History Film / ANewHope

10th Dec '17 3:24:13 AM Phoenixion
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** Luke also chews out Han for not believing in the Force, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything similar to how a religious person would chew out an atheist in real life for not having a faith in God]], eventhough on Han's defense, there's no way an outlaw and smuggler like him who had more life experience without any direct involvement of the Force would've had a reason to believe it. Not to mention Han's not Force-sensitive himself.
2nd Dec '17 4:30:44 PM ClintEastwood
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* AllThereInTheManual: In the shooting script, right after Han makes his comment about the Kessel Run, the stage directions explicitly call for Obi-Wan to give Han an incredulous stare, implying he's pulling the tale out of his ass to impress some rubes. So the forty-year-old debate over "parsecs" is utterly meaningless, as the line was wrong '''on purpose'''. Rewatching the scene with this in mind, Sir Alec Guinness does indeed give Han an incredulous stare but--in a rarity for a ''Star Wars'' films--the acting was '''''so subtle''''' that nobody noticed it.

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* AllThereInTheManual: AllThereInTheScript: In the shooting script, right after Han makes his comment about the Kessel Run, the stage directions explicitly call for Obi-Wan to give Han an incredulous stare, implying he's pulling the tale out of his ass to impress some rubes. So the forty-year-old debate over "parsecs" is utterly meaningless, as the line was wrong '''on purpose'''. Rewatching the scene with this in mind, Sir Alec Guinness does indeed give Han an incredulous stare but--in a rarity for a ''Star Wars'' films--the acting was '''''so subtle''''' that nobody noticed it.it.
* AndStarring: Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/CarrieFisher and Creator/HarrisonFord share top billing, Creator/PeterCushing comes next and Creator/AlecGuinness gets the "And" in the main cast. James Earl Jones may get "as the voice of Darth Vader"... but is lumped with all the other co-stars.
24th Nov '17 1:55:28 AM gjjones
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17th Nov '17 9:06:38 PM Josef5678
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* GreatOffscreenWar: The Clone Wars, first mentioned in this movie and promptly [[NoodleIncident never explained]] [[Film/AttackOfTheClones for the next twenty-five years]]. Beyond the fact that Obi-Wan and Luke's father both fought in it, we learn nothing about it in this film.
** Keep in mind that at the time, there was no plan for ''Star Wars'' to be a big franchise like it is today, so it was very likely that almost nobody among the crews and actors had any slightest idea what the Clone Wars was like. It didn't help that it never even got any more mention in the rest of the Original Trilogy, making it nothing more than a big fat NoodleIncident at the time.

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* GreatOffscreenWar: The Clone Wars, first mentioned in this movie and promptly [[NoodleIncident never explained]] [[Film/AttackOfTheClones for the next twenty-five years]]. Beyond the fact that Obi-Wan and Luke's father both fought in it, we learn nothing about it in this film.
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film. Keep in mind that at the time, there was no plan for ''Star Wars'' to be a big franchise like it is today, so it was very likely that almost nobody among the crews and actors had any slightest idea what the Clone Wars was like. It didn't help that it never even got any more mention in the rest of the Original Trilogy, making it nothing more than a big fat NoodleIncident at the time.
17th Nov '17 9:03:52 PM Phoenixion
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** Keep in mind that at the time, there was no plan for ''Star Wars'' to be a big franchise like it is today, so it was very likely that almost nobody among the crews and actors had any slightest idea what the Clone Wars was like. It didn't help that it never even got any more mention in the rest of the Original Trilogy, making it nothing more than a big fat NoodleIncident at the time.
17th Nov '17 8:58:36 PM Phoenixion
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* EarlyBirdCameo: While disguising as Stormtroopers, Luke and Han walk past a RA-7 Protocol Droid in the Death Star. It took almost ''40 years'' in real life for that particular type of droid to [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels have a role]] in the franchise.
8th Nov '17 8:38:26 AM erforce
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* ActionPrologue: The very first scene of the film starts with the famous shot of the Star Destroyer chasing the ''Tantive IV''.
* ActivationSequence: The Death Star needs about twenty seconds from "Commence primary ignition" until it fires its [[DeathRay superlaser]] upon Alderaan.



* ActionPrologue: The very first scene of the film starts with the famous shot of the Star Destroyer chasing the ''Tantive IV''.
* ActivationSequence: The Death Star needs about twenty seconds from "Commence primary ignition" until it fires its [[DeathRay superlaser]] upon Alderaan.



* AirVentPassageway: While it is generally regarded as the arch-AerialCanyonChase, the Death Star penetration scene is much of an Air Vent Passageway occurrence of The Infiltration, with plenty of Canyon Chase topping on it. The combination of the two tropes is precisely the trick that fools Darth Vader and gets Luke that HappyEnding.



* AirVentPassageway: While it is generally regarded as the arch-AerialCanyonChase, the Death Star penetration scene is much of an Air Vent Passageway occurrence of The Infiltration, with plenty of Canyon Chase topping on it. The combination of the two tropes is precisely the trick that fools Darth Vader and gets Luke that HappyEnding.



* BadGuyBar: The Mos Eisley cantina, where bounty hunters and smugglers hang out and Luke almost gets killed for no reason at all.



* BadGuyBar: The Mos Eisley cantina, where bounty hunters and smugglers hang out and Luke almost gets killed for no reason at all.



* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Luke's home being burnt down by stormtroopers.



* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Luke's home being burnt down by stormtroopers.



* ComingOfAgeStory: For Luke and Leia. Luke Skywalker leaves his home and family to begin his training as a Jedi Knight while Princess Leia has to prove herself as a successful leader. Later shown to be [[GenerationXerox a mirror of their parents Anakin and Padmé]].

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* ComingOfAgeStory: For Luke and Leia. Luke Skywalker leaves his home and family to begin his training as a Jedi Knight while Princess Leia has to prove herself as a successful leader. Later shown to be [[GenerationXerox a mirror of their parents Anakin and Padmé]].



* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: {{Trope Namer|s}}. Vader seeing Luke's X-Wing wasn't so easy to hit.



* TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne: {{Trope Namer|s}}. Vader seeing Luke's X-Wing wasn't so easy to hit.



* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: In addition to making [[TheDogShotFirst Han return fire]] on Greedo instead of shooting first, they added in a deleted scene of Han conversing with Jabba by the Falcon (who was originally portrayed as humanoid, making some awkward CG putting in the now famous giant slug, and Han calling Jabba a "wonderful human being") [[note]]apparently, Lucas meant to overlay a stop-motion bear creature over the footage, with the natural Irish brogue of the actor intact [[/note]]. There is also a grand establishing shot of Mos Eisley as they drive in, a scene of Luke meeting his old friend Biggs Darklighter (though the early scene in which Biggs is introduced remains on the cutting room floor), an EpicTrackingShot for the X-Wings as they prepare to engage the Death Star, and the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Shistavanen Shistavanen]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lak_Sivrak/Canon Lak Sivrak]] as well as the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Defel Defel]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Arleil_Schous Arleil Schous]] were both replaced by [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ketwol Ketwol]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Melas Melas]], a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Pacithhip Pacithhip]] and a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sarkan Sarkan]] respectively, for the Cantina scene.



* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: In addition to making [[TheDogShotFirst Han return fire]] on Greedo instead of shooting first, they added in a deleted scene of Han conversing with Jabba by the Falcon (who was originally portrayed as humanoid, making some awkward CG putting in the now famous giant slug, and Han calling Jabba a "wonderful human being") [[note]]apparently, Lucas meant to overlay a stop-motion bear creature over the footage, with the natural Irish brogue of the actor intact [[/note]]. There is also a grand establishing shot of Mos Eisley as they drive in, a scene of Luke meeting his old friend Biggs Darklighter (though the early scene in which Biggs is introduced remains on the cutting room floor), an EpicTrackingShot for the X-Wings as they prepare to engage the Death Star, and the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Shistavanen Shistavanen]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lak_Sivrak/Canon Lak Sivrak]] as well as the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Defel Defel]] [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Arleil_Schous Arleil Schous]] were both replaced by [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ketwol Ketwol]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Melas Melas]], a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Pacithhip Pacithhip]] and a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Sarkan Sarkan]] respectively, for the Cantina scene.



* HeroKiller: Darth Vader is infamous for killing numerous Jedi when the Empire began to rule, including Luke's father. Onscreen, he cements his status when he kills Obi-wan in a lightsaber duel and shoots down half-a-dozen pilots during the Battle of Yavin, including two squad leaders and Luke's childhood friend Biggs, while giving R2-D2 serious damage and nearly shooting down Luke before Han arrives in a BigDamnHeroes.
* TheHerosJourney: Hits pretty much every note, and Joseph Campbell was one of Lucas's many inspirations in developing the story.



* HeroKiller: Darth Vader is infamous for killing numerous Jedi when the Empire began to rule, including Luke's father. Onscreen, he cements his status when he kills Obi-wan in a lightsaber duel and shoots down half-a-dozen pilots during the Battle of Yavin, including two squad leaders and Luke's childhood friend Biggs, while giving R2-D2 serious damage and nearly shooting down Luke before Han arrives in a BigDamnHeroes.
* TheHerosJourney: Hits pretty much every note, and Joseph Campbell was one of Lucas's many inspirations in developing the story.



* LetTheBullyWin: {{Trope Namer|s}}. 3PO telling R2 to "let the Wookiee win".



* LetTheBullyWin: {{Trope Namer|s}}. 3PO telling R2 to "let the Wookiee win".



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The Jawas who sold R2-D2 and C-3PO to Owen and Beru Lars get slaughtered by Imperial Stormtroopers, who make it look like the Tusken Raiders were responsible by leaving gaderfii sticks and bantha tracks behind.



* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: The Jawas who sold R2-D2 and C-3PO to Owen and Beru Lars get slaughtered by Imperial Stormtroopers, who make it look like the Tusken Raiders were responsible by leaving gaderfii sticks and bantha tracks behind.



* NoOSHACompliance:
** The Death Star either fired their safety inspection team or have complete disregard for the safety of their staff, because the inside of the station is a giant death trap. You have massive chasms with very tiny bridges that can be retracted, and they have no railings or support at all. The tractor beam's power is controlled through a panel perched on a tower over a bottomless pit, and the catwalk to access the controls is about a foot wide. There are giant doors that slam shut in the blink of an eye. Their hangar bay has a giant, open elevator pit right next to where the ships would land. Heck, the superlaser cannon has two crew members perched on the itty bitty platform right next to the gigantic superlaser beam!
** The blast doors. These are quadruple-section doors that close in from the corners, leaving an increasingly-shrinking square in the middle. Yes, in the event of decompression or a firefight, these doors need to close quickly for the safety of the onboard personnel (and to prevent pesky intruders from escaping, natch). But if a body (organic or mechanic) gets caught in the opening and mulched by the doors, that's a whole lotta cleaning up involved, and that's if the doors don't jam from all that matter caught in them.
*** Given ''Film/RogueOne'' revealed that Galen Erso [[spoiler: was the one responsible for the thermal exhaust port that ultimately lead to the destruction of the first Death Star, it's not entirely unreasonable he may have created other ways to get back at the Imperials for all the pain they caused him.]]



* NoOSHACompliance:
** The Death Star either fired their safety inspection team or have complete disregard for the safety of their staff, because the inside of the station is a giant death trap. You have massive chasms with very tiny bridges that can be retracted, and they have no railings or support at all. The tractor beam's power is controlled through a panel perched on a tower over a bottomless pit, and the catwalk to access the controls is about a foot wide. There are giant doors that slam shut in the blink of an eye. Their hangar bay has a giant, open elevator pit right next to where the ships would land. Heck, the superlaser cannon has two crew members perched on the itty bitty platform right next to the gigantic superlaser beam!
** The blast doors. These are quadruple-section doors that close in from the corners, leaving an increasingly-shrinking square in the middle. Yes, in the event of decompression or a firefight, these doors need to close quickly for the safety of the onboard personnel (and to prevent pesky intruders from escaping, natch). But if a body (organic or mechanic) gets caught in the opening and mulched by the doors, that's a whole lotta cleaning up involved, and that's if the doors don't jam from all that matter caught in them.
*** Given ''Film/RogueOne'' revealed that Galen Erso [[spoiler: was the one responsible for the thermal exhaust port that ultimately lead to the destruction of the first Death Star, it's not entirely unreasonable he may have created other ways to get back at the Imperials for all the pain they caused him.]]



* ObstacleExposition: We have the briefing before the attack against the Death Star that clearly outlines their mission of hitting the exhaust port and everything that can possible stop them. This includes the need for tactical computers to make such a shot, and for good measure there was an unsuccessful attempt mid-way through the battle just so we know just how necessary a precise shot with the targeting computer is. Cue Luke turning off the targeting computer.



* ObstacleExposition: We have the briefing before the attack against the Death Star that clearly outlines their mission of hitting the exhaust port and everything that can possible stop them. This includes the need for tactical computers to make such a shot, and for good measure there was an unsuccessful attempt mid-way through the battle just so we know just how necessary a precise shot with the targeting computer is. Cue Luke turning off the targeting computer.



* ShootOutTheLock:
** Subverted when Han tries this in the trash compactor, only to find that the lock (and the walls) are shielded and thus the laser blast simply bounces off. Luke even says he already tried it.
** Also inverted later, when Luke shoots a door's control panel to make it ''harder'' to open. This unwittingly keeps him and Leia from extending the bridge across. Luke also does this in the Death Star Hangar Bay, shooting a Blast Door control panel to immediately seal it shut, keeping Darth Vader from reaching them.



* ShootOutTheLock:
** Subverted when Han tries this in the trash compactor, only to find that the lock (and the walls) are shielded and thus the laser blast simply bounces off. Luke even says he already tried it.
** Also inverted later, when Luke shoots a door's control panel to make it ''harder'' to open. This unwittingly keeps him and Leia from extending the bridge across. Luke also does this in the Death Star Hangar Bay, shooting a Blast Door control panel to immediately seal it shut, keeping Darth Vader from reaching them.



* TooDumbToLive: The guy on the Star Destroyer who didn't think it worth a single laser blast to play it safe and destroy a seemingly unoccupied escape pod, even though the entire reason for boarding the ship was to track down a missing set of Death Star plans that could easily have been stowed away in the pod (as indeed they were). He's technically to blame for the thousands of people presumably killed when Luke later blows the Death Star up.



* TooDumbToLive: The guy on the Star Destroyer who didn't think it worth a single laser blast to play it safe and destroy a seemingly unoccupied escape pod, even though the entire reason for boarding the ship was to track down a missing set of Death Star plans that could easily have been stowed away in the pod (as indeed they were). He's technically to blame for the thousands of people presumably killed when Luke later blows the Death Star up.



* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Tarkin attempts to force Princess Leia into revealing the main Rebel Base by threatening to use the Death Star's superlaser on Alderaan as a demonstration of its power. She gives them the location (or so it seems). Unfortunately for her, Tarkin [[ExactWords never said he would spare Alderaan]] if she gave up the information.



* YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo: Tarkin attempts to force Princess Leia into revealing the main Rebel Base by threatening to use the Death Star's superlaser on Alderaan as a demonstration of its power. She gives them the location (or so it seems). Unfortunately for her, Tarkin [[ExactWords never said he would spare Alderaan]] if she gave up the information.
7th Nov '17 9:51:03 AM KJMackley
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''A New Hope'' (originally ''Star Wars'', later ''Star Wars'' Episode IV: ''A New Hope'') is a 1977 film that marked the first chapter of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga and the beginning of its enduring cultural phenomenon.

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''A New Hope'' (originally ''Star Wars'', later ''Star Wars'' Episode IV: ''A New Hope'') is a 1977 film that marked the first chapter of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga and the beginning of its enduring cultural phenomenon.
phenomenon. It was originally just named ''Star Wars'', during production of its sequel ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' the name was co-opted to describe the franchise and the opening crawl didn't feature ''Episode IV: A New Hope'' at the top [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion until its theatrical re-release in 1981]]. All subsequent films include the ''Star Wars'' title followed by its' subtitle.
4th Nov '17 11:08:30 AM MasterHero
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* RealityEnsues: In any movie before Star Wars, the evil empire might have bought a BavarianFireDrill involving a prisoner transfer. Here, paperwork and bureaucracy nearly kills our heroes in their tracks.
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