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Revealing mistake: When Darth Vader and Ben are fighting, Darth's chestplate is on backwards and the belt "buckle" is as well. It appears that the entire shot was reversed.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene at the end of the very first battle, where Imperial troops have just taken control of Princess Leia's rebel ship, Darth Vader breaks the neck of the rebel leader and tosses his body to the wall. The "dead" rebel puts up both of his hands to avoid slamming his face into the wall.

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Revealing mistake: When the Tusken Raiders are seen raiding Luke's speeder, you can actually see the wheels or at least whatever is holding it up off the ground.

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Revealing mistake: On the Jawas' transporter, when R2D2 looks around in one of the shots, you can very clearly see the actor, Kenny Baker, inside through his eye hole.

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Revealing mistake: When an Imperial Officer is running down the tunnel in the Detention Block towards Han, Luke and Chewbacca, Han clearly shoots the top-left hand corner of the tunnel and the Imperial Officer falls down the stairs as if he shot him.

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Revealing mistake: In the Death Star corridor leading to the Millennium Falcon, just before Han says "Didn't we just leave this party?" you can see Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill's shadows on the wall as they await their cue to run in.

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Revealing mistake: Just before Lord Vader appears the first time (on the boarded consular ship, through the breached door), there is a Stormtrooper checking another trooper apparently dead on the floor (he's lifting the dead one's head). Then Vader enters, and the Stormtrooper quickly straightens up, dropping the head. It turns out the "dead" Stormtrooper was actually alive, however, because he carefully lowers his own head to the floor.

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Revealing mistake: Sand people are up on a hill overlooking a valley below where Luke is passing by in his speeder. One of the sand people takes aim at Luke, but his companion stops him. Right before the end of the shot, as the speeder is traveling towards the lower right corner of the screen, it becomes transparent. This is a multiple exposure shot, and the path of the speeder wasn't quite lined-up right.

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Revealing mistake: When Luke and C3PO are outside of the farm searching for R2D2, a droid passes in front of them. You can see lines in the sand, either to keep the robot in a straight line, or where the wheels of the robot have gone in earlier takes.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When Luke first ignites his lightsaber, he turns it from the right side of the screen to the left side. When the blade is facing the screen, the lightsaber appears flatter than in the previous shot.

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Jack Kaltenbach

Revealing mistake: When Darth Vader flies out of the Death Star you see the light falling on the back of the ship change as he clears the bay. Later, when he regains control of his spinning fighter the same shot with the falling shadow is used to show him flying away.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where the "torture" robot goes to get information from the princess, if you look carefully on the side of the syringe you will read monoject, which is an American hypodermic syringe manufacturer.

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Revealing mistake: You can see the arm of the crane used to lower the torture device through the door when it is going into Leia's room.

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Revealing mistake: When Greedo is threatening Han in the Cantina, there's a black object behind him. When Han shoots him, the object is smaller and some round things appear on the wall. It's visible in the screenshot of the dummy Greedo.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: During the final battle at the Death Star, nearly every time Darth Vader is shown in his ship's cockpit, David Prowse's eyes are visible through his helmet's lenses, because the combination of the red lenses in the helmet and the red lighting causes a transparent effect.

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Revealing mistake: When they are diving into the trash compactor on the Death Star, one can see the metal bars of the grid, that had previously been cut through, wobble like rubber when one of the team brushes against them.

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Revealing mistake: After Han Solo runs into the room full of stormtroopers, you can see rubber soles under Chewbacca's feet as he follows him.

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Revealing mistake: There is a scene where two sandpeople are running to intercept Luke Skywalker after spotting his landspeeder. One of the actors is holding on to his mask in a desperate attempt to keep it on. (1997 version).

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Lynette Carrington
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Revealing mistake: If you watch carefully before Han Solo shoots Greedo, you can see that Greedo has been replaced with a faker looking goofy dummy just before he explodes.

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Revealing mistake: Special Edition. When Han is speaking to Jabba in the hangar, when they are talking about the percentage, or something like that, Han says that 20% is too much. When he says that, his sleeve passes through Jabba's arm.

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Dr Wilson
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Revealing mistake: As Luke prepares the line and grappler to swing across the shaft, Leia provides cover fire. In one close-up, you can see a cartridge case being ejected from the 'blaster gun'.

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Revealing mistake: At the start of the Vader vs. Ben lightsaber battle, when Ben turns his on, a cord can be seen that runs up Ben's sleeve.

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Revealing mistake: After Luke orders a drink in the Cantina, there's a shot of two purple-skinned aliens. One of them has big, purple, alien hands, but the other one is wearing white gloves over human hands.

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Revealing mistake: On the Death Star when C-3PO makes the announcement that he and R2 should join the others back on the Millennium Falcon, as R2 begins to move, the poor droid's right leg becomes rooted and begins to pull away from its socket.

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Revealing mistake: After they free Princess Leia, other stormtroopers make the door explode to enter the detention room. You can see that the door is pre-cut.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: In the Death Star, when Han is screaming and chasing some stormtroopers and enters a room full of them, some are cardboard.

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Dr Wilson
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Revealing mistake: When they power-up the Death Star, the control panel is a Grass Valley switcher, production equipment which is still prevalent in television stations everywhere.

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Revealing mistake: When Han shoots a stormtrooper and runs after the rest of them, the stormtrooper he shot moves his leg out of the way so Han won't trip.

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Revealing mistake: When the Millennium Falcon is attracted to the Death Star, there is a frontal view of it. At the end of that shot, the sky under the ship becomes suddenly bright and you can see the stick used to move it.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When Luke and Leia are trying to escape the Death Star and they are stopped in front of the canyon, the stormtroopers shoots on the door, but you can see the pyrotechnic charges and the explosions are not where the laser touches the door.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When Darth Vader releases the admiral and he slumps on the desk, the force of the impact makes the whole set wobble.

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Revealing mistake: Original theatrical version: At the very end when Han and Luke first step into the awards ceremony, there's a long shot behind the pair and the first few rows of soldiers on each side of the hall (closest to the camera) are cardboard paintings.

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Revealing mistake: During Kenobi's final lightsaber battle with Vader, Kenobi tips his lightsaber downwards, right before a scene change. The white "glow" that should be there isn't, showing the stick-like prop the actors used in filming. There is a small white light at the tip, too. This was not fixed in the Special Edition, but it was finally fixed on the 2004 DVD.

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Revealing mistake: At the beginning of the film, when the Blockade Runner is shot at, some of the lasers seem to pass through the star destroyer.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: In the shot where Han Solo and Luke jump down the garbage chute, Smoke outlines the end of the corridor, revealing it is a board with the scenery on it.

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Revealing mistake: When the droids head towards Tatooine in their escape pod, a rotating imperial ship is shown in the pod's window, getting smaller as the pod moves away. Regrettably, the star field gets smaller at the same rate as the ship, something that would only happen if you were moving away from a photograph, painting etc.

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Revealing mistake: When R2D2 has finished showing Leia's holo-message to Luke, C3P0 says something like "he has become a bit eccentric." When he says that, there is a wire coming from his belly. It was not there before or after.

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Revealing mistake: In the trash compactor, after C-3PO realises that he turned off the comlink, Leia grabs the bar used to stop the compactor and her hand sinks in and puts a dent in the bar. When she loosens her grip, it returns to normal. No wonder it was useless at bracing the walls...

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Revealing mistake: After the Death star, the stick that is used to move the Millennium Falcon is visible when the first TIE fighter attacks it.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When C3PO is carrying a dead Jawa to the funeral pyre, it looks like it doesn't have a head, legs and arms. It's like a costume stuffed with a pillow.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: In the Death Star, when Chewbacca and Han arrive in the hangar, the shadow of Luke and Leia waiting for their signal is visible.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: Many times during the film, when someone shoots with a blaster, the shot does not come from the gun. A good example is in the detention block of the Death Star. Luke shoots and the laser comes from 10 centimeters over the gun. Special edition.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When Luke and Leia are trying to pass the pit in the Death Star, Leia shoots at a stormtrooper. The shot passes through him without hurting him.

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Dr Wilson

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.

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Revealing mistake: When the stormtroopers stun Leia, if you watch carefully, you can see that she begins to fall before the beam touches her.

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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.

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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.

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Revealing mistake: As Princess Leia is about to undergo interrogation by the droid in her cell, the needle bears the legend "Made In England".

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Matty W

Revealing mistake: When Luke ignites his new lightsaber in Ben's house, the reflection of the stick used during the filming is visible on C-3PO's body.

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Revealing mistake: When Wedge leaves the Death Star trench, the green screen is visible behind him for a few frames.

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Dr Wilson

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.

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Revealing mistake: On the Death Star, before Luke and Leia try to cross the pit, Luke shoots a panel to close the door. Firstly, he shoots beside it, and secondly, after it explodes, no electronic components are visible in it.

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Revealing mistake: During Darth Vader and Ben's lightsabre duel, sometimes you can see a white wire attached to Ben's lightsabre, for example after he says, "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."

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Revealing mistake: When Ben and Luke are transporting C3P0 after the attack of the Tusken Raiders, the arm of Anthony Daniels, the actor that plays the droid, is visible during the transition to the next shot showing Ben's house.

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Dr Wilson

Revealing mistake: When Luke is first practicing with his lightsaber on the Millennium Falcon against the remote, the zapping blasts that it sends at him are in 99% of the case headed nowhere near his body, but disappear in line with it [very poor FX work] and he flinches.

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Revealing mistake: When Luke opens up a light sabre for the very first time, you never once see the light reflecting from the metal of C-3PO's head (and he was swinging it quite close to the droid's head).

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Larry Koehn

Revealing mistake: When the Millennium Falcon exits from hyperspace where Alderaan was, a TIE fighter follows them. There is a shot where it passes in front of the Falcon and then disappears.

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Dr Wilson

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.

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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. Playing it in slow-motion on your DVD will confirm this.

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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.

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Luke: How did my father die?
Obi-Wan: A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi knights. He betrayed and murdered your father.

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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.

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On its initial release, the film was booked in just 37 theaters. It ended up breaking 36 house records.

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