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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

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It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.

During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.

Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy....

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, originally simply titled Star Wars is the 1977 film that started the Star Wars franchise. Despite being the first film to be produced, it is the fourth episode of the Star Wars saga, excluding spin-offs.

Although widely dismissed by the studios of the time, it went on to smash box office records and became a global phenomenon that funded it's sequels and spawned an entire expanded universe. It is now regarded as one of the most important movies of all time, due to the huge advancements in special visual effects and editing that were made during production, some of which involved new technologies that had to be invented to create the film.

Since release it has been edited and reissued several times, including a Special Edition in 1997 which was issued for the film's 20th anniversary.


  • Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
  • Harrison Ford as Han Solo, pilot of the Millennium Falcon
  • Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa, Senator for Alderaan
  • Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
  • Anthony Daniels as C-3P0
  • Kenny Baker as R2-D2
  • Peter Cushing as Imperial Grand Moff Tarkin
  • Alec Guinness as Ben Kenobi
  • James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader
  • David Prowse as Darth Vader


Luke Skywalker originally had a different surname in the original script. The change of name came so late in production that the scene where Luke rescues Leia from her cell on the Death Star had to be refilmed, as it had already been shot with the line: "I'm Luke Starkiller, I'm here to rescue you!"

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      In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Lieutenant Shann Childsen was immortalised with the words "Where are you taking this... thing?" as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker attempted to gain access to detention block AA-23 on board the Death Star.

      Any contribution to Star Wars, no matter how small, is sure to resonate with fans around the world, and we are sad to report that Malcolm Tierney, who portrayed the character, has passed away aged 75. Tierney had many roles in British and international television and movies, and can also be seen in the 1986 Doctor Who serial Trial of a Time Lord, and on the big screen in Braveheart.

      Rest in peace Malcolm Tierney, 25 February 1938 - 19 February 2014.

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