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Corrected entry: When Obi Wan is struck down we see Vader strike through his neck then Obi Wan's body disappears. But his cloak is still totally intact. Surely the saber would have cut through it?

gandolfs dad

Correction: When the robe falls on the floor, it's all crumpled up. Perhaps there WAS damage, but we just didn't see it from this one angle.

Corrected entry: Han Solo uses the word "parsec" as if it would be a temporal unit, like "second", but "parsec" describes distances.

Correction: Kessel is surrounded by a maze of black holes and other astronomical hazards. The challenge for smugglers is to fly fast enough and precisely enough to bypass as many of these obstacles as possible without being destroyed, thus saving time. Han's bragging that he found an extremely short route and that the Falcon was fast enough to get through unscathed.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Uncle Owen is speaking to C-3PO about whether or not he can talk to the machinery on the farm (I think they were called evaporators) there is an interesting nod to the first films. C-3PO replies that his first job was working with machines quite similar to Owens. Indeed it was, in fact they were probably identical given Owen was his first employer also. Nice little touch with about twenty years of foresight from George Lucas.

Correction: C-3PO tells Owen his first job was programming "binary load-lifters, very similar to vaporators in most respects". This is not a reference to any of the prequels. He has never worked with vaporators (as far as he knows). C-3PO is trying to get Owen to buy him, and he's embellishing.

Corrected entry: In A New Hope, hologram Leia says that Obi-Wan fought with her father (Bail Organa) 30 years ago, when in reality it was 20 years earlier.

Correction: All that's said in the hologram message is "Years ago". No precise timeframe is ever stated.

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Corrected entry: When Vader swings to kill Obi-Wan during the duel, obviously Obi-Wan has disappeared. However, shouldn't the robe that he left behind have sustained some damage from Vader's lightsaber going directly through it? (01:32:20)

Correction: When the robe falls on the floor, it's all crumpled up. Perhaps there WAS damage, but we just didn't see it from this one angle.

redbaron2000

Corrected entry: Right at the end of the film, after Leia has given Luke and Han their medals, they all turn to face the audience. A man appears behind Leia for one shot then disappears.

Correction: Actually, no. He earlier handed the medals to the white-haired man who passed them to Leia. He is visible when stated only because the camera is level to Leia's face and we see him behind her, but the prior and later shots are from much lower angles, so his face is hidden behind her, yet his legs are still visible. No error here.

Corrected entry: When Luke walks over to the Jawa sandcrawler, the distance between the black hemisphere droid and the two astromech droids (R2-D2 and the droid with a bad motivator) changes between shots twice. (01:16:50)

Correction: Again, these are no mistakes but optical illusions caused by changes in camera angles and changes in the placements of cameras (in distance) not the placement of the droids or other characters.

OneHappyHusky

Corrected entry: When C-3PO lowers himself into the oil tub, Luke says, "It just isn't fair.", but his lips don't move. (00:19:00)

Correction: His lips absolutely move without question. If you run the scene on slow motion or frame by frame you can see that Luke's mouth opens and closes, especially clear right before he turns and walks towards C3PO.

OneHappyHusky

But if you're only able to see it in slow motion, it doesn't count, according to this site.

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Jon Sandys Premium member

Corrected entry: When Luke and his uncle are buying the droids from the Jawas, the uncle is relatively clean shaven. Later at dinner, he is suddenly sporting a very noticeable beard and mustache.

Correction: Totally incorrect. He may appear more clean shaven in the harsh light of the sun, but if you take careful note in close-ups, for example, when he tells C3PO that he needs a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators he is sporting the same beard and mustache that he has at dinner.

OneHappyHusky

Corrected entry: After Owen buys C-3PO from the Jawas, Luke says, "All Right. Come on," and R2-D2 turns his head/dome. In the next shot, he repeats this movement. (00:17:45)

Correction: This is not true, it is a continuation of the same movement from a different camera angle.

OneHappyHusky

Corrected entry: When Owen talks to Beru in the morning, she says, "I think so.", but her lips hardly move. (00:26:30)

Correction: Actually, when one says the words "I think so" it is unnecessary for the lips to "hardly move" at all.

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Corrected entry: In the scene when Luke and Leia are going to swing across the chasm, Luke looks down at his belt for the grappling hook, and pulls the line out. Over the next 3-4 scenes, Luke starts pulling the line out at different times. This is in both the standard and special edition releases.

Correction: Luke is not starting to pull out the grappling line each time, he is pulling out several loops of line.

Corrected entry: When Luke and C-3PO are searching for R2-D2 in the morning, as Luke says, "Lookit, there's a droid on the scanner. Dead ahead. It might be our little R2 unit. Hit the accelerator.", Threepio is gesturing as if he's answering him, but nothing is heard. (00:26:40)

Correction: C-3PO could have just been pointing and nodding, requiring no speech at all.

Mark English

Corrected entry: In the first few scenes where we see C3PO and R2D2 on the rebel blockade runner in the beginning of the movie, C3PO says "There'll be no escape for the Princess this time." implying he is familiar with the princess. However, on Tatooine when R2D2 is playing back Princess Leia's hologram for Luke and Luke asks who she is, C3PO replies, "I'm afraid I'm not quite sure, sir. I think she was a passenger on our last voyage. A person of some importance, sir - I believe."

Correction: Even C-3PO, in his always talking ways, knew not to mention the Princess and her connection to the rebellion to strangers. He did not know Luke very well yet and he was trying to keep the identity of the Princess a secret from him. Later as he learns to trust Luke and meets Obi-Wan "again" for the first time, he reveals his relationship with the Princess.

Mark English

Corrected entry: Jek Porkinsin Red 6 is the first pilot killed during the Battle of Yavin, however when Luke gets chased by a Tie fighter, a voice over the radio says "Red 6 do you see Red 5?" To add further insult to injury a voice answers.

Correction: This has already been corrected. The person who asks if Red 6 is there probably doesn't realize Porkins has been shot down, and someone else probably responded without thinking.

Corrected entry: While they are escaping from the detention block, Leia says something like "Into the garbage chute, flyboy," but Han is still wearing the stormtrooper uniform, so there's no way that she could have known he was a pilot.

Dr Wilson

Correction: She could have also been using "Flyboy" sarcastically in the sense that Han was attempting to rescue her without a good plan (on the fly, so to speak).

Corrected entry: When the Death star blows up, it surprisingly has no debris, even though two proton torpedoes went down the exhaust port, there still should have been at least a little debris, the blast wouldn't have completely atomised the whole Death star.

Correction: We don't know the physics of the explosion created by a photon torpedo detonating in the main reactor of a Death Star. Perhaps it's an anti-matter/matter conversion, and it creates a fireball of pure energy which vaporises any solid matter instantly. Bottom line, neither proton torpedoes nor Death Stars exist, so the fictional explosion looks like what the film director wants it to look like.

Corrected entry: In the cantina with Luke getting hassled by thugs, Obi Wan swipes his lightsaber horizontally but the bad guy's arm is cut off at an angle that could only have happened with a vertical chop.

Correction: This has been corrected before. He kills the human with the horizontal cut and then cuts off the Walrus-looking guy's arm with an upward cut, making an L-shaped motion with his lightsaber.

Corrected entry: If the Death Star did take 18-20 years to build, then it would impossible for them to finish the second Death Star, as there wasn't 18-20 years in between episodes V and VI.

Correction: Well, as is pretty obvious by watching the film, the second Death Star isn't even close to being finished. Standard building practice is to complete the basic structure, then fit out the interior, which generally takes longer than the structure does. As can be seen, the basic structure's not complete, so the interior's going to be mostly a shell, other than the superlaser (installed as a priority) and the support structures that it needs. The second Death Star isn't even one quarter complete at the time of the Rebel attack. It's going to be quicker to build the second one, as construction techniques developed during the building of the original can be applied from the start, so it should be expected that it would take less time, even though the second Death Star's rather larger than the first one. Assuming that they started shortly after the destruction of the original (which isn't explicitly stated - they might have started earlier), it's entirely plausible that the Empire could have built the second Death Star up to the point seen in the film.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: At the end of Episode III, we see that the Death Star is in the early stages of construction. If Luke is around 18-20 years old, are we to believe that it took almost 20 years for the Empire to finish the Death Star?

Correction: Yes, we are to believe exactly that. It's a construction project on a scale unprecedented even with their technology levels. It can take us years to construct large buildings, so it's hardly unreasonable to think that, even with their advanced technology, it could take the Empire twenty years to build a space station that's 75 miles across and involved at least one previously untried technology (the planet-destroying superlaser) and the use of several others on a previously unheard of scale.

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Continuity mistake: After Darth Vader kills Ben, there's a shot from the docking bay towards him. Vader's lightsaber is missing its red color. [This has been fixed in the 2004 DVD, but is still valid for VHS prints.] (01:28:20)

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Question: During the trash compacter scene, Luke gets sucked under by the one-eyed monster thing, which leads to Han and Leia trying to find him. But if the water's only about knee deep, why is it so hard for him to be found?

Answer: Presumably because the monster has pulled him through the lair of whatever they are standing on into whatever space the rest of the body of the monster lives in. Obviously, the monster doesn't live in the part of the part of the compactor that does the compacting or it would be already compacted.

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