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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.

Corrected entry: This mistake is for all the original trilogy. The Millenium Falcon has its cockpit on the side and not in front of the ship, so you should be able to see the side of the ship from within, but you can only ever see space.

Dr Wilson

Correction: The front bulkheads of the Falcon angle away from the cockpit enough to be out of the forward field of view. It wouldn't be a very good design if the body of the ship obstructed its own pilot's visibility.


Correction: Considering the number of storm troopers in the empire, they would not customize each set of armor. I imagine the black areas between the white armor segments are flexible and can stretch/shrink making the armor, one-size-fits-all.

Grumpy Scot

All the stormtroopers are clones of the same person, Jango Fett, meaning they are all the same size.

Not by this point - the Empire had been phasing out clones since the end of the Clone Wars and replacing them with recruits. The clones aged too quickly to stay in service, and conscription, etc. was simpler and cheaper.

Corrected entry: As Han jumps through the blast door, he fires his gun one last time as seen by a puff of white smoke but there is no laser blast from it.

Correction: Han uses an old blaster. It simply misfired. Not a mistake.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Han fires his blaster at the hatch of the trash compactor in an attempt to open it, the blast creates burn marks on the left side of the hatch. If you watch it in slow motion, the burn marks are there before the laserbolt hits the hatch. Then, when the laserbolt ricochets around the room, and in the rest of the scene, the burn marks disappear, reappear and change shape and position.

Correction: Per site guidelines mistakes that require stop or slow motion to view are not considered valid mistakes.


Corrected entry: Watch in slow-motion when Alderaan explodes: it looks as if it's an explosion superimposed over a planet image. There's also a strange thing moving on the upper left corner. It looks like a reflection of the explosion on something.

Dr Wilson

Correction: Per site guidelines mistakes that require stop or slow motion to view are not considered valid mistakes.


Corrected entry: If you look carefully during the prison escape you can see a few pieces of brass shell casings falling from the "blaster" rifles. Depending on how well your tape heads work in your VCR, you may be able to hit the pause/slow button and see the breach open on Han's gun as well, but if it hasn't been cleaned the sides of the guns are too blurred to see the bolt coming back.

Correction: Per site guidelines mistakes that require stop or slow motion to view are not considered valid mistakes.


Corrected entry: When Darth Vader and Obi-Wan are duelling, in the shot before Vader says, "Your powers are weak, old man", if you play it in slow motion, you can see that the sides of Obi-Wan's lightsabre stop lighting up for a moment. Only the top is lit.

Correction: The requirement to use slow motion invalidates this posting.

Corrected entry: You'll have to use frame by frame on this one, and jog it back and forth to see it. When Luke and Han are first arguing about whether or not the Force exists, Luke turns off his light saber. In the frame just before he turns off his light saber, his hands are in very different positions from the frame after he turns it off. Also, an item on the table to his right disappears, and the little sphere that's been firing at him rotates ever so slightly.


Correction: The requirement to use freeze frame and 'jogging back and forth' invalidates this mistake.

Corrected entry: Special Edition DVD. When Luke gets pulled over by stormtroopers in Mos Eisley, ILM has added a small hovering droid behind one of the stormtroopers who is interrogating Luke. However, there is no way that droid could cast a shadow on a part of the wall facing the street, considering that the sun is shining behind the stormtrooper and right into Obi-Wan's face. (00:41:50)

Correction: This planet has two suns, remember?

Corrected entry: After Luke, Han and the others make it into the communications center on the Death Star, R2-D2 says he found the princess. Luke immediately says she's the one in the message, and have to rescue her. When Luke saw the holographic message on Tatooine, C-3PO only said she was a passenger of importance. Never does he say she's the princess.


Correction: True, but a lot of time has passed since - plenty of opportunity for C-3PO to give Luke more information.

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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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.

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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. Of course since this question was asked a sequel trilogy was written and released.

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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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Answer: I'm not sure how old this question is but it is a sequel trilogy. Episode VII : The Force Awakens is about a scavenger and former stormtrooper teaming up the Resistance to attempt to defeat the new First Order and Kylo Ren (Ben Solo). Episode VIII : The Last Jedi is about Rey finding Luke Skywalker who is in exile hoping that he would be left alone, and he tells the story of how he tried to murder his nephew who in retaliation, turned to the dark side. Episode IX : Rise of Skywalker is about the return of Emperor Palpatine and recovering Sith Wayfinders that will lead them to Exegol and kill him, with Billy Dee Williams returning as Lando Calrissian.

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