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STAR WARS: EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE (1977) ****

Director George Lucas’ groundbreaking sci-fi blockbuster remains the greatest movie of all time. Influenced by everything from Flash Gordon serials to Akira Kurosawa samurai films, to J.R.R. Tolkien to Frank Herbert, Lucas jam packs the screen with excitement, wonder and stunning visuals. Throughout the years, Lucas would continually tinker with perfection releasing “Special Editions” which added characters from other installments (Jabba the Hutt) and chintzy alterations (Greedo shooting first), but nothing compares to the original theatrical version.

Everyone knows the story, young farm boy Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) along with the wise Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), cocky smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford), the furry Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and droids C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) storm the impenetrable Death Star to rescue the beautiful Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from the clutches of the evil Darth Vader (David Prowse, voiced with malevolent authority by James Earl Jones). Everything from the stunning opening credits to the climatic battle between Obi-Wan and his former pupil Vader as well as the epic final assault on the Death Star is impressive in every way. The special effects (which in later versions would be done via computer) still resonate and stand up nearly thirty years after its original release and the performances (especially Ford) are excellent. Two spectacular sequels and three (critically hated but immensely enjoyable) prequels followed.

Remember: The Force will be with you always!
Tags: peter cushing, s, sci-fi, sequel, star wars series
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