History Trivia / ANewHope

27th Jan '18 4:47:48 AM AmuckCricetine
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* OrphanedReference: Han's parting words to Jabba in Mos Eisley, calling him a "wonderful human being," made more sense in the scene as originally filmed and then deleted. At that time, Jabba was not yet the giant sluglike alien canonized in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and digitally edited over the original footage when the scene was restored in the Special Edition.

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** Luke's line, "Oh, Biggs is right, I'm never gonna get out of here" refers to a DeletedScene where we meet him much earlier and persuades Luke that he's needed on Tatooine.
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Han's parting words to Jabba in Mos Eisley, calling him a "wonderful human being," made more sense in the scene as originally filmed and then deleted. At that time, Jabba was not yet the giant sluglike alien canonized in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and digitally edited over the original footage when the scene was restored in the Special Edition.
25th Jan '18 5:45:26 AM Kitchen90
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** Despite the film's staggering success, Lucas is very modest regarding the film. In J.W. Rinzler's "The Making of Star Wars", he admitted he's never been satisfied with the movie's script despite the numerous rewrites it went through. He also disowned the original theatrical cut and went out of his way to bury it after the mid 90's in favor of the Special Editions and subsequent rereleases based on it.

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** Despite the film's staggering success, Lucas is very modest regarding the film. In J.W. Rinzler's "The Making of Star Wars", he admitted he's never been satisfied with the movie's script despite the numerous rewrites it went through. He also disowned the original theatrical cut and went out of his way to bury it after the mid 90's '90s in favor of the Special Editions and subsequent rereleases based on it.



* UsefulNotes/ListOfFilmsYouShouldSeeByTheAgeOf14: #43



* MethodActing: When Han was ad libbing his response to security over the comm, Creator/HarrisonFord only skimmed over the script and instead ad libbed Han's ad libbing, to make it seem more genuinely spontaneous.

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* MethodActing: When Han was ad libbing ad-libbing his response to security over the comm, Creator/HarrisonFord only skimmed over the script and instead ad libbed ad-libbed Han's ad libbing, ad-libbing, to make it seem more genuinely spontaneous.
15th Jan '18 6:52:28 PM countmall
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* OldShame: Creator/AlecGuinness regretted appearing in this film, although not enough to decline sequel appearances or the big royalty checks. Averted with Creator/PeterCushing who only regretted not being able to appear in the sequels.

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* OldShame: Creator/AlecGuinness regretted appearing in this had a low opinion of the film, although not enough to decline sequel appearances or the big royalty checks. Averted with Creator/PeterCushing who only regretted not being able to appear in the sequels.



* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/CarrieFisher revealed to [[http://people.com/movies/carrie-fisher-reveals-affair-with-harrison-ford-star-wars/ People Magazine in November 2016]] that she and Creator/HarrisonFord had an "intense" affair during the three month production of the movie in 1976.

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* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/CarrieFisher revealed to [[http://people.com/movies/carrie-fisher-reveals-affair-with-harrison-ford-star-wars/ People Magazine in November 2016]] that she and Creator/HarrisonFord had an "intense" affair during the three month production of the movie in 1976. Harrison has explicitly neither confirmed or denied the claim.



* SleeperHit: Nobody, not even Lucas himself, expected the film to do well prior to its release.[[note]]The exception was Creator/PeterCushing, who'd been in plenty of genre films that were initially dismissed, but went on to be hits.[[/note]] [[AndYouThoughtItWouldFail Hoo, boy, were they wrong.]]
* StarMakingRole: Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/CarrieFisher, and Creator/HarrisonFord became famous for their roles, and went on to have successful acting careers.

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* SleeperHit: Nobody, Few people, not even Lucas himself, expected the film to do well prior to its release.[[note]]The exception was Creator/PeterCushing, who'd been in plenty of genre films that were initially dismissed, but went on to be hits.[[/note]] [[AndYouThoughtItWouldFail Hoo, boy, were they wrong.]]
** Mark Hammil and Carrie Fisher were probably the most optimistic of its chances and expected it would do well. However, according to Mark, what they had in mind was that it would make $30,000,000 and become a cult classic with stoners "and fans of the Rocky Horror Picture Show."
* StarMakingRole: Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/CarrieFisher, and Creator/HarrisonFord became famous for their roles, and went on to have successful acting careers.
12th Jan '18 1:44:05 AM StardustSoldier
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** Despite the film's staggering success, Lucas is very modest regarding the film. In J.W. Rinzler's "The Making of Star Wars", he admitted he's never been satisfied with the movies script despite the numerous rewrites it went through. He also disowned the original theatrical cut and went out of his way to bury it after the mid 90's in favor of the Special Editions and subsequent rereleases based on it.

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** Despite the film's staggering success, Lucas is very modest regarding the film. In J.W. Rinzler's "The Making of Star Wars", he admitted he's never been satisfied with the movies movie's script despite the numerous rewrites it went through. He also disowned the original theatrical cut and went out of his way to bury it after the mid 90's in favor of the Special Editions and subsequent rereleases based on it.
6th Jan '18 10:28:08 AM gjjones
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* StartMyOwn:
** Lucas was turned down as the director of the ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' movie, so he decided to make his own space adventure film.
** He also created his own visual effects company... and while Creator/IndustrialLightAndMagic is akin to TheEmpire now, at first they were [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits their own Rebel Alliance]], with a workplace so chaotic that once Lucas returned from England and saw it, he had to be hospitalized in shock.
17th Dec '17 8:39:41 PM SpaceDrake
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** Among the older and more experienced actors, Creator/PeterCushing enjoyed his role as Grand Moff Tarkin so much he regretted the fact that Tarkin dies in his debut. This ironically serves as stark contrast to Creator/AlecGuinness, whose character is a hero but doesn't like the film, while Cushing, whose character is a villain (and the BigBad, no less), actually like it.

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** Among the older and more experienced actors, Creator/PeterCushing enjoyed his role as Grand Moff Tarkin so much he regretted the fact that Tarkin dies in his debut. This ironically serves as stark contrast to Creator/AlecGuinness, whose character is a hero but doesn't like never liked the film, while Cushing, whose character is a villain (and the BigBad, no less), actually like liked it.
16th Dec '17 3:03:43 AM DragonQuestZ
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** Also, the Death Star plans are treated throughout most of the film as a ''physical'' object, even though an early line of Darth Vader's dialogue indicates that they were "beamed to this ship by Rebel spies". In the subsequent quest to recover the plans, nobody ever seems to even ''consider'' the idea that the files might have been transferred again to one or more other parties, or copied to other storage devices. Instead they focus recovering the specific droids believed to have the plans stored in their memory.



** The Death Star trench was added when the maker of the prop was having difficulty hiding the seam.

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** The Death Star trench equator was added when the maker of the prop was having difficulty hiding the seam.seam on the model.
2nd Dec '17 4:29:18 PM ClintEastwood
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* 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.



** Mark Hamill took interest in playing Luke Skywalker because he thought the project sounded amazing - bear in mind that this was long before any visual effects were released for the film, and during a time when interest in making the film was pretty low. Of the three leads, he was the most excited to see his face on a cereal box.

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** Mark Hamill Creator/MarkHamill took interest in playing Luke Skywalker because he thought the project sounded amazing - bear in mind that this was long before any visual effects were released for the film, and during a time when interest in making the film was pretty low. Of the three leads, he was the most excited to see his face on a cereal box.



* CreatorBreakdown: George Lucas's experience with directing ''A New Hope'' - along with the demands of the studio, which threatened to pull the plug on the project - proved to be so exhaustive that he didn't direct another film for more than two decades. He still remained onboard with the franchise to write and produce ''The Empire Strikes Back'' and ''Return Of The Jedi'' before writing, producing, and directing ''The Phantom Menace'', ''Attack Of The Clones'', and ''Revenge Of The Sith'' with complete control. In the case of the latter films, he had the benefit of both an established reputation, financial security, as well as a very controlled in-house environment to create his films in, preventing a lot of the misery he dealt with while filming A New Hope.

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* CreatorBreakdown: George Lucas's Creator/GeorgeLucas's experience with directing ''A New Hope'' - along with the demands of the studio, which threatened to pull the plug on the project - proved to be so exhaustive that he didn't direct another film for more than two decades. He still remained onboard with the franchise to write and produce ''The Empire Strikes Back'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Return Of The Jedi'' ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' before writing, producing, and directing ''The Phantom Menace'', ''Attack Of The Clones'', ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', and ''Revenge Of The Sith'' ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' with complete control. In the case of the latter films, he had the benefit of both an established reputation, financial security, as well as a very controlled in-house environment to create his films in, preventing a lot of the misery he dealt with while filming A ''A New Hope.Hope''.



* MethodActing: When Han was ad libbing his response to security over the comm, Harrison Ford only skimmed over the script and instead ad libbed Han's ad libbing, to make it seem more genuinely spontaneous.

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* MethodActing: When Han was ad libbing his response to security over the comm, Harrison Ford Creator/HarrisonFord only skimmed over the script and instead ad libbed Han's ad libbing, to make it seem more genuinely spontaneous.



* MoneyDearBoy: Alec Guinness was not a fan of the script nor the overall idea, but he took the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi because he knew the film would do well and he was given a generous payroll of about 0.04% of the box office gross.

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* MoneyDearBoy: Alec Guinness Creator/AlecGuinness was not a fan of the script nor the overall idea, but he took the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi because he knew the film would do well and he was given a generous payroll of about 0.04% of the box office gross.



* NoStuntDouble: Literally, as they couldn't afford stunt doubles. The only stuntman played the Tusken Raider who attacks Luke. Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher performed the swing across the Death Star pit themselves.

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* NoStuntDouble: Literally, as they couldn't afford stunt doubles. The only stuntman played the Tusken Raider who attacks Luke. Mark Hamill Creator/MarkHamill and Carrie Fisher Creator/CarrieFisher performed the swing across the Death Star pit themselves.



** George Lucas and Creator/BrianDePalma held joint auditions for this film and ''{{Film/Carrie 1976}}'' respectively - and many cast members auditioned for both. A wild rumour went around for years that Creator/SissySpacek was going to play Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher Carrie White - but they swapped roles when Carrie objected to having to appear nude. Carrie later {{Jossed}} these, saying she would have had no problem with the nudity. Creator/AmyIrving was the one who was up for Carrie, until Sissy Spacek's audition. Teri Nunn, later the lead singer of Music/{{Berlin}}, was also considered for the role of Leia. She would also later audition for [[Film/BladeRunner another iconic science-fiction film]] starring Creator/HarrisonFord. Other candidates included Karen Allen, Creator/NancyAllen, Christine Baranski, Creator/KimBasinger, Bonnie Bedelia, Linda Blair, Jill Clayburgh, Creator/GlennClose, Creator/GeenaDavis, Farrah Fawcett, Melanie Griffith, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Hicks, Creator/AnjelicaHuston, Margot Kidder, Christine Lahti, Creator/JessicaLange, Kay Lenz, Pamela Sue Martin, Creator/BernadettePeters, Theresa Russell, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, P.J. Soles, Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/KathleenTurner, Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Dianne Wiest and Debra Winger.

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** George Lucas and Creator/BrianDePalma held joint auditions for this film and ''{{Film/Carrie 1976}}'' respectively - and many cast members auditioned for both. A wild rumour went around for years that Creator/SissySpacek was going to play Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher Carrie White - but they swapped roles when Carrie objected to having to appear nude. Carrie later {{Jossed}} these, saying she would have had no problem with the nudity. Creator/AmyIrving was the one who was up for Carrie, until Sissy Spacek's audition. Teri Nunn, later the lead singer of Music/{{Berlin}}, was also considered for the role of Leia. She would also later audition for [[Film/BladeRunner another iconic science-fiction film]] starring Creator/HarrisonFord. Other candidates included Karen Allen, Creator/NancyAllen, Christine Baranski, Creator/KimBasinger, Bonnie Bedelia, Linda Blair, Jill Clayburgh, Creator/GlennClose, Creator/GeenaDavis, Farrah Fawcett, Melanie Griffith, Creator/MelanieGriffith, Barbara Hershey, Catherine Hicks, Creator/AnjelicaHuston, Margot Kidder, Christine Lahti, Creator/JessicaLange, Kay Lenz, Pamela Sue Martin, Creator/BernadettePeters, Theresa Russell, Jane Seymour, Cybill Shepherd, P.J. Soles, Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/KathleenTurner, Creator/SigourneyWeaver, Dianne Wiest and Debra Winger.
30th Nov '17 4:57:51 PM fruitstripegum
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** Luke and Leia's kiss almost got axed because test audiences laughed at it. Lucas's wife Marcia convinced him that they were laughing because it was so sweet and unexpected.
30th Nov '17 4:27:39 PM fruitstripegum
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** In an early draft, Luke was a 65-year-old army general.
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