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The Imperial officer's uniforms were patterned after the uniforms of Nazi officers to add to their "villainous" image.

Harrison Ford wasn't an original candidate to play Han Solo. He was originally brought in simply to feed lines to the other auditioners. After watching Ford, George Lucas realized he was the perfect Han.

Luke's line "I can't see a thing in this helmet" was not scripted. Mark Hamill said this to Harrison Ford when he thought the cameras had stopped rolling. But, the filmmakers decided to leave the line in.

Luke says "Prisoner transfer from block 1138" on the Death Star - a reference to George Lucas' film THX-1138.

When George Lucas was mixing the American Graffiti soundtrack, he numbered the reels of film starting with an R and numbered the dialog starting with a D. Sound designer Walter Murch asked George for Reel 2, Dialog 2 by saying "R2D2". George liked the way that sounded so much he integrated that into Star Wars.

"Vader" is Dutch for "father."

The scene in which Luke and Leia swing across a shaft in the Death Star was filmed in one take. The stunt itself was performed by Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

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Mark Hamill annoyed Alec Guinness so much on set (because of his youth and excitement) that Alec paid him a dollar to go away.

Denis Lawson, who plays Wedge Antilles, is the uncle of Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels.

James Earl Jones' name did not originally appear in the ending credits. At the time of the film's release, Jones felt he hadn't done enough for the film to deserve a credit. His name was added for the film's re-release.

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C3PO was named after a post office which is located at reference C3 on a map of Lucas' hometown. R2-D2 is an abbreviation of 'Reel Two, Dialog Two'.

George Lucas decided to release "Star Wars" in May 1977 instead of the start of the summer movie season (in the 1970s, it was a new concept as the result of the success of "Jaws" in 1975) in June because he wanted kids still in school to talk about it so as to spread word-of-mouth.

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The name of the planet Tatooine came from the town of Tataouine in Tunisia where the movie was filmed.

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During Han's conversation with Greedo, the line "Even I get boarded sometimes - do you think I had a choice?" was lifted from his conversation with Jabba that didn't make it into the original release. If you pay attention you'll notice that when he says that line the camera is on his hand unsnapping the holster of his gun, not on his face. When the Jabba scene was put into the Special Edition they left the line in both scenes, which is why the Jabba scene seems a bit repetitive.

All the dialogue when Han is on the console talking to some of the commanders was all ad libbed. Harrison Ford deliberately didn't learn the lines, so that it would sound more spontaneous.

Billy Dee Williams, who later played Lando Calrissian in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," auditioned for the role of Han Solo.

On its initial release, the film was booked in just 37 theaters. It ended up breaking 36 house records.

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The film's screen tests were spoofed in a 1997 episode of "Saturday Night Live," which included Kevin Spacey playing Christopher Walken auditioning for the role of Han Solo. Walken really was considered for that role before Harrison Ford was chosen. Spacey also played Walter Matthau auditioning for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jack Lemmon auditioning for Chewbacca.

The reason why C-3PO lets R2-D2 go in front of him as they enter the Skywalker's residence right after being purchased from the Jawas, is because the set guy operating R2-D2 by radio control kept on hitting C-3PO from behind and pushing him down the stairs, so in the final shot, C-3PO suddenly steps to the side, waves R2-D2 past, and the shot cuts out right before R2-D2 goes flying down the stairs.

The opening title crawl was inspired by the Flash Gordon serials, which is partially what inspired George Lucas to write Star Wars.

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