ÒA long time ago, in a galaxy far, far
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
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.
Did you hear that? They've shut
down the main reactor. We'll be
destroyed for sure. This is
Rebel troopers rush past the robots and take up positions in the main
passageway. They aim their weapons toward the door.
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.
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
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
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.
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.