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First entry in Lucas's "Star Wars" trilogy proved to be one of the biggest boxoffice hits of all time. A young hero, a captured princess, a hot-shot pilot, cute robots, a vile villain, and a heroic and mysterious Jedi knight blend together with marvelous special effects in a fantasy tale about rebel forces engaged in a life or death struggle with the tyrant leaders of the Galactic Empire. Set a new cinematic standard for realistic special effects, making many pre-"Star Wars" effects seem almost laughable in retrospect. Followed by "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983).

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Available on Running time 121 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Sci Fi, Space Operas, Big Battles, Coming of Age, Alien Beings--Benign, Alien Beings--Vicious, Robots & Androids, Deserts, Bounty Hunters, Special FX Wizards: Rick Baker, Stolen from Asia, Top Grossing Films of 1977, Star Wars, Highest Grossing Films of All Time, Special FX Wizards: Anton Furst, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews, 4 Bones, Top Grossing Films of 1997
Screenplay
George Lucas
Cast
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Peter Cushing, Kenny Baker, James Earl Jones, David Prowse, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew
Cinematography
Gilbert Taylor
Director
George Lucas
Music
John Williams
Producer
20th Century-Fox

Awards

Oscars 1977: Art Dir./Set Dec., Costume Des., Film Editing, Sound, Visual FX, Orig. Score; AFI 1998: Top 100; Golden Globes 1978: Score; L.A. Film Critics 1977: Film, Natl. Film Reg. 1989.

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