Today marks 40 years since Star Wars Episode IV was released. A truly classic film.

Today marks 40 years since Star Wars Episode IV was released. A truly classic film.

Star Wars was released 40 years ago today. The film – which now goes by the slightly wordier title Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – hit U.S. cinemas on May 25, 1977, and quickly became a celluloid phenomenon, spawning a merchandising empire, a series of equally lucrative sequels, and a bunch of inferior rip-offs.

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Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope – Official® Trailer [HD]

Release Date: May 25, 1977

Eighteen years [after Episode III], Luke Skywalker, a young farmboy on Tatooine, is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire’s dreaded Death Star.

Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones, Peter Cushing

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: George Lucas
Screenwriter: George Lucas
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Official Website: http://www.starwars.com

 

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