* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: People have noted that the Death Star gunner lingered on Yavin IV despite having a firing solution for some time. ("Stand by.... Stand by....") They believed that the gunner might have had an attack of conscience and was deliberately delaying in the off-chance that someone might stop him from destroying the Rebel base. This interpretation has even became canon in the ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'' universe.
* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Multiple studios turned the film proposal down and most of the management of Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox outside of Alan Ladd Jr. thought it would be a final embarrassment before Fox closed its doors. Even Creator/GeorgeLucas' director's guild thought it was going to bomb, which was the only reason they let him release it [[ValuesDissonance without any opening credits]]. After the film exploded into the public consciousness, everyone else changed their tune saying this film was the kind of unorthodox creative dare that company founder, Daryl Zanuck, often won big with.
* AngstWhatAngst:
** Luke gets over Owen's and Beru's deaths pretty easily, making his [[HeroicBSOD reaction]] to Obi-Wan's death rather unusual. Averted in the novelization, in which he weeps after discovering the carnage, and even his HeroicBSOD over Obi-Wan only lasts through part of one scene.
** Princess Leia doesn't seem at all bothered by the destruction of her home planet, or her ColdBloodedTorture at the hands of Darth Vader.
*** This gets explored in the [[ComicBook/MarvelStarWars2015 2015 Marvel Star Wars comics]], in particular ''ComicBook/StarWarsPrincessLeia'': Leia feels personally responsible for the destruction of her homeworld and her parents' deaths, but [[TheWomanWearingtheQueenlyMask can't show it]], especially with no surviving family or close friends to confide in (she just barely met Luke and Han). Meanwhile, the Rebel rank and file think she's a cold-blooded IceQueen, while the leadership won't allow her out of their sight to put herself in any more danger.
* AwardSnub:
** Many people see it losing Best Picture to ''Film/AnnieHall'' as this. Both are widely considered to be fantastic movies, though, and quite a few ''Star Wars'' fans even regard ''Annie Hall'' as [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the one film they were okay with losing to]], given that it's about as different to the usual OscarBait films as ''A New Hope'' was.
** Quite a few see Creator/AlecGuinness losing Best Supporting Actor to Jason Robards in ''Julia'' as this. Given how much Guinness came to hate the fame he gained purely for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi, however, this could have been for the best.
** One of Creator/HarrisonFord's most popular and most endearing performances, and he failed to received a Best Supporting Oscar nod.
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Grand Moff Tarkin]] is a ruthless Imperial officer, and one of the Emperor's top agents. While in command of the Death Star, he has Princess Leia tortured and, even after being provided with the information he wanted, forces her to witness [[EarthShatteringKaboom the destruction of her homeworld of Alderaan]], killing billions of innocent people.
* EarWorm: ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaPf-MRKITg That cantina song.]]''
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Porkins is only on-screen for about a minute before being blown to smithereens, but is probably the most popular background character in the movie.
** Wedge Antilles (one of the only surviving pilots of the Battle of Yavin) got a relatively minor amount of screen time, yet became popular enough to bring back in the rest of the series, helping lead the fight against the second Death Star in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. He was also going to have a FaceDeathWithDignity scene at the start of ''The Force Awakens'' until Denis Lawson declined to return and it was given to a new character.
** The Mos Eisley Cantina denizens. In the actual film they're basically set pieces instead of characters, but they did their job in the narrative - giving the viewer an impression of just how diverse The Galaxy is - so well that most of them have [[AscendedExtra received extensive backstories]] in the ''Legends'' continuity.
* FandomBerserkButton: Han shot first. Don't imply otherwise unless you're joking.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Many fans ignore how Greedo was made to shoot first when he confronts Han Solo in the Special Editions, since the change contradicts Han's character.
* FightSceneFailure: The lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader is rather awkward to watch, even compared to the fights within the other films of the trilogy and especially those of the prequels and ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. It was a result of the original lightsaber props being very heavy to hold, yet so fragile that they were constantly broken. In-story, it's [[HandWaved handwaved]] as a combo of Obi Wan's advanced age and being out of practice, and Vader knowing he didn't have to waste time going full throttle on Obi Wan.
* FirstInstallmentWins: While many feel ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' is better in just about every department, the original ''Star Wars'' is widely considered a game changer in the film industry, kicking off UsefulNotes/TheBlockbusterAgeOfHollywood. It is the most successful film in the series accounting for inflation, and had the biggest gross of the Special Edition releases; and [[MayTheFarceBeWithYou Star Wars parodies]] usually take most of their inspiration from ''A New Hope''. It also has the highest score of any of the ''Star Wars'' movies on Metacritic at 92, even beating out ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', which fans usually consider the best in the series.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** The {{Ship Tease}}s between Luke and Leia in this movie and the first half of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' get a whole lot {{Squick}}ier after the [[LukeIAmYourFather Leia, I Am Your Brother]] plot twist in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. This has made them infamous among fans.
** Han's dismissive treatment of Obi-Wan would seem HilariousInHindsight since in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', he becomes TheMentor himself, until we see [[spoiler:he dies from MentorOccupationalHazard, too, at the hands of Obi-Wan's own namesake.]]
** When she's brought to Grand Moff Tarkin, Leia humorously tells him, "I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash." In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', [[GoGoEnslavement Leia is enslaved by Jabba the Hutt, which involves being put on a literal leash]]. On the other hand, the film's further revelation that she's Vader's daughter actually makes it a bit amusing.
** The infamous shot of a stormtrooper hitting his head on a door (when the troopers enter the station in which Artoo and 3PO are hiding), was pretty amusing for audiences, even receiving an audible "clunk" sound in the special edition. The actor ended up with severe head injuries for his trouble.
* GenreTurningPoint: This film really changed the film industry. It cemented the concept of the SummerBlockbuster, and was one of the first films to rely on special effects. It rejuvenated cinematic science fiction, which was previously the domain of cheap BMovie exploitation flicks.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** The last shot of the movie. Seeing the entire cast smiling and standing together triumphantly is a lot more gut-wrenching to watch, especially knowing what happens to them later on in ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
** This moment:
-->'''Aunt Beru''': He's just not a farmer, Owen. He has [[TurnOutLikeHisFather too much of his father]] in him.
-->'''Uncle Owen''': That's what I'm afraid of.
** Not only did Luke's father become ''Darth Vader'', but we later see in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' that, the same day Owen met Anakin, Anakin killed a whole tribe of Tusken Raiders out of anger. Evidently he's afraid Luke will do something like that.
** After watching the prequels, seeing Vader so callously shoot R2 with a ''TIE Fighter blast'' makes him seem all the more cruel. He might not have known it was R2 or even been aiming for him but it still jerks a tear.
** Also, Darth Vader, later revealed to be the father of Luke Skywalker, had Luke's Uncle and Aunt murdered by stormtroopers, meaning he had his stepbrother killed. Several years later, with ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Simba's father ends up killed by his uncle. The connection between the two? Both Vader and Mufasa (Simba's father) were portrayed by Creator/JamesEarlJones.
** Garven Dreis, aka Red Leader, was shot down by Darth Vader in the last moments of the film. A New Hope also proved to be the last acting role that Drew Henley, the actor who played Dreis, would partake in, retiring shortly thereafter due to being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Also, Dreis being shot down by Darth Vader is even more harsh after the revelation that he and Vader (then known as Anakin Skywalker) were originally ''comrades''.
** Try watching Obi-Wan in the original trilogy [[OldShame knowing]] how Alec Guinness [[MoneyDearBoy felt about his work]] on ''Franchise/StarWars''.
** Leia's ColdBloodedTorture at the hands of Vader is disturbing enough, then comes the revelation that he was (unknowingly) doing it to ''his own daughter''.
** In this film, Obi-Wan tells Luke that Darth Vader "betrayed and murdered [his] father", before it's explained in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' that [[MetaphoricallyTrue "What [he] said was true, from a certain point of view."]] In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', [[spoiler:we see Kylo Ren ''literally'' betray and murder his own father, Han Solo]].
*** Obi-Wan's whole backstory hurts more than ever since [[spoiler:the same things happen to Luke]] by the time of ''Film/TheForceAwakens''.
** It's a bit painful to see that one tossed-off line in the opening crawl about the Death Star plans being stolen by a group of rebels, after ''Film/RogueOne'' revealed just how much pain and effort went into that mission, and how high the cost was, including [[spoiler: the deaths of the entire team]].
** Han's snark about not being sure if he likes Leia or wants to shoot her rides the lines of this, HilariousInHindsight, HeartwarmingInHindsight, and FunnyAneurysmMoment. Yes, Han, you decide you like her. Enough to ''marry'' her in two different timelines. Just don't ask about your sons in ''either'' timeline. ''Legends'' leans more to HeartwarmingInHindsight (even though Anakin dies, and Jacen turns out...badly, they're still HappilyMarried, raising their granddaughter, and Jaina turns out fine), but [[Film/TheForceAwakens Disney]] canon turns out more HarsherInHindsight (due to "Kylo Ren" turning out more or less like a worse version of Jacen ''and'' the implication they divorced).
* HeartwarmingInHindsight:
** Luke and C-3PO's bond throughout this film and the OT becomes more heartwarming once it was revealed in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' that Threepio was originally built by Anakin, making Luke and Threepio, in a sense, brothers.
** By the same token, Luke's loyalty to R2-D2, saying that he's not will to trade in for a new droid because of how much they've been through together. R2-D2 saved Luke's mother when she wasn't much younger than he was during this movie.
** In regards to ''Film/RogueOne'', [[spoiler: none of the members that stole the plans of the Death Star manages to survive the events of the movie, but with Luke managing to destroy the Death Star, it's heartwarming to know that Jyn and her crew's deaths were not in vain.]]
** Creator/PeterCushing enjoyed his role as Grand Moff Tarkin so much he regretted the fact that [[spoiler:Tarkin dies]], because it meant that he couldn't come back in another ''Franchise/StarWars'' film. In ''Film/RogueOne'', Tarkin returned as a major figure, with Cushing recreated via digital technology, so he did come back after all.
** For nearly two decades, the identity and past of Luke's mother was a complete unknown. The prequel trilogy answered that question, but ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' in particular showed in deleted scenes that Padme was one of the founders of the rebellion. While ''A New Hope'' focuses on Luke taking his first steps in following in his father's footsteps, it also marks the start of his journey to finish what his mother began. Leia did the same before the movie even started.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Obi Wan's line that the blaster marks are too precise for Sand People and must be from Stormtroopers gets funnier as the series goes on. We see (Justified and not) [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy stormtroopers miss nearly everything they shoot for]], while the Tuskens are able to hit pod racers moving at hundreds of [=MPH=] in ''Film/{{The Phantom Menace}}''. [[FridgeBrilliance If you think about it]], it's more just showing that Obi Wan's been in hiding for so long. The last time he was hanging around with troopers they were kicking ass, and then killing Jedi. There's also the fact that that Sandcrawler is huge and slow. Even a Stormtrooper could probably hit that just fine.
** Given what we later discover about Vader's [[YouHaveFailedMe policy on employee mistakes]] in the next movie, Admiral Motti comes off as ''exceptionally'' stupid for picking a fight with Vader, especially by mocking the religion ''the Emperor holds to''. This is even lampshaded by Grand Moff Tarkin in the Death Star Technical Manual, where he expressed that if Motti didn't keep his opinions to himself regarding the Force, he won't last long under Palpatine's Empire.
** Just going by the films, Palpatine may not have ''ever'' let on to anyone but his apprentices that he was a Sith Lord.
** According to the novelization, Obi-Wan was uncomfortable about Luke's questions about his father, but unlike Owen, Obi-Wan *didn't like lying* so he told the truth {{from a certain point of view}}: Darth Vader killed Luke's father.
** Those who got to watch this first before they encountered the reveal that Luke and Leia are twin brother and sister may call the latter as a cop-out from the romantic triangle issue, but it does add some flavor to the films. With that knowledge, Han and Chewie have become two unfortunate guys getting caught in the middle of a big family mess, acting as some kind of baby sitters as the two siblings start putting things together. And it does add some more humor at how the two separately snark at his ship when each sees it for the first time.
-->'''Luke:''' What a piece of junk!
-->'''Leia:''' You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought.
** "[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi I'm never coming back to]] [[TemptingFate this planet again.]]"
** C-3PO exclaiming "Thank the maker!" is amusing, when you know who built him. "Thank Darth Vader!"
** [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f9/Death_star1.png This]] is the Death Star, as it debuted in 1977. ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bc/Mimas_Cassini.jpg This]]'' is Mimas, one of Saturn's moons, discovered 3 years later.
** Han's line "Where did you dig up that old fossil?" has gotten funnier on two counts: first, Creator/HarrisonFord went on to play AdventureArchaeologist Franchise/IndianaJones, and second, in the sequel trilogy, Ford will be older than Creator/AlecGuinness was during the making of the OT.
** Han's general attitude towards Obi-Wan is this, as in ''The Force Awakens'', he finds himself in basically [[TheMentor the same role]], guiding the younger protagonists through their adventure. [[spoiler: Also becomes HarsherInHindsight, considering both Obi-Wan and Han meet a similar end.]]
** In Mos Eisley Cantina, Cornelius Evazan brags to Luke that he has the death sentence in twelve systems. In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', it was revealed that Obi-Wan Kenobi ''also'' has the death sentence across the Empire thanks to Order 66.
** Garrick Hagon plays Luke's friend Biggs. Years later, [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight he would provide the voice for a character]] turning into a clone of Mark Hamill's [[ComicBook/TheJoker other famous role.]]
** In 2016 Carrie Fisher revealed that she and Harrison Ford were sleeping together during filming, unknown to everyone else. Yeah, even before Lucas decided Leia should end up with Han, the actors were heading there.
** In her message to Obi-Wan, Leia reminds him, "you served my father during the Clone Wars." She doesn't know the half of it!
** The ending of ''Film/RogueOne'' reveals that [[spoiler:Leia knew full well her cover was blown when Vader boarded her ship, yet she still went through the whole song and dance anyway just for show.]]
** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Leia had several different hairstyles considered]] before her distinctive "cinnamon bun" hairdo was chosen, one of which was long blonde hair. Then, ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' revealed that Leia was twins with the blond Luke, which would've made that blonde hairdo appropriate.
** Luke's grumbling that if there's an exciting part of the galaxy, Tatooine is the furthest point from it becomes this when you realize what a ''large'' role it plays in the expanded universe.
** Though it was pretty amusingly droll to begin with, Obi-Wan's nonplussed reaction to the ''Millennium Falcon'' is a lot funnier when you know that it's now one of the most famous and iconic spaceships in the history of science-fiction. Today, his conversation with Han sounds almost like an irritated adult talking to a giddy young ''Star Wars'' fan.
-->'''Han:''' You've never ''heard'' of the ''Millennium Falcon''?\\
'''Obi-Wan:''' ...Should I have?
** Palpatine dissolving Imperial Senate became more amusing after watching ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' where he infamously declared [[IAmTheNoun "I]] ''[[IAmTheNoun am]]'' [[MemeticMutation the Senate."]] After dissolving Imperial Senate, Palpatine is, without any doubt, ''the'' only "Senate".
** After ''Film/RogueOne'''s ending, Leia's "Diplomatic mission" excuse gets even funnier when you realise she's running it against a guy who literally just saw her ship escape from a massive space battle 5 minutes ago but can't actually call her on it because her explanation technically holds up.
** The FightSceneFailure between Vader and Obi-Wan became more hilarious as in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' [[RuleOfCool they fought with all sort of flips over a fiery river of lava, collapsing buildings, swung on cables through the air and stuff]]. Looks like they don't age so well between the two films.[[note]]Obi-Wan ''did'' age faster due to living in the desert planet, making him YoungerThanHeLooks. In Vader's case, his cybernetic suit and artificial limbs pretty much prevent him from doing too much acrobatic moves anymore.[[/note]]
* ItWasHisSled: Darth Vader kills Obi-Wan Kenobi.
* MemeticLoser: Greedo, after Creator/GeorgeLucas edited his scene so that he shoots but misses Han Solo at point-blank range. Even Franchise/{{LEGO}} got in on the fun with a FunnyBackgroundEvent in ''Revenge of the Brick'' wherein Greedo repeatedly fails to hit a dartboard positioned only a few inches away from him.
* MemeticMutation:
** "These are not the droids you're looking for."
** '''"I have you now!"'''
** "Use the Force, Luke."
** "I felt a great disturbance in the Force; as if millions of voices cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced."
** "[[DangerDeadpan Stay on target...]]"
** "[[TheStoic Almost there...]]"
** "TheForceIsStrongWithThisOne"
** "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
** "Great shot, kid! One in a million!"
** "Red ____, standing by," with the space filled in with your reference of choice. Partly thanks to 4chan, but mostly thanks to ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'''s spoof.
** "ThatsNoMoon, it's a space station."
** "Cover me, Porkins."
** "Who's the more foolish: the fool or the fool who follows him?"
** "Faster and more intense!", from documentaries in which the cast say that this was Lucas' only suggestion after a shot: "Do it again, but faster and more intense."
** "This bickering is pointless!" An excellent line to use if there's a FandomRivalry between two or more fanbases, but you're part of all those fanbases and you feel there's no need to bicker against each other.
** "You may fire when you're ready."
** "You are a part of Rebel Alliance and a traitor. Take her away!"
** "I sense...a presence I've not felt since..." ([[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Vader remembers being left for dead on Mustafar)]].
** "Never forget that in 25th of May 1977, over a million Imperial officers, pilots, crewers, stormtroopers, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and janitors]] lost their lives in the massacre."[[labelnote:Explanation]]A logical extreme of RootingForTheEmpire fans who mourn the death of Imperials in the Death Star when it exploded. These people also tend to [[MoralMyopia forget or ignore the billions of lives in Alderaan who are killed by Death Star]].[[/labelnote]]
* {{Misblamed}}:
** Vader did not destroy Alderaan. Tarkin did. Some fans actually forget this.
** The wingman who flies on Vader's left somehow manages to escape blame for his flub. Han Solo only shot one of Vader's wingmen - the other one simply overreacted to Han's surprise attack and ''crashed his TIE Fighter into Vader's of his own accord''.
* NarmCharm:
** The movie's dialogue is wooden and very corny, but it's also considered one of the most endearing aspects of the film, to the point where almost all of the film's lines are instantly quotable meme fodder. It's deliberately written that way, as Lucas was trying to revive/create the quintessential dopy old Saturday afternoon space serial. The film was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Only when the sequels begin does it begins to become an actual problem, rather than a charm point.
** "I'm Luke Skywalker, I'm here to rescue you!" is a contender for one of the corniest lines in 20th-century cinema, but it works because we have gotten to know Luke and we know that he [[TheHero unironically means it to the core of his being.]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Has its [[NeverLiveItDown/StarWars own page]] shared with the rest of the franchise.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Ben Kenobi memorably sensing that "millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced" through the Force is strikingly similar to Spock hearing "the death scream of a hundred Vulcan minds crying out" through Vulcan telepathy in the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' episode "The Immunity Syndrome," which aired in 1968, nine years prior to ''Star Wars''.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny:
** At the time, it was ''intensely'' controversial that there were no traditional opening credits. The Director's Guild of America let it slide for Creator/GeorgeLucas [[ItWillNeverCatchOn only because they assumed the film was going to bomb and be quickly forgotten]]. [[AndYouThoughtItWouldFail It obviously didn't]], but when Lucas did it again for ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', the DGA issued Lucas a hefty fine that he paid before leaving the DGA altogether. Today, many filmmakers forgo traditional opening credits, or even opening titles, that now, the [=DGA=]'s insistence that artists be credited at the start of the film on the grounds of asking audiences to sit through credits where they wouldn't read the long list of professionals, seems to have been the wiser course.
** The first lightsaber battle on screen between Vader and Obi-Wan is fairly stilted and even ''dull'' compared to the ones in the films to come.
---> '''Vader''': [[LampshadeHanging Your powers are weak]], [[FridgeBrilliance old man]].
** A common refrain from people old enough to have seen the film upon its initial release is that it's simply not possible for anyone born afterwards to properly appreciate how much it changed ''everything'' about both movies and movie fandoms - or even ''fandom'', full stop.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Inevitable, considering the film was produced on such a low budget and nobody expected it to be such a hit, though many of the effects are shockingly good in spite of this.
** The infamous "Han Shot First" scene in the remastered editions. The digital editing isn't so great at convincing you that Greedo shot first, and Han's attempted "dodging" is particularly bad. It doesn't even look so much like "dodging" as much as it does "Greedo misses ''at point blank range''."
** A failure first seen in the special editions was the use of a (very poor) CGI Jabba the Hutt in one [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCdZ11BM-6Y previously deleted]] scene, not to mention a new very poor one in 2004.
** During the trench run just before the "Use the Force Luke" line, one scene of the Tie Fighters flying into the camera uses a really poorly matted shot. Curiously, this was not fixed in any of the Special Editions.
** One failure that was fixed in the 1997 special editions and onward; in the shot just after Vader's "I have you now!" line, freeze-framing will reveal that the Tie Fighter to the right of Vader is completely absent for two frames.
** The Stormtrooper rifles were made from fully-functional British Sterling submachine guns, and fired "Hollywood blanks" to provide smoke and muzzle flash. During the gunfight across the chasm in the Death Star (where Leia kisses Luke before swinging across) the sound of the blank cartridges is heard when Leia takes a few shots, instead of the usual sound effect dubbed in.
** There are also a few scenes (at least in earlier versions) where cartridge casings are being visibly ejected from the "blaster carbines".
** As with ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', in the unedited theatrical cut a number of shots featuring TIE Fighters have a faint silhouette of each model's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matte_(filmmaking)#Garbage_matte garbage matte]].
** The two shots in which the pilots enter the trench. It's pretty obvious that [[StockFootage they're the same shot reused twice]]. [[TropesAreTools But it's so awesome you probably won't care.]]
** During Obi-Wan's duel with Darth Vader, there's a brief shot where Obi-Wan's lightsaber prop isn't reflecting the set lights properly, and you can see the prop for the metal tube it is. Oddly, the glowing CGI effect was never added to this shot to cover it, not even in the special editions.
** During the films production, there were attempts to use front projection effects for a handful of the landspeeder scenes where Luke and Threepio are looking for Artoo, but they ended up looking so terrible that they were left on the cutting room floor.
** Just before the TIE fighter attack on the falcon, there's two instances of the ship being hit back to back...except instead of being the usual "shaking the set" effect (where the set itself is mechanically shaken), they just "vibrate" the focus of the image back and forth in a very unconvincing manner, exactly the same way a PanAndScan effect would be done.
** Fixed in the Special Editions onward, but in one scene, the only way they could conceal the wheels of Luke's landspeeder was to smear Vaseline on the camera lens, resulting in a giant orange blob seen under the speeder that was jokingly referred to as "the force field."
** The original Alderaan explosion looked embarrassingly bad. First off, they didn't even attempt to make it look like the planet was actually exploding; they just abruptly jump cut from the planet to a random explosion. Second, the explosion doesn't really seem to line up with where the planet was in the prior shot. Third, and most glaring of all, the explosion effect is ''very'' obviously slowed down; they didn't overcrank the camera for the scene, so suddenly the frame rate takes an obvious dip. And on top of that, they clearly weld two explosion shots together, making the whole thing an utter mess and an eyesore to look at...and to rub salt in the wound, the Death Star's explosion looks perfectly fine! Although the Special Edition gets laughed at a lot for adding the ring effect to every explosion, it is worth mentioning that the effect for Alderaan was the only massive explosion effect that was ''completely tossed out'' in favor of a totally new one across the whole trilogy, and it generally looks a whole lot better than the original.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: This is some fans' reaction to the Special Edition, particularly the above-mentioned Greedo Shot First scene.
* ValuesDissonance:
** There is not a single female (except Princess Leia, but she’s not in the military) or nonwhite person of any sex among either the Empire or the Rebel Alliance. Also, there aren’t any aliens (besides Chewbacca, but he’s a mercenary) to be seen, either. Not even RubberForeheadAliens, of the sort which were so heavily featured in the cantina scene. In the 21st century, this seems downright nonsensical, but in 1977... well, that was Hollywood with a director who doesn't have much clout yet, alongside shooting in the UK. This does at least also qualify as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, as both the Prequel Trilogy and the Sequel Trilogy feature a number of women, nonwhites, and nonhumans in prominent roles. Even the latter two installments of the original trilogy had Lando, Mon Mothma, and various aliens as part of the Alliance.
** The attitude of the head guard in Leia's detention area -- "Where are you taking this -- ''thing?''" suggests that Empire higher-ups look with disdain upon nonhumans. Combined this with how all the Imperial high command are humans. This was codified into DeliberateValuesDissonance with the ExpandedUniverse, where the various incarnations of the Empire certainly does look down upon most species, with only humans and Sith species (before the latter died out) considered worthy of full citizenship and the [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Chiss]] tolerated. Everyone else is sent to the slave pits. [[note]] The ''real'' reasons for the High Command being all {{Evil Brit}}s was twofold. One, Lucas blew his budget on the cantina scene, so he didn't have the makeup budget to make alien commanders for that scene. Two, there was a law at the time stating that filmmakers working in the UK had to have a certain percentage of British actors in their production. Lucas, being something of a dick, decided to put his "required percentage" of UK actors around the villains' table as a way of showing what he thought of those quotas. [[/note]]
** "If we just avoid any more female advice, we ought to be able to get out of here." In 1977, this line was simply part of Han Solo's BelligerentSexualTension with Princess Leia and just part of his rougish character. Nowadays, it would probably only ever be spoken by a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain. (It ''is'' worth noting that this line earns him a brief DeathGlare from Leia.)
** One thing the first film ''did'' have was older, even elderly people -- not just Creator/AlecGuinness and Creator/PeterCushing, but many of the background actors in the rebel base sequence. Several of the flyers are distinctly past their prime, not all are conventionally attractive, and Porkins is even overweight! This casting [[FridgeBrilliance creates additional realism]]; these men are veterans who remember and fight for the Old Republic.
** In a meta example, Luke and Leia's sexual tension. Yes, we all know they're brother and sister now, and yes it's debatable if they were ever intended to be at this point, but as characters, they're completely unaware of their relationship, so there's no reason for them to have an issue being attracted to each other.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: This film completely revolutionized special effects for modern movies.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: This film got a U rating in the UK, despite shots of Luke's uncle and aunts' burning corpses and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman a close-up shot of Ponda Baba's severed arm in the Mos Eisley bar after Obi-Wan Kenobi chops it off with his lightsaber]]. Not to mention numerous on-screen deaths and an inferred genocide.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The fact that Lucas acted shocked and disappointed that fans would actually prefer "Han shot first", and then went on to assert that the original version basically has Han shoot Greedo in cold blood. George's attitude has led to analogies being made to the "gun control" debate of today.
* WinTheCrowd: For many, it was [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome the first Star Destroyer shot]]. This was actually George Lucas's intention, and it was subsequently one of the most expensive shots of the film - he believed that if he hooked audiences from the beginning, then they would likely come back for more.
* {{Woolseyism}}:
** In the Italian versions of the movie, the Death Star was called the Morte Nera, which means the "Black Death." It's a very fitting name, as like the Death Star, the Black Death also resulted in a large extermination of people.
** Back in the day, in Latin America, R2-D2 was sometimes referred thanks to a {{Mondegreen}} as "Arturito" (Little Arthur), because of the similar pronunciation with "Artoo-Deetoo", and it became quite popular.
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