WARS Episode IV
A New Hope
George Lucas gave us much more than a movie, he gave us story that
would transcend time and generations, made apparent, in part, by
the blockbuster 20th anniversary re-release.
Review By M. REID BAILEY
WARS, Episode IV
A New Hope
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by George Lucas
Screenplay by George Lucas
Hamill .... Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford .... Han Solo
Carrie Fisher .... Princess Leia Organa
Peter Cushing .... Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin
Alec Guinness .... Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Anthony Daniels .... C-3PO
Kenny Baker .... R2-D2
Peter Mayhew .... Chewbacca
David Prowse .... Darth Vader
Phil Brown .... Uncle Owen Lars
Shelagh Fraser .... Aunt Beru
George Lucas (executive)
Rick McCallum (special edition)
music by John Williams
Cinematography by Gilbert Taylor
Film Editing by Richard Chew and T.M. Christopher (special edition),
Paul Hirsch and Marcia Lucas
Rated PG for sci-fi action violence.
For rating reasons, go to FILMRATINGS.COM,
Parents, please refer to PARENTALGUIDE.ORG
Wars, A New Hope:
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Slimline Package)
is no soundtrack composer working today more talented or consistent
than John Williams, and the Star Wars trilogy represents some of
his finest work. Though he uses few major themes (mostly tied to
specific characters, signaling when they appear on the screen or
do something important), there's also enough variety in the incidental
music to keep things interesting. From the instantly recognizable
opening music to the medley that accompanies the closing credits,
this is excellent work that perfectly captures the innocence and
sense of adventure of the film. At the same time, the Star Wars
score stands up very well as a piece of music on its own. --Genevieve
1. 20th Century-Fox Fanfare
2. Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner
3. Imperial Attack
4. Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler
5. The Moisture Farm
6. Hologram/Binary Sunset
7. Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People
8. Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force
9. Burning Homestead
10. Mos Eisley Spaceport
11. Cantina Band
12. Cantina Band, No. 2
13. Binary Sunset [Alternative]
1. Princess Leia's Theme
2. Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit
3. Destruction of Alderaan
4. Death Star/The Stormtroopers
5. Wookiee Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush
6. Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga
7. The Trash Compactor
8. Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire
9. Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack
10. The Battle of Yavin
11. Throne Room [End Titles]
Star Wars Trilogy
by George Lucas, James Kahn, Donald Glut
For the first time, here is a Special Omnibus Edition of the complete
texts of the three novels that tell the complete story of everyone's
favorite adventure--The Star Wars Trilogy. Including: STAR WARS, THE
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and RETURN OF THE JEDI.
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long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ... That’s how it all
started over 20 years ago. Since then scores of people have seen Star
Wars in theatrical release, re-release, and several different video
releases. Star Wars has not merely entertained us but has become a
noticeable part of every day life, popping up in our vocabulary, spiritual
conversations, and the ubiquitous merchandising, redefining the boundaries
of pop culture in the process. Star Wars has proven itself timeless.
It’s not the special effects, the acting, or the characters
as much as the story itself that has had the greatest impact.
Lucas gave us much more than a movie, he gave us a story that would
transcend time and generations, made apparent, in part, by the blockbuster
20th anniversary re-release. To do this he reached back into time
to revive age-old myths and story elements that have existed for
thousands of years. Stories of reluctant heroes who, against impossible
odds, obtain personal redemption as well as the salvation of others
are not new, but they are powerful and we have always loved them.
In a recent Time magazine interview George Lucas said that he intentionally
set out to recreate the hero myths of western culture.
the history of story telling, the hero’s involvement is often
brought about by outside intervention and it is no different for our
current hero, Luke Skywalker. Luke is forced into a raging war when
he inadvertently buys a pair of androids that have escaped from interstellar
war ships. The "droids" bring about an invitation to a local
hermit, Obi Wan Kenobi, a member of old-order heroes known as Jedi
Knights. Luke learns that Obi Wan was once mentor to Luke’s
father, also a Jedi knight, believed long since deceased, and that
he taught Luke’s father the ways of the Force. Obi Wan explains
that the Force is "... what gives the Jedi his power. It's an
energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates
us. It binds the galaxy together."
the aforementioned Time magazine interview Lucas related that he created
the idea of the Force, and included it in the movie, in order to get
people thinking about God and not to promote one particular religion.
This would answer the detractors that accused him of sugar coating
a hidden religious agenda.
if the idea of the Force is to get us thinking about God, then from
the Christian perspective this means God as revealed in the Bible
through the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us that
God is Spirit. He is everywhere present. The Spirit of God was transferred
to the first man and imbued him with life.
Luke grows in his knowledge of the Force he learns that the Jedi knights
were keepers of the teachings of the Force. He learns a Jedi knight
"can feel the Force flowing through him," and that while
the Force partially controls his actions it also obeys the commands
of the Jedi.
Bible tells us that the living Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, will
move the Christian along like wind in a ship’s sails. It is
up to the Christian whether or not he listens to the prompting of
God. The Bible reveals that God is moved by the prayers of believers,
and that authority has been given to the Christian to impact things
in heaven and on earth.
important to remember that neither the Force nor Star Wars are Christian
allegories and direct correlations can’t be drawn for the
sake of spiritual instruction. But Star Wars is an important and
powerful spiritual allegory in general.
Obi Wan Kenobi awakens Luke to a spiritual realm that he never knew
existed, Luke begins a quest to find his own destiny as well as
to rescue a princess from the clutches of evil, embodied in the
person of Darth Vader. Along his way he meets with a reckless pilot,
Han Solo, who has little use for the Force or its spiritual significance,
relying entirely on his own survival skills.
a Christian progresses along his own path he is counseled by the
Bible to trust only in the Spirit of God and not in his own strength.
By doing this he grows in the knowledge of the provision that God
has made for him.
furthering quest brings him to the space fortress where the Princess
is being held by Darth Vader. Vader, Luke has learned, was once
a Jedi Knight until he allowed himself to be taken over by the "dark
side" of the Force, following a path to power through evil.
It is certainly easy enough to see a symbolic connection between
Darth Vader and Satan.
was once an important servant of God until pride turned him against
God. Satan was expelled from the presence of God for all eternity
and spends the time until his final judgment by luring people to
an evil path that is apart from the Spirit of God. When Satan tempted
Jesus he offered him wealth and power. Jesus countered all of the
attacks by relying on the truth of the Bible and exalting the Spirit
an important difference in Christianity as opposed to that of the
dark and light sides of the Force, is that Satan is subservient
to God. Satan was created by God as an angel and in no way is a
balancing evil to God’s good. God is the only all-powerful
deity. Satan will ultimately be judged by Jesus Christ, the co-equal
manifested nature of the Holy Trinity, and be cast forever into
the princess rescued, the band of adventurers is in need of a miraculous
escape. In order to achieve such an escape, Obi Wan Kenobi confronts
Darth Vader in battle. Through an intimate understanding of the
Force, Obi Wan realizes the best way to propel Luke to the limits
of his own spiritual journey is by allowing himself to be killed.
Wan, as a Christ type, allows himself to be killed in order to win
the freedom of others. Before he is struck down, Obi Wan informs
Vader that his death would allow him to become more powerful than
was imaginable. As Vader strikes the death blow Obi Wan vanishes,
seemingly absorbed into the Force itself, only to reappear in Luke’s
thoughts later on, to direct him in the ways of the Force.
times throughout the Gospels of the New Testament, Jesus says that
only through His death and resurrection would His true ministry
be done. The death of Christ on the cross was a substitution for
the payment of man’s sins. After Jesus’ resurrection
he ascended into heaven leaving an empty tomb behind, but before
He ascended He promised the gift of the Holy Spirit that would impart
the will of God into believers and direct them in their lives.
the final climatic scenes Luke is reminded by Obi Wan’s presence
through the force not to rely on his own judgment or that of computers
but rather to "use the Force". The Bible reminds Christians
not to rely on what they see but rather to walk by faith, and that
the greatest strengths of all come from surrendering your weaknesses
to God. ""Not by might, not by power, but by Spirit"
Star Wars is not a film about Christian allegory it is a very powerful
movie with lasting imagery and a timeless story to which we can
all relate at some level. We see ourselves as the young Luke Skywalker
trying to figure out how he fits in with the physical and spiritual
worlds around him. And while our quests may not be intergalactic
in scale we are all constantly faced with decisions that will impact
our futures and our relationship with God, the ultimate "force"
in our lives.
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Subject: Lucas On God? Phantom
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000
They say, "Money is the root of all evil"! Well, all I have to say
about that is: George Lucas is taking this saying to heart when
it comes to his Star War movies. Did you know that he is not releasing
any of his Star War movies on DVD because he claims he will loose
money by creating the movies in this format! The poor man. To Hell
with his fans I guess. With estimates in the Billions for the total
gross for these films, the man is claiming he is broke and cannot
afford to put even the latest episode on DVD. I guess the situation
that Mr. Lucas is in is such that we should all chip in to put food
on his table yes? After all it is the Christian thing to do. Greed
is something for evil men and I see this is the case for the person
in your article were it states: LUCAS ON GOD: "I think there is
a God. No question." I leave the judging up to you.
May 17,1999. Cool and groovy analysis of this classic film. --Mat
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