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It occurred to me recently, having re-watched Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, that I didn't notice any occurences of the Force being used to physically manipulate anything throughout the movie. Obi-Wan uses the Jedi mind trick on a few occassions, and Luke uses the Force as an alternative to his targeting computer, but I don't recall them lifting or throwing anything.

To that, the first instance I can think of where the Force physically interacts with anything is in the opening of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back when Luke retrieves his lightsaber.

Was there some instance of the Force being used to physically manipulate something in A New Hope that I am missing? Or, if not, was there always the idea that the Force could physically manipulate something during the production of A New Hope?

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Yes, Darth Vader physically manipulates an Admiral Motti's windpipe on the Death Star after he insults his 'religion'.

Additionally, Obi Wan distracts some troopers when disabling the Death Stars tractor beams. It does not seem to be a case of another mind trick, rather that he makes an object fall, causing a noise which distracts them. I can't find a clip of this at the moment, but I did find this spoof which still shows pretty much what happens!

  • Kenobi also does something to make a noise when distracting the guards by the tractor beam controls. The obvious assumption is that he made something fall or move to generate the noise. – Omegacron Jun 24 '15 at 16:34
  • @Omegacron Thanks! I actually just added that to the answer before I saw the comment. Going to try and find a video. – razethestray Jun 24 '15 at 16:35
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    You could argue the crushed windpipe was mental - making Motti believe his windpipe was being crushed. – Joe Jun 24 '15 at 16:41
  • Well don't I feel foolish. This will get accepted in due course – Etheur Jun 24 '15 at 17:57
  • I always thought Obi-Wan just made the stormtroopers think they heard a sound (similar to how he scared off the Tusken Raiders who attacked Luke). Also, Admiral Motti is such a hypochondriac. That crushed windpipe was psychosomatic. – Liesmith Jun 25 '15 at 9:00
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Luke guided the torpedos into the exhaust port with the Force. "Use the Force, Luke!" Obi-Wan's ghost said. The torpedos flew a ballistic trajectory all the way to the port where they suddenly made a hard 90 degree turn to make clean entry.

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