Star Wars

Trivia: The name of the planet Tatooine came from the town of Tataouine in Tunisia where the movie was filmed.

Dr Wilson

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: 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.


Trivia: The film's screen tests were spoofed in a 1997 episode of "Saturday Night Live," which included Kevin Spacey playing Christopher Walken auditioning for the role of Han Solo. Walken really was considered for that role before Harrison Ford was chosen. Spacey also played Walter Matthau auditioning for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jack Lemmon auditioning for Chewbacca.

Trivia: Billy Dee Williams, who later played Lando Calrissian in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," auditioned for the role of Han Solo.

Trivia: The sound that is made when they power up the Death Star's hyperlaser to destroy Alderaan is the same sound used in the THX Certifier on many DVDs.

Trivia: During the trash compactor scene, Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) held his breath so long that he broke a blood vessel in his face. That's why many of the shots show only one side of his face.

Trivia: When Obi-Wan Kenobi is deactivating the tractor beam, the set Alec Guinness was on was only six feet above the floor.

Trivia: Luke Skywalker's name was originally going to be Dirk Starkiller.

Trivia: In the Death Star scenes (yes, all of them), whenever the Imperials walk, you can hear their footsteps. But when Tarkin walks, you can't hear him. This is because Peter Cushing (Tarkin) found his Imperial boots so uncomfortable, he didn't wear them. He wore carpet slippers, so you can't hear him. The only shots in which he can be seen wearing boots are shots in which he remains stationary.

Trivia: In the Special Editions Luke and Obi-Wan enter Mos Eisley via Luke's speeder, Dash Rendar's ship, the Outrider, from "Shadows of the Empire," can be seen lifting off from the space port. The ship was added in the 1997 release. (00:43:05)

Trivia: In the Jawa's Sandcrawler, a shiny droid says "Je t'ai coupé les patates avec des choux," something in French that means "I cut your potatoes with cabbages." (00:14:00)

Dr Wilson

Trivia: According to the documentary "Empire of Dreams," as well as interviews on the "Revenge of the Sith" DVD, George Lucas originally wrote the "Star Wars" trilogy as one long serial titled The Tragedy of Darth Vader, which ran about 200 pages. He then broke it into three separate stories, and focused solely on the first part, which became "Star Wars."

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Trivia: The heavy rifle used by Chewie in the Death Star is a German WW2 MG 34.

Trivia: Peter Mayhew worked as an orderly in a Yorkshire hospital before being cast in this film. He won his role ten seconds after meeting George Lucas for the first time; all Mayhew had to do was to stand up.

Trivia: The sound of Luke's landspeeder was made with the recording of the sound of a Highway in Los Angeles mixed with a vacuum cleaner.

Dr Wilson

Trivia: When Star Wars was first written, the studio thought that it would be so unpopular that it was planned to be cut up into 20 minute shows and shown on Saturday mornings as a childrens' program.

Trivia: In concept artist Ralph McQuarrie's original concept art, everyone in the Star Wars universe carried lightsabers, even Stormtroopers and Han Solo. It was only later that George Lucas reserved the weapon for the Jedi.

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Trivia: Darth Vader appears for a mere 12 minutes in the entire film.

Trivia: When the film was first released in movie theatres in 1977, there was no 'Episode IV: A New Hope' on the opening crawl, because the producers said that people would be completely confused by it as there were no other 'Star Wars' films at the time. It was only after the film became a success that George Lucas was able to put the words back on.

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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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Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

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