Synopsis: The Imperial Forces -- under orders from cruel Darth Vader (David Prowse) -- hold Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) hostage, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance, and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Science Fiction
Year:
1977
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1. FADE IN:

SPACE:

A sea of stars is broken by the vast blue surface of the planet, Utapau. Five

small moons slowly drift into view from the far side of the planet. The main

titles are followed by a roll-up:

Until the recent Great Rebellion, the Jedi Bendu were the most feared warriors

in the universe. For one hundred thousand years, generations of Jedi

perfected their art as the personal bodyguards of the emperor. They were the

chief architects of the invincible Imperial Space Force which expanded the

Empire across the galaxy, from the celestial equator to the farthest reaches

of the Great Rift.

Now these legendary warriors are all but extinct. One by one they have been

hunted down and destroyed as enemies of the New Empire by a ferocious and

sinister rival warrior sect, the Knights of Sith.

A small silver spacecraft emerges from behind one of the Utapau moons. The

deadly little fightercraft speeds past several of the moons, until it finally

goes into orbit around the fourth moon.

2. WASTELAND - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU

A harsh gale blows across the bleak grey surface of the Fourth Moon. The

leaden sky presses down on a lone figure, Annikin Starkiller, a tall, heavy-

set boy of eighteen. He slowly makes his way across the canyon floor. The

heavy winds whip at him and make the going extremely difficult. His face is

covered by a breath mask and goggles. He stops for a second to adjust the

shoulder strap on his chrome multiplelaser rifle. Something in the sky

catches his eye, and he instinctively grabs a pair of electrobinoculars from

his belt. He stands transfixed for a few moments, studying the heavens, then

turns and rushes back in the direction from which he came.

3. SUPPLY HUT - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU

A spacecraft, half buried in the dust, rests next to the remains of an

abandoned supply shack. Annikin makes his way across the colorless landscape

and rushes into the crumbling building. The interior of the hut is shabby,

but manages to abate the howling winds. Seated in front of a thermoheater are

Annikin's father, Kane, and his young brother, Deak. Kane is a large, burly

man, wearing the distinctive robes of a Jedi. Deak is ten years old, with

dusty blond hair and a large scratch on his cheek. Annikin slams the door and

removes his gear. His ruggedly handsome face is caked with many layers of

dust.

ANNIKIN:

Dad! Dad!...They've found us!

Deak looks up from a small cube he has been studying. His father whacks him

across the shoulder with a braided wire connector.

KANE:

Continue with the problem. Your concentration is worse than your brother's.

(to Annikin) How many?

ANNIKIN:

Only one this time. A Banta Four.

KANE:

Good. We may not have to repair this old bucket after all. Prepare yourself.

DEAK:

Me too!

KANE:

Do you have the answer?

DEAK:

I think it's the Corbet dictum: "What is, is without."

Kane smiles. This is the correct answer. Annikin is strapping on a utility

belt with chrome laserpistols and lasersword. Kane rises and starts for his

equipment.

DEAK (Con't)

Ahhh, Pop...

KANE:

Deak, do you feel you're ready?

DEAK:

Yes, sir. I've outmarked Annikin in twelve disciplines. I'm as good...

KANE:

All right, son, get your gear.

Deak jumps up with the enthusiasm available only to a ten-year-old and grabs

his gear. His father frowns and shakes his head.

4. WASTELAND BLUFF - FOURTH MOON - UTAPAU

Kane Starkiller and his two sons carefully make their way up a rock bluff

overlooking the parked silver Sith spacecraft. Kane inspects the craft with

his electrobinoculars.

KANE:

No tracks. Bi-lock hasn't been opened....Interior systems are still on....

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George Walton Lucas Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. Lucas is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic. more…

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