In a distant galaxy eons before the creation of the mythical planet known as Earth, vast civilizations have evolved, and ruling the galaxy is an interstellar Empire created from the ruins of an Old Republic that held sway for generations. It is a time of civil war, as solar systems have broken away from the Empire and are waging a war of rebellion. During a recent battle techical schematics for a gigantic space station, code named The Death Star, have been unearthed by Rebel spies, and a young woman who is a dissident member of the Imperial Senate, under the cover of a diplomatic mission to the planet Alderaan, is trying to smuggle these plans to the Rebellion. But her spacecraft is attacked by a vast warship of the Empire and seized. The dissident Senator is captured, but the plans for the Death Star are nowhere to be found. While soldiers of the Empire search the nearby planet Tatooine, a series of incidents sweeps up a young desert farmer with dreams of being a fighter pilot in the Rebellion, as he winds up with the Death Star plans and also the assistance of an elderly hermit who once served as a warrior of an ancient order whose chosen weapons were powerful energy swords known as light sabers. The pair recruit a cynical interstellar smuggler and his outsized alien copilot with an ancient freighter heavily modified for combat to help them reach Alderaan - but the planet is obliterated and now the foursome must rescue the young woman held prisoner by the Empire and lead an attack by the Rebellion against the Death Star before it can annihilate all hope of restoring freedom to the galaxy. Written by Michael Daly
Errors and Explanations - Internet Movie DatabaseEdit
- Footage of R2-D2 turning his head skeptically during the Jawa auction is used twice. This might be due to R2 turning his head twice.
- In the original theatrical release, there is the scene where Grand Moff Tarkin gives the order to destroy Princess Leia's home planet, Alderaan. But when the laser bolt from the Death Star is fired at Alderaan, two separate explosions take place, not one, and some rubble that is fired from the planet during the first explosion disappears when the second explosion is taking place. The beam could have detonated more than one power source on Alderaan, and the first load of rubble could have been vaporised.
- After C-3PO and R2-D2 escape from the Blockade Runner, the Blockade Runner has vanished from the Star Destroyer's underside tractor beam hatch. This is most evident in the last frame of the scene that shows the Star Destroyer flying by. Vader ordered the ship to be destroyed.
- Rebel pilots have a radar in their X-Wings they use to target enemy fighters. However, in at least one scene, this radar depicts the "bent wing" Darth Vader model TIE fighter as the target, when in actuality the pilot is shooting at a standard model TIE fighter. The bent wing symbol could be intended to represent all types of TIE fighter, as a straight winged TIE symbol wouldn’t fit in the scope’s centre circle.
- A cloud appears over one of Tatooine's suns too quickly.Perhaps clouds move quickly on Tatooine!
- As the two spaceships are flying over Tatooine in the opening sequence, sunlight strikes Tatooine from above. However, sunlight is hitting the two moons from the left. The moons are to the right of the suns, while Tatooine is almost directly underneath.
- As Luke prepares to board his fighter prior to the climactic space battle, he brushes his hand along the underside of the wing. The markings on the wing clearly indicate it is "Red One," shown by the one red stripe. However, during the battle it is repeatedly established that Luke is in fact "Red Five," and exterior shots of the spacecraft model have five red stripes. Luke is actually next to Red One’s fighter, not his own. This is corrected in the special edition by adding the scene of Luke talking to Biggs. They start talking under red one and continue to walk to Luke's fighter. This scene was cut from the original.
- As Luke cleans R2-D2, watch C-3PO in the background. When Luke jumps back, surprised by Princess Leia's message, C-3PO slips off the steps (but recovers in time not to ruin the shot). The oil from the bath may have reduced the traction on C3PO’s feet.
- During the final Death Star battle, Red Leader says, "Stay there, I just lost my starboard engine" shortly before we see his fighter get hit. (IMDB)He may not have lost it due to a hit; it may have had a mechanical failure that just came at a really bad time.
- In the first scene with the landspeeder, C-3PO does not speak, yet gestures as if he is talking. Perhaps he is indicating his nervousness about Luke's driving!
- When Darth Vader releases Admiral Motti and he slumps on the desk, the force of the impact makes the whole set wobble. Vader just has that effect on people!
- When Han, Luke, and Leia meet the group of stormtroopers just after seeing the Millenium Falcon, Leia's hair is falling apart, but when they meet up again at the ship, it has been fixed. She could have put it back in place while on the way to the docking bay.
- Just after Leia has been rescued from her cell on the Death Star and says sarcastically, "Great Rescue!" as they are being fired at, her fringe is smoothed away from her face. The next time we see her part of her fringe is falling across her forehead, and in the shot after that it is back in place. She could have smoothed it back in place without us seeing.
- When Luke rescues Leia, he says that he's "here with Ben Kenobi", to which Leia replies "Ben Kenobi?! Where is he?" One would think Leia would have been confused or hesitant at the name "Ben Kenobi", since she only knew him as Obi-Wan Kenobi. And why didn't Luke just say "Obi-Wan Kenobi" since he knew that was the name Leia was familiar with? It may be possible for Leia to know that Ben and Obi-Wan are the same man.
- After Greedo is killed in the Cantina we see him again crossing a street in the distance as Han and Luke are walking down the street. (IMDB) It's probably another alien of the same species, and they just look alike.
- Considering what we now know from Star Wars 1-3, why doesn't Obi-Wan remember R2D2 and C3PO? We know C3PO's memory was wiped, so he wouldn't remember Obi-Wan, but Obi-Wan should remember R2D2, and vice-versa. (IMDB)There's no indication that he doesn't remember R2D2, he only says that he doesn't remember "owning a droid", which is actually true to some extent.
- When telling Obi-Wan and Luke how fast the Millennium Falcon is, Han says it "made the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs." A parsec is not a measure of time. It is a measure of distance (approximately 3.26 light years or just over 19 trillion miles.) (IMDB) He was actually referring to the shorter route he was able to travel by skirting the nearby Maw black hole cluster, thus making the run in under the standard distance.
- When the two storm troopers run into the Millennium Falcon for the trap set by Luke and Han to kill them and take their suits, you can hear laser blasts assuming that they shot the storm troopers. But on the actual suits when they come out, there are no damage done to them. Perhaps they used a form of stun setting?
- In the scene where Luke and Obi Wan are burning the dead jawas, Luke refers to the the droids as "robots" as he runs to his speeder to go home. The terms Droids and robots are interchangable and, especially in R2's case, more accurate, as droid is usually short for android, which normally indicate a person shaped robot.
- During the assault on the Death Star, all the pilot's voices are distorted when heard over their intercom. That is until Luke takes charge. From that moment, all the intercom voices are crystal clear. Someone could have found a way to counter the jamming causing the distortion.
- When the Millenium Falcon is pursuing an enemy fighter near Alderaan's shards, Han Solo repeats several times that the fighter is not yet within range to fire, yet it is quite close; in several battle scenes later in the movie, enemy fighters are destroyed at similar or even longer ranges. Perhaps that can only be done when in direct control of the weapon being fired - Solo is controlling the guns remotely from the cockpit during the pursuit in question.
- It is frequently claimed that upon returning to the Rebel base after destroying the Death Star, Luke exclaims, "Carrie!" when he hears Leia (Carrie Fisher) call "Luke!" (IMDB)Sound designer Ben Burtt has confirmed that, after extensive listening, it appears to be "Hey" or "Yay"; 'Mark Hamill' reports that he said, "Hey! There she is!" but mumbled the last word. Yet, trained lip readers report only two syllables being spoken and they look like Carrie.
- During the skirmish at the beginning of the movie, C3PO says to R2D2 "there will be no escape for the Princess this time." (The script reads "There'll be no escape for the Captain this time," foreshadowing the next scene where Vader strangles the Captain.) Later, C3PO sees a picture of the Princess and claims not to know who she is. (IMDB)It's likely that it was programmed not to divulge any important information that may endanger the mission of the Princess.
- Long-distance travel in the Star Wars galaxy is variously referred to as "going to lightspeed" (the Millenium Falcon can make "point-five above lightspeed", according to Han) or "making the jump into hyperspace" using a "hyperdrive", even when talking about a single vessel. These are two completely different concepts for reducing the travel time between star systems.(IMDB)In everyday terms, it is like equating "drive faster" with "take a shortcut" as ways to get to your destination sooner.
- When Obi-Wan talks to Luke about the force for the first time, there's no mention of "midichlorians" because they didn't exist back in 1977, when this movie first came out. It's clear George Lucas had a good overall idea of where he wanted his story to go, however it's also clear that many little details, including midichlorians, were added later on. Obi-Wan doesn't mention them here because Lucas hadn't thought them up yet.(IMDB)From the character's point of view, midichlorians are trivial and not significant enough to mention.
- Some viewers have noted that the Jawas' eyes are obviously just light bulbs.(IMDB)In this fictional universe it is possible that Jawas' eyes have coincidentally evolved to look like light-bulbs.
- In the lightsaber fight between Vader and Obi Wan, and later when Vader is in his TIE Fighter in the Battle of Yavin, David Prowse's eyes are visible through the Darth Vader helmet lenses.(IMDB)This is not an error because Darth Vader is a man (Anakin Skywalker), and as seen at the end of Return of the Jedi, Vader's face is still intact with fully functional eyes, which could understandably be revealed through his mask.
- After the attack on the Jawas, Ben remarks, "And these blast points - are too accurate for Sandpeople. Only imperial stormtroopers are so precise." Yet, throughout the film, the storm troopers rarely hit what they aim at, especially when the Falcon took off; not one shot hit any of our heroes, and again in the Death Star hangar. Every storm trooper shot missed.The troopers attacking the Sandcrawler could have fired from point blank range.
|Star Wars Saga|
|The Prequel Trilogy|
|The Phantom Menace ; Attack of the Clones ; Revenge of the Sith|
|The Original Trilogy|
|A New Hope ; The Empire Strikes Back ; Return of the Jedi|
|The Disney Trilogy|
|Star Wars Episode VII ; Star Wars Episode VIII ; Star Wars Episode IX|