.Lucas made all of it good! It also includes a small number of diseases like the story who is veryThis movie is cult! It is one of the best movies i have ever seen (esept of episode 5)! This film is such a great start for a new triology, G.Lucas made all of it good! It also includes a small number of diseases like the story who is very predictical but at all it took a whole generation crazy!!! Expand
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Muskrat147Jul 13, 2016
Considered by many to be the best and most influential Sci-Fi film of all time, Star Wars: A New Hope revolutionized the genre by introducing state-of-the-art special effects, as well as great performances, a menacing villain, and aConsidered by many to be the best and most influential Sci-Fi film of all time, Star Wars: A New Hope revolutionized the genre by introducing state-of-the-art special effects, as well as great performances, a menacing villain, and a fast-paced story that still marvels viewers to this day. Expand
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CriticMLTJun 5, 2016
Thanks to this film I became such a huge star wars fan. It is one of the greatest sci-fi film every and i hope that the force will be with you. The story is well written and everything about this movie is great.
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Aaron_WassermanMay 30, 2016
Star Wars, later titled A New Hope, was the start of the biggest film franchise ever made. I adore this movie and I love it very much. It still holds up today and still has so much movie magic to it. I was not even alive when this film cameStar Wars, later titled A New Hope, was the start of the biggest film franchise ever made. I adore this movie and I love it very much. It still holds up today and still has so much movie magic to it. I was not even alive when this film came out yet even when I watch it among the films today, it is still incredible. Expand
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CineAutoctonoMay 4, 2016
I chanced to see today this May 4 anniversary of Star Wars to see the first movie in the series but with the fourth episode which is I think where begins , and it was amazing, I felt the strength and I took the boldness to see the saga allI chanced to see today this May 4 anniversary of Star Wars to see the first movie in the series but with the fourth episode which is I think where begins , and it was amazing, I felt the strength and I took the boldness to see the saga all week. As for the very good movie action scenes, and characters are excellent, I am a fan. Expand
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aadityamudharApr 6, 2016
This was a revolutionary movie that established sci-fi as a financially popular genre and allowed many more movies to come to the fore. The backstory might even be better than the actual movie.
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MovieMasterEdMar 22, 2016
When Star Wars was first released on the Wednesday before Memorial Day in 1977, it arrived in theaters with good reviews and excellent advance word. It didn't take long for it to become a phenomenon (although, admittedly, 1997's publicity forWhen Star Wars was first released on the Wednesday before Memorial Day in 1977, it arrived in theaters with good reviews and excellent advance word. It didn't take long for it to become a phenomenon (although, admittedly, 1997's publicity for the Special Edition dwarfs that of the original 1977 release). It was a true family film -- perfect for kids and parents, a throwback to the space serials of the past and a look ahead to what the future might hold. Adults appreciated Lucas' masterful, magical movie-making. Children loved all the strange creatures. Suddenly, Star Wars was everywhere; there were bed sheets, lunch boxes, trading cards, action figures, comic books, picture books, posters, records, and just about anything else you could imagine.

The Star Wars fad, such as it was, lasted into the early '80s, and the original film received two additional theatrical runs. Then it was on to the small screen. But watching the movie on videotape, which has been the exclusive viewing experience of just about anyone under the age of twenty, isn't the same as seeing it in a packed theater. Now, however, with the advent of the original movie's twentieth anniversary and the promise of new films in another two years, Star Wars is as hot as it has ever been. Those predicting anything less than a financial windfall for the Special Edition don't have the world's pulse.

Star Wars borrows from numerous sources, but the most obvious inspirations are the serialized adventures of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, Arthurian legends, Greek mythology, and Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. There are also multiple nods to Westerns and the dogfights of World War II movies. But, like all great craftsmen, Lucas has managed to fashion this material in a manner that not only honors the original sources, but makes it uniquely his own. Hacks rip off other movies; artists synthesize and pay homage to their inspirations. Compare Independence Day to Star Wars and the difference will become apparent.

During its original period of theatrical release, Star Wars' special effects were described as everything from "eye popping" to "mind blowing". And, indeed, for their time, they were. (Keep in mind that King Kong's rather cheesy visuals had won the Academy Award just two months before Star Wars was released.) In fact, they're not bad even by today's standards. But "not bad" wasn't good enough for Lucas, and his vision of what they should have been fills the screen in the Special Edition. This is most notable during three key sequences: Luke and Ben's entry into the city of Mos Eisley, Han's heretofore unseen hanger bay meeting with Jabba the Hut, and the final attack on the Death Star. However, in scenes both with and without effects improvements, Star Wars is just as compelling and invigorating a movie experience today as it was when it first came out, and the new stuff blends in seamlessly with the old.

Like all great craftsmen, Lucas has managed to fashion this material in a manner that not only honors the original sources, but makes it uniquely his own. Hacks rip off other movies; artists synthesize and pay homage to their inspirations.

Since 1977, there have been many science fiction movies, but none has managed to equal Star Wars' blend of adventure, likable characters, and epic storytelling. Like some indefatigable King of the Hill, it stands alone and triumphant, regardless of the many imitators that assail its position. As is true of Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and Gone with the Wind, Star Wars will endure long after its creators are gone. And watching this new edition today is like coming home after a long journey and finding everything just as you remember it -- if not better.
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JoroAMar 21, 2016
A revolutionary movie for it's time! A classic! The movie that inspired generations of filmmakers. It is fun to watch and holds well to this day. It has great music and action for it's time, it does however, suffer from it's dialogue a bitA revolutionary movie for it's time! A classic! The movie that inspired generations of filmmakers. It is fun to watch and holds well to this day. It has great music and action for it's time, it does however, suffer from it's dialogue a bit and the pacing at times is a bit slow. But the characters are always interesting so even if it slows down it does not affect the movie by much. Expand
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PachekoviskMar 16, 2016
GREAT
It's Star Wars..... I have to say something else?
It's one of the greatest movies of all time, and one of my favorites.
Even if you don't like Star Wars, you have to recognise it's importance for cinema.
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SanDiegoMar 14, 2016
I know this movie is the best of all time. My favourite character is Darth Vader because he's awesome. I like the future, the ships, the weapons and fight scenes. Everybody loves it.
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CinemassacreMar 13, 2016
The story is an engaging space adventure which takes itself seriously while occasionally admitting an affectionate poke at the genre. The most immediate frame of reference is Flash Gordon, but it’s more than that; it’s an Errol Flynn escapistThe story is an engaging space adventure which takes itself seriously while occasionally admitting an affectionate poke at the genre. The most immediate frame of reference is Flash Gordon, but it’s more than that; it’s an Errol Flynn escapist adventure, and befitting that, composer John Williams and orchestrator Herbert W. Spencer have supplied a rousing score worthy of Korngold and Steiner.

Like a breath or fresh air, “Star Wars” sweeps away the cynicism that has in recent years obscured the concepts of valor, dedication and honor. Make no mistake – this is by no means a “children’s film,” with all the derogatory overtones that go with that description. This is instead a superior example of what only the screen can achieve, and closer to home, it is another affirmation of what only Hollywood can put on a screen.

In casting his principals, Lucas chose three not-so-familiar faces, all young, talented and designed to make the story one of people, not of garish gadgetry. The superb balance of technology and human drama is one of the many achievements: one identifies with the characters and accepts, as do they, the intriguing intergalactic world in which they live.

Carrie Fisher, previously in a small role in “Shampoo,” is delightful as the regal, but spunky princess on a rebel planet who has been kidnapped by Peter Cushing, would-be ruler of the universe. Mark Hamill, previously a TV player, is excellent as a farm boy who sets out to rescue Fisher in league with Alec Guinness, last survivor of a band of noble knights. Harrison Ford, previously in Lucas’ “American Graffiti” and Francis Coppola’s “The Conversation,” is outstanding as a likeable mercenary pilot who joins our friends with his pal Peter Mayhew, a quassi-monkey creature with blue eyes whom Fisher calls “a walking rug.”

Both Guinness and Cushing bring the right measure of majesty to their opposite characters. One of Cushing’s key aides is played by David Prowse, destined to a fatal duel with Guinness, with whom he shares mystical powers. Prowse’s face is concealed behind frightening black armor. James Earl Jones, unbilled, provides a note of sonorous menace as Prowse’s voice. Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker play a Mutt-and-Jeff team of kooky robots.

The heroes and the heavies joust through an exciting series of confrontations, replete with laser guns and other futuristic equipment, building suspense towards the climactic destruction of Cushing’s war-mongering planet. Several chase and escape sequences are likely to stimulate spontaneous audience applause.

Lucas is no credit hog, and all contributions are acknowledged on the end titles, bearing all the names listed above as well as assistants in various categories. The film opens, after the 20th logo, with the type of receding crawl that Flash Gordon fans will recognize. Locations in Tunisia, Death Valley, Guatemala and Africa were utilized, and interiors were shot at EMI’s British studios where the terrific score was also recorded. But the technical effects were all done here. Technicolor did the production color work, and DeLuxe the prints. Use of Dolby sound enhances the overall impact.

Lucas’ first feature, “THX-1138,” was also futuristic in tone, but there the story emphasis was on machines controlling man. In “Star Wars” the people remain the masters of the hardware, thereby striking a more resonant note of empathy and hope. This is the kind of film in which an audience, first entertained, can later walk out feeling good all over.
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marc5477Feb 25, 2016
After watching the travesty that is episode VII, I was reminded yet again of how good the originals are. Lets face it, Star Wars is pretty much toast now given how poorly Disney handled the latest episode. It has become a formulaic, staleAfter watching the travesty that is episode VII, I was reminded yet again of how good the originals are. Lets face it, Star Wars is pretty much toast now given how poorly Disney handled the latest episode. It has become a formulaic, stale franchise with no love for itself or story telling... This is the extreme opposite of what the original title stood for... Star Wars a New Hope was edgy for its time. Investors wanted no part of it and even James Earl Jones didnt have full faith in it. Their budget was low, their special effects innovative but cheap and the focus of the film was entirely on story and characters. It took a bunch of no name actors and made them stars to the point that even costumed actors whose faces you never saw, became famous.

A New Hope revolved around a political struggle between a powerful established empire and a rebel alliance that suffered from the tyrannical and imperialistic practices of the empire. The theme was very believable because it is common in politics and the way it was portrayed was fairly believable. The empire wanted to capture and kill the remaining rebel leaders and the journey starts there; with one leader getting captured and begging for help. In many ways, it reminded people of their own struggles, many of which are against a much stronger "foe" be it the government or corporations, a bully or whatever and Luke was a accidental hero who fights against all odds with the help of friends to eventually beat back an indomitable foe. Its a very 'feel good' type story that many fantasize about and that is probably why so many related to it.

This movie was different than most because of the number of central plot actors. Even though Luke was the hero of the story, a lot of characters got equal screen time and unlike most movies, the division of time between so many characters actually worked. Normally such a production results in a bunch of characters with no personality or unbelievable story arcs but not in this movie. The characters all came off as believable given their story and situation and had valid reasons to do what they did from Han Solo, Leia and Luke to Yoda, R2D2 and Vader. It was a well written and well directed movie and one that proved good story trumps star actors (they were not stars yet) and ludicrous budgets.

This movie has been remastered and I honestly think the remasters are good despite the changes made (they are fairly minor to the story). If you have not seen it (likely because you are young and episode 7 didnt do it for you), definitely give this older movie a shot.
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OltgonFeb 12, 2016
So I Just watched the despecialized edition of Star Wars today, so there was no unnecessary cgi. Mixed with critical thinking and better movie knowledge, Star Wars ''a new hope'' is even better than I could remember.

Its directing and
So I Just watched the despecialized edition of Star Wars today, so there was no unnecessary cgi. Mixed with critical thinking and better movie knowledge, Star Wars ''a new hope'' is even better than I could remember.

Its directing and cinematography was neater than I remembered, there was many good looking shots, it feels bit of a rough and dirty job at times, though.

The chills from opening theme, to the epic throne room ending; John Williams succeed in composing a memorable and classic score, which helps setting the tone of emotions throughout the movie, simply brilliant.

Alec Guiness' performance is flawless, other than him; the film got a few weak performances. I was more impressed by the supporting actors, the leads seemed to struggle, though Harrison Ford's performance was decent.

Special effect masterpiece; looking at the opening sequence and the other sequences, nothing looks off, it holds up really well. And still looks epic, and blends in well. It has even aged better than return of the Jedi, return of the Jedi coming out six years after ''a new hope'', so the special effects crew of star wars did an excellent job.

It's a classic good versus evil story, it's seemed not to be written as a masterpiece, but more of adventurous fun, it's about the most fun you can have watching a movie. It's the hero with a thousand faces, but it's a reason it stands out - the relatable characters, development, design, world building, it feels grand and interesting. This movie is a perfect example of world building, showing off all kinds of creatures and areas, while continuously expanding the universe from scene to scene.

For the people who refuse to watch it just because they feel like it's ''overexposed'', I feel like you should at least give it a chance, then I'm fine with whatever opinion you have on it. Star Wars is one of my favourite movies, only Star Wars movie I like better is the empire strikes back. I highly recommend this for all kinds of movie goer, a reason it became such a pop culture phenomenon.
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koothrappaliFeb 1, 2016
Esse filme é realmente um marco na história do cinema. A história e os personagens que todos amam se inicia nesse obra prima chamada Star Wars. Um verdadeiro ótimo filme.
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TheMasiMan1Jan 22, 2016
The oldness of the film shines right through!... but can you blame it? Come on! Its over 40 years old! The fact that its over 40 years old and we are still talking about it, shows how great it is. I got nothing to complain about... oh wait IThe oldness of the film shines right through!... but can you blame it? Come on! Its over 40 years old! The fact that its over 40 years old and we are still talking about it, shows how great it is. I got nothing to complain about... oh wait I do: The Special Edition changes... but Im not gonna hold those against this movie. They were put in later. Expand
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UrbanlistenerJan 10, 2016
Not a lot of things to say about this film that hasn't been said already. It is the best sci-fi film ever after episode V, that's what you have to know.
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LepstrungJan 10, 2016
A new hope might not be best movie ever but it did start the best movie series ever. Everytime I see this movie I remember who great it was and its always morebetter then it was last time.
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gameguardian21Jan 7, 2016
This movie was a huge success, and I'm not just talking about the box office. I am talking about the history of movie making. This is my third favorite star wars movie after the empire strikes back and the force awakens. It has well madeThis movie was a huge success, and I'm not just talking about the box office. I am talking about the history of movie making. This is my third favorite star wars movie after the empire strikes back and the force awakens. It has well made characters, great special effects for it's time, and a great story line. I personally have no sin for this movie, because there is nothing really wrong with the movie. Expand
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FilmMasterEdJan 5, 2016
It's tricky, but try to imagine a time before Star Wars. Close your eyes, concentrate hard, rewind those famous scrolling credits until there's just blackness. Good. Back in that dark, pre-enlightenment age, 20th Century Fox conducted someIt's tricky, but try to imagine a time before Star Wars. Close your eyes, concentrate hard, rewind those famous scrolling credits until there's just blackness. Good. Back in that dark, pre-enlightenment age, 20th Century Fox conducted some market research on their forthcoming sci-fi adventure.

Researchers armed only with a title and brief synopsis came back with some worrying results: only males under 25 expressed a desire to see a film called Star Wars. As a direct result of this research, Star Wars was deliberately packaged to attract older and female cinemagoers: the humans were pushed centre-stage and the film's epic, fairy-tale qualities were emphasised in the publicity material. When Star Wars came out in the summer of 1977 it had been focus-grouped, and to great effect — everybody went to see it.

By November, it had dethroned Jaws in the all-time box office charts, a position it held until Independence Day. Blimey, even the novelisation sold two million copies, and let's not get started on the merchandising. So what happened? After all, nobody's attributing Star Wars' epoch-making, culture-shifting success to a wily decision to put Princess Leia on the posters. The answer is timing.

The 1970s, Hollywood's second golden age, were characterised by baby-boomer film students making pictures personal and dark enough to reflect the political morass of post-Watergate, in-Vietnam America. Though The Exorcist and Jaws are credited with kicking down the doors of the Blockbuster Age, these were not family films. Star Wars was. George Lucas, feted after American Graffiti had made $55 million off a $1.2 million budget, started writing his moralistic space opera in 1973. He worked on the script for two and a half years in a back room containing a Wurlitzer jukebox and a portrait of Sergei Eisenstein, during which he could never remember how he spelt all those crazy names (Wookiee was different every time he wrote it). It's said that he based maverick Han Solo (bearded, originally) on his pal Francis Coppola and Darth Vader on Richard Nixon.

Influenced by Joseph Campbell's writings on the power of ancient mythology, Lucas created a cosmic Western, the "black hats" replaced by Vader and the evil Empire, and the "white hats" by farmboy Luke Sky walker (Solo was the equivalent of the drunken gunslinger). Lucas' movie brat mates thought he was nuts, and indeed, by the end of a tortuously difficult shoot at Elstree Studios, he very nearly was.

Meanwhile, in an old warehouse near Van Nuys airport, the newborn Industrial Light And Magic had spent $5 million of the $9.5 million budget and not produced a single usable effects shot in one year of working. Of course when they did, ILM redefined movie effects as sure as the finished film would redefine the experience of "going to the pictures ". We all know why Lucas felt the need to digitally tidy up his original trilogy for the great, money-hoovering 1997 reissue, but it set a worrying precedent for The Phantom Menace, where too much technology smothered characterisation and story.

Star Wars' timeless appeal lies in its easily identified, universal archetypes — goodies to root for, baddies to boo, a princess to be rescued and so on — and if it is most obviously dated to the 70s by the special effects, so be it. We all love the stormtrooper banging his head! To remove that digitally would be a crime. Mark Hamill said he felt "like a raisin in a giant fruit salad" when making Star Wars; 20 years later, Liam Neeson almost retired from screen acting after his experiences on The Phantom Menace. But George Lucas does not make actors' films — his interest is in the Star Wars myth, not the cult of some Hollywood star.

Isn't it ironic then, that Star Wars remains a rewatchable classic because of the characters and the performances behind them (especially Ford, Fisher, and James Earl Jones). Sure, you can **** at R2-D2 trundling along the sand like a wheelie-bin, but his signature beeps and clucks are as essential to the personality and momentum of the film as the rousing John Williams score. Just as it's hard to remember what cinema was like before Star Wars, it's impossible to view the original film in isolation now. In 1977, it was not Episode IV, it was a self-contained pleasure that made it okay again to cheer at the screen.

A product of its time, certainly, but like the myths that informed it, Star Wars will outlive the lot of us.
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Sergio2008Jan 3, 2016
Innovative, beautiful, and thrilling to watch. Star Wars: Episode IV is a benchmark film that still hold up in 2016. Without question, one of the greatest films ever made.
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anichelsJan 1, 2016
This movie was absolutely amazing - the acting was not always the best. But think for a minute about the financial backing for Sci-Fi movies in 1977 - George Lucas, as much as the prequels are bad, really did humanity good here.
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NestriReviewsDec 30, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. An incredible opening for the original Star Wars trilogy, A New Hope raised the bar for it's time when it comes to action and special effects. I certainly like this movie's story. It's a lot of fun, it's packed with incredible characters and the action is very cool. Han Solo steals the show in this movie, by being really entertaining and funny. Luke Skywalker is also a very good character, with charisma and with a charming personality. Leia is a fun, hot and badass female character. And, also, Vader (Anakin), the guy that I hate the most for being such an evil human being in Episode III, shines in this movie with his dark and enigmatic image. Obi One is one of my favorite, who is wise and awesome in this movie. So, A New Hope is fantastic and a masterpiece that everyone should watch and enjoy. Expand
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EpicLadySpongeDec 30, 2015
A powerful Sci-Fi classic that will soon have a sequel that's better than its predecessor anyways. There's enough adventure in the saga waiting for you.
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marcmyworksDec 27, 2015
This sci-fi fantasy is classic as it gets. This is a space western that was totally original and probably the finest of the genre at that time. It opened the door for new ideas. A fine classic film.
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hanneguacamoleDec 23, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Before watching this today, I had seen one Star Wars film – several years ago. I was bored out of my mind. But today I had a revelation. I was totally engrossed in the character's stories and even the violence occurring in A New Hope. I didn't want it to end, but lucky for me I have six more to go.

As a newly converted fan, I could honestly see myself watching this movie several more times and loving it more each go-round. That just cannot be said for so many movies. There's just this encapsulating complexity that you must find the answer to – even if it means spending your life waiting for the next release.

As for the movie itself, each character was developed in a way that it left room for growth at a later time, but still satisfied the need for characters that were complex and we cared about. From the "death" of Obi-Wan Kenobi to Han Solo's epiphany and, of course, the effervescence of Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker themselves, I was so enamored. Star Wars may be an action movie, but you're left with the feeling of something more... Perhaps like the force.
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Movie1997Dec 23, 2015
Now this is where we get into the real fun. "Star Wars" is a fun time just watching a movie in general. There are fascinating characters involved with a very interesting premise. It has tremendous pace for a two hour long movie. And theNow this is where we get into the real fun. "Star Wars" is a fun time just watching a movie in general. There are fascinating characters involved with a very interesting premise. It has tremendous pace for a two hour long movie. And the spectacle of it all is still impressive to watch to this very day. It is what a movie should be. It has a little of everything. As far as issues I will say that the whole destroying the Death Star sub-plot felt kind of forced in. It just went from one story to another in my opinion. And it did have a very squeaky clean ending. I understand that it's probably because of the fact that no one expected a sequel after this movie became a humongous hit, but I wish it went for more of that feeling of there will be more. However, there is lots of up to be had with Star Wars. Great characters in a great story with tons of wit and true adventure. I give Star Wars an A-! Expand
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SEROJDec 22, 2015
With very few acting and sound editing issues. The first part of the original trilogy by George Lucas "Star Wars" is an amazing adventure, that no one should miss!
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claraortegaDec 20, 2015
I have only 2 criticisms having watched it.. 1. the casting was almost perfect except for the black guy, he hit the role 40% at the most and there was no chemistry between him and the female lead, it would have been 100% fit for jaydenI have only 2 criticisms having watched it.. 1. the casting was almost perfect except for the black guy, he hit the role 40% at the most and there was no chemistry between him and the female lead, it would have been 100% fit for jayden smith.... 2. it lacked an epic feeling considering the EPIC hype it was given. if lord of the rings were a 9, i would rate star wars a 7. Expand
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TributeManDec 19, 2015
Use the force Luke.

38 lat od premiery! Film przełomowy. Niestety oglądając go dzisiaj czułem duży niedosyt. Brakowało mi większego rozwinięcia wątku gwiazdy śmierci. Pojawia się i znika (dosłownie) oraz poważniejszej historii. Mimo to
Use the force Luke.

38 lat od premiery! Film przełomowy. Niestety oglądając go dzisiaj czułem duży niedosyt. Brakowało mi większego rozwinięcia wątku gwiazdy śmierci. Pojawia się i znika (dosłownie) oraz poważniejszej historii. Mimo to bawiłem się przy nim dobrze i z sentymentu wystawiam mu 7/10, ale najlepiej zacznijcie oglądać Star Wars od części V - Imperium kontratakuje.
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DanBurritoDec 18, 2015
Star Wars-the mother of all blockbuster films to come! If you haven't seen any if these movies yet, you're not a true movie lover. Darth Vader is the best movie villain of all time, and Han Solo is definitely one of the best heroes. If thereStar Wars-the mother of all blockbuster films to come! If you haven't seen any if these movies yet, you're not a true movie lover. Darth Vader is the best movie villain of all time, and Han Solo is definitely one of the best heroes. If there was one problem I had, it would be Grand Moff Tarkin-Peter Cushing played him really well and all, but he kind of got in the way during some scenes. Darth Vader is definitely a more interesting character. Anyway, despite minor problems, it's a great movie with great characters and a great story. A treat for sci-fi fans. P.S, a message to all the fans to make something clear-Han. Shot. First. Expand
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ReubenIsAGodDec 16, 2015
One of the greatest scifi films of all time, such amazing depth to this intrrgalaxtic spaceopera it is amazing amd worth all your time. So go out and watch star wars
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MrMovieBuffDec 16, 2015
One of the most (if not THE most) revolutionary and groundbreaking science fiction movies of all time, "Star Wars" (or "Episode IV: A New Hope") is a brilliantly inventive and always engaging science fiction adventure filled with charactersOne of the most (if not THE most) revolutionary and groundbreaking science fiction movies of all time, "Star Wars" (or "Episode IV: A New Hope") is a brilliantly inventive and always engaging science fiction adventure filled with characters who we come to know and love in the history of cinema and great special effects that may not hold up to this day, but for a movie made in 1977, you got to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Mark Hamill stars as the movie's main protagonist, Luke Skywalker, who is a young man that discovers that he can be so much more after meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) who tells him about his history with his father and how he was trained.

Luke ends up meeting some more colorful characters on his journey to saving the Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from the evil Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones) whose plan is to destroy the Rebel Alliance. More characters that help out include Han Solo (Harrison Ford), his Wookiee Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and two droids, C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker).

What writer and director George Lucas has created is a fantasy world of his own, and it became one of the most legendary, and culturally significant pieces of motion picture ever. The story is engaging and well told, and even well thought out. We come to care for the characters as soon as we're introduced to them, and we would never know where the motion picture would be today, if "Star Wars" never happened.

Little do we know, that there would be more engaging stories that follow.
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ColeSoderstromDec 12, 2015
This movie is amazing. This movie shaped my child hood in a amazing way. I'm only 14 years old so I wasn't alive when this movie premiered but it has still shaped my child hood. I like Empire and Return of the Jedi better but this movie isThis movie is amazing. This movie shaped my child hood in a amazing way. I'm only 14 years old so I wasn't alive when this movie premiered but it has still shaped my child hood. I like Empire and Return of the Jedi better but this movie is still amazing and has made have a passion for Star Wars all my life I have become a hard core fan. Expand
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ThatCooperGuyDec 12, 2015
The 70s was a pretty slow decade for movies. We did have greats like "Jaws" and maybe "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory", but nothing that really took the audience for a fast paced ride. However, in 1977 this little movie called "StarThe 70s was a pretty slow decade for movies. We did have greats like "Jaws" and maybe "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory", but nothing that really took the audience for a fast paced ride. However, in 1977 this little movie called "Star Wars" hit the market and took its audience by surprise. The film became a cultural phenomenon and essentially created the "movie fanboy" overnight, becoming one of the highest grossing movies ever made.

What exactly is so "great" about "Star Wars"? Some may say most people think it's great because it's a "CLASSIC MOVIE" and that it's only good because it's old or some shi- No, you're dumb. It's that simple, you're just dumb and don't know what you're talking about. The reason "Star Wars" is so great is because it, somehow after nearly 40 years, STILL holds up as a great movie. Is it perfect? No, there are flaws, but it's still an entertaining action-adventure space opera and should NOT be limited to being enjoyed by just "sci-fi dorks".

What made the "Star Wars prequels" so lame was that they were slow, boring, and had a very uninteresting plot narrative that is debatably a story that did not need to be told. Why? Well, a common joke by most amateur movie goers is "oh wow, they started with Part IV instead of Part I? How dumb." It's not dumb. Why? Because Part IV is where things got good. One of the many reasons people love the original SW trilogy is because of its characters. Luke, Han, Leia, 3PO, R2, etc., they're all unique characters. You remember each of them and you are interested in what their goals are. That's what the prequels failed at doing: having an emotional connection with its audience. (Plus: The bit where Han blasts the sh*t out of Greedo is so badass and Lucas should feel ashamed of himself for tinkering it.)

I don't like to refer to any of the Star Wars movies but their episode number, just by their subtitle. Even then, I always call this first movie "Star Wars" since that's what it was initially called when it first came out in 1977.

Another thing that helps this movie is the film score by the ever so talented John Williams, whose soundtrack for this movie won him his third Academy Award. Somehow, it's the glue that holds the movie together. Without John Williams' film score, that engaging feeling towards the end of the Death Star battle isn't the same. The music helps you get involved with what's happening, even after you've watched the movie a ba-gillion times like I have.

Really, what else can be said about "Star Wars" that just hasn't already been said for decades now? The cinematography is beautiful, the music is brilliant, the characters are great, and the directing is surprisingly good. This was probably the only good "Star Wars" movie George Lucas ever directed and he had several people making suggestions for him to try new things and maybe change his mind on a couple things.

It's like I always say, "One man can't make a movie."

Of course in January of 1997 (the film's 20th anniversary), Lucas released his "Special Edition" of Star Wars which included a lot of (very dated) CGI, Greedo shooting before Han (which is bullsh*t and ruins such a badass moment), changed the title to "Episode IV - A New Hope", and many other changes. I don't hate the "Special Editions" as much as many SW fans do, seeing how I think at least 80% of the same movie is still in tact. However, the one thing that makes me LOATHE the Special Editions is how George Lucas (almost like a spoiled, ungrateful child) didn't bother releasing the original versions of these movies along side the SEs.

This is not fair. The original cut of "Star Wars" won several awards and even won a Special Achievement Oscar for its sound effects. I don't like being forced (ha ha) to watch just one version of the movie that's heavily digitalized when the original versions hold up just fine. I may of said it's still 80% of the same movie, but the 20% that Lucas altered really does affect the movie for me... Whatever Lucas, but just know this: Those Academy Awards were given to the Original Unaltered Versions, not the Special Editions.

Yes I'm aware Lucas can't affect these movies anymore because Disney took ownership of Lucasfilm from him, but it's been 3 damn years and they haven't said anything releasing the original cuts of Star Wars. Guess I'll have to rely on Harmy and his OriginalTrilogy.com team. Sigh...

Despite this, I just can't describe how brilliant the original "Star Wars" is. If you could, hunt down the original version of this film (via VHS / 2006 DVD / Despecialized Edition) and enjoy 120 minutes of one of the most important and greatest movies ever made. It's not "A New Hope" and it's not "Episode IV". It's just simply "Star Wars".
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TheApplegnomeDec 11, 2015
It's Star Wars. The movie that changed the movie-industry.

Nowadays many people, like me, would find this movie a bit to old-fashioned. But you got to think back how incredible it must have been to see this sci-fi film in the 70s. Imagine
It's Star Wars. The movie that changed the movie-industry.

Nowadays many people, like me, would find this movie a bit to old-fashioned. But you got to think back how incredible it must have been to see this sci-fi film in the 70s. Imagine seeing the main title go up and get stunned by the thrilling and touching music. Add the fascinating humor, spectacular action and one of the most inventive plots at the time; well that's Star Wars. It's not just a space-opera, it's a mysterious adventure of love, hatred, good and bad that just happens to play out in space. All these characters, humans as robots, exist in this common universe, and interact in a way that I've never seen before in movie-history is what makes this movie just as epic as it is. Sure; it might not be so "wow" or high paced today, as in the 70s, but it's still one of the greatest original movies ever made. The story, the characters, the music, the villain, I mean everything is perfect! It's a magical ride in a galaxy far far away. Star Wars changed the world, and it still does.

Personal rating: 87/100
Critical-rating: 90/100
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diogomendesDec 5, 2015
Where the legend started... "A New Hope" is overall a great movie, although I thought the action was relatively weak on this one. But the characters were great, the special effects back at that time... outstanding, and there's some classicWhere the legend started... "A New Hope" is overall a great movie, although I thought the action was relatively weak on this one. But the characters were great, the special effects back at that time... outstanding, and there's some classic quotes to be had such as "I find your lack of faith disturbing" or "May the Force be with you".

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smiyamotNov 29, 2015
You have to remember this was made light years ago in a galaxy far, far away. At that time, sci-fi movies were really B grade movies so this was really something. Siskel and Ebert gave it 2 thumbs down and I think this led them to changeYou have to remember this was made light years ago in a galaxy far, far away. At that time, sci-fi movies were really B grade movies so this was really something. Siskel and Ebert gave it 2 thumbs down and I think this led them to change how they rated movies. A great movie needs a great villain and I give you Darth Vader, master of the dark side of the force. His mentor Obi Wan teaches young Luke to choose the right path, to avoid the dark forces. Hmmm, sounds like good parenting. The Empire has a planet destroying weapon so the good guys have to stop them. For those of us old enough to have seen this in the first run, there was no "Episode IV" in the title. After making mega bucks, George Lucas says "oh yeah, we wrote 9 episodes but the others were too boring." Now that we are up to number 7, who's kidding who? I have this DVD in my collection. Expand
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horcrux2007Nov 27, 2015
Having never seen any of the Star Wars movies (don't kill me, I just wasn't that interested) and another entry coming out in December, I decided to marathon all six of them to prepare myself for the latest chapter. Starting out with theHaving never seen any of the Star Wars movies (don't kill me, I just wasn't that interested) and another entry coming out in December, I decided to marathon all six of them to prepare myself for the latest chapter. Starting out with the original movie, I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed. I definitely enjoyed it, but I'm just hoping this isn't the best installment in the series. A New Hope focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia, and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star. A farmhand named Luke Skywalker acquires droids that have the architectural plans for the Death Star. The Empire searches for the missing droids, and Luke agrees to help Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi to get the plans to the Rebel Alliance and save the galaxy from the Empire's tyrannical rule. The only reason I was slightly disappointed by the movie was because the first 45 minutes or so were just plain boring. The initially slow-moving plot and cornball dialog didn't really impress me much. What kept me watching was the amazing set pieces and cinematography; it really made up for the flaws the beginning of the movie had. The last half of the movie, however, is incredibly entertaining, fun and action-packed. The climax especially was breathtaking and impossible to forget. The imaginative world also makes me excited to watch the rest of the series. There were quite a few flaws with the original Star Wars that disappointed me a bit, but once it gets going, A New Hope is an undeniably fun ride that I wish to take again. Expand
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JacobNov 24, 2015
Star Wars is fun. The characters and story are simple and nothing too deep, that’ll come later but they are functional. They are all effective at what they do and are people I’ve become invested in, the story is effectively based starting outStar Wars is fun. The characters and story are simple and nothing too deep, that’ll come later but they are functional. They are all effective at what they do and are people I’ve become invested in, the story is effectively based starting out exciting then slowing down and gradually speeding up constantly keeping the plot moving while slowly revealing information about the world as we need to know it. I feel like a lot of the love for this movie is nostalgia as again there’s nothing too deep about it and the film is a tad cheesy. There is one thing that holds up about Star Wars and even now blows me away and that’s the visuals. The visual spectacle is strong with this one. The costumes, score, and action all a wonder to look at as its become iconic for a reason. Star Wars is a fun movie but the particularly effective presentation combined with tons of nostalgia make it an enjoyable movie that I’m always willing to back to. It’s good to remember going into The Force Awakens that Star Wars was a fun movie with a lot of visual spectacle and didn’t have a deep story. While nostalgia may win allow this classic to win out in the end it makes me reason that even if the new movie is good that doesn’t mean that it failed because at the end of the day the original was a fun movie with presentation being an especial highlight. Expand
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TokyochuchuNov 16, 2015
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope is a classic movie that I must have watched a million times when I was a boy. Now I'm old and have children of my own and sharing Star Wars with them was a magical moment. They love it! Stars Wars is a trulyStar Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope is a classic movie that I must have watched a million times when I was a boy. Now I'm old and have children of my own and sharing Star Wars with them was a magical moment. They love it! Stars Wars is a truly timeless film that still excites to this day. Expand
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GonzoDiamondNov 2, 2015
Начало одной из величайших саг в истории не только кинематографа, но и целого мира искусства. Однако, если отбросить историю и сказать честно, то я обязан признать, что "Новая надежда" - слабейший фильм саги. Однако, простим Лукаса. ОнНачало одной из величайших саг в истории не только кинематографа, но и целого мира искусства. Однако, если отбросить историю и сказать честно, то я обязан признать, что "Новая надежда" - слабейший фильм саги. Однако, простим Лукаса. Он искупил вину свою продолжениями. Expand
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tjman09Oct 27, 2015
In 1977 Star Wars changed the film world forever, one could even argue that no film has had the same effect that Star Wars has. Star Wars represents many aspects of an Epic, but is at it’s core a classic example of Science Fiction at it’sIn 1977 Star Wars changed the film world forever, one could even argue that no film has had the same effect that Star Wars has. Star Wars represents many aspects of an Epic, but is at it’s core a classic example of Science Fiction at it’s peak potential. Star Wars stands as one of the best Science Fiction films because it in many ways exemplifies the Science Fiction genre, terrifically uses visual storytelling, despite not being the most original work ever made. Star Wars in many ways defines Science Fiction, because it has since the late 70’s been copied endlessly.
While Star wars encompasses many elements of an Epic, such as the iconic score, grand scope, lavish costumes, and use of a large panoramic backdrop, but it is more Science Fiction. When defining Science Fiction there are some major elements that are all present in Star Wars. Star Wars contains the most famous unknown force in film in the force. It deals with lots of futuristic technology such as Space Ships, and Light Sabers, and it contains the ultimate Science Fiction villain of all time, Darth Vader.
The villains while a great example of the Science Fiction elements are an even better example of the visual storytelling. Film, being a visual medium, is always more impressive when the story is told visually. The villains in Star Wars will be seen as bland characters, that are very uniform, and wear either white, black, or gray. Watching Star Wars you can clearly see a parallel between the Evil Empire and the Nazi Party, which makes them seem even more sinister. The use of color and parallels makes villains identifiable, on the opposite end the heroes dress diversely and colorfully, representing the difference.
The film also used great visual acting to tell its story, in that the actors mannerisms are more powerful than their words. The film is also a visual effects masterpiece, partly because of an emphasis on practical effects, and location shooting. The story has one other major reason that it’s easily told visually, and that’s the familiarity with other films.
Star Wars is far from original, it took many elements from Akira Kurosawa’s “The Hidden Fortress”, Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis, and Frankenstein. An example of this is that Darth Vader is essentially a robotic version of Frankenstein’s monster. However, Star Wars proves that a change in genre, location, and overall look can make an unoriginal film seem original, for instance the light saber seems very original but is essentially a variation on the samurai sword. On top of that the characters in Star Wars are variations of the archetypes, like the old mentor, hero, and rough escort.
Despite that Star Wars wasn’t the most original film, it has been copied numerous times, making it one of the most influential films ever made. Containing some of the best visual effects, of its time, and one of the best scores of all time the film boasts plenty of reasons it remains timeless. In the end Star Wars will probably remain timeless because of it’s visual storytelling and variations of age old themes, characters, and plot points, while making them seem original.
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YellowKirbyOct 25, 2015
This sci-fi classic was the perfect start to one of the greatest film sagas of all time, featuring great characters, good performances, an intriguing story and the greatest villain in cinema history (who also has the most famous breath inThis sci-fi classic was the perfect start to one of the greatest film sagas of all time, featuring great characters, good performances, an intriguing story and the greatest villain in cinema history (who also has the most famous breath in cinema history). Expand
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Duskycarp116Oct 2, 2015
For a movie that was rush, this is amazing as **** at the point it gave me a nerd boner watching this and brings back the nostalgia. The story is really interesting and the characters have really good characteristic for it's time! The spaceFor a movie that was rush, this is amazing as **** at the point it gave me a nerd boner watching this and brings back the nostalgia. The story is really interesting and the characters have really good characteristic for it's time! The space fights are amazingly well made at the point it looks like George Lucas really push the limited for it's time. Expand
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FarhanFirozOct 2, 2015
This is one of the best movies i've seen and this movie revolutionizes the whole cinema. This movie is a timeless classic.There is nothing to hate in the movie. The story is simple and great.The VFX were mind blowing when it was released inThis is one of the best movies i've seen and this movie revolutionizes the whole cinema. This movie is a timeless classic.There is nothing to hate in the movie. The story is simple and great.The VFX were mind blowing when it was released in 1977. And it still holds up till now. Darth Vader is one of most iconic villian's I've seen on the big screen. All the characters are likeable and you care for these characters too. The action was great in the movie. Han solo and Chewbacca brings all the laughs to the movie. The chemistry between obi wan and Luke was so good. The movie explores well the universe. The score of the movie is one of the best things which made the movie great. The only issue I had with the movie was the last fight between obi wan and Darth Vader wasn't impacting.

In the end star wars is a must see movie for all generation and your going to have a blast with it.
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TheDude-Sep 9, 2015
A new hope is a fantastic science fiction film with a story that resembles that of greek mythology but brings it in the most exciting of ways with great characters and dialogue moments between eachother and the cherry on top is theA new hope is a fantastic science fiction film with a story that resembles that of greek mythology but brings it in the most exciting of ways with great characters and dialogue moments between eachother and the cherry on top is the groundbreaking special effects and action sequences. Expand
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devo-ncSep 1, 2015
A visual landmark in cinema, and something for the ages, no matter how cheesy or plain-jane the story might be, it's a joy of sleek beginnings for the Sci-Fi genre, however it hasn't quite stood the test of time in a way where if it were toA visual landmark in cinema, and something for the ages, no matter how cheesy or plain-jane the story might be, it's a joy of sleek beginnings for the Sci-Fi genre, however it hasn't quite stood the test of time in a way where if it were to release now A New Hope would be a boring old dog with no new tricks. But from a 'certain point of view' it's like stepping back into the late 70's and immersing yourself into a wondrous cinematic experience of imagining what it must have been like in it's time. There's a magical presence in this film, it's a cherisher that gets put in the cupboard but has to be dusted off because it's been at least 7 years since the last viewing. Expand
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Ham_CriticAug 22, 2015
Anybody that thinks this movie is bad, doesn't have good taste. This was the movie that changed the way films are made, the special effects were amazing for it's time.
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justinsirkin01Aug 21, 2015
Star Wars is one of my all time favorite films. This deserves its review. Star wars has alot to offer with very lovable characters, eye candy effects, great story development, and alot more I could say. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope hasStar Wars is one of my all time favorite films. This deserves its review. Star wars has alot to offer with very lovable characters, eye candy effects, great story development, and alot more I could say. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope has turned into one of my all time favorite classics and remains a cultural phenomenon in many hearts of people. Expand
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morganstephens5Aug 10, 2015
This is when the series starts getting really good. I love how the character Obi Won was done in this movie and seems like an amazing jedi knight. The biggest problem with this film is that the acting isn't the best. Which is the reason IThis is when the series starts getting really good. I love how the character Obi Won was done in this movie and seems like an amazing jedi knight. The biggest problem with this film is that the acting isn't the best. Which is the reason I consider it to the worst of the original movies. Because aside from Vader and Obi Won, the acting wasn't too good. But the effects are well held up and the action is nice to see. It's a nice fun adventure movie that none of the other five movies really got to. Since those movies try to serve a much larger story. This one works as a standalone thankfully. That scene when Vader kills Obi Won sort of shows that this man is beyond repair. Or it feels that way until the later films. Most of it works really well and that was why the film started a mega franchise. Expand
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therealcritic79Aug 10, 2015
People always say this is the best movie ever. I would give it a 9 if it weren't for some of the acting and talking to be a little 70's like if you know what I mean. Other than that though, this movie is great! You really feel like you arePeople always say this is the best movie ever. I would give it a 9 if it weren't for some of the acting and talking to be a little 70's like if you know what I mean. Other than that though, this movie is great! You really feel like you are with them on their adventure. Watch it. Expand
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BoogeeFilmGuyJul 14, 2015
Star Wars. I don't even know how to review this. Its just... oh my goodness. Star Wars is a masterpiece. Anyone who hasn't seen it is crazy. Anyone who says its crap is crazier. This film is the landmark for science fiction films. Haven'tStar Wars. I don't even know how to review this. Its just... oh my goodness. Star Wars is a masterpiece. Anyone who hasn't seen it is crazy. Anyone who says its crap is crazier. This film is the landmark for science fiction films. Haven't seen this? Watch it. Right now. This minute. Why are you even reading reviews? Expand
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OpinionatedGuyJul 13, 2015
With an easy to follow plot and enjoyable for all generations, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope remains to be one of the movies that exploded the nerd fandom.

Rating: 9/10 Pros: +The movie establishes the world of Star Wars in the most
With an easy to follow plot and enjoyable for all generations, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope remains to be one of the movies that exploded the nerd fandom.

Rating: 9/10

Pros:
+The movie establishes the world of Star Wars in the most complex, enjoyable way possible.
+While the plot is complex as the world of Star Wars is complex itself, the plot is easy to follow and does not feel convoluted at all.
+The movie stood the test of time and remains accessible and enjoyable for all generations.
+The special effects is impressive for a movie of its time.

Cons:
-Some scenes felt like they were really overacted.
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Cheesus00Jul 10, 2015
Without it, I doubt that many of today's blockbusters would exist. It may not have changed the way movies were told but it certainly changed the way they were made, introducing to us many new ideas and concepts in the visual effects medium.Without it, I doubt that many of today's blockbusters would exist. It may not have changed the way movies were told but it certainly changed the way they were made, introducing to us many new ideas and concepts in the visual effects medium. It is without a question the ultimate blockbuster, and that is just scraping the surface of how influential and great it is. Easily in my Top 10 Favorites list along with Episode 5. Expand
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moviefanatic15Jul 7, 2015
Star Wars. What can I say about it that hasn't been said before. To me Star wars is one of those films where you watch it over and over again. I think this film is full of almost every genre. Science-fiction, adventure, action, etc. EverStar Wars. What can I say about it that hasn't been said before. To me Star wars is one of those films where you watch it over and over again. I think this film is full of almost every genre. Science-fiction, adventure, action, etc. Ever since I saw this film, I have become a total movie fan and a star wars fan. If my life didn't have star wars in it, my life would be a dark place. I've seen this movie so many times that when I finish watching a screening, I feel like I haven't seen it enough times. Expand
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DBPirate1129May 30, 2015
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The classic original Star Wars film (now called A New Hope) still holds up perfectly and proves to be an emotionally gripping and action-packed experience from the beginning—featuring C-3PO and R2-D2’s comic
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The classic original Star Wars film (now called A New Hope) still holds up perfectly and proves to be an emotionally gripping and action-packed experience from the beginning—featuring C-3PO and R2-D2’s comic interaction—to the intense ending assault on the Death Star. The three lead characters are easy to connect with and Darth Vader played by James Earl Jones proves to be an intimidating and interesting villains. A New Hope is truly a classic
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SpiderPlayerMay 24, 2015
It's a great movie, incredible history and interesting, and the special effects are spectacular time, very worth watching, and also has great action scenes.
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Epik_NinnjaMay 22, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If you haven't seen this movie, you have been missing out on a cultural phenominon. Star Wars hasn't become what's likely the most famous movie series of all time globally for no reason. It's not like the original Star Wars can't be topped or anything, but it's still an excellent movie filled with great moments. From the shootout at the beginning to the destruction of the Deathstar at the end, it's a great movie! It sort of takes the classic story of saving a princess from the villain but there are some major differences (like this is sci-fi). Anyways, watch the movie if you haven't yet and rewatch it if you have because it doesn't really get old. Expand
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Prequelhater878May 19, 2015
One of the greatest movies of all time. It wowed audiences in 1977 and it still wows people today. If you haven't seen this movie, stop whatever you are doing right now and go watch it.
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waronassermanMay 5, 2015
Fantastic! its so hard to believe that a movie like this was achieved in the 70s. A monumental movie that starts a saga to live through the generations
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VinceRocks123Apr 30, 2015
easily rememberable this is the greatest instant classic blockbuster ever created, a collage-esque homage to lots of long forgotten sci-fi b-movies George Lucas' out of this world Space opera venture is full with lots of thrills chills andeasily rememberable this is the greatest instant classic blockbuster ever created, a collage-esque homage to lots of long forgotten sci-fi b-movies George Lucas' out of this world Space opera venture is full with lots of thrills chills and inspires every young audiences alike filled with, good vs evil, hideous but lovable space creatures, a menacing nazi-like galactic empire, a planet destroying super weapon, a princess, a helmet wearing war lord, a rebellion, and a new hope. its a certified classic that easily cannot be missed theres just no way. lots of fun for the whole family who loves anything with action, comedy, romance, and SUSPENSE!!!!!
a film where the force now lies with you.....
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CineFilesApr 29, 2015
When one examines the roster of the tens of thousands of motion pictures produced since the late 1800s, not many stand out as trailblazers. One of the few inarguable members of that select cadre is George Lucas' soaring 1977 space opera, StarWhen one examines the roster of the tens of thousands of motion pictures produced since the late 1800s, not many stand out as trailblazers. One of the few inarguable members of that select cadre is George Lucas' soaring 1977 space opera, Star Wars (or, as it has since become known, Star Wars: A New Hope). Not only is this film a rousing adventure, but, upon its initial release, it revived science fiction as a viable movie medium, and, most importantly, began a special effects revolution that is still going on. Industrial Lights and Magic, the premiere special effects house of the '80s and '90s, was born as a result of Star Wars, and its manifest contributions to the industry have included everything from making the Starship Enterprise fly to breathing life into the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. It's impossible to estimate the full ramifications of Star Wars, but that single movie has surely influenced much about the making and marketing of motion pictures over the last two decades.

When Star Wars was first released on the Wednesday before Memorial Day in 1977, it arrived in theaters with good reviews and excellent advance word. It didn't take long for it to become a phenomenon (although, admittedly, 1997's publicity for the Special Edition dwarfs that of the original 1977 release). It was a true family film -- perfect for kids and parents, a throwback to the space serials of the past and a look ahead to what the future might hold. Adults appreciated Lucas' masterful, magical movie-making. Children loved all the strange creatures. Suddenly, Star Wars was everywhere; there were bed sheets, lunch boxes, trading cards, action figures, comic books, picture books, posters, records, and just about anything else you could imagine.

The Star Wars fad, such as it was, lasted into the early '80s, and the original film received two additional theatrical runs. Then it was on to the small screen. But watching the movie on videotape, which has been the exclusive viewing experience of just about anyone under the age of twenty, isn't the same as seeing it in a packed theater. Now, however, with the advent of the original movie's twentieth anniversary and the promise of new films in another two years, Star Wars is as hot as it has ever been. Those predicting anything less than a financial windfall for the Special Edition don't have the world's pulse.

Another thing that's instantly recognizable about Star Wars is its music. When George Lucas first approached John Williams for an epic score, little did he imagine that the result would sell millions of copies and spawn a disco-era radio hit. Few motion picture themes are as well- known and often-played as that of Star Wars. Even the music from E.T., the current highest-grossing film, doesn't leap as readily to mind. Williams' evocative, grandiose score provides the perfect compliment to the Star Wars visual experience.

Star Wars borrows from numerous sources, but the most obvious inspirations are the serialized adventures of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, Arthurian legends, Greek mythology, and Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. There are also multiple nods to Westerns and the dogfights of World War II movies. But, like all great craftsmen, Lucas has managed to fashion this material in a manner that not only honors the original sources, but makes it uniquely his own. Hacks rip off other movies; artists synthesize and pay homage to their inspirations. Compare Independence Day to Star Wars and the difference will become apparent.

During its original period of theatrical release, Star Wars' special effects were described as everything from "eye popping" to "mind blowing". And, indeed, for their time, they were. (Keep in mind that King Kong's rather cheesy visuals had won the Academy Award just two months before Star Wars was released.) In fact, they're not bad even by today's standards. But "not bad" wasn't good enough for Lucas, and his vision of what they should have been fills the screen in the Special Edition. This is most notable during three key sequences: Luke and Ben's entry into the city of Mos Eisley, Han's heretofore unseen hanger bay meeting with Jabba the Hut, and the final attack on the Death Star. However, in scenes both with and without effects improvements, Star Wars is just as compelling and invigorating a movie experience today as it was when it first came out, and the new stuff blends in seamlessly with the old.

Since 1977, there have been many science fiction movies, but none has managed to equal Star Wars' blend of adventure, likable characters, and epic storytelling. Like some indefatigable King of the Hill, it stands alone and triumphant, regardless of the many imitators that assail its position. As is true of Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and Gone with the Wind, Star Wars will endure long after its creators are gone. And watching this today is like coming home after a long journey and finding everything just as you remember it, if not better.
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BasquillyApr 28, 2015
The first in the Star Wars series, this movie suffers from lackluster editing that reveal it's age, and the acting leaves a lot to be desired. Having said that, the special effects and visuals are impressive to say the least, considering it'sThe first in the Star Wars series, this movie suffers from lackluster editing that reveal it's age, and the acting leaves a lot to be desired. Having said that, the special effects and visuals are impressive to say the least, considering it's age, and the movie does a fine job at setting up the greatest sci-fi universe in cinema and tv history. Though the plot of this movie as a standalone is weak, the overarching story line that runs through the trilogy begins here, and is a classic that has captured audiences for decades. Expand
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MovieManiac83Apr 24, 2015
When one examines the roster of the tens of thousands of motion pictures produced since the late 1800s, not many stand out as trailblazers. One of the few inarguable members of that select cadre is George Lucas' soaring 1977 space opera, StarWhen one examines the roster of the tens of thousands of motion pictures produced since the late 1800s, not many stand out as trailblazers. One of the few inarguable members of that select cadre is George Lucas' soaring 1977 space opera, Star Wars (or, as it has since become known, Star Wars: A New Hope). Not only is this film a rousing adventure, but, upon its initial release, it revived science fiction as a viable movie medium, and, most importantly, began a special effects revolution that is still going on. Industrial Lights and Magic, the premiere special effects house of the '80s and '90s, was born as a result of Star Wars, and its manifest contributions to the industry have included everything from making the Starship Enterprise fly to breathing life into the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park. It's impossible to estimate the full ramifications of Star Wars, but that single movie has surely influenced much about the making and marketing of motion pictures over the last two decades.

When Star Wars was first released on the Wednesday before Memorial Day in 1977, it arrived in theaters with good reviews and excellent advance word. It didn't take long for it to become a phenomenon (although, admittedly, 1997's publicity for the Special Edition dwarfs that of the original 1977 release). It was a true family film -- perfect for kids and parents, a throwback to the space serials of the past and a look ahead to what the future might hold. Adults appreciated Lucas' masterful, magical movie-making. Children loved all the strange creatures. Suddenly, Star Wars was everywhere; there were bed sheets, lunch boxes, trading cards, action figures, comic books, picture books, posters, records, and just about anything else you could imagine.

The Star Wars fad, such as it was, lasted into the early '80s, and the original film received two additional theatrical runs. Then it was on to the small screen. But watching the movie on videotape, which has been the exclusive viewing experience of just about anyone under the age of twenty, isn't the same as seeing it in a packed theater. Now, however, with the advent of the original movie's twentieth anniversary and the promise of new films in another two years, Star Wars is as hot as it has ever been. Those predicting anything less than a financial windfall for the Special Edition don't have the world's pulse.

Another thing that's instantly recognizable about Star Wars is its music. When George Lucas first approached John Williams for an epic score, little did he imagine that the result would sell millions of copies and spawn a disco-era radio hit. Few motion picture themes are as well- known and often-played as that of Star Wars. Even the music from E.T., the current highest-grossing film, doesn't leap as readily to mind. Williams' evocative, grandiose score provides the perfect compliment to the Star Wars visual experience.

Star Wars borrows from numerous sources, but the most obvious inspirations are the serialized adventures of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, Arthurian legends, Greek mythology, and Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress. There are also multiple nods to Westerns and the dogfights of World War II movies. But, like all great craftsmen, Lucas has managed to fashion this material in a manner that not only honors the original sources, but makes it uniquely his own. Hacks rip off other movies; artists synthesize and pay homage to their inspirations. Compare Independence Day to Star Wars and the difference will become apparent.

Since 1977, there have been many science fiction movies, but none has managed to equal Star Wars' blend of adventure, likable characters, and epic storytelling. Like some indefatigable King of the Hill, it stands alone and triumphant, regardless of the many imitators that assail its position. As is true of Citizen Kane, Casablanca, and Gone with the Wind, Star Wars will endure long after its creators are gone. And watching this new edition today is like coming home after a long journey and finding everything just as you remember it -- if not better.
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EddyGregsApr 20, 2015
Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the Galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and dashing Captain Han Solo (Harrison Ford) team together with the lovablePrincess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the Galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and dashing Captain Han Solo (Harrison Ford) team together with the lovable robotic duo, R2-D2 and C-3PO, to rescue the beautiful princess and restore justice in the Empire.

Star Wars' timeless appeal lies in its easily identified, universal archetypes — goodies to root for, baddies to boo, a princess to be rescued and so on — and if it is most obviously dated to the 70s by the special effects, so be it. We all love the stormtrooper banging his head! To remove that digitally would be a crime. Mark Hamill said he felt "like a raisin in a giant fruit salad" when making Star Wars; 20 years later, Liam Neeson almost retired from screen acting after his experiences on The Phantom Menace. But George Lucas does not make actors' films — his interest is in the Star Wars myth, not the cult of some Hollywood star.

Isn't it ironic then, that Star Wars remains a rewatchable classic because of the characters and the performances behind them (especially Ford, Fisher, and James Earl Jones). Sure, you can **** at R2-D2 trundling along the sand like a wheelie-bin, but his signature beeps and clucks are as essential to the personality and momentum of the film as the rousing John Williams score. Just as it's hard to remember what cinema was like before Star Wars, it's impossible to view the original film in isolation now. In 1977, it was not Episode IV, it was a self-contained pleasure that made it okay again to cheer at the screen.

A product of its time, certainly, but like the myths that informed it, Star Wars will outlive the lot of us.
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EdwardGregoryApr 19, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's tricky, but try to imagine a time before Star Wars. Close your eyes, concentrate hard, rewind those famous scrolling credits until there's just blackness. Good. Back in that dark, pre-enlightenment age, 20th Century Fox conducted some market research on their forthcoming sci-fi adventure.

Researchers armed only with a title and brief synopsis came back with some worrying results: only males under 25 expressed a desire to see a film called Star Wars. As a direct result of this research, Star Wars was deliberately packaged to attract older and female cinemagoers.

When Star Wars came out in the summer of 1977 it had been focus-grouped, and to great effect — everybody went to see it.

By November, it had dethroned Jaws in the all-time box office charts, a position it held until Independence Day. Blimey, even the novelisation sold two million copies, and let's not get started on the merchandising. So what happened? After all, nobody's attributing Star Wars' epoch-making, culture-shifting success to a wily decision to put Princess Leia on the posters. The answer is timing.

The 1970s, Hollywood's second golden age, were characterised by baby-boomer film students making pictures personal and dark enough to reflect the political morass of post-Watergate, in-Vietnam America. Though The Exorcist and Jaws are credited with kicking down the doors of the Blockbuster Age, these were not family films. Star Wars was. George Lucas, feted after American Graffiti had made $55 million off a $1.2 million budget, started writing his moralistic space opera in 1973.

Star Wars' timeless appeal lies in its easily identified, universal archetypes — goodies to root for, baddies to boo, a princess to be rescued and so on — and if it is most obviously dated to the 70s by the special effects, so be it. We all love the stormtrooper banging his head! To remove that digitally would be a crime. Mark Hamill said he felt "like a raisin in a giant fruit salad" when making Star Wars; 20 years later, Liam Neeson almost retired from screen acting after his experiences on The Phantom Menace. But George Lucas does not make actors' films — his interest is in the Star Wars myth, not the cult of some Hollywood star.

Isn't it ironic then, that Star Wars remains a rewatchable classic because of the characters and the performances behind them (especially Ford, Fisher, and James Earl Jones). Sure, you can **** at R2-D2 trundling along the sand like a wheelie-bin, but his signature beeps and clucks are as essential to the personality and momentum of the film as the rousing John Williams score. Just as it's hard to remember what cinema was like before Star Wars, it's impossible to view the original film in isolation now. In 1977, it was not Episode IV, it was a self-contained pleasure that made it okay again to cheer at the screen.

A product of its time, certainly, but like the myths that informed it, Star Wars will outlive the lot of us.
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homer4presidentMar 11, 2015
Without this soundtrack, many people would not be playing musical instruments today. This has inspired an entire generation of musicians and John Williams will forever be remembered for his work with Star Wars. Without it, I would not be aWithout this soundtrack, many people would not be playing musical instruments today. This has inspired an entire generation of musicians and John Williams will forever be remembered for his work with Star Wars. Without it, I would not be a fan of Star Wars. I simply cannot overstate this soundtrack's importance to Western society. Expand
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WazzlesFeb 5, 2015
Excellent film that doesn't quite hold up today, due mostly to a somewhat slow pacing. The effects of the theatrical version, obviously, are also dated, but hold a certain charm due to how much effort was put into them. Most of these effectsExcellent film that doesn't quite hold up today, due mostly to a somewhat slow pacing. The effects of the theatrical version, obviously, are also dated, but hold a certain charm due to how much effort was put into them. Most of these effects were near the end of the film, and were completely replaced for the various Special Editions. On that note, I should mention the Special Editions. The only version of this film that truly matters is the 1977 original theatrical version. The SEs remove the ground-breaking, Oscar winning effects that changed movie making forever, replacing them with CGI. Story elements were also changed for the worse, the most obvious being the Han and Greedo scene. Rating the SEs, I would give all three SEs of Star Wars a 6.5-7/10.

This film and its two sequels are absolute must-sees, but only in their original versions. Seek out the ever-rarer DVD version or a widescreen VHS copy, and enjoy.
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BernolsvenJan 26, 2015
[Portuguese] Foi o primeiro filme de Star Wars, então atualmente, seus efeitos especiais são bem ultrapassados, mas continua sendo um filme interessante devido a algo que eu reparei : a segunda parte de Star Wars é repleta de aventura.
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oDjentoJan 2, 2015
This franchise started brilliantly. With an excellent cast of rather unknown actors, they play their roles perfectly. Best performance possibly coming from Harrison Ford, and even Alec Guinness is in the film and meets a rather quick endThis franchise started brilliantly. With an excellent cast of rather unknown actors, they play their roles perfectly. Best performance possibly coming from Harrison Ford, and even Alec Guinness is in the film and meets a rather quick end which will surprise viewers. This film help get Sci-fi fully to mainstream, showcasing brilliant visuals, acting, direction and storytelling. Love this film! Expand
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