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For questions about the first of the Star Wars film series released. Always use this tag in conjunction with the [star-wars] tag.

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Did Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen know that Obi-Wan Kenobi was a Jedi?

This was inspired by a related question about whether Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru knew that Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. Did they know that Obi-Wan "Old Ben" Kenobi was a Jedi? Or did they ...
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Why didn't the Imperials block the exhaust port on the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin?

The rebel plan is to fire torpedoes into the Death Star's exhaust port, causing a chain reaction that will destroy the Death Star. One of the Imperial officers tells Tarkin: OFFICER: We've ...
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Did the Empire know the Falcon was going to Alderaan?

During ANH, Han, Chewbacca, Luke, Obi-Wan and the two droids have left Tatooine aboard the Falcon just in front of the search troops (they fled under blaster blows). At this point, the Empire know ...
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How did Luke Skywalker not die in the explosion?

The Death Star has enough power to destroy an entire planet. It's been estimated that one blast of its superweapon delivers energy comparable to that released by the Sun in an entire week so we can ...
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What happened to the crew and guards of the Tantive IV?

In Star Wars: A New Hope, we see a number of Alderaanian consular guards that were on the Tantive IV being escorted away by Stormtroopers. But what was the fate of these guards and the crew of the ...
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Had Luke Skywalker been adopted by Owen and Beru?

Owen Lars and Beru Whitesun raised Luke Skywalker. But had they adopted him? Luke calls them uncle Owen and aunt Beru. He knew of the family relation between Owen and his father, Anakin. Yet the ...
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Was it intentional that Luke and Darth Vader did not meet during A New Hope? [duplicate]

Having watched A New Hope again, I have just realised that the only people to meet Vader in person out of the main good characters are Leia and Obi-Wan. It's understandable why Han didn't interact ...
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Was Han in error about imperial warship designations?

The massive, triangular Imperial starships that appear in the original Star Wars trilogy (Han calls them "the big Corellian ships") are well known to be "Star Destroyers." Since these vessels are ...
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How did Luke and Obi Wan evade imperial troops in Mos Eisley Cantina?

After the lighsaber fight in the cantina, Luke and Obi Wan sit at a table with Han and Chewie to negotiate passage to Alderaan. Imperial troops enter the bar, Han says "looks like someone's ...
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Why was Nazi imagery used for the Rebellion in A New Hope? [closed]

It's no secret that Nazi imagery was the major inspiration for Galactic Empire, from costume and weapon designs to how the villains are shot and framed. However, in at least one instance, it's the ...
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Why didn't Leia immediately return to her father on Alderaan as soon as she obtained the Death Star plans? [duplicate]

If I have the timeline right from A New Hope: Leia's father sends her on a mission to travel to Tatooine to enlist the help of an old Jedi Knight, General Kenobi. The Rebellion needs his help! She is ...
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What are the pilots in A New Hope talking about?

Luke: come to point o five, we'll cover for you What does that mean for example?
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What happened to the escape pods on the Millennium Falcon?

In ANH, an Imperial officer reports to Darth Vader regarding the recently captured Millennium Falcon: There's no one on board, sir. According to the log, the crew abandoned ship right after takeoff....
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What is the history of the front end modification to the Millennium Falcon?

A trailer for the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story shows at 1:28 the Millennium Falcon having quite the streamlined front end: When it is seen in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, it clearly has a ...
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In episode IV, did the inhabitants of Alderaan realize what was about to happen?

As can be seen in the following clip from Episode IV, it took no more than a few (on-screen) minutes for the Death Star to enter the system, fire and finally However,...
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Why would there be water in the Death Star's trash compactor?

Water can't be compressed. Even with 150 times the normal atmospheric pressure (such as at the bottom of oceans), it gets compressed by less than 1%. This would affect the mechanism of trash ...
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Did Obi-Wan ever lie to Luke? [duplicate]

In Ernest Cline's book 'Armada', the protagonist calls Obi-Wan a 'bold faced liar', referencing Obi-Wan's time on Tatooine watching over Luke as he grew up, and the training that Obi-Wan provided Luke ...
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What is the real age of Owen and Beru Lars?

According to the Star Wars timeline, Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope is 20 or 19 years after Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith, but in end of Episode 3, Owen and Beru Lars are in their 20s, but ...
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Was the mistake in the Falcon's cockpit ever fixed?

In A New Hope, as this video points out, the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon has 4 windows on the very front (not counting the round center one) when seen from the exterior, but only 3 when seen from ...
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Why does the Death Star have a trash compactor?

During one of the most iconic scenes of A New Hope, the protagonists end up in a trash compactor. Why does the Death Star have one? Why not just blow uncompacted trash into space? And why a ...
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“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi” — how does Leia know who Obi-Wan is? [duplicate]

So, in the opening scenes of A New Hope Princess Leia leaves a message for Obi-Wan Kenobi, asking her trusty plot-exposition droids to deliver it to an old recluse on a distant planet. It is, at ...
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Why was Han so sure the Millennium Falcon wasn't being tracked?

In the original Star Wars, the Millennium Falcon escapes because Darth Vader convinces Grand Moff Tarkin to allow it. The ultimate strategy is to track the ship to the Rebel Base. TARKIN: You're ...
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What military rank (if any) does Darth Vader hold? [duplicate]

Throughout most of the original Star Wars trilogy, Darth Vader seems to have complete control over the Empire's military hierarchy. It seems his only limitation is needing to report to his Sith Master,...
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Why did the Imperial Star Destroyer open fire on the Tantive IV?

The opening shot of A New Hope features a fight in space between the rebel ship, the Tantive IV, and an Imperial Star Destroyer. I understand why the Tantive IV would be (uselessly) firing at the ...
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Did Vader actually die in the original Star Wars movie, now known as A New Hope?

I know it was changed quickly to make him available for the sequel, but I saw the movie three times in the weeks after its premiere and Darth Vader definitely died in the trench, bumping into his wing-...
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Significance of C-3PO Powering Down [duplicate]

In A New Hope, after Obi-wan and Luke pick up the pieces of C-3PO, they head back to Obi-wan's place to chat. At one point, C-3PO turn to Luke and says: Sir, if you'll not be needing me, I'll ...
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What award did Leia give Chewie, Han and Luke?

What award/medal is this - I have been searching Wookieepedia to try and find what medal this is, but i have not found it, does anyone know what this medal/award was and why it would be given (eg- ...
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Why did Han Solo dump his cargo rather than store it in the hidden compartment of the Millennium Falcon?

It is alluded to in episode IV, and explicitly stated in the EU literature, that Han Solo incurred his debts to Jabba the Hutt by dumping a significant amount of cargo whilst being inspected by the ...
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Has Mark Hamill talked about his line delivery in The Last Jedi?

Specifically, I was impressed with his clearly deliberate choice to deliver lines In particular this was conspicuous when he Has Mark Hamill or Rian Johnson commented on these choices?
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What do Luke and Han shoot in the detention block?

In the original Star Wars, when rescuing Leia, our heroes shoot the guards, then spend a few seconds shooting some equipment. What are these objects and why are they shooting them? This one looks ...
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Is Princess Leia the only surviving member of royal family of Alderaan?

Did any other members of House Organa survive the destruction of Alderaan? Other survivors were scattered across the galaxy and hated the Empire. Who did they recognize as their ruler? If she was the ...
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Why does the Star Wars universe use such a primitive technology as data-tapes?

In A New Hope, Admiral Motti says that the Death Star plans were stored on data-tapes. “Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerer's ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion ...
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When do the events of “Thrawn” end in relation to “A New Hope”?

How much time is there between Thrawn and the beginning of A New Hope? What I’m really looking for is a timeline (in BBY) of Thrawn’s notable activities/events, including the Thrawn trilogy (even ...
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What happened to General Grievous's fighter?

In Episode III, Obi-Wan Kenobi steals the personal starfighter of General Grievous and escapes with it, picking up Luke and Leia along the way. What happened to this spaceship? Did he sell it on ...
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What are these tower-like things outside Luke's home on Tatooine?

On Tatooine outside Luke's house, there are these small tower-like objects outside Luke's home. There are 3-4 of them. The same thing can also be seen outside of Obi-Wan's house as well. What are ...
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Why didn't the Empire target Yavin Prime?

If Yavin Prime was fired upon, the scattered debris would have destroyed Yavin 4 as well. Why did they wait to make a direct shot?
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Fighter cover during Death Star trench run

During the attack on the first Death Star, various groups of rebel fighters enter the meridian trench (first Y-wings, then X-wings) in order to get to the (in)famous exhaust port. They enter in groups ...
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Why were most of the pilots dubbed in A New Hope?

When A New Hope was made in 1977, many British actors, such as Denis Lawson, portrayed x-wing pilots and others in the film. However, they seem to have all been dubbed by American actors. Did George ...
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Why didn't Luke use his lightsaber during his mission on the first Death Star?

This weapon is your life Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, C3PO, and R2-D2 arrive at the Death Star I. Their mission was originally to go to Alderaan - unfortunately that didn't ...
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In ANH, C3PO tells Uncle Owen that his first job was vaporators, but how is this possible?

In Star Wars: A New Hope, this dialogue between Uncle Owen and C3PO occurs: OWEN: What I really need is a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators. THREEPIO: ...
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Who is Rebel Friend?

I was playing LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga recently (don't judge me), and while doing the first level for A New Hope, there is a character you can play as named "Rebel Friend." He doesn't seem to ...
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How do restraining bolts work?

Based on A New Hope, I'm guessing that restraining bolts prevent a droid from straying too far from its owner. How does it achieve that effect, and what would happen if the droid tries to go out of ...
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Canonically, who was the third rebel survivor of the Battle of Yavin? [duplicate]

According to my officially licenced Star Wars calendar, of the thirty X-wing and Y-wing pilots that participated in the Battle of Yavin, three returned. We know that Luke and Wedge were two of the ...
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Why didn't the Tantive IV jump to hyperspace in episode IV?

In Star Wars episode IV A New Hope we see a Star Destroyer chasing the Tantive IV, which was carrying the stolen Death Star plans. Is there a known reason the rebels didn't jump to hyperspace like: ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan refer to Darth Vader as Anakin during the Death Star duel?

During their fight on the Death Star in A New Hope, Obi-Wan refers to Darth Vader as "Darth" a couple of times. "Only a master of evil, Darth" "You can't win Darth" In their previous ...
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Is there a significance to the unit number 366117891 in the Marvel A New Hope comic adaptation?

In the 1977 Marvel Star Wars #4 comic, which was part of an adaptation of A New Hope, there is an additional scene after the trash compactor stops where Luke tells C-3PO the unit number so that he can ...
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Was Obi-Wan Kenobi part of the Rebel Alliance?

I recently had an argument with a stranger on the Internet, and was surprised the answer was not here already. I do not believe he was, for a few reasons: Leia did not deliver her request as ...
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How did the Rebels find the design flaw to the first Death Star?

So I just read the answers to this question, where most of the authors agree complete fault analysis for a ridiculously complex project like the Death Star is close to impossible, given technical ...
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Was Darth Vader originally intended to be an alien instead of a human in a suit?

I got into a discussion today with somebody about whether Darth Vader was originally supposed to be human. We didn't find an answer, so we're hoping you can. Is there any very early reference to ...
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How did Darth Vader trace the rebel spies to Princess Leia?

When Darth Vader's ship captured the Tantive IV at the start of A New Hope, he tells an officer, I have traced the rebel spies to her. The video autostarts 49s in. ...