Star Wars (1977) is the original beginning of the Star Wars trilogy, the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, and redefined the concept of movie fandom.
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” begins the epic space opera that not only went down in film history, but was also part of pop culture and invented the modern-day summer blockbuster.
The rebels are in a war against the empire, which in the form of the dark Lord Darth Vader (embodied by David Prowse, but voiced by James Earl Jones) tolerates no resistance and destroys it wherever it finds it. The leader of the rebels is Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), who stole the construction plans for the Death Star, the most powerful weapon of the Empire. Before she is captured, she succeeds in passing these plans to her robot R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), who, accompanied by his robotic friend C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), flee in a rescue capsule. Their target is said to be the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) on the planet Tatooine.
The young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is dreaming of adventures, but is hanging out on his uncle’s farm on the desert planet Tattoine. They are robbed by chance. Luke goes to find Obi-Wan, who lives the life of a hermit under the name Ben Kenobi. From Ben, he is trained into the basic principles of The Force, and he also learns about Anakin Skywalker, Luke’s father, who was a Jedi.
Meanwhile, the imperial storm troops have traced the location of the droid. The farm is destroyed, and Lukes’s relatives are killed. Ben, Luke and the two droids go to Mos Eisley Cantina to charter a captain and a spaceship. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his Millennium Falcon should be, even if hotshot Han is anything but trustworthy.
Star Wars (also known as Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) is a sustained pop-culture phenomenon, and more than a few myths surround the history of the franchise product that Star Wars was or should be.
Although Star Wars was not the first blockbuster in film history, it was at least the first of its kind in terms of marketing, hype, and sheer merchandising. And even if its box-office record of $1.5 million dollars at the start of the weekend (which corresponds to a present value of nearly six million dollars) does not sound like a record today, Star Wars ultimately made today’s value equivalent of over 840 million dollars, which makes the film still one of the most successful films of all time.
With the introduction of a second trilogy, which takes place before the first trilogy, George Lucas altered the reception of his Star Wars saga. The new “old” trilogy split the fans into two camps. Eventually, this was followed by a third trilogy, set after the first two, which met with a more favorable reception from Star Wars fans.