Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars 1977Dir. George Lucas 1977 121 mins US (U)
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guiness, David Prowse, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker











On this day in 1977 George Lucas changed the face of films with the release of Star Wars, later renamed Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope after the release of the Prequel Trilogy, launching the careers of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

Star Wars is regarded by many as a technical and marketing watershed moment in the history of the film industry, heralding a new age of special effects and high-energy blockbuster films and influencing filmmakers such as James Cameron, Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson.

The first of the Original Trilogy, Lucas revealed that the entire trilogy was supposed to be a single film but the story was just too long and he made the decision to split it into multiple films. As a result perhaps the greatest film trilogy of all time was created.

The film received the following Academy Awards:

  • Best Art Direction – John Barry, Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley, Roger Christian
  • Best Costume Design – John Mollo
  • Best Sound – Don MacDougall, Ray West, Bob Minkler, Derek Ball
  • Best Film Editing – Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew
  • Best Visual Effects – John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edmund, Grant McCune, Robert Blalack
  • Best Original Score – John Williams
  • Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects – Ben Burtt

and the following nominations:

  • Best Picture – Gary Kurtz
  • Best Director – George Lucas
  • Best Supporting Actor – Alec Guiness
  • Best Original Screenplay – George Lucas

Read more at The Internet Movie Database

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