History Film / ANewHope

3rd May '16 11:06:07 PM chc232323
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* GenreBusting: Hoo boy, we have an adventure story with fairy tale and mythological elements, space fantasy, war movie, western and old fashioned science fiction elements all mashed up into one movie.

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* GenreBusting: Hoo boy, we have an adventure story with fairy tale and mythological elements, samurai melodrama, space fantasy, war movie, western and old fashioned science fiction elements all mashed up into one movie.movie. By the way, the visual design evokes PuttingOnTheReich, cowboys in space, RayGunGothic, and a dab of CrystalSpiresAndTogas, all while being the TropeCodifier for UsedFuture. The space combat scenes were created to evoke WWII dogfighting footage at its most heroic and the score hearkens back to much older war movies with bright, powerful orchestral music. Heck, TheDragon is in a costume that mixes samurai silhouettes with those of a RayGunGothic villain.
27th Apr '16 2:31:19 PM Josef5678
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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a 4, due to [[spoiler:Darth Yader (David Prowse) cracking Captain Raymus Antilles' (Peter Geddis) neck with his bare hand, Owen (Phil Brown) and Beru Lars' (Shelagh Fraser) charred skeletons, some blood on alien Ponda Baba's (Tommy Ilsley) severed arm, and other, lesser, acts of science-fiction-related violence]].

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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a 4, due to [[spoiler:Darth Yader (David Prowse) Darth Vader cracking Captain Raymus Antilles' (Peter Geddis) neck with his bare hand, Owen (Phil Brown) and Beru Lars' (Shelagh Fraser) charred skeletons, some blood on alien Ponda Baba's (Tommy Ilsley) severed arm, and other, lesser, acts of science-fiction-related violence]].violence.
27th Apr '16 10:53:21 AM TheHestinator
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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a 4, due to [[spoiler:Darth Yader (David Prowse) cracking Captain Raymus Antilles' (Peter Geddis) neck with his bare hand, Owen (Phil Brown) and Beru Lars' (Shelagh Fraser) charred skeletons, some blood on alien Ponda Baba's (Tommy Ilsley) severed arm, and other, lesser, acts of science-fiction-related violence]].
18th Apr '16 11:43:53 AM dangerdan97
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** The film itself drew from many sources. ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' and ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers'' are two of the most obvious influences--the whole movie was meant to be a big love letter to the former, and at one point was even planned to be a Flash Gordon film. ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' was a big influence on the films aesthetics and effects work. The ''[[Film/TheHiddenFortress Hidden Fortress]]'' connection is well known, and Admiral Motti even starts to say "the Rebels' ''hidden fortress''", but only gets halfway through the last word before Vader chokes him. The ''Literature/{{Dune}}''-Tatooine inspiration is pretty obvious. You can tell George Lucas must have seen at least ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' episodes 26, 1, and 8, in that order, so we can probably pin his famous trip to Japan down to early 1975, when the series went into reruns. Creator/IsaacAsimov noticed some similarity to his ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series but didn't take it personally. Vader himself was inspired by the appearance of the villain in ''Series/{{Kikaider}}''. As [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Mizner Wilson Mizner]] observed, stealing from ''everybody'' is just called "research."

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** The film itself drew from many sources. ''ComicStrip/FlashGordon'' and ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers'' are two of the most obvious influences--the whole movie was meant to be a big love letter to the former, and at one point was even planned to be a Flash Gordon film. ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' was a big influence on the films aesthetics and effects work. The ''[[Film/TheHiddenFortress Hidden Fortress]]'' connection is well known, and Admiral Motti even starts to say "the Rebels' ''hidden fortress''", but only gets halfway through the last word before Vader chokes him. The ''Literature/{{Dune}}''-Tatooine inspiration is pretty obvious. You can tell George Lucas must have seen at least ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' episodes 26, 1, and 8, in that order, so we can probably pin his famous trip to Japan down to early 1975, when the series went into reruns. Creator/IsaacAsimov noticed some similarity to his ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series but didn't take it personally. Vader himself was inspired by the appearance of the villain in ''Series/{{Kikaider}}''. And the climactic trench run owes its existence to ''Film/TheDamBusters''. As [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_Mizner Wilson Mizner]] observed, stealing from ''everybody'' is just called "research."



* {{Homage}}: To Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'', with the droids being the focus for much of the film, and also to ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', with the scene of the two braggarts at the cantina. Lucas' heavy use of frame wipes is also indebted to Kurosawa. The heart-wrenching scene where Luke rushes to the farm, only to find it already raided and his relatives dead harkens to an equally distressing scene in ''Film/TheSearchers''.

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* {{Homage}}: To Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/TheHiddenFortress'', with the droids being the focus for much of the film, and also to ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', with the scene of the two braggarts at the cantina. Lucas' heavy use of frame wipes is also indebted to Kurosawa. The heart-wrenching scene where Luke rushes to the farm, only to find it already raided and his relatives dead harkens to an equally distressing scene in ''Film/TheSearchers''. And WWII-era fighter film ''Film/TheDamBusters'' ''is'' the source for the trench run.
13th Apr '16 1:44:01 PM caivu
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* SerendipitousSurvival: When R2-D2 runs off, Luke has to chase after him and hopefully get him back before anybody notices so he won't get in trouble. This, and the subsequent meeting with Obi-Wan Kenobi, delay Luke enough that he doesn't get home until long after the Stormtroopers looking for R2 and C-3PO have already raided it and murdered Owen and Beru.
13th Apr '16 9:53:47 AM nighttrainfm
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* PhysicalReligion: Motti sneers at Vader's devotion to an "ancient religion", only to feel said religion's very real presence around his windpipe.
10th Apr '16 9:51:51 AM Piando
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* BeforeTheDarkTimes: TropeNamer, from Kenobi when lamenting the end of the Jedi and the old Republic.

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* BeforeTheDarkTimes: TropeNamer, [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]], from Kenobi when lamenting the end of the Jedi and the old Republic.



** [[ShadowsOfTheEmpire The Outrider]] taking off from Mos Eisley in the Special Edition.

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** [[ShadowsOfTheEmpire [[Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire The Outrider]] taking off from Mos Eisley in the Special Edition.



** Grand Moff Tarkin seems perfectly comfortable with acting like he's Darth Vader's ''superior'' -- and Vader doesn't give any hint of having a problem with it. This sort of dynamic would ''never'' happen in the later two movies (or even ''Revenge of the Sith'', for that matter) -- where Vader is answerable only to the Emperor, and commands Admirals and even disposes of them as he sees fit. It is possible to justify this fairly easily in-universe, however, as Tarkin and presumably a lot more of the Imperial leadership were killed in the explosion of the Death Star, causing Vader to be moved up to TheDragon fully.

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** Grand Moff Tarkin seems perfectly comfortable with acting like he's Darth Vader's ''superior'' -- and Vader doesn't give any hint of having a problem with it. This sort of dynamic would ''never'' happen in the later two movies (or even ''Revenge of the Sith'', ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', for that matter) -- where Vader is answerable only to the Emperor, and commands Admirals and even disposes of them as he sees fit. It is possible to justify this fairly easily in-universe, however, as Tarkin and presumably a lot more of the Imperial leadership were killed in the explosion of the Death Star, causing Vader to be moved up to TheDragon fully.



* {{Leitmotif}}: All over the place. JohnWilliams held nothing back. The film introduces the themes for the Rebels, the Jedi, Princess Leia, and more. Even the Death Star itself has a cue to represent it. (Notably absent is Vader's theme, the ominous Imperial March, which doesn't appear until the next movie.)

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* {{Leitmotif}}: All over the place. JohnWilliams Creator/JohnWilliams held nothing back. The film introduces the themes for the Rebels, the Jedi, Princess Leia, and more. Even the Death Star itself has a cue to represent it. (Notably absent is Vader's theme, the ominous Imperial March, which doesn't appear until the next movie.)
24th Mar '16 8:37:14 PM rjd1922
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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: ''Everything'' in this movie. Blue lightsabers are good, red is bad. The Imperial ships are black or white while the Rebel ships are grey and red. Even the laser bolts are different colours, with Rebels firing red and Imperials green (except small arms, which all shoot red bolts). The showdown between Vader and Obi-Wan also introduced the Jedi and Sith color scheme of black vs. brown robes which was maintained throughout all the films.


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* GoodColorsEvilColors: ''Everything'' in this movie. Blue lightsabers are good, red is bad. The Imperial ships are black or white while the Rebel ships are grey and red. Even the laser bolts are different colors, with Rebels firing red and Imperials green (except small arms, which all shoot red bolts). The showdown between Vader and Obi-Wan also introduced the Jedi and Sith color scheme of black vs. brown robes which was maintained throughout all the films.
22nd Mar '16 2:40:20 PM Josef5678
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* EyeOnAStalk: The above-mentioned Dianoga has an eye on a stalk, which lets it see above the surface while the rest of its body remains submerged.

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* EyeOnAStalk: The above-mentioned Dianoga has an eye on a stalk, which lets it see above the surface while the rest of its body remains submerged.
22nd Mar '16 1:51:31 PM PresidentStalkeyes
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* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The creature in the Trash Compactor, the Dianoga, is an Octopus-like creature, and is definitely of the threatening variety. [[AllThereInTheManual You wouldn't know this from just watching the movie]], though; its full body is only seen in ExpandedUniverse materials.


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* EyeOnAStalk: The above-mentioned Dianoga has an eye on a stalk, which lets it see above the surface while the rest of its body remains submerged.
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