1977 science fiction movie, known as "Episode IV: A New Hope", first release of the series


Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, originally released as Star Wars, is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film released in the Star Wars saga and is the fourth installment in terms of the series' internal chronology. Groundbreaking in its use of special effects, unconventional editing, and science fiction/fantasy storytelling, the original Star Wars is one of the most successful and influential films of all time. ..."

Cast and Crew

Harrison FordHan Solo
Alec GuinnessBen Obi-Wan Kenobi
George LucasDirector

Video Products

Star Wars Trilogy, 21 Sep 2004
4 disc boxed set, includes Episodes IV, V and VI, bonus disc, commentary by George Lucas, and preview of Episode III


Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
"18. Star Wars (1977), plus sequels. Aided by cute droids, Luke, Princess Leia, and smuggler Han rebel against the ultimate Evil Empire."


Doug Casey on the Silver Screen, by Doug Casey
Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator; brief reviews of many movies and some TV series
"This may surprise some people, but I found the original Star Wars movies uplifting and even philosophically useful. I liked that Han Solo was an unabashed capitalist and black-marketer."
Star Wars (1977, 1980, 1983, 1999, 2002, 2005), by Stephen W. Carson
"The ambitious Star Wars films tell of the rise, fall into evil & ultimate redemption of Anakin Skywalker through his son Luke. Set against the decline of the Old Republic into an evil Galactic Empire and the rebellion against that Empire, this tale has profound relevance for our time."

Cartoons and Comic Strips

Dick Cheney's been compared to Darth Vader ..., by Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 30 Jan 2007


Eddie Izzard - Death Star Canteen, 30 Jun 2007
Lego animation of comedian Eddie Izzard imagining Darth Vader making a visit to the canteen of the Death Star

Star Wars (1977) Original Trailer, 1977