Star Wars

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.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In the recent Star Wars DVD Release & S.E., soon AFTER Han Solo kills Greedo in the Cantina, he has his CGI talk with Jabba in the Hangar. Greedo can be seen near the entrance to the Millenium Falcon at the end of the scene. Look for Chewbacca, and Greedo walks by.

Correction: It isn't Greedo; it's just another of Jabba's henchmen that happens to be the same species as Greedo. We see more of them in Return of the Jedi.


Corrected entry: When the Millennium Falcon escapes from the Death Star, Darth Vader only let it go so it would give away the location of the Rebel base. So why would Ties attack it? They're taking pretty big chunks out of the ship (It seems doubtful that Grand Moff Tarkin would want to risk blowing up the Falcon, given the extremes he has already gone to to find the base), and even if they were already out there, wouldn't someone try to contact them to allow the ship to pass?

Correction: The Imperials had to stage a mock attack in order to make the escape look more real. It would rouse all kinds of suspicion if the Falcon had just taken off from the landing bay and flown away without a single shot fired to stop them. A narrow escape would seem a lot more like "the real deal". Granted, Leia sees through the ploy anyway, but it had to be done this way from the Imperials' point of wiew.


Corrected entry: When Luke and Obi Wan are going to the Falcon after selling Luke's speeder, they walk past a few aliens and robots. If you look at the head of a white robot at the right of the screen you can see wires which are controlling it.

Correction: Actually, these aren't wires, they're just the aerials of that particular robot.

Corrected entry: When the four heroes are in the garbage compactor and Luke gets sucked under by the water creature there is only a foot to a foot and a half of water in there. Luke should have at least been able to stick his arm up for Han to grab. Even if he didn't Han should have been able to find Luke a lot quicker than he did.

Correction: The creature obviously has some sort of tunnel which it drags Luke down which is why they can't find him - he is no longer in the trash compacter. This is shown by how he says it let him go and disappeared. Just because he doesn't mention being pulled down a tunnel and having to swim back doesn't mean it didn't happen. Plus the creature must have somewhere to go or it would get crushed and killed when the walls close in.

Corrected entry: In the scene of Mos Eisley, where we see a Jawa fall of the creature, look at the right corner of the screen and you will be able to see a silver car standing there. It's a Volkswagen.

Correction: There is no silver car in that shot or anything even resembling one. Besides the whole scene was a new one added to the special edition so most of it is cgi and none of it was done on location. So there isn’t even a remote chance that a car could sneak into the shot.


Corrected entry: In the control room in the Death Star, there's a rack with 4 guns but later, there are only 3.

Dr Wilson

Correction: There are 3 because Han takes one of them. When he first enters the control room he is carrying a standard imperial blaster rifle but when Han and Luke is taking Chewie down to the detention block Han is carrying a much larger weapon that looks like the ones on the rack.


Corrected entry: In Mos Eisley's streets, when a group of stormtroopers passes in front of the door where C3P0 and R2D2 are hidden, a flying droid passes through the shoulder of one of them.

Dr Wilson

Correction: Although it hovers right next to the stormtrooper's shoulder it never passes through it.


Corrected entry: Since Star Wars has nothing to do with Earth, and no earth animals are ever seen or mentioned, where does the name Millennium Falcon come from?

Correction: Actually many Earth animals are seen in "The Ewok Adventures" and ducks are seen in "The Phantom Menace." It's possible falcons exist somewhere in the "Star Wars" universe.

Corrected entry: When Luke is hassled in the Mos Eisley cantina, Obi-Wan comes to his aid and cuts off the alien thug's arm. Obi-Wan swings his lightsaber horizontally, but in the next shot of the injured alien, the cut is perfectly vertical.

Correction: Ben kills TWO thugs with a cross like motion. He kills one with a horizontal cut and takes off the other's arm with the up-sweep.

Corrected entry: When the Rebel star fighters are approaching the Death Star, there are a handful of X-Wing fighters and three Y-Wing fighters. During roll call, three members of Gold (Y-Wing) Squadron report in. In the ensuing battle three Y-Wings are shown exploding and three Y-Wing pilots are shown dying. When the Death Star explodes, shown escaping the explosion are the Millennium falcon, two X-Wings (Luke and Wedge), and one Y-Wing. Interestingly, Lucas upheld his "new math" when he remade the approach run digitally for the Special Edition.

Correction: The destruction of the Death Star would be a HUGE victory to the Rebel Alliance. They are almost certainly not going to send only a handful or two of fighters. In War films, we do not get a personal view of every single soldier - just the ones that are vital to the plot. That is the case here. Just because not every single Fighter has been shown, does not mean that there aren't other waves of Fighters approaching, if they haven't already approached.ADDITIONAL: Once the attack has begun, inside the Death Star we hear an Imperial officer say to Darth Vader "We count 30 ships, Lord Vader", so there are clearly more than what we initially see.

Corrected entry: R2-D2 has several small, blue colored sectors on his dome shaped head. But in shots of him riding an X-wing against a star-filled background the sectors are black. In those scenes the robot was filmed against a blue screen, and the blue areas had to be changed for SFX purposes.

Correction: Blue looks black under different lighting conditions. The starlight that would (presumably) be available in space causes a much different visual impact than the better lighting available inside space stations, hangars, and outdoors in the sun. Don't believe me? Go outside and look at a dark blue car at night.

Correction: As a matter of fact, Alec Guinness did not even audition for the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi. George Lucas chose him, as a bankable name, and because he thought is was just so natural for Guinness. Read George Lucas' biography by Dana White on page 78 to see for yourself.

Corrected entry: When C3-PO is getting into the oil bath inside the garage and is talking to Luke, as Anthony Daniels had restricted vision from wearing C3-PO's helmet, you can see Luke walk across the room, and C3-PO doesn't see this and continues talking in the opposite direction to where Luke is.

Correction: C-3P0 has a habit of not looking at people when talking to them. This is by no means the only time, and is just one of his many peculiarities.

Corrected entry: When Luke and C-3PO are searching for R2-D2, in the first shot of the landspeeder gliding through the desert, Threepeo is gesturing as if he was talking, but he doesn't say anything.

Correction: 3PO and luke are having a casual conversation as they search for Arto. They are too far away from camera to be heard and the dialog has nothing to do with the story line.

Vernon Gilmore

Corrected entry: When the stormtroopers enter the docking port where the Millenium Falcon is, they start firing. Despite the fact that there are 5 or 6 of them, not only can't they hit Han but there is no damage whatsoever to the Millenium Falcon. But Han, who only has a single gun, manages to destroy half the port.

Gavin Jackson

Correction: The stormtroopers are trying to take out Han, since they know they won't be able to disable an entire ship with a small rifle, but Han is sheltered by the legs of the Falcon. Also, Han isn't shooting alone; Chewie is in the ship firing the small gun that comes out of the bottom of the Falcon (which "manages to destroy half the port").


Corrected entry: The blueprints of the Death-Star that are retrieved from R2-D2 and shown to the group of rebel pilots are wildly inaccurate as far as representing what the Death-Star actually looks like. The big circular 'laser generating' ring that is shown to be located directly upon the equatorial 'trench' in the blueprints, is in the very next scene of the 'actual' Death-Star to be shown residing in the northern hemisphere of the Death-Star, about midway between the trench and the 'north pole'.

Correction: This has already been corrected once, but those are the plans for the deathstar. Plans can be changed.

Corrected entry: On the Death Star, Han Solo screams and starts chasing some Storm Troopers. If you watch closely when he rounds the corner and runs into the large group of Troopers, he jumps and drops his gun. In the next shot he's running away with the gun in his hand.

Correction: I've watched this scene several times frame-by-frame. Han does lower his gun hand (and the gun) out of frame, but there is no sign that he ever let go of the gun.

Corrected entry: When all the X-wing pilots are shown on the ground getting into their X-wings and strapping in, all the canopy windows are very dark-tinted, as are the visors on their helmets. However, once in flight, the windows are totally clear, and the visors are a very light orange tint.

Correction: Even today, we have materials that change colour from clear to a dark tint as they move in and out of sunlight. It's hardly impossible that in the Star Wars universe they have a similar but more controlled version of the same thing. Since the fighters would soon be taking off into bright sunlight, it makes perfect sense for their canopies and visors to be dark-tinted at that point.

Corrected entry: When Artoo and Threepio are in the escape pod early in the film, a shot shows them 'talking' while looking out a round port-hole at the receding imperial star destroyer that they just escaped from. The angle implies that the port hole is on the section of the pod that is facing the destroyer. In the very next shot, the outside section of the pod facing the destroyer is seen, yet there is no window or port hole that the two 'droids could have been looking out of. In fact, the bottom of the pod is completely filled up with rocket engine gimbals.

Correction: Artoo and Threepio are looking at a viewscreen.

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)

More mistakes in Star Wars

[Princess Leia gets her first look at the Millenium Falcon.]
Princess Leia: You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought.

More quotes from Star Wars

Trivia: When Alec Guinness was offered the part of Obi-Wan Kenobi he was offered about $25,000 to play the part. After reading the script he was one of the few cast members who believed that the film would be a box office hit; he negotiated a deal for 2% of the gross royalties paid to the director, George Lucas, who received one fifth of the box office takings. Guinness made over $3,000,000, making him very wealthy in his later life.

More trivia for Star Wars

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.


More questions & answers from Star Wars

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.