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Plot, Details & Awards

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

PG In Theaters 05/25/1977 , 121min.
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Plot & Details

George Lucas' mythological popcorn movie is a two-hour roller-coaster ride that has passed into movie legend. The story, for the tiny number of people not familiar with it, concerns a farm boy named Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) who discovers that the used robot recently purchased by his family plays back a message from one Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), begging for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke asks his father's friend Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness) about this, and he discovers that Ben and Obi-Wan are one and the same. Kenobi tells Luke of the battle of the rebels against the ruling Empire and the spiritual energy called "The Force." Soon Luke, Kenobi, and a mercenary named Han Solo (Harrison Ford) join forces to rescue Princess Leia from the Empire's mammoth warship, the Death Star, controlled by evil genius Darth Vader (David Prowse, with the voice of James Earl Jones). George Lucas has frequently cited the influence of several films on Star Wars, particularly Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress and Yojimbo and John Ford's The Searchers, as well as the original Flash Gordon serials. After Star Wars became a success, Lucas announced his intention to turn the film into a series, originally totalling nine films (later pared back to six). Consequently, most reissue prints now feature the title Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope, with The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) serving as Episodes Five and Six in the serial, and Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace (1999) going back to the myth's beginnings.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects John Stears Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score John Williams Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Ray West Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design John Mollo Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Gary Kurtz Nominated
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Roger Christian Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Don MacDougall Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Robert Blalock Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Leslie Dilley Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Alec Guinness Nominated
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Ben Burtt Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Norman Reynolds Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Derek Ball Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects John Dykstra Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Richard Edlund Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Bob Minkler Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay George Lucas Nominated
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Paul Hirsch Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director George Lucas Nominated
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Richard Chew Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Marcia Lucas Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Grant McCune Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Don MacDougall Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Bob Minkler Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Ray West Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Derek Ball Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award John Williams Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture George Lucas Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Alec Guinness Nominated
1977 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director George Lucas Nominated
1977 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score John Williams Won
1977 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Don MacDougall Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Bob Minkler Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Ray West Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Soundtrack Derek Ball Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award John Williams Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture George Lucas Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Directors Guild of America Best Director George Lucas Nominated

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
1977 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Music Score John Williams Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
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