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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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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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Which is bigger - the Star Forge, or the Death Star?

If you've played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, you're familiar with the Star Forge: I haven't found any definitive ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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In A New Hope, why does Vader think they must be trying to return the stolen plans?

I've been watching Star Wars for years, and I just caught these lines: INT. DEATH STAR - CONFERENCE ROOM Tarkin pushes a button and responds to the intercom buzz. TARKIN Yes. VOICE (over intercom) We'...
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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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Why was Luke "Red Five"?

In Star Wars: A New Hope, at beginning of the attack on the Death Star, we see the pilots of Red Squadron check in. Luke reports in as "Red Five", however we also ...
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How did Luke get his lightsaber back after A New Hope?

After Vader kills Obi-Wan on the Death Star, his lightsaber falls at Vader's feet. Luke witnesses from a distance and escapes on the Falcon. The rest of the movie plays out, but that's the last we see ...
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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 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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Is there a fictional language in Star Wars named after mechanical engineering professor Cemil Bagci?

In a recent (now deleted) answer to a question on scifi.se about why a translator who could speak Bocce was needed in Star Wars: A New Hope, the claim was made that the language is actually "...
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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 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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Why is Jon Vander's nickname "Dutch"?

In the Star Wars universe, there's a pilot named Jon Vander whose nickname is "Dutch". I'm assuming that the Netherlands doesn't exist in Star Wars - or is at least sufficiently far away ...
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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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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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Was Grand Moff Tarkin under Darth Vader's control?

In A New Hope, we see Grand Moff Tarkin ordering Darth Vader around. Also, it was Tarkin who ordered the destruction of Alderaan. It's uncertain whether he knew of Vader's previous identity. But ...
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Can Greedo regenerate?

Is it possible that George Lucas's original intent when creating Star Wars (Ep. IV A New Hope) was that Greedo was of a race that can regenerate fairly quickly?  Is it possible that Han-shot-first ...
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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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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 happened after Alderaan blew up in A New Hope?

In A New Hope, Princess Leia sends R2-D2 and C3PO to Obi-Wan who is supposed to take R2 to Alderaan where Leia's father is supposed to decode the Death Star blueprints out of R2's memory. Then ...
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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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What was C-3PO talking about when he said, “That’s funny, the damage doesn’t look as bad from out here.”

NOTE: Specifically looking for some in-universe explanation; canonical or “legends” is fine. Lots of discussion of this specific line exists online, but nothing seems to go past idle “armchair ...
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Was the garbage compactor deliberately triggered to crush Our Heroes?

When Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie exit stage left into the air vent on the floor of the detention level, they have a brief conversation: Han: Look, I had everything under control until you led us down ...
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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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Why did Biggs tell Porkins to eject during the Battle of Yavin?

In Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the following exchange takes place: PORKINS: I've got a problem here. BIGGS: Eject. I don't understand how ejecting would be preferable to being killed ...
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Why did Red Squadron give their call signs in random order?

One thing that has always confused me about Star Wars: A New Hope is that at the beginning of the attack on the Death Star, Red Squadron gives their callsigns in random order. Red Leader (presumably ...
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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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What type of droid did Owen think he was buying from the Jawas?

LUKE: "Uncle Owen! This R2 unit has a bad motivator, look!" The droid uncle Owen wanted to buy at first, nicknamed "Red", was R5-D4, belonging to the R5-series, which was ...
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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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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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Elements of The Force in A New Hope

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-...
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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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Why doesn't C3PO recognize Leia in R2's recorded message?

At the start of A New Hope, when the corvette is being attacked, C3PO says something to the effect of: There'll be no escape for the princess this time. But when Luke stumbles onto Leia's message ...
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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 Luke's Force ability prevent Vader from aquiring target lock in the trench above Death Star 1?

From TVTropes "The Force Is Strong With This One": (usual TVTropes link alert) Star Wars. Vader names the trope when he's chasing Luke down the Death Star's trench, and finding himself unable to ...
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Why is Leia okay with being tracked to Yavin?

In A New Hope, after Han and Luke fight off the TIE Fighters while escaping from the Death Star, these exchanges happen: INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM Darth Vader strides into ...
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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 ...
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What was Darth Vader adjusting on his joystick controller?

Here we see Darth Vader piloting his fighter while hunting for Rebel starfighters above the Death Star: He does it in multiple scenes. Was this some sort of targeting configuration controller?
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Why "hide" Luke from his father somewhere Anakin knows?

In Episode II Anakin goes to the Lars homestead and meets his extended family. How would sending Luke there be "hidden" to Vader in any way? At least Leia had a random planet and family.
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Why is Luke Skywalker's nickname "Wormie"?

When speaking to his friends in various deleted scenes, we learn that Luke's friends refer to him as "Wormie". Long considered to be merely a 'Legend' this nickname was mentioned (and ...
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Did Bail Organa and/or Princess Leia know where to find Obi-Wan on Tatooine?

Since we know that they were headed to Tatooine at the beginning of A New Hope (confirmed by Bail Organa's conversation with Mon Mothma in Rogue One), did they know where he resided on Tatooine? The ...
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How does Princess Leia know Obi-Wan Kenobi is "Ben" Kenobi?

When Luke rescues Leia from her cell on the Death Star: Leia: Aren't you a little short to be a stormtrooper? Luke: Huh? Oh, the uniform. I'm Luke Skywalker. I'm here to rescue you. Leia: You're who? ...
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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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