BlueRay: Star Wars - (1977) Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Release Date: 2011-09-16 Duration: 121 Mi...
- George Lucas
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 DeathStar, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy…
The movie opens with a space battle between two starships in orbit around the desert planet of Tatooine. A small Rebel blockade runner, the Tantive IV, is being pursued by a mammoth Imperial star destroyer – the Devastator. Two droids — C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) — aboard the blockade runner are tossed about as their ship endures a barrage of laser bolts. The Rebel ship is so heavily damaged that its main power reactor must be shut down. It is caught in the Imperial destroyer’s tractor beam, pulled into the hold of the larger ship, and boarded by Imperial troops.
A huge firefight ensues in the corridors of the Rebel ship, with many Rebel soldiers being lost in the battle. Darth Vader (David Prowse; voice: James Earl Jones), a man dressed in a cape, black armor, and a helmet which disguises all of his features, is the leader of the Imperial troops. He boards the Rebel ship and interrogates the ship’s captain, who claims that the ship is on a diplomatic mission to the planet Alderaan. Vader perceives that he is lying, noting that a consular ship would have an ambassador on board, which they don’t (actually they do [Leia], but she is hiding from the second-ranking man in the Empire and his troops, which tends to support Vader’s thesis that she is up to some sort of no good [at least from the Empire’s point of view]), and strangles the captain. He then tells the troops to search the entire ship and look for “the plans” and to bring all the passengers to him — alive.
C-3PO and R2-D2 manage to escape damage from the firefight. R2-D2 meets up with Princess Leia, who loads him with the stolen plans, and records a holographic message for the small droid to take to the planet’s surface. R2-D2 and C-3PO get away from the ship aboard an escape pod to go to the planet below; Imperial troops choose not to destroy the pod, as their scans detect no living organism on board, and presume it ejected due to a malfunction. Moments later the princess is shot by a stun gun and taken captive. C-3PO and R2-D2 land on the desert planet; R2-D2 mentions a mission to deliver some plans, but C-3PO is more concerned with staying in one piece long enough to find civilization. The two split up, and both are eventually captured by a group of diminutive scavengers called Jawas. The Jawas are junk traders, and R2-D2 and C-3PO are their newest assets.
Back on the blockade runner, Darth Vader interrogates the princess his troops have captured. He tells her that the Rebels have stolen some secret Imperial plans and transmitted them to her ship, and that he wants them back. She informs Vader that she is simply a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to the planet Alderaan, but Vader doesn’t believe her. Vader’s adjutant insists that holding her captive is dangerous; news of her captivity would generate sympathy for the rebellion against the Empire. Vader (who is described by the man who was once his best friend as “a cunning warrior”) instructs the officer to deceive the Senate and permanently erase any trace of Leia’s whereabouts by faking her [accidental] death. Upon being notified that an empty escape pod was jettisoned during the battle, he concludes that the princess put the plans in the pod. Imperial troops go to the planet’s surface, and discover droid parts leading away from the pod.
On Tatooine, the Jawas meet up with Owen Lars (Phil Brown), a moisture farmer, to sell him some droids and equipment. The farmer purchases R2-D2 and C-3PO and tells his nephew, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), to clean them up and put them to work. Luke had plans to meet some friends, but his plans are put aside for work. During the cleanup, Luke stumbles across a short clip of the message stored in R2 by Princess Leia. The message is for someone named Obi Wan Kenobi, and is a desperate plea for help. R2 insists that the message is simply a malfunction (“old data”), but Luke insists on hearing the complete message. R2 then states that if Luke removes his restraining bolt, he might be able to play the rest of the message. Luke removes the bolt, but R2 doesn’t play the message and claims not to know what Luke is talking about. Luke is called away for dinner (forgetting to replace the bolt…) and asks 3PO to finish cleaning R2.
During dinner, Luke tells his aunt and uncle that the droids may belong to someone called Obi Wan Kenobi. This news greatly disturbs Uncle Owen, but he won’t say why. Luke asks if Obi Wan is possibly related to a local hermit named Ben Kenobi. Owen claims that Ben is “just a crazy old man,” and that Obi Wan is dead; Owen makes a comment which seems to indicate that Obi Wan Kenobi knew Luke’s long-deceased father, but when Luke presses Owen for details, his uncle quickly changes the subject and instructs Luke to erase the droids’ memories the next morning. Luke — who hopes to leave home for training to become a space pilot — leaves the room angrily to return to cleaning the droids. Luke’s Aunt Beru (Shelagh Fraser) tells Owen that Luke is too much like his father to remain, but Owen holds out hope that Luke’s desire for adventure will subside – and expresses a fear that Luke is too much like his father, suggesting that Owen may know something of the terrible thing that happened to Anakin Skywalker.
After dinner, Luke discovers that R2-D2 (now without his restraining bolt) has escaped to find Obi Wan Kenobi. Luke tells 3PO that it’s too late to look for R2 because of the dangerous Sand People in the area, and that they will set out first thing in the morning to go look for him (hopefully before Owen discovers that due to Luke’s negligence, his newest investment has disappeared….).
The following morning, Luke and 3PO set out in Luke’s landspeeder to find R2. They locate him on the scanner and catch up with him. As soon as they find him, R2 informs them that his own scanner is picking up several creatures closing in on them. Luke fears that the approaching creatures may be Sand People. Luke discovers through a set of minoculars that they are indeed Sand People. One ambushes them, hitting Luke over the head & knocking him unconscious. Threepio goes tumbling down the side of a sand dune.
After stealing some parts off of Luke’s speeder, the Sand People are frightened away by the sound of a vicious beast. We see that the sound is coming from a mysterious hooded figure approaching. The figure checks on Luke and takes his hood off to reveal his features. He is an old, bearded man. Luke comes to and recognizes the man as Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness). Luke tells the man that his droid claims to belong to an Obi Wan Kenobi. This knowledge startles the old man, who reveals (with a look of ancient mystery on his face) that HE is Obi Wan Kenobi but that he hasn’t gone by that name in many years. After rescuing C-3PO, they go to Obi Wan’s home to discuss the matter.
At Obi Wan’s home, Luke learns that Obi Wan DID know Luke’s father and that they were both Jedi knights of the old Republic. Luke had been told by his uncle that his father was a navigator on a spice freighter; Owen had been trying to protect Luke from the truth about his father (or perhaps simply trying to keep him safe — it’s not clear that Owen knows the truth about Luke’s father, other than that he was killed in a dangerous line of duty). Obi Wan explains to Luke that his father was betrayed and murdered by a young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of Kenobi’s until he turned to evil, helping the Emperor to destroy the Jedi Knights.
Obi Wan then retrieves Luke’s father’s light-saber, an energy sword which was the chosen weapon of the Jedi knights; he seems to have kept it safe for some time. He gives the weapon to Luke, stating that Luke’s father wanted him to have it when he was old enough. Obi Wan further explains that a Jedi receives his power from the Force, an energy field that is created by all living beings that “surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.”
At this point R2 decides to play his message for Obi Wan. The princess reminds Obi Wan of his past service to her father in the Clone Wars, and conveys his plea to assist in the rebellion against the Empire. She senses that her mission to bring Obi Wan to Alderaan has failed, and tells Obi Wan that she has embedded information crucial to the rebellion in R2’s memory banks. She asks Obi Wan to deliver the droid to her father on Alderaan so that the information can be retrieved, and repeats her plea that he is now her only hope.
Obi Wan tells Luke that he should learn the ways of the Force and help in his mission to Alderaan. Luke is adamant that he can’t go, and that he must stay on Tatooine and help his uncle. Obi Wan counters that the rebellion needs Luke’s help, and that the young woman in the message needs Luke’s help (though she has not mentioned any personal request for help at all…). They decide to head to the city of Anchorhead so that Obi Wan can book a transport. On the way, they find the Jawa sandcrawler, completely destroyed with all the Jawas slaughtered; although they appear to be victims of the Sand People, Obi Wan recognizes signs which indicate an attack by Imperial troops. Luke realizes that the only reason Imperial troops would kill Jawas is because they are looking for the droids which escaped the battle, and he races home, hoping to warn Owen and Beru.
He is too late. The Imperials have burned everything and killed his aunt and uncle. Luke returns to Obi Wan, stating that with no reason to remain, he wants to go with him to Alderaan. More importantly, he declares his wish to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi.
They head to Mos Eisley spaceport with the two droids to find transport to Alderaan. Upon entering the Spaceport they are approached by Imperial troops asking questions about the two droids they have with them. Obi Wan appears to induce a trance-like state in the guard, persuading him that these are not the droids they are looking for. When Luke is puzzled by the ease of their passage, Obi Wan explains that the Force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.
At the Mos Eisley Cantina, Luke gets into a scuffle with two criminals who try to kill him. Obi Wan pulls out his lightsaber and “disarms” one of them. Moments later they meet smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford), captain of the Millenium Falcon, and his first mate, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), a 7-foot-tall Wookiee. Upon learning that Obi Wan and Luke are trying to avoid Imperial capture, Solo gives his price as 10,000 credits for the trip. Luke balks at that price, stating that they could almost buy their own ship for that, but Solo is dubious that they could fly it themselves. Obi Wan tells Solo that they will pay him 2,000 credits now and 15,000 more once they reach Alderaan. Solo agrees.
Solo tells Chewbacca that 17,000 credits could really save his neck, but just moments later he is approached by a bounty hunter named Greedo. Solo tells Greedo that he was just on his way to see Greedo’s boss, Jabba the Hutt, to arrange payment of a debt to Jabba for a failed shipment in which Solo had to dump his entire cargo due to an unexpected Imperial boarding. Greedo tells Solo to pay him instead of Jabba. Realizing that Greedo will simply kill him for the money, Solo quietly removes his laser blaster under the table, and when Greedo admits that he would just as soon see Solo dead as alive, Solo beats him to the draw and kills him.
Luke sells his speeder to raise money for their initial payment to Solo. They head to the docking bay where the Millenium Falcon is being prepared for flight. Meanwhile, Imperial troops believe they are hot on the trail of the two droids.
At the docking bay, Solo is confronted by Jabba the Hutt, who is frustrated that Solo killed Greedo. Solo informs Jabba that he will soon have enough money to pay off his debt, with interest. Jabba is satisfied and leaves.
Luke and company arrive at the docking bay moments before Imperial troops arrive to detain them and capture the droids. The troops fire at Solo and the Falcon, but the ship manages to escape.
They are immediately pursued by two huge Imperial star destroyers. Solo remarks that his passengers must be of particular interest to the Empire. They jump to light speed, escaping the Imperial ships.
Meanwhile, Darth Vader’s star destroyer has docked at the Death Star, a gargantuan space station resembling a small moon. Several high-ranking Imperial officers, including the battle station’s chief of operations, Admiral Motti, and a senior Imperial General named Tagge, are arguing about the best way to exploit their newest technological terror. Motti is extremely confident in the new space station, calling it ‘the ultimate power in the universe’. Vader states that the ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force. Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing), commander of the station and governor of the Imperial Outland Regions, says that the Emperor has decided to dissolve the Imperial Senate and use the Death Star to intimidate all of the Empire’s star systems into submission, suggesting that fear of force is preferable to its actual use.
Princess Leia has been tortured and undergone a mind probe in order for the Imperials to extract the location of the Rebels’ home base. They have found nothing. Tarkin, Vader & Motti decide to test the station’s destructive power on the Princess’ home planet of Alderaan as a means of coercing her into revealing the location of the Rebels, threatening to destroy her home planet if she won’t reveal the Rebels’ location. She reluctantly tells them that the Rebel base is on the planet Dantooine. Tarkin then orders his officers to proceed with Alderaan’s destruction (which they do), noting that Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration of the Death Star’s power. But when Imperial ships scout Dantooine, they find that the Rebel base there has been abandoned for some time. Outraged at Leia’s successful trickery, Tarkin orders her scheduled for execution.
On board the Millenium Falcon, Obi Wan is training Luke in the ways of the Force when he is greatly disturbed by a tremor in the Force. He feels that millions of people have died amidst great suffering, though he doesn’t know how. He decides to meditate on this further as Luke continues an exercise in allowing the Force to guide his reflexes. Solo is not impressed, and explains that he does not believe in the Force. Luke, however, manages to use his lightsaber to deflect four laser bolts in a row from a remote droid — all while wearing a helmet which covers his eyes.
Luke realizes that he is learning how to sense the Force. One of the Falcon’s signals informs them that they are approaching Alderaan, but upon exiting light speed, they find the Millenium Falcon is in an asteroid field instead of Alderaan’s orbit. Solo confirms that they are in the right location but that the planet is missing; Obi Wan quietly states that the planet has been destroyed by the Empire, but Solo laughingly insists that all the Empire’s ships combined wouldn’t have enough firepower to destroy a planet. Moments later they are overflown by a small Imperial fighter. As they chase after the fighter to keep it from notifying the Empire of their location, they see the fighter heading toward a small moon — which turns out to be the Death Star. They are caught in the Death Star’s tractor beam and, helpless to resist, are pulled aboard the station into a docking bay.
Imperial troops board the Falcon, but its crew are hiding in smuggling compartments below the floor. Vader orders scanning equipment to be set up to look for life signs. While standing near the Falcon, he senses a presence he has not felt for some time. Vader leaves the hangar, pursued by the fru