Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope script
Synopsis: Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee, and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.


Episode IV


From the



George Lucas

Revised Fourth Draft

January 15, 1976


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away...

A vast sea of stars serves as the backdrop for the main title.

War drums echo through the heavens as a rollup slowly crawls

into infinity.

It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships,

striking from a hidden base, have won their first

victory against the evil Galactic Empire.

During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal

secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the

Death Star, an armored space station with enough

power to destroy an entire planet.

Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess

Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of

the stolen plans that can save her people and

restore freedom to the galaxy...

The awesome yellow planet of Tatooine emerges from a total

eclipse, her two moons glowing against the darkness. A tiny

silver spacecraft, a Rebel Blockade Runner firing lasers

from the back of the ship, races through space. It is pursed

by a giant Imperial Stardestroyer. Hundreds of deadly

laserbolts streak from the Imperial Stardestroyer, causing

the main solar fin of the Rebel craft to disintegrate.


An explosion rocks the ship as two robots, Artoo-Detoo (R2-

D2) and See-Threepio (C-3PO) struggle to make their way

through the shaking, bouncing passageway. Both robots are

old and battered. Artoo is a short, claw-armed tripod. His

face is a mass of computer lights surrounding a radar eye.

Threepio, on the other hand, is a tall, slender robot of

human proportions. He has a gleaming bronze-like metallic

surface of an Art Deco design.

Another blast shakes them as they struggle along their way.


Did you hear that? They've shut down

the main reactor. We'll be destroyed

for sure. This is madness!

Rebel troopers rush past the robots and take up positions in

the main passageway. They aim their weapons toward the door.


We're doomed!

The little R2 unit makes a series of electronic sounds that

only another robot could understand.


There'll be no escape for the Princess

this time.

Artoo continues making beeping sounds. Tension mounts as

loud metallic latches clank and the scream of heavy equipment

are heard moving around the outside hull of the ship.

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George Lucas

George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver. However, a terrible car accident just after his high school graduation ended that dream permanently. The accident changed his views on life. He decided to attend Modesto Junior College before enrolling in the University of Southern California film school. As a film student, he made several short films including THX-1138: 4EB (Electronic Labyinth) which won first prize at the 1967-68 National Student Film Festival. In 1967, he was awarded a scholarship by Warner Brothers to observe the making of Finian's Rainbow (1968) which was being directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas and Coppola became good friends and formed American Zoetrope in 1969. The company's first project was Lucas' full-length version of THX 1138 (1971). In 1971, Coppola went into production for The Godfather (1972), and Lucas formed his own company, Lucasfilm Ltd. In 1973, he wrote and directed the semiautobiographical American Graffiti (1973) which won the Golden Globe and garnered five Academy Award nominations. This gave him the clout he needed for his next daring venture. From 1973 to 1974, he began writing the screenplay for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). He was inspired to make this movie from Flash Gordon and the Planet of the Apes films. In 1975, he established I.L.M. (Industrial Light and Magic) to produce the visual effects needed for the movie. Another company called Sprocket Systems was established to edit and mix Star Wars and later becomes known as Skywalker Sound. His movie was turned down by several studios until 20th Century Fox gave him a chance. Lucas agreed to forego his directing salary in exchange for 40% of the film's box-office take and all merchandising rights. The movie went on to break all box office records and earned seven Academy Awards. It redefined the term "blockbuster". The rest is history. Lucas made the other Star Wars films and along with Steven Spielberg created the Indiana Jones series which made box office records of their own. From 1980 to 1985, Lucas was busy with the construction of Skywalker Ranch, built to accommodate the creative, technical, and administrative needs of Lucasfilm. Lucas also revolutionized movie theatres with the T.H.X. System which was created to maintain the highest quality standards in motion picture viewing. He went on to make several more movies that have introduced major innovations in film-making technology. He is chairman of the board of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. In 1992, George Lucas was honored with the Irving G. Thalberg Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his life-time achievement. more…

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