|Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope|
20th Century Fox
May 25, 1977
- "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, also known simply as Star Wars, is, chronologically, the fourth chapter of the Star Wars film saga. Released in 1977, it was the first Star Wars film ever made, and the start of the original trilogy. The film was written and directed by George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, and it would be the last film he directed until 1999’s Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, a prequel to the original film.
Chronologically, the film is set 19 years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and centers around the character of Luke Skywalker as he takes his first steps towards his destiny as a Jedi Knight. Other characters include Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Vader. The film builds up to a final battle to destroy the Galactic Empire’s Death Star, a superweapon that can destroy entire planets.
A New Hope was a major box office success and became a global phenomenon, earning near-universal praise. As of 2013, between its original release and multiple re-releases, the film has earned over $2.5 billion when adjusted for inflation, making it the second highest inflation-adjusted grossing film of all time, second only to Gone with the Wind. A New Hope currently has a score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.