Star Wars

Corrected entry: R2's beeps and whistles can only be interpreted by another droid (3PO), or Luke's on board X-Wing computer (as seen in TESB). With the Death Star approaching the Rebels begin to mount their attack from the Fourth Moon of Yavin. As Luke jumps into the cockpit of his X-Wing a member of the ground crew says "Hey this R2 unit of yours is a little beat-up, do you want a new one?". To which Luke replies "Not on your life, that little droid and I have been through a lot together. You okay R2". The little droid then beeps at Luke and Luke says "Good". For all we know R2 could well have been saying "No not really, I've been shot at and chased by Imperial Troops all day. I'm a little scared of this whole being in space making suicide runs on the Death Star caper, and if it's all the same to you I'll stay here". To which his new master says "Good", and promptly blasts off into space.

Correction: How do you know that Luke can't understand a little bit of R2's language? I don't speak Spanish fluently, but I can understand if a Spanish-speaking person responds "si" to my question.


Correction: Whenever he is happy, the bleeps are sometimes high pitched.

Corrected entry: After our heroes escape from the Death Star and defeat the TIE fighters sent to pursue them, Leia tells Han, "They're tracking us. It's the only explanation for the ease of our escape." If she knows the empire is tracking the Falcon, why then does she fly straight to the secret rebel base, thereby leading the Death Star right to it? Why not go to some other location, transfer to a different ship (with no homing beacon), and then go to Yavin undetected?

Correction: [Despite Leia's rants, Han refused to believe her. Han is a very stubborn man and wouldn't allow a woman to tell him what to do].


Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film, Luke is called for dinner, while he is off stage his aunt pours him a glass of blue milk, Luke comes onto the set and a few seconds later, he fills his glass with blue milk.

Correction: His aunt actually fills Uncle Owen's glass which is directly behind Luke's making it seem his was being filled.


Corrected entry: In the cantina, when Han Solo is talking to Luke and Obi-wan, he says he "made the 'Kessel' run in less than xxxx parsecs." He is referring to parsecs as a measurement of time. A parsec is a measure of distance, just like a light-year. (A parsec is approx. 2.6 light-years across).

Correction: One of the books says that the space around Kessel is made up of black holes. The safest thing is to go around, but Han is referring to his skill as a pilot and speed of the Falcon, because he was able to go through the middle with as little distance out of the way as possible. The Star Wars website provides another explanation: the Kessel run is an unofficial smuggler contest, where the participants must transfer goods between freighters moving in different directions. Thus, high speed and cunning logistics will not only cut time, but also travelled distance to complete the run. Alternatively, it's because Han is just blagging it.


Corrected entry: At one point, Han yells from inside the Millenium Falcon for some help to two storm troopers guarding the entrance to the ship. You can hear 5 laser blasts indicating that Han has shot and killed the stormtroopers. But why is it that when Luke and Han wear the uniforms that the Stormtroopers were wearing, there are no signs of blast marks anywhere on the entire uniform?

Correction: The shots fired could have been from the Storm Troopers trying to defend themselves as they got jumped by three men and a Wookie.


Corrected entry: In the bar on Tattooine (where Luke and Obi-Wan meet Han Solo), you see lots of aliens at the bar. Look carefully in the background of these shots, and you'll see a NASA astronaut in full space walk gear (helmet etc) walking across the back of the shot, complete with American flag on his arm. It's quite obvious once you know where to look.

Correction: I recently watched the scene and can see what looks a bit like the astronaut you're describing. However, while the helmet is similar, the costume is not a spacewalk suit, and is partially orange. This is more likely to be a generic alien than an easter egg.


Correction: There's no supporting evidence for this entry. I've watched the Cantina scene many times and no US astronaut is ever visible in the background. There are no stills from this scene on Google, Bing, or Ask that show the supposed astronaut.

Correction: Internet searches only bring up images of a character that looks somewhat like a mid-60s test pilot/astronaut. It's however, basically Bossk's costume with a "space helmet."


Corrected entry: In addition to the stormtrooper famously banging his head on the door, if you look behind the stormtroopers you can also see a crewmember quickly moving out of shot just as the door moves up.

Jack Vaughan

Correction: There is someone moving in the background, but after slowing and even pausing the video I can't tell who it is. It almost looks like a 3PO style droid walking past. Remember, the Death Star is a busy place.


Corrected entry: As demonstrated, the Death Star can destroy a planet instantly and yet it has to wait for the moon housing the Rebel base to move away from Yavin before it can be why not just destroy Yavin, then its moon?


Correction: Not all planets are the same. Yavin is a gas giant, orders of magnitude larger than a regular planet - as a real-life comparison, the gas giant Jupiter has a volume equal to more than a thousand Earths. While the Death Star has the power to destroy Alderaan, or the moon housing the Rebel Base, it simply doesn't have the power to blow up a gas giant.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Widescreen version: When R2-D2 and C-3PO are hiding from the stormtroopers in Mos Eisley, as they close the door, there's a control panel to the right of the door. In the next shot, the panel is gone. Some shots later, the panel is back.

Correction: The screenshot that was online for this highlighted what looked like a different wall as being the one without the panel - if anyone's got a screenshot definitely showing the same wall, please get in touch.

Corrected entry: When Luke, Han and Chewbacca enter the detention block, the officer at the control panel stops working and turns toward them. He repeats that in the following shot. (01:14:00)

Dr Wilson

Correction: In the first shot, he only turns his head. In the second shot, he turns the rest of his body.

Corrected entry: When Leia is hiding on the ship, 3 troopers come up, when she shoots one there are 4 of them and when she is stunned the dead trooper is gone.

Correction: Look very closely and you will see the 4th Stormtrooper.

Corrected entry: When Luke, Ben, and the droids first enter the cantina and Wuher the bartender yells, "Hey. We don't serve their kind here." his voice does not match his lips. (His voice was dubbed by an American due to his thick cockney accent.).

Matty W

Correction: I don't see how somebodys voice can match their lips, this is not a mistakes as everything is in perfect sync.

Corrected entry: The number and configuration of cockpit windows on the Imperial TIE fighters changes depending on whether the shot of the fighter is interior or exterior.

Correction: Duplicate entry.


Corrected entry: Near the end of the sequence in which R2-D2 projects the hologram of Leia to Luke, 3PO is holding a rag. In the next shot he isn't holding it, then, when he says "I'm sorry, sir, but he appears to have picked up a slight flutter," he's holding it again, and in the final shot, the rag is gone.

Correction: Duplicate entry.


Corrected entry: Just before Leia and Luke swing across the chasm in the Death Star (and at other times), the "blasters" they are shooting are seen to eject shell casings. This is because the guns used in the movie are just dressed-up blank-firing prop guns.

Correction: Duplicate mistake.


Corrected entry: In the battle between Darth Vader and Ben, just before the scene switches to Han and Chewbacca, you can see that in the last three hits, Ben's lightsaber has no colour, and it looks like it starting to die out.

Correction: Duplicate mistake.


Corrected entry: After Han Solo and everybody else gets out of the Death Star a few TIE fighters go after them. During the battle between the ships if you look really closely when one of the TIE fighters swoops down you can see a green box around the ship.

Correction: If you properly adjust your television's brightness and contrast settings to those recommended on the DVD's optimizer, you won't have that problem. Not a movie error, but a user error.


Corrected entry: When Han Solo tells Luke "C'mon buddy, we're not out of this yet," as Han runs to the Millennium Falcon's gunturret after the Death Star escape, Luke gets up from the holographic chess table. When he pushes on the table to get up, the table moves.

Correction: This is not a mistake. Look at the rest of the ship, it is falling apart and it takes all of Han and Chewie's time just to keep it running. They are not going to waste time on a table. Besides, it is a TABLE, there is nothing to indicate that it even HAS to be bolted down.

Corrected entry: This is only on the new DVD. When the 4 Tie Fighters are attacking the Millennium Falcon, there are shots of the Tie Fighters with a faded red box that surrounds them.

Correction: That's a generic DVD artefact problem caused by the video compression - it's only more pronounced in this scene because the background is a fairly solid black. It'll be most obvious on LCD screens.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Corrected entry: Not a mistake, just an obvious 'fix' to the film: When Threepio is searching the Death-Star's database for the location to the controls to the tractor beam, one of his lines is a 'looped'(dubbed) bit of dialogue intended to cover some expository explanations. The line is: "The tractor beam is hooked into the main reactor in seven places. Deactivating any one of those locations will permit the ship to leave." The 'quality' of the sound is markedly different from all of his other lines in the same scene, and his entire bit of dialogue is covered showing reaction shots and insert shots. Probably took the place of a long, needless scene.

Correction: Still NOT a mistake.

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Other mistake: When the stormtroopers break into the control room, the stormtrooper on the right of the screen hits his head on the door frame. On the DVD release they've added a thump when he hits it. (01:18:55)

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Trivia: Carrie Fisher has stated that her scenes as Princess Leia with Grand Moff Tarkin - Peter Cushing - were not easy to play. During filming, Peter, as Tarkin, would speak demeaningly to her. When the cameras stopped, he would converse with her in such a gentlemanly fashion that she found it hard to play her part against him when filming commenced again.

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Question: There's a HUGE rumor that's been going around since Return of the Jedi came out: There's actually three more scripts (besides the prequels). Is there, in fact, a Star Wars: Episode VII, Episode VIII, and Episode IX? If so, what are they about?

Answer: While planning Star Wars, Lucas had a vague notion of doing a long series of movies inspired by old serials, then dropped that idea in favor of just one. When Star Wars became a phenomenon and sequels became feasible, Lucas revisited the idea. He thought of three trilogies along with some stand-alone "in-between" stories for a total of 12 films. By the time of The Empire Strikes Back's release, this was pared down to the 9 mainline films, going by interviews with Lucas and the cast at the time. By Return of the Jedi, Lucas had decided to end the saga there, with the option that he could revisit the first three at some later point. It's unclear if Lucas ever had any specific story ideas for the proposed sequel trilogy, and they never had any scripts. Producer Gary Kurtz suggested in an interview they would've been about Luke's twin sister (not Leia), though many fans are skeptical about just how much he would know about them.


Answer: This was long a long-standing rumour, but George Lucas always denied it. He allowed various authors to cover the history of that time period in book form - if he'd had any serious intention of doing films set in that timeframe, he wouldn't have done that. Since that time of course Disney took over the franchise and has announced new films, but entirely separate from the previous "expanded universe" of the novels, and not involving any ideas George Lucas may have had in the past.

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