Star Wars (1977)

GEORGE LUCAS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1977.  , .   Screenplay by George Lucas.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .   Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , .  Academy Awards 1977.  Golden Globe Awards 1977National Board of Review Awards 1977

This science-fiction blockbuster breathed new life into the genre by creating a space opera (inspired by director George Lucas’s love of Japanese samurai films) in which passionate character conflicts play against beautifully designed interplanetary backdrops.  plays Luke Skywalker, a young farm boy looking for adventure who finds it when he joins up with two Droids (short for androids), an old hermit (Alec Guinness) and a cad of a mercenary pilot (Harrison Ford) to rescue a princess () who has been kidnapped by the evil Darth Vader. Followed by an even better sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, this is one you’ll want to watch again and again (provided that you haven’t already).

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