Questions tagged [a-new-hope]

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

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What was the actual legal or political process by which the Emperor dissolved the Senate?

In Episode IV, word spreads that the Emperor has just disbanded the Imperial Senate and that power would pass to regional governors. It seems a done deal at this point, as if the Emperor just had to ...
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What's the relationship between X-Wing pilot Porkins' name and appearance?

So, not be insensitive, but in A New Hope there's an (aptly named?) X-Wing pilot named Porkins. He's also overweight. What's the story here? Possibilities: complete coincidence the character ...
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How fast were the X-wing fighters flying in the trench during the Battle of Yavin?

"We're going in, we're going in full throttle, that ought to keep those fighters off our back!" —Luke Skywalker Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope During Luke's attack run on the Death Star ...
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Was George Lucas directly involved in creating the non human characters of Starwars

In the original trilogy there are a large number of aliens throughout the film. Now days, the process of creating these creatures is shared by the writers, director as well as art, costume and other ...
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Who is the character in a suite at the DS-1 Orbital Station overbridge?

In Star Wars: A New Hope, almost at the end of the film, there is scene at the DS-1 Orbital Station overbridge where Grand Moff Tarkin orders one of his aides to fire the superlaser when ready. In ...
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What is the nature of Luke's scanner used to track and find R2-D2?

In Star Wars: A New Hope, the next morning after R2-D2 got away on his "mission", Luke Skywalker and C-3PO (piloting the X-34 Landspeeder) headed off looking for the astromech until they track and ...
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What made the Tusken Raiders unable / unwilling to shoot down Luke's Landspeeder?

There is one shot in Star Wars: A New Hope where one Tusken Raider, from a high cliff on a rock mesa, aims at Luke's speeder that zips through a canyon below; then, a second Tusken Raider touches the ...
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What is the nature of Tatooine's eclipse?

At the beginning of his revised fourth draft of Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope, George Lucas narrates that the planet Tatooine emerged from a total eclipse. The awesome yellow planet of ...
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Why there are almost no street/place signs or labels in Mos Eisley?

In Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), Mos Eisley, a large spaceport town on the planet Tatooine with 362 hangars and substantial traffic volumes and variety of beings coming and going. We don’t see street ...
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Why does Greedo say “Maclunkey” in the Mos Eisley Cantina?

In the Disney+ edit of Star Wars (1977), yet another change has been made to the "Han Shot First" scene in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Greedo now yells "Maclunkey!" before shooting simultaneously. [Video ...
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Why did Han Solo change his mind in the end of New Hope?

Is there any in-movie explanation in A New How explaining why did Han Solo change his mind? We see him packing the cash that he received for saving Leia, and some moments / hours / time later he is ...
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What are those two silvery objects resting on Ben Kenobi's table when R2-D2 plays Princess Leia's message?

In "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope", when R2-D2 plays the holographic recording of Princess Leia at Ben Kenobi's house, Leia's image is projected on a round stone table where two silvery objects, ...
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Why would word of Princess Leia's capture generate sympathy for the Rebellion in the Senate?

If no one knows Leia is part of the Rebellion, how could it generate sympathy for the Rebellion in the Senate? If it is already known that Leia is part of the Rebellion, why would anyone in the ...
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Why doesn't the Lars family (and thus Luke) speak Huttese as their first language?

Since Tatooine is in Hutt space, and in The Phantom Menace we see basically everyone on the street on Tatooine defaulting to Huttese as their primary language, wouldn't the Lars family (and thus Luke ...
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Why do the TIE Fighter pilot helmets have similar ridges as the rebels?

After having prop replicas of a TIE Fighter pilot' helmet and the Red Five helmet in view at same time, I noticed that both have characteristic ridges going to the back (circled in red on the 2 ...
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If Darth Vader sensed Kenobi aboard the Millennium Falcon, why didn't he go aboard?

After a tractor beam brings the Millennium Falcon aboard the Death Star, Darth Vader senses the presence of his old teacher. He runs off to tell Grand Moff Tarkin ...
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How did Cornelius Evazan get his facial scarring?

From the fight in the Mos Eisley Cantina bar we see the bad guy Cornelius Evazan who threatened Luke ("He doesn't like you"...). He also bumps into one of the characters on Jeddha in Rogue One. Do ...
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Exactly which act of bravery are Luke and Han awarded a medal for?

In the final scene of Star Wars IV, Luke and Han are awarded the Medal of Bravery. Some officials of the rebel Alliance (Leia and perhaps others) apparently decided who would receive a medal, and for ...
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When did the Death Star 2 construction start? [duplicate]

I think it's safe to assume (although probably well known to everyone except me) that the DS2 construction was started long before the DS1 was blown up. As it took nearly 20 years for the DS1 to be ...
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How did the Force make Luke hard to hit in the Battle of Yavin?

On the trench run, Darth Vader remarked that the Force was "strong with this one", probably not knowing the pilot was Luke. I know Luke is a main character in the movie and couldn't die (so the story ...
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Did Han Solo shoot Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter wingman from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon?

In Stars Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, did Han Solo shoot Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter wingman from his chair in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon or from one of the Falcon’s two swiveling gun turrets? ...
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In Star Wars IV, could Darth Vader have captured Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber using Force Pull?

In Star Wars IV: A New Hope, when Obi-Wan Kenobi finds Darth Vader on the Death Star, he takes out his lightsaber and turns it on. At this point, could Vader have captured Kenobi's lightsaber using ...
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Why did Luke use his left hand to shoot?

In A New Hope Detention Center Shoutout scene Luke is clearly shooting with his left hand. Later in this same video at 4:51 he makes a leftie shot more clearly. In The Empire Strikes Back while ...
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How did Obi-Wan Kenobi know Luke's name in ANH?

In Star Wars: A New Hope when Kenobi saves Luke from the Sand People and wakes him up. Without Luke giving his name, Kenobi calls him, "young Luke." Is there an ...
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Time between Evazan/Baba appearances on Jedha and Tatooine?

We know from this question that it was no more than a few hours between the end of Rogue One and the start of A New Hope but I'm curious how much time elapsed specifically between Cornelius Evazan and ...
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Did Leia recognise the name Skywalker when Luke rescues her?

When Luke rescues Leia in A New Hope he introduces himself as Luke Skywalker, Leia then questions him by saying who? Which suggests to me she has heard the name before. So where does she recognise ...
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Who exactly killed Luke Skywalker's Aunt and Uncle? [duplicate]

I know for a fact that there are a few similar questions like mine but none of them are exactly asking what I am. Now in the first Star Wars movie, Luke and Obi-Wan come back to Luke's Aunt and Uncle ...
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Why wasn't Darth Vader's TIE fighter recognized during the Death Star Assault?

I was watching the first Death Star assault again and I noticed that out of all the Imperial fighters sent out against the rebels, Vader's ship was of a different design. So why didn't any of the ...
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Why does Obi-Wan-Kenobi touch Luke Skywalker's head at the rock canyon in Tatooine? [duplicate]

In Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), after been attacked by Sand People, we see Luke Skywalker laying inert in the ground, then, we hear a great howling moan echoing throughout the canyon which sends the ...
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Was Obi-Wan Kenobi assuming the same pose of the Jedha statue before he died?

After watching for the nth time Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, it looks to me that Obi-Wan Kenobi, just before he sacrifices himself in the lightsaber duel with Darth Vader, assumes the same pose ...
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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 ...