Star Wars (film)

1977 film directed by George Lucas
(Redirected from A New Hope)

Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) is a 1977 American space opera film, the first released in the Star Wars saga. Set "a long time ago" in a fictional universe where the galaxy is ruled by the tyrannical Galactic Empire (Star Wars), the story depicts the struggles of a group of freedom fighters known as the Rebel Alliance, who aim to find the weakness in the Empire's newest super-weapon, the Death Star; whilst youthful farm hand Luke Skywalker becomes caught in their conflict upon coming across a captive princess's message to a General Kenobi.

Remember ... the Force will be with you, always. ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... (taglines)

Opening Crawl

The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together. ~ Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • 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....
This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.
Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?
That's no moon.
I felt a great disturbance in the Force... as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
  • Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.
  • Mos Eisley spaceport: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.
  • [after the Death Star has destroyed Alderaan] I felt a great disturbance in the Force... as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.
  • Who's the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?
  • Use the Force, Luke.
  • It's your father's lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster, but an elegant weapon for a more... civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times... before the Empire.
  • A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi Knights. He betrayed and murdered your father. Now the Jedi are all but extinct. Vader was seduced by the dark side of the Force.
  • [Seeing the Death Star] That's no moon. It's a space station.
  • I have a very bad feeling about this.
  • We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life.
  • We’re doomed!
The Force is strong with this one.
  • You are part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!
  • I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the Master.
  • This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi. It will soon see the end of the Rebellion.
  • The Force is strong with this one.
Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?
Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.
  • [to Luke, in disguise] Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?
  • [to Han Solo] You needn't worry about your reward. If money is all that you love, then that's what you'll receive. [to Luke Skywalker] Your friend is quite a mercenary. I wonder if he really cares about anything... or anybody.
  • Look, I ain't in this for your revolution, and I'm not in it for you, Princess. I expect to be well paid. I'm in it for the money.
  • [to Chewbacca, after the group is trapped in a garbage disposal center] That garbage chute was a really wonderful idea! What an incredible smell you’ve discovered!
  • May the Force be with you.


I find your lack of faith disturbing.
TK-9091: The Death Star plans are not in the main computer.
Darth Vader: Where are those transmissions you intercepted? What have you done with those plans?
Captain Raymus Antilles: [As Vader strangles him] We intercepted... no transmissions... this is a consular ship... we're on a diplomatic mission...
Vader: If this is a consular ship, where is the ambassador? [tosses the now deceased Captain aside, then addresses TK-9091] Commander, tear this ship apart until you've found those plans, and bring me the passengers, I want them alive!

[Princess Leia Organa is being brought to Darth Vader by a squad of Imperial stormtroopers. Darth Vader and Daine Jir arrive and stand in front of Leia and the stormtroopers]
Princess Leia Organa: Darth Vader. Only you could be so bold. The Imperial Senate will not sit still for this! When they hear you've attacked a diplomatic–
Vader: Don't act so surprised, Your Highness. You weren't on any mercy mission this time. Several transmissions were beamed to this ship by Rebel spies. I want to know what happened to the plans they sent you.
Leia: I don't know what you're talking about. I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan.
Vader: You are part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! [to the stormtroopers] Take her away!
[The stormtroopers escort Leia off in one direction while Vader and Jir walk down the corridor in another direction]
Daine Jir: Holding her is dangerous. If word of this gets out, it could generate sympathy for the Rebellion and the Senate.
Vader: I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base.
Daine Jir: She'll die before she'll tell you anything!
Vader: Leave that to me. In the meantime, send a distress signal. And then inform the Senate that all aboard were killed.
[Jir walks away to do his duty while Commander Praji arrives with some bad news for Darth Vader]
Commander Praji: Lord Vader, the battle station plans are not aboard this ship. And no transmissions were made. An escape pod was jettisoned during the fighting, but no life forms were aboard.
Vader: She must've hidden the plans in the escape pod. Send a detachment down to retrieve them and see to it personally, Commander. There will be no one to stop us this time!
Praji: Yes, sir.
[Vader and Praji walk away in opposite directions to perform their duties]

[R2-D2 abruptly begins playing Leia's holographic message at Ben Kenobi's house]
Luke Skywalker: I saw part of the message he was...
Obi-Wan Kenobi: I seem to have found it.
Leia: [in a hologram message] General Kenobi. Years ago, you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father's request to you in person, but my ship has fallen under attack and I'm afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope. [looks to the side quickly, then crouches to end the message]
Obi-Wan: [to Luke] You must learn the ways of the Force if you're to come with me to Alderaan.
Luke: Alderaan? I'm not going to Alderaan. I've got to get home. It's late, I'm in for it as it is.
Obi-Wan: I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I'm getting too old for this sort of thing.
Luke: Listen, I can't get involved! I've got work to do! It's not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there's nothing I can do about it right now. It's such a long way from here.
Obi-Wan: That's your uncle talking.
Luke: Oh, boy, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this?
Obi-Wan: [pleading] Learn about the Force, Luke.
Luke: Look, I can take you as far as Anchorhead. You can get a transport there to Mos Eisley or wherever you're going.
Obi-Wan: [resigned] You must do what you feel is right, of course.

Cassio Tagge: Until this battle station is fully operational, we are vulnerable. The Rebel Alliance is too well equipped. They're more dangerous than you realize!
Conan Antonio Motti: Dangerous to your starfleet, Commander. Not to this battle station.
Tagge: The Rebellion will continue to gain a support in the Imperial Senate–
Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin: [walking in with Darth Vader] The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.
Tagge: That's impossible! How will the Emperor maintain control without the bureaucracy?
Tarkin: The regional governors now have direct control over their territories. Fear will keep the local systems in line. Fear of this battle station.
Tagge: And what of the Rebellion? If the Rebels have obtained a complete technical readout of this station, it is possible — however unlikely — that they might find a weakness and exploit it.
Vader: The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.
Motti: Any attack made by the Rebels against this station would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they've obtained. This station is now the ultimate power in the universe! I suggest we use it.
Vader: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
Motti: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. [Vader walks toward Motti, then slowly raises his hand] Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes or given you clairvoyance enough to find the Rebels' hidden fortr–– [grasps his throat as if he is being choked]
Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
Tarkin: Enough of this. Vader, release him!
Vader: As you wish. [drops his hand and Motti's head hits the table as he regains his breath]
Tarkin: This bickering is pointless. Lord Vader will provide us with the location of the Rebel fortress by the time this station is operational. We will then crush the Rebellion with one swift stroke.
I want to come with you to Alderaan. There's nothing for me here now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi, like my father.

[Luke Skywalker has just returned after finding out that the Lars homestead was destroyed and Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru were murdered by Imperial stormtroopers]
Obi-Wan: There was nothing you could've done, Luke, had you been there. You would've been killed, too... and the droids would now be in the hands of the Empire.
Luke: I want to come with you to Alderaan. There's nothing for me here now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and become a Jedi, like my father.
These aren't the droids you're looking for.

Stormtrooper: How long have you had these droids?
Luke: About three or four seasons.
Obi-Wan: They're up for sale, if you want them.
Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification.
Obi-Wan: You don't need to see his identification.
Stormtrooper: We don't need to see his identification.
Obi-Wan: These aren't the droids you're looking for.
Stormtrooper: These aren't the droids we're looking for.
Obi-Wan: He can go about his business.
Stormtrooper: You can go about your business.
Obi-Wan: Move along.
Stormtrooper: Move along. Move along.

[Luke Skywalker is being accosted by Dr. Cornelius Evazan and his Aqualish partner Pondo Baba]
Dr. Cornelius Evazan: [referring to his partner Pondo Baba] He doesn't like you.
Luke: I'm sorry.
Evazan: I don't like you, either. So you just watch yourself. We're wanted men. I have the death sentence on twelve systems.
Luke: I'll be careful.
Evazan: [grabs Luke by the arm and gives him a threatening and menacing look] You'll be dead!!
Obi-Wan: [intervenes and tries to resolve the situation between the two] This little one's not worth the effort. Come, let me get you something.
It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.

Han Solo: Han Solo. I'm captain of the Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you're lookin' for passage to the Alderaan system?
Obi-Wan: Yes indeed, if it's a fast ship.
Han: Fast ship? You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?
Obi-Wan: Well, should I have?
Han: It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. I've outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers, mind you; I'm talking about the big Corellian ships, now. She's fast enough for you, old man. What's the cargo?
Obi-Wan: Only passengers. Myself, the boy, two droids... and no questions asked.
Han: What is it, some kind of local trouble?
Obi-Wan: Let's just say we'd like to avoid any Imperial entanglements.
Han: Well, that's the real trick, isn't it? And it's gonna cost you something extra. Ten thousand, all in advance.
Luke: [shocked] Ten thousand?!! We could almost buy our own ship for that!!
Han: But who's gonna fly it, kid? You?
Luke: You bet I could! I'm not such a bad pilot myself! We don't have to sit here and listen to––
Obi-Wan: [intervenes and calms Luke down] We can pay you two thousand now, plus fifteen, when we reach Alderaan.
Han: Seventeen, huh? [Obi-Wan nods his head] Okay, you guys got yourselves a ship. We'll leave as soon as you're ready. Docking Bay 94.
Obi-Wan: 94.
Han: [looks up and sees some Imperial stormtroopers entering the Cantina] Looks like somebody's beginning to take an interest in your handiwork.

[Han is about to leave the cantina to inform Jabba he'll be getting his money soon enough when Greedo intercepts him]
Greedo: [in Rodianese] Going somewhere, Solo?
Han: Yes, Greedo. As a matter of fact, I was just going to see your boss. Tell Jabba that I've got his money.
Greedo: It's too late. You should've paid him when you had the chance. Jabba's put a price on your head so large, every bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for you. I'm lucky I found you first.
Han: Yeah, but this time I've got the money.
Greedo: If you give it to me, I might forget I found you.
Han: I don't have it with me. Tell Jabba—
Greedo: Jabba's through with you. He has no time for smugglers who drop their shipments at the first sign of an Imperial cruiser.
Han: Even I get boarded sometimes. Did you think I had a choice?
Greedo: You can tell that to Jabba. He may only take your ship.
Han: Over my dead body.
Greedo: That's the idea. I've been looking forward to this for a long time.
Han: Yes, I'll bet you have. [shoots Greedo with blaster under the table, killing him instantly, then gets up from the table and pays the bartender as he leaves the Cantina] Sorry about the mess.

[Han arrives at Docking Bay 94 and sees a familiar face]
Jabba the Hutt: [in Huttese] Solo! Come out of there, Solo! Solo!
Han Solo: Right here, Jabba. [Jabba and his henchmen turn around to see Han and Chewbacca] I've been waiting for you.
Jabba: Have you now.
Han: You didn't think I was gonna run, did you?
Jabba: Han, my boy, you disappoint me. Why haven't you paid me? And why did you fry poor Greedo?
Han: Look, Jabba, next time you wanna talk to me, come see me yourself. Don't send one of these twerps.
Jabba: Han, I can't make exceptions. What if everyone who smuggled for me dropped their cargo at the first sign of an Imperial starship? It's not good for business.
Han: Look, Jabba, even I get boarded sometimes. [accidentally steps on Jabba's tail, causing Jabba to yelp in pain] Did you think I had a choice? But I got a nice easy charter now; I'll pay you back, plus a little extra. I just need a little more time.
Jabba: Han, my boy, you're the best smuggler I ever hired. So, for an extra 20%...
Han: Fifteen, Jabba, and don't push it.
Jabba: Okay, 15%. But if you fail me again, I'll put a price on your head so big, you won't be able to go near a civilized system.
Han: Jabba, you're a wonderful human being.
Jabba: [orders his minions] Come on. [Jabba's gang leaves with bounty hunter Boba Fett following behind.]

Leia: Governor Tarkin. I should've expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought onboard.
Tarkin: Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it, signing the order to terminate your life.
Leia: [sarcastically] I'm surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself.
Tarkin: Princess Leia, before your execution, I would like you to be my guest at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.
Leia: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.
Tarkin: Not after we demonstrate the power of this station. In a way, you have determined the choice of the planet that will be destroyed first. Since you are reluctant to provide us with the location of the Rebel base, I have chosen to test this station's destructive power on your home planet of Alderaan.
Leia: [shocked] No! Alderaan is peaceful. We have no weapons. You can't possibly–
Tarkin: You'd prefer another target? A military target?! Then name the system! [stepping closer to Leia and pinning her against Darth Vader] I grow tired of asking this, so it will be the last time. Where is the Rebel base?
Leia: [looks at Alderaan for a moment, then, resigned] Dantooine. They're on Dantooine.
Tarkin: There. You see, Lord Vader? She can be reasonable. [to assistant] Continue with the operation. You may fire when ready.
Leia: [panicked] What?!
Tarkin: You are far too trusting. Dantooine is too remote to make an effective demonstration, but don't worry. We will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.
Leia: No! [tries to stop Tarkin, but is forcefully held back by Darth Vader]
Officer: Commence primary ignition.
[Leia watches in horror as the Death Star fires and destroys Alderaan]

C-3PO: [after R2-D2 makes a move on the Dejarik table which puts Chewbacca at a disadvantage] He made a fair move. Screaming about it can't help you.
Han: Let him have it, it's not wise to upset a Wookiee.
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han: That's because droids don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
C-3PO: I see your point, sir. [to R2-D2] I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: Let the Wookiee win!
Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.

[Luke is training with his lightsaber and a laser remote sphere aboard the Millennium Falcon]
Obi-Wan: Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him.
Luke: You mean it controls your actions?
Obi-Wan: Partially, but it also obeys your commands.
[Luke gets shot by the remote sphere]
Han: [laughs] Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.
Luke: You don't believe in the Force, do you?
Han: Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. [Kenobi smiles] Anyway, it's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.
Obi-Wan: [gets up and takes a blast helmet] I suggest you try it again, Luke. Only this time, let go your conscious self and act on instinct. [puts the helmet on Luke, which covers his eyes]
Luke: But with the blast shield down, I can't even see! How am I supposed to fight?
Obi-Wan: Your eyes can deceive you. Don't trust them. [remote sphere shoots Luke] Stretch out with your feelings! [watches Luke succeed in blocking the lasers... just before they fire] You see? You can do it.
Han: I call it luck.
Obi-Wan: In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.

[Luke is trying to convince Han to help him rescue Leia from the Death Star]
Luke: She's rich.
Han: Rich?
Luke: Mm-hmm. Rich, powerful... Listen, if you were to rescue her, the reward would be... [trails off]
Han: ...What?
Luke: Well, more wealth than you can imagine!
Han: I don't know, I can imagine quite a bit.

[Han, disguised as a stormtrooper, is trying to bluff his way through an intercom conversation with Ensign Toos following a shootout while helping Luke Skywalker, also disguised as a stormtrooper, find Princess Leia Organa]
Han: [to Luke] We gotta find out which cell this princess of yours is in. Here it is. 2187. You go and get her. I'll hold them here. [answers the intercom] Uh... uh, everything's under control! Situation normal!
Ensign Toos: What happened?
Han: Uh... we had a slight weapons malfunction. But, uh... everything's perfectly alright now, we're fine, we're all fine here now, thank you. Uh... how are you? [Han winces]
Toos: We're sending a squad up.
Han: Uh... uh... Negative, negative! We have, uh... a reactor leak here now, just... just give us a few minutes to lock it down. Uh... large leak, very dangerous, and...!
Toos: Who is this?! What's your operating number?
Han: Uh... [Han picks up his blaster and shoots the intercom console] That was a boring conversation anyway... [shouts to Luke] LUKE, WE'RE GONNA HAVE COMPANY!!!

Vader: He is here.
Tarkin: Obi-Wan Kenobi? What makes you think so?
Vader: A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.
Tarkin: Surely he must be dead by now.
Vader: Don't underestimate the Force.
Tarkin: The Jedi are extinct. Their fire has gone out of the universe. [An intercom beeps] You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion. [He answers the intercom] Yes?
Intercom: We have an emergency alert in detention block AA23.
Tarkin: The Princess? Put all sections on alert!
Vader: Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with him.
Tarkin: If you are right, he must not be allowed to escape.
Vader: Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone.
If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

[Darth Vader, with his red lightsaber activated, is heading right for Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Obi-Wan activates his own blue lightsaber]
Vader: I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner. Now I am the Master.
Obi-Wan: Only a master of evil, Darth.
[The two warriors engage in a lightsaber duel]
Vader: [gaining the upper hand] Your powers are weak, old man.
Obi-Wan: [calling Vader's bluff] You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.
Vader: [dismissing Obi-Wan's comment as a threat] You should not have come back.
[The two warriors continue their lightsaber duel, not knowing which one will win the battle]

[General Jan Dodonna is in a discussion with Luke Skywalker and the Rebel pilots about the Death Star on Yavin IV]
General Jan Dodonna: The battle station is heavily shielded, and carries a firepower greater than half the star fleet. Its defenses are designed around a direct large scale assault. A small one-man fighter should be able to penetrate the outer defense.
Red 10: Pardon me for asking, sir, but what good are snub fighters going to be against that?
Dodonna: Well, the Empire doesn't consider a small one-man fighter to be any threat, or they'd have a tighter defense. An analysis of the plans, provided by Princess Leia, has demonstrated a weakness in the battle station. But the approach will not be easy. You're required to maneuver straight down this trench and skim the surface to this point. [shows the pilots an exhaust port on the computer screen] The target area is only two meters wide. It's a small thermal exhaust port right below the main port. The shaft leads directly to the reactor system. A precise hit will start a chain reaction which should destroy the station. [shows the pilots a demonstration of a torpedo traveling down the shaft and striking the reactor, destroying the station instantly] Only a precise hit will set up a chain reaction. The shaft is ray-shielded, so you'll have to use proton torpedoes.
Wedge Antilles: [in a private discussion with Luke Skywalker] That's impossible, even for a computer!
Luke: It's not impossible; I used to bullseye Womp rats with my T-16 back home. They're not much bigger than two meters.
Dodonna: [ending the discussion with the other pilots] Then man your ships, and may the Force be with you.

[Luke's X-wing is in the trench, and Darth Vader is having trouble getting a lock]
Vader: [Gets a lock] I have you now. [Suddenly, one of Vader's escorts is destroyed.] What?!
Han: YEAH-HOO!!! [The Millennium Falcon arrives on the scene.]
Vader's Escort: Look out! [Vader's surviving escort panics and crashes into the trench, and Vader's TIE Advanced is flung out into space]
Han: You're all clear, kid! Now let's blow this thing and go home! [Luke shoots at the exhaust port and with the help of the Force]
Officer: Stand by.
[The Rebels and the Millennium Falcon fly back to Yavin 4]
Officer: Stand by.
[Just as the Death Star is about to fire, it explodes]
Han: Great shot, kid! That was one in a million!
Obi-Wan: Remember... the Force will be with you, always.


  • A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...

Quotes about Star Wars

  • They don't exactly give you a course in acting in a science fiction movie. At one point I'm supposed to react to seeing my planet blow up. You know, there go my parents, my record collection, everything. What do I see? A hand waving to tell me where to look.
  • Hidden Fortress was an influence on Star Wars right from the beginning. I was searching around for a story. I had some scenes—the cantina scene and the space battle scene—but I couldn’t think of a basic plot. Originally, the film was a good concept in search of a story. And then I thought of Hidden Fortress, which I’d seen again in 1972 or ’73, and so the first plots were very much like it.
    • George Lucas, as quoted in The Secret History of Star Wars (2007) by Michael Kaminski, p. 48.
  • I had the Star Wars project in mind even before I started my last picture, American Graffiti, and as soon as I finished I began writing Star Wars in January 1973... In fact, I wrote four entirely different screenplays for Star Wars, searching for just the right ingredients, characters and storyline. It's always been what you might call a good idea in search of a story.
    • George Lucas, as quoted in Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas (1983) by Dale 2 Pollock, p. 36
  • My main reason for making it was to give young people an honest, wholesome fantasy life, the kind my generation had. We had westerns, pirate movies, all kinds of great things. Now they have The Six Million Dollar Man and Kojak. Where are the romance, the adventure, and the fun that used to be in practically every movie made?
  • Before Star Wars, the films that were box-office hits were The Godfather, Taxi Driver, Bonnie and Clyde and The French Connection - gritty, amoral art movies. Then suddenly the onus switched over to spectacle and everything changed... I don't know if that is a good thing.
  • Hollywood industrialized mythology, and then weaponized it. It is widely believed that the Soviet Union folded because they couldn’t compete with America’s missile shield program, nicknamed Star Wars. I’d argue that the Soviets folded because they couldn’t compete with the movie Star Wars.
    • Mike Myers, in the first chapter of his memoir Canada (2016)
  • Before Star Wars I hadn’t experienced audience participation in a film since I was a kid. I used to sit there with a bag of popcorn and sing with the rest of the kids. And everybody used to shout “Look out behind you!? And all that. Then I saw Star Wars and it was amazing! I was knocked out. I thought, “God, this guy Lucas really knows what he’s doing!” Star Wars change my whole attitude about certain types of cinema that I‘m interested in.
  • The most important line in “Star Wars,” to me, is the moment Luke looks at the Millennium Falcon, the most beautiful ship I’ve ever seen, and says, “What a piece of junk!”



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