Drawing on hero mythologies throughout history,
writer-director George Lucas created a whole new galaxy where Jedi
knights and a ragtag rebel force battle the oppressive Empire in a
classic tale of good versus evil.
The film's opening sequence of a humongous Imperial Star
Destroyer chasing Princess Leia's little rebel ship -- its vast
underbelly seeming endless as it passes -- is one of the greatest
special effects in film history. Lucas revolutionized the genre by
combining cutting-edge computer technology with a stubborn
determination to infuse his Stars Wars world with grit and grime,
giving it a reality that previous sci fi movies lacked.
Long ago in a galaxy far away, the evil Empire is
building the Death Star, a weapon so powerful it can destroy entire
planets in a single blast.
rebel force futilely fights the Empire and its powerful champion Darth
Vader until young farmer Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) joins forces with
reclusive Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), the beautiful and
spunky Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), smuggler Han Solo (Harrison Ford)
and personable droids C-3PO and R2-D2, tapping the power of The Force
to save the day.
A sleeper mega-hit in the spring of 1977, Star Wars
captivated legions of fans and spawned a multi-billion-dollar industry
that continues to flourish decades later.
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