Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

Release Date: May 25, 1977 (original); January 31, 1997 (Special Edition)

Synopsis: Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke's Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Although Obi-Wan sacrifices himself in a lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, his former apprentice, Luke proves that the Force is with him by destroying the Empire's dreaded Death Star.

Opening Crawl:

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....

Awards: Academy Award Winner: Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Special Achievement in Sound; Academy Award Nominee: Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Picture, Best Screenplay.

BAFTA Award Winner: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music, Best Sound. BAFTA Nominee: Best Costume Design, Best Film, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design/Art Direction

Golden Globe Winner: Best Original Score. Golden Globe Nominee: Best Director, Best Motion Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Saturn Award Winner: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costumes, Best Director, Best Make-Up, Best Music, Best Science Fiction Film, Best Special Effects, Best Supporting Actor, Best Writing, Outstanding Editing.

Luke Skywalker
Mark Hamill
Han Solo
Harrison Ford
Princess Leia Organa
Carrie Fisher
Grand Moff Tarkin
Peter Cushing
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Alec Guinness
See Threepio (C-3PO)
Anthony Daniels
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2)
Kenny Baker
Peter Mayhew
Darth Vader
David Prowse
Voice Of Darth Vader
James Earl Jones
Uncle Owen
Phil Brown
Aunt Beru
Shelagh Fraser
Chief Jawa
Jack Purvis
General Dodonna
Alex Mccrindle
General Willard
Eddie Byrne
Red Leader
Drewe Hemley
Red Two (Wedge)
Denis Lawson
Red Three (Biggs)
Garrick Hagon
Red Four (John "D")
Jack Klaff
Red Six (Porkins)
William Hootkins
Gold Leader
Angus Mcinnis
Gold Two
Jeremy Sinden
Gold Five
Graham Ashley
General Taggi
Don Henderson
Admiral Motti
Richard Le Parmentier
Commander #1
Leslie Schofield
Written And Directed By
George Lucas
Produced By
Gary Kurtz
Executive Producer
George Lucas
Production Designer
John Barry
Director Of Photography
Gilbert Taylor, B.S.C.
Music By
John Williams
Performed By
The London Symphony Orchestra

Original Music Copyright 1977
By Fox Fanfare Music, Inc.

Special Photographic Effects Supervisor
John Dykstra
Special Production And Mechanical Effects Supervisor
John Stears
Film Editors
Paul Hirsch
Marcia Lucas
Richard Chew
Production Supervisor
Robert Watts
Production Illustration
Ralph McQuarrie
Costume Designer
John Mollo
Art Directors
Norman Reynolds
Leslie Dilley
Make-Up Supervisor
Stuart Freeborn
Production Sound Mixer
Derek Ball
Irene Lamb
Diane Crittenden
Vic Ramos
Supervising Sound Editor
Sam Shaw
Special Dialogue And Sound Effects
Ben Burtt
Sound Editors
Robert R. Rutledge
Gordon Davidson
Gene Corso
Supervising Music Editor
Kenneth Wannberg
Re-Recording Mixers
Don Macdougall
Bob Minkler
Ray West
Robert LittMike Minkler
Lester Fresholtz
Richard Portman
Dolby Sound Consultant
Stephen Katz
Herbert W. Spencer
Music Scoring Mixer
Eric Tomlinson
Assistant Film Editors
Todd Boekelheide
Jay Miracle
Colin Kitchens
Bonnie Koehler
Camera Operations
Ronnie Taylor
Geoff Glover
Set Decorator
Roger Christian
Production Manager
Bruce Sharman
Assistant Directors
Tony Waye
Gerry Gavigan
Terry Madden
Location Manager
Arnold Ross
Assistant To Producer
Bunny Alsup
Assistant To Director
Lucy Autrey Wilson
Assistant To Production Designer
Alan Roderick-Jones
Production Assistants
Pat Carr
Miki Herman
Ron Tabera
Property Master
Frank Bruton
Wardrobe Supervisor
Ron Beck
Stunt Coordinator
Peter Diamond
Dan Perri
Ann Skinner
2nd Unit Photography
Carroll Ballard
Rick Clemente
Robert Dalva
Tak Fujimoto
2nd Unit Art Direction
Leon Erickson
Al Locatelli
2nd Unit Production Managers
David Lester
Peter Herald
Pepi Lenzi
2nd Unit Make-Up
Rick Baker
Douglas Beswick
Assistant Sound Editors
Roxanne Jones
Karen Sharp
Production Controller
Brian Gibbs
Location Auditor
Ralph M. Leo
Assistant Auditors
Steve Cullip
Penny McCarthy
Kim Falkinburg
Advertising/Publicity Supervisor
Charles Lippincott
Unit Publicist
Brian Doyle
Still Photographer
John Jay

Miniature And Opitical Effects Unit

1st Cameraman
Richard Edlund
2nd Cameraman
Dennis Muren
Assistant Cameramen
Douglas Smith
Kenneth Ralston
David Robman
2nd Unit Photography
Bruce Logan
Composite Optical Photography
Robert Blalack (Praxis)
Optical Photography Coordinator
Paul Roth
Optical Printer Operators
David Berry
David McCue
Richard Pecorella
Eldon Rickman
James Van Trees, Jr.
Optical Camera Assistants
Caleb Aschkynazo
John C. Moulds
Bruce Nicholson
Gary Smith
Bert Terreri
Donna Tracy
Jim Wells
Vicky Witt
Production Supervisor
George E. Mather
Matte Artist
P.S. Ellenshaw
Planet And Satellite Artist
Ralph McQuarrie
Effects Illustration And Design
Joseph Johnston
Additional Craft Design
Colin Cantwell
Chief Model Maker
Grant McCune
Model Builders
David Beasley
Jon Erland
Lorne Peterson
Steve Gawley
Paul Huston
David Jones
Animation And Rotoscope Design
Adam Beckett
Michael Ross
Peter Kuran
Jonathan Seay
Chris Casady
Lyn Gerry
Diana Wilson
Stop Motion Animation
Jon Berg
Philip Tippett
Miniature Explosions
Joe Viskocil
Greg Auer
Computer Animation And Graphic Displays
Dan O'bannon
Larry Cuba
John Wash
Jay Teitzell
Image West
Film Control Coordinator
Mary M. Lind
Film Librarians
Cindy Isman
Connie McCrum
Pamela Malouf
Electronics Design
Alvah J. Miller
Special Components
James Shourt
Masaaki Norihoro
Eleanor Porter
Camera And Mechanical Design
Don Trumbull
Richard Alexander
William Shourt
Special Mechanical Equipment
Jerry Greenwood
Douglas Barnett
Stuart Ziff
David Scott
Production Managers
Bob Shepherd
Lon Tinney
Production Staff
Patricia Rose Duignan
Mark Kline
Rhonda Peck
Ron Nathan
Assistant Editor (Opticals)
Bruce Michael Green
Additional Optical Effects
Van Der Veer Photo Effects
Ray Mercer & Company
Modern Film Effects
Master Film Effects
De Patie-Freleng Enterprises Inc.

Special Edition Crew
Rick McCallum
T.M. Christopher
Sound Designer
Ben Burtt
Re-Recording Mixer
Gary Summers
Assistant Editor
Samuel Hinckley
Sound Editor
Teresa Eckton
Assistant Sound Editor
Robert Marty
Ronald G. Roumas
Digital Mix Technician
Gary A. Rizzo
Tim Fox
Optical Supervisors
Phillip Feiner
Chris Bushman
Film Restoration Supervisor
Pete Comandini
Color Timer
Robert J. Raring
Negative Continuity
Ray Sabo
Negative Cutter
Bob Hart
Post Production Executive
Ted Gagliano

Special Edition Digital Remastering Provided By
Skywalker Sound A Lucas Digital Ltd. Company

De-Hiss Processing By
Cedar Dh-1,
Hhb Communications Inc.
Film Restoration Consultant
Leon Briggs
Optical Restoration
Pacific Title & Art Studio
Film Restoration By
Ycm Laboratories

Industrial Light And Magic

Visual Effects Producers
Tom Kennedy
Ned Gorman
Visual Effects Supervisors
Alex Seiden
John Knoll
Dave Carson
Stephen Williams
Dennis Muren
Joseph Letteri
Bruce Nicholson
Second Unit Director & Cameraman
Joe Murray
Visual Effects Art Directors
Ty Ruben Ellingson
Mark Moore
Computer Graphics Supervisor
John Berton
Visual Effects Editor
David Tanaka
Digital Color Timing Supervisor
Bruce Vecchitto
Sabre Group Supervisor
Daniel McNamara
Digital Scanning Supervisor
Joshua Pines
Visual Effects Coordinators
Margaret Lynch
Lisa Todd
Computer Graphics Artists
Karen Ansel
Mark Austin
Amelia Chenoweth
Terry Chostner
David Deuber
Natasha Devaud
Selwyn Eddy Iii
Howard Gersh
Paul Giacoppo
Joanne Hafner
James Hagedorn
Carol Hayden
Matt Hendershot
Guy Hudson
Stewart Lew
Jodie Maier
Greg Maloney
Stuart Maschwitz
Julie Neary
Kerry Nordquist
Scott Pasko
Damian Steel
Danny Taylor
Paul Theren
James Tooley
Chris Townsend
Timothy Waddy
Digital Matte Artists
Paul Huston
William Mather
Yusei Uesugi
Sabre Artists
Rita Zimmerman
Chad Taylor
Grant Guenin
Software Development
Christian Rouet
Rod Bogart
Brian Knep
Production Engineering
Fred Meyers
Gary Meyer
Marty Miramontez
Digital Plate Restoration Artists
Alan Bailey
Scott Bonnenfant
Corey Rosen
Negative Supervisor
Doug Jones
Assistant Visual Effects Editors
Angela Leaper
Forest Key
Scott Balcerek
Digital Production Assistants
Kela Hicks
Ronn Brown
Animatics Artist
David Dozoretz
CG Resource Managers
Nancy Jill Luckoff
Lam Van To
CG Production Manager
Suzie Vissotzky Tooley
Newsletter sign up!
Enter your email here and receive exclusive Star Wars updates