Star Wars script
Star Wars (1977)
Synopsis: Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness. David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew co-star in supporting roles.

ÒA long time ago, in a galaxy far, far

away...Ó

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.

ÒIt 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...Ó

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 Star Destroyer. Hundreds of

deadly laserbolts streak from the Imperial Star Destroyer,

causing the main solar fin of the Rebel craft to

disintegrate.

INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY

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.

THREEPIO:

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.

THREEPIO:

We're doomed!

The little R2 unit makes a series of electronic sounds that only

another robot could understand.

THREEPIO:

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.

THREEPIO:

What's that?

EXT. SPACECRAFT IN SPACE

The Imperial craft has easily overtaken the Rebel Blockade Runner. The

smaller Rebel ship is being drawn into the underside dock of the giant

Imperial starship.

INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER

The nervous Rebel troopers aim their weapons. Suddenly a tremendous

blast opens up a hole in the main passageway and a score of fearsome

armored spacesuited stormtroopers make their way into the smoke-filled

corridor.

In a few minutes the entire passageway is ablaze with laserfire. The

deadly bolts ricochet in wild random patterns creating huge explosions.

Stormtroopers scatter and duck behind storage lockers. Laserbolts hit

several Rebel soldiers who scream and stagger through the smoke,

holding shattered arms and faces.

An explosion hits near the robots.

THREEPIO:

I should have known better than to

trust the logic of a half-sized

thermocapsulary dehousing assister...

Artoo counters with an angry rebuttal as the battle rages around the

two hapless robots.

EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT WASTELAND - DAY

A death-white wasteland stretches from horizon to horizon. The

tremendous heat of two huge twin suns settle on a lone figure, Luke

Skywalker, a farm boy with heroic aspirations who looks much younger

than his eighteen years. His shaggy hair and baggy tunic give him the

air of a simple but lovable lad with a prize-winning smile.

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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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