Friday, 8 July 2011

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Review (Updated)

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Release Date: 27th October 1977 – Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG

Runtime: 121 minutes
               125 minutes 
               (Special Edition)

Budget: $11,000,000

Box Office Gross: $775,398,007

Plot Summary
The Jedi Knights have been 
exterminated and the Empire 
rules the galaxy with an iron 
fist. A small group of Rebels 
have dared to fight back by 
stealing the secret plans to 
the Empire's mightiest 
weapon the Death Star 
battle station. The Emperor's 
most trusted servant, Darth 
Vader, must find the plans 
and locate the hidden Rebel 
base. Princess Leia, 
captive Rebel leader sends 
out a distress signal that is 
intercepted by a simple farm 
boy, Luke Skywalker. 

Seizing his destiny, Luke 
takes up the challenge to 
rescue the princess and help 
the Rebellion overthrow the 
Empire, along with such 
unforgettable allies as the 
wise Obi Wan Kenobi, the 
cocky Han Solo, the loyal 
Chewbacca and the droids 
R2-D2 and C3PO.

Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford – Han Solo
Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia Organa
Alec Guinness – Obi Wan “Ben” Kenobi
Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
Anthony Daniels – C3PO
Kenny Baker – R2-D2
David Prowse – Darth Vader
James Earl Jones – Darth Vader (Voice)
Peter Cushing – Grand Moff Tarkin
Phil Brown – Uncle Owen
Shelagh Fraser – Aunt Beru
Jack Purvis – Chief Jawa
Alex McCrindle – General McGrindle
Eddie Byrne – General Willard
Drew’s Henley – Red Leader Denis Lawson – Wedge Antilles
Garrick Hagon – Biggs Darklighter
Jack Klaff – Red Four (John D.)
William Hootkins – Red Six (Porkins) 
Angus MacInnes – Gold Leader
Jeremy Sniden – Gold Two
Don Henderson – General Taggi
Richard LeParmentier – General Motti
Leslie Schofield Commander #1
Paul Blake & Maria De Aragon – Greedo (Uncredited)
Larry Ward – Greedo (Voice) (Uncredited)
Alfie Curtis – Dr. Evazan (Uncredited)
Tommy Ilsley – Pondo Baba (Uncredited)
David Ankrum – Wedge Antilles (Voice) (Uncredited)

Producer/Editor (Uncredited)/Music Producer (Uncredited) – George Lucas
Producers – Gary Kurtz & Rick 
McCallum (Special Edition)
Production Illustrator/Planet 
and Satellite Artist: Miniature 
and Optical Effects Unit – 
Ralph McQuarrie
Production Designer – John Barry
Creature Design (Uncredited)/Make-up Supervisor – Stuart Freeborn
Costume Designer – John Mollo
Cinematography – Gilbert Taylor
Special Production and 
Mechanical Effects 
Supervisor – John Stears
R2-D2 Designer – Tony Dyson (Uncredited)
Special Photographic Effects 
Supervisor – John Dykstra
Second Cameraman: Miniature and Optical Effects Unit/
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM (Special Edition) – Dennis Muren
Optical Camera Assistant: Miniature and Optical Effects Unit/
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM (Special Edition)  Bruce Nicholson
Stop-Motion Animation: Miniature and Optical Effects Unit – Phil Tippett
Animator: Lightsaber – Nelson Shin (Uncredited)
Visual Effects Supervisors: ILM (Special Edition) – Dave Carson, 
John Knoll, Joe Letteri, Alex Seiden & Stephen Williams
Film Editors – David Marcus, Richard Chew, 
Marcia Lucas & T.M Christopher (Special Edition)
Special Dialogue and Sound Effects – Ben Burtt
Music – John Williams


1978 Academy Awards
Best Art Direction - John Barry, Norman Reynolds,
Leslie Dilley & Roger Christian (Won)
Best Costume Design - John Mollo (Won)
Best Visual Effects - John Stears, John Dykstra, 
Richard Edlund, Grant McCune & Robert Blalack (Won)
Best Film Editing - Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas & 
Richard Chew (Won)
Best Original Score - John Williams (Won)
Best Sound - Don MacDougall, Ray West, 
Bob Minkler & Derek Ball (Won)
Special Achievement Award - Ben Burtt (Won)
Best Supporting Actor - Alec Guinness (Nominated)
Best Director - George Lucas (Nominated)
Best Picture (Nominated)
Best Original Screenplay - George Lucas (Nominated)

STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE was a brilliant way to start the franchise. Not only was it the first film in the classic trilogy, but it's the fourth in the complete series. I praise its classic visual effects along with the acting of Harrison Ford, the memorable music score by John Williams and even its famous scenes which includes the opening, the shot of Luke seeing the two suns, the light-saber duel of Obi Wan vs Vader (Round Two) and the climatic space battle on the first Death Star. 

A NEW HOPE was my favourite, but not the best as THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (click here). Its definitely the greatest science fiction movie of all time which everyone would love to see, especially Star Wars fans young and old. May the Force be with you.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


  1. This is my second favorite movie after The Empire Strikes Back. I have seen this at lest 50 times. Superb review.


  2. Great movie and nice review.
    (Also Han shot first!)

    1. Yes you're right, Han does shot first and is a better scene than Greedo. I am gotta wish that Disney would only re-release the original versions or the better.