Revealing mistake: For this one, you will need a letterbox copy that is not the special edition. In the final award scene, there is a long shot of Luke, Han, and Chewie walking through rows and rows of Rebel Troopers. If you look quickly, the troopers on both ends of the screen are cardboard cutouts. They are cropped off in the Pan and Scan version, and digitised in the special edition, so it has to be the right copy to see this mistake.
Revealing mistake: When the stormtroopers stun Leia, if you watch carefully, you can see that she begins to fall before the beam touches her.
Revealing mistake: During the escape from Mos Eisley, when Han says, "They're gonna try and cut us off", he grabs the control panel in the cockpit, and the whole panel lifts off the floor. (00:53:55)
Revealing mistake: Special Edition Only: In one of the new Mos Eisley scenes, the speeder goes down a road with two Stormtroopers on each side. The troopers are just mirror images of the ones on the other side of the street. Their movements are exactly the same.
Revealing mistake: When Gold Leader enters the Death Star trench, there's a shot from his cockpit. When Luke, Wedge and Biggs enter the trench later, the same shot is used again. This can be seen from a flash of light accompanied by the sound of a shot, followed by three green laserbolts, then another flash/shot and more laserbolts.
Revealing mistake: Special Edition: When Luke and Obi-Wan are arriving in Mos Eisley to find a pilot, the Ronto in the background throws the Jawa riding him to the floor. When the Jawa falls to the ground a puff of dust is seen and a thud is heard, but look closely - he never actually hits the ground.
Revealing mistake: Original version: When the Gold Leader says to the Red Leader "Red Leader, this is Gold Leader" at the start of the Battle of Yavin, the two Y-Wing fighters outside his cockpit suddenly disappear. (01:46:05)
Revealing mistake: In the scene when Luke, Han, and Chewie are in the Detention level, one of the guards walks toward Chewie. Chewie screams and punches the guard. Look carefully and you'll see the guard starts to jump backward before Chewie's hand comes in contact with his body - in fact Chewie completely misses the guard by about a foot.