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

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Trivia: The Imperial officer's uniforms were patterned after the uniforms of Nazi officers to add to their "villainous" image.

Trivia: Luke's line "I can't see a thing in this helmet" was not scripted. Mark Hamill said this to Harrison Ford when he thought the cameras had stopped rolling, but the filmmakers decided to leave the line in.

Trivia: During Han's conversation with Greedo, the line "Even I get boarded sometimes - do you think I had a choice?" was lifted from his conversation with Jabba that didn't make it into the original release. If you pay attention you'll notice that when he says that line the camera is on his hand unsnapping the holster of his gun, not on his face. When the Jabba scene was put into the Special Edition they left the line in both scenes, making the Jabba scene repetitive.

Trivia: C3PO was named after a post office which is located at reference C3 on a map of Lucas' hometown. R2-D2 is an abbreviation of 'Reel Two, Dialog Two'.

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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Trivia: Luke says "Prisoner transfer from block 1138" on the Death Star - a reference to George Lucas' film THX-1138.

Trivia: Harrison Ford wasn't originally a candidate to play Han Solo, he was brought in simply to feed lines to the other auditioners. After watching Ford, George Lucas realised he was the perfect Han.

Trivia: "Vader" is Dutch for "father."

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.

Trivia: While filming the desert scenes, Anthony Daniels' C-3PO costume kept falling apart, especially the legs. In many of the close-ups, Daniels was in costume only from the waist up. Notice as Luke and Obi-Wan pick up the damaged droid following the Sand people attack - the film cuts to the next scene with an upward vertical wipe, to avoid having to show his legs.

Trivia: When George Lucas was mixing the American Graffiti soundtrack, he numbered the reels of film starting with an R and numbered the dialog starting with a D. Sound designer Walter Murch asked George for Reel 2, Dialog 2 by saying "R2D2". George liked the way that sounded so much he integrated that into Star Wars.

Trivia: James Earl Jones' name did not originally appear in the ending credits. At the time of the film's release, Jones felt he hadn't done enough for the film to deserve a credit. His name was added for the film's re-release.

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Trivia: George Lucas decided to release "Star Wars" in May 1977 instead of the start of the summer movie season (in the 1970s, it was a new concept as the result of the success of "Jaws" in 1975) in June because he wanted kids still in school to talk about it so as to spread word-of-mouth.

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Trivia: The reason why C-3PO lets R2-D2 go in front of him as they enter the Skywalker's residence right after being purchased from the Jawas, is because the set guy operating R2-D2 by radio control kept on hitting C-3PO from behind and pushing him down the stairs, so in the final shot, C-3PO suddenly steps to the side, waves R2-D2 past, and the shot cuts out right before R2-D2 goes flying down the stairs.

Trivia: To create the sound of Darth Vader's breathing, Ben Burtt placed a small microphone in the mouthpiece of a scuba regulator, and then recorded the sound made by his breathing through the regulator.

Trivia: George Lucas has acknowledged taking inspiration from Frank Herbert's Dune novel. C-3PO mentions the spice mines of Kessel; spice mining was a central theme in Dune. Many other key elements of Dune show up in Star Wars as well; sandworms, desert planet with dew collectors, and Sandcrawlers.

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Trivia: All the dialogue when Han is on the console talking to some of the commanders was all ad libbed. Harrison Ford deliberately didn't learn the lines, so that it would sound more spontaneous.

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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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.

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