1977 science fiction movie, known as "Episode IV: A New Hope", first release of the series

Reference

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, originally released as Star Wars, is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film released in the Star Wars saga and is the fourth installment in terms of the series' internal chronology. Groundbreaking in its use of special effects, unconventional editing, and science fiction/fantasy storytelling, the original Star Wars is one of the most successful and influential films of all time. ..."

Cast and Crew

Harrison FordHan Solo
Alec GuinnessBen Obi-Wan Kenobi
George LucasDirector

Video Products

Star Wars Trilogy, 21 Sep 2004
4 disc boxed set, includes Episodes IV, V and VI, bonus disc, commentary by George Lucas, and preview of Episode III

Articles

Freedom's Flicks: The 20 Best Libertarian Movies of all Time, Nov 1999
The Orange County Register picks movies for "freedom lovers"
"18. Star Wars (1977), plus sequels. Aided by cute droids, Luke, Princess Leia, and smuggler Han rebel against the ultimate Evil Empire."
How Star Wars Can Lead America Off the Dark Path, by Dan Sanchez, 4 May 2017
Examines the first two Star Wars trilogies, drawing parallels to 20th and 21st century U.S. and world history, and draws lessons from the films that could help the United States from "giving in to the dark side"
"May the 4th (be with you) has become a day to celebrate Star Wars, the cinematic saga of an interplanetary civilization's struggles with galactic war and tyranny. ... The story of how the Galactic Empire arose is told in the prequels trilogy. ... When Anakin is brought before Yoda as a child, the Jedi Master senses much fear in the boy: specifically fear of losing his mother. ... Throughout the original Star Wars trilogy, Luke faces challenges similar to those of his father. ... Luke Skywalker's heroic victory was that he resisted terror, renounced hate, and rejected aggression."

Reviews

Doug Casey on the Silver Screen, by Doug Casey
Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator; brief reviews of many movies and some TV series
"This may surprise some people, but I found the original Star Wars movies uplifting and even philosophically useful. I liked that Han Solo was an unabashed capitalist and black-marketer."
Star Wars (1977, 1980, 1983, 1999, 2002, 2005), by Stephen W. Carson
"The ambitious Star Wars films tell of the rise, fall into evil & ultimate redemption of Anakin Skywalker through his son Luke. Set against the decline of the Old Republic into an evil Galactic Empire and the rebellion against that Empire, this tale has profound relevance for our time."

Cartoons and Comic Strips

Dick Cheney's been compared to Darth Vader ..., by Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 30 Jan 2007

Videos


Eddie Izzard - Death Star Canteen, 30 Jun 2007
Lego animation of comedian Eddie Izzard imagining Darth Vader making a visit to the canteen of the Death Star

Star Wars (1977) Original Trailer, 1977

What's So Bad About The Galactic Empire?, by Sean Malone, 4 May 2017
Analyzes the various Star Wars movies and attempts to answer the title question and conversely what is good about the Rebel Alliance
"Everyone familiar with Star Wars knows that the Empire is bad, and the Rebellion is good. But, why? ... But here's what we do know. First, there's a lot of smuggling in the Star Wars universe. And that probably means that there are a lot of laws and regulations making various goods and services costly or illegal."