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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977, first movie produced, originally just titled "Star Wars"). Obi-Wan Kenobi finds plans for the new Imperial weapon: The Death Star. He leads Luke Skywalker to join the Rebellion and follow the path of a Jedi. Use with the [star-wars] tag.

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What’s the reasoning behind Luke saying “I guess you’re too small to run away on me if I take this off”?

In Star Wars: A New Hope, Luke Skywalker takes off R2-D2’s restraining bolt with the rationale: Oh, yeah, well, I guess you're too small to run away on me if I take this off! The statement seems not ...
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Was there a particular reason for putting the driver's seat of Luke's landspeeder on the right?

I noticed the other day that Luke Skywalker drives his landspeeder from the right-hand side of the front seat, and I was just wondering whether or not this was an intentional creative decision—perhaps ...
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Identifying an Actor in Star Wars: A New Hope's Tantive IV Boarding Scene?

In Star Wars: A New Hope, as Darth Vader prepares to board Tantive IV, the security team of the ship assembles in an attempt to repel the empire's boarding party. There is a close-up shot of a ...
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By the time of Star Wars: A New Hope, why was Leia familiar with Tarkin?

When Leia is brought to the bridge of the Death Star, she clearly knows who Tarkin is, and clearly knows that he is just the kind of person to be involved in the Empire. What prior relationship do the ...
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Were Red Four and Red Eight present at the Battle of Yavin?

At the climax of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Red Squadron is the group of X-wing pilots part of the attack on the Death Star. At the start of the attack the pilots report their status: Red ...
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Why are there only human males at the Battle of Yavin?

I was watching A New Hope and I just realized something; when General Jan Dodonna was briefing everyone for the Death Star assault, the only pilots assembled are male humans. No female humans or ...
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What specifically made it so that a TIE fighter wouldn't be out near Alderaan by itself?

In "A New Hope", when the Falcon arrives at the ruins of Alderaan, they encounter a TIE fighter. Someone remarks that such a small ship wouldn't be out that far by itself. However, in "...
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Why were some fleet troopers wearing a beige baseball cap?

During the Royal Award Ceremony in the final scene of the film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (1977), some fleet troopers can be seen wearing a beige baseball cap. A behind-the-scenes photo allows ...
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What fluid was the Rebel ground crew pumping into the starfighters?

At the end of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), I noticed one ground tech closing a plastic true union ball valve and disconnecting a plastic flexible corrugated hose from a side port of one of the X-...
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What does the logo on Luke's Skyhopper mean?

In the garage scene of Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), we see Luke Skywalker playing with a model of his grounded T-16 Skyhopper. There is a tiny logo on the model that is difficult to notice. The logo ...
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Why did Greedo want Han dead?

Something that has made little sense in the Mos Eisley cantina scene is why Greedo wanted Han Solo dead GREEDO: You can tell that to Jabba. He may only take your ship. HAN: Over my dead body. GREEDO: ...
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Who exactly is the New Hope?

In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Leia refers to Obi-Wan as her only 'hope', but he later dies in the movie at the hands of Darth Vader. However, before he dies he had already brought Luke into the ...
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What age was Obi Wan when he died?

What was the exact age of Obi Wan-Kenobi when he dies in Episode IV: A New Hope? Darth Vader was 45 when he died and he was a little younger then Obi-Wan, so what was Obi-Wan's age at death?
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What's the retcon for what Leia says in her R2-message, given the events of Kenobi?

In Kenobi (2022), a key plot arc involves Leia and Obi-wan This takes up much of the season, and the tone of the last episode suggests that Obi-wan will now be staying on Tatooine and focusing on ...
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What did the "anteater-like creatures" cut from Star Wars look like?

I have a Star Wars minutia question. In an early version of the screenplay for the first film there were "anteater-like creatures" on the streets of Mos Eisley on Tatooine. From the "...
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Did you see Luke and Biggs on Tatooine at one of the 1977 screenings of Star Wars ("A New Hope")? If so, can you please provide corroboration? [duplicate]

I saw Star Wars in the theater seven times during 1977 and know for a fact that I saw the scene of Luke and Biggs on Tatooine on the big screen during the first showing that I ever saw. I also ...
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Star Wars: R2D2 connected to mainframe

In the original (1977) Star Wars film, there was a very brief shot showing a connector being attached to R2D2 so that Rebel mainframes could retrieve and analyse his memories. Is there a still of that ...
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How much was Luke's speeder worth? [duplicate]

In the film "A New Hope", Ben Kenobi promises to pay Han Solo "2,000 now" for passage to Alderaan. In order to pay this, he tells Luke to sell his speeder. I assume both Luke and ...
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What did Obi-Wan Kenobi and Chewbacca talk to each other about at the Cantina?

Early in the movie Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), at the Mos Eisley Spaceport cantina, while looking to hire a charter for Alderaan, Obi-Wan Kenobi is introduced to Chewbacca by BoShek. Near the bar, ...
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Could C-3PO have sat in one of the Millenium Falcon's quad laser cannons and shot down pursuing TIE Fighters?

Could C-3PO have sat in one of the Millenium Falcon's quad laser cannons and shot down pursuing TIE Fighters? This assumes of course that he could climb up/down a ladder.
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How is this TIE fighter landed in the Death Star?

In the film Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), in the background of a scene where dozens of stormtroopers face Han Solo and Chewbacca in the DS1, we can see a TIE fighter that appears to be, from the ...
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Why was firing the superlaser put on standby shortly before the DS-1 explodes?

Early in the film Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), in the blast chamber of the Death Star, we learn how, after Vader orders "Commence primary Ignition" to destroy Leia's homeworld Alderaan, the ...
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Did Obi-Wan Kenobi know how to destroy the Death Star without the help of the stolen plans?

At the end of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance, with the help of the stolen plans of the Death Star and an accurate proton torpedo shot from Luke Skywalker's X-wing guided by the Force, ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan offer an apology or pay for the mess at Chalmun's Cantina?

In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, there is a very well known scene at Mos Eisley Cantina of the brief confrontation between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Dr. Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba where the noble Jedi ...
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Was Obi-Wan Kenobi referring to a particular civilized time?

Luke Skywalker was wielding his father's lightsaber, whose light played across the ceiling of Obi-Wan Kenobi's hut, when the old hermit said: “An elegant weapon for a more civilized time” Was Obi-...
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Did navi-computer technology dramatically increase between Ep. 4 and Ep. 9?

In the original Star Wars film, Han Solo pointed out the significant lag between requesting hyperspace jump data from the computer and actually receiving it. 35 years later (in-universe), Poe Dameron, ...
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Where did the mistaken idea of uncle Owen being Obi-Wan's brother originate?

In the long interim between Return of the Jedi and Attack of the Clones, I saw a lot of claims that Luke's uncle Owen was actual Ben Kenobi's brother. I figured from the first time I hear this that ...
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What is the reason for the adornments hidden under the dome of the hemispherical droid prop from A New Hope?

I just watched, for the fist time in many years, The Making of Star Wars, and I noticed something about one of the minor droids. I have always really liked the appearance of the hemispherical droid ...
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Why didn't Darth Vader reopen the blast doors?

When Luke Skywalker shot the control panel for the blast doors on the Death Star, the doors immediately closed, trapping Darth Vader on the other side. Why didn't Darth ...
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Who were the 30 Rebel pilots who fought for the Alliance during the Battle of Yavin?

For years, everywhere (including Canon/legends) it has been said that a total of 30 Rebel ships were deployed in the assault on the Death Star during the battle of Yavin. Most of the sources list the ...
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What else was inside Ben Kenobi's chest?

Form the movie Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, we all remember the scene at Ben Kenobi's hut where the old hermit gets up and goes to a chest where he rummages around and then extracts from it ...
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Who shot Vader's ship during the Battle of Yavin, Han or Chewie? [duplicate]

At the end of the movie Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (1977), during the Battle of Yavin, we are witnesses to how, while Darth Vader and his wingmen were on the tail of Luke's X-wing in the Death ...
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Did Vader's actions during the Battle of Yavin get him sent to The Empire's Court martial?

In Star Wars IV: A New Hope, after realizing that the Rebels were focused on a particular objective, Darth Vader, apparently without consulting his superior Grand Moff Tarkin - who incidentally kept ...
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Does the LEGO Mos Eisley Cantina Jawa shop have any official backstory?

The recent LEGO set 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina set includes a pretty sizeable side build of a Jawan junk shop. Here is a picture from the official LEGO promo photos: Does this shop make an appearance ...
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Was the Obi-Wan/Luke training scene in the Millennium Falcon a charade?

Obi-Wan Kenobi has often been labeled as being less-than-truthful with Luke. With this in mind, let's take a look at a scene inside the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) where Luke was ...
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What was the fate of Luke’s landspeeder?

Luke and Ben and the droids make it to Mos Eisley and mind trick their way past the troopers. That’s the last we see of the land speeder. Was it just a loss that Luke wrote off when they had to flee ...
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What happened to the Millennium Falcon hanging dice prop?

In recent Star Wars films and Extended Universe material, a lot has been made of the dice Han Solo originally had hanging overhead in the Millennium Falcon cockpit. However, the prop had disappeared ...
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Why were there turret guns inside the trench on the Death Star?

I am wondering why there were turret guns inside the trench on the Death Star if its designers had not considered small one-man fighters to be a threat. "General Dodonna : The battle station is ...
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Why did Obi-Wan Kenobi leave the droids unguarded while stormtroopers were looking for them?

Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi intended to bring the droids into the cantina with them until the bartender said, "We don't allow their kind in here." C3PO and R2D2 were forced to wait ...
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How did the stormtroopers know which Jawas captured the droids?

When Kenobi and Luke come upon the remains of several Jawas and their sand-crawler, Luke recognizes them as the same Jawas that sold C3PO and R2-D2 to his uncle, Owen. From there, Luke hops on his ...
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Why the trench run and not divebomb the shaft? [duplicate]

In A New Hope they needed to go through the trench. This meant they lost almost all of their maneuverabiltiy and were easy targets in there due to the narrow width of the trench itself. Now I'm ...
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What does "civilized system" mean in Star Wars universe?

Jabba warns Han Solo: 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. What does "civilized system" ...
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Why did Han Solo's blaster shot bounce off the garbage compactor's walls?

After rescuing Leia from the Empire, Luke, and Han Solo are trapped in a garbage compactor. Han tries to blast the door but his blaster shot bounces off many times: Why did Han Solo's blaster shot ...
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How are droids related to the harvest?

From A New Hope: Luke: In fact, I, uh, was also thinking about our agreement—about me staying on another season? And if these new droids do work out, I want to transmit my application to the academy ...
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Was the central act of "Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope" unusual and shocking? [closed]

In Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, the planet Alderaan is obliterated by the Death Star on the orders of Grand Moff Tarkin. For cinema audiences at this time, was this act by a movie villain seen ...
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Why did the droid's escape pod land so near to Mos Eisley?

The escape pod ejected from the Tantive IV landed pretty close to where Luke and Obi-Wan were living, within a day or two travel at low speed from each of them. Was this a coincidence or the result ...
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How many people in the Empire supported Emperor Palpatine?

How much support did Emperor Palpatine have from the general population? I am asking about his support before the first Death Star was destroyed, because after that people might see his Empire as ...
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Why didn't Han Solo shoot Darth Vader's ship?

In the movie Star Wars: A New Hope, Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon decides to shoot one of the Darth Vader's wing man TIE fighters instead of shooting Darth Vader's TIE fighter. Is there a Star ...
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Does the stuffed armadillo in Obi-Wan Kenobi's hut belong to a missing species?

At the beginning of A New Hope, we are introduced to the residence of old hermit Ben Kenobi: A synstone hut located at Tatooine’s Dune Sea. Inside the hut we can see a lot of artifacts. Some of them ...
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What are those lights close ahead of Luke's X-34 landspeeder?

In the original movie A New Hope (1977), in the scene where the Tusken raiders try to shoot Luke's X-34 landspeeder, if you have sharp eyes or do stop-play slowly, you can see two circular bright ...
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