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Trivia: While not as beset by disasters as Lucas's previous movie American Graffiti, there were some setbacks. Firstly, filming in Tunisia was delayed when the region experienced its first winter rainstorm in fifty years. Getting R2-D2 to work also proved very problematic, and at one point it started picking up Tunisian radio signals.

Trivia: Special Edition Only: There was a problem with the new scene with Jabba. Harrison Ford walks around the person who portrays Jabba, but when they digitally replaced the character with Jabba, he couldn't because of the tail, so he walked through him. George Lucas fixed the problem by making him step on the tail.

Trivia: When Luke goes to his room we see C-3PO saying he told R2-D2 not to leave. In the room there is something visible that looks like the bonnet of a car with a Mercedes Benz sign on it.

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Trivia: The uniforms of Alliance pilots resemble the uniform of US Navy pilots in the 60's and they were made with racing pilot's clothes. They also have distress rockets on their ankle like Luftwaffe pilots in the second world war.

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Trivia: Han Solo's gun is a a distinctly modified Mauser C-96 with a "bull" barrel rented from the Bapty Prop Armory, and was used in an earlier film called "Naked Runner" staring Frank Sinatra. The alternate prop used for the "cantina scene", was an MGC replica of a C-96 Mauser.

Trivia: Before shooting one of the final scenes needed in the film, Mark Hamill was involved in a car accident in which he injured his nose and left cheekbone. As a result of this, a double was used for the landspeeder pickup shots.

Trivia: The interrogation droid has a protruding metal object at the top that resembles salad tongs. These are Simpson forceps, which have been used for centuries to deliver babies. Certainly a torture device if the expectant mother has no anesthesia.

Trivia: On the Death Star, just after Darth Vader speaks to the stormtroopers, one of them, in the background, moves and looks stupidly around him while the others are straight.

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Trivia: Just before the film's completion, Mark Hamill was cast as David Bradford on the TV series "Eight is Enough." Hamill believed the film was going to be a hit, and wanted to focus on his film career. Hamill played David in the series' pilot, and was replaced by Grant Goodeve for the rest of the show's run.

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Trivia: The Stormtrooper guns are actually British Sterling MK. IV submachine guns.

Trivia: George Lucas wanted to do a Flash Gordon remake, but couldn't obtain the movie rights and developed Star Wars in its stead - hence the opening title sequence. Following the success of Star Wars, the owners of Flash Gordon decided to make a movie after all. Released in 1980, the same year as The Empire Strikes Back, it flopped.

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Trivia: 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.

Trivia: When Han, Luke and Ben emerge from the compartments of the Millennium Falcon after it arrives in the Death Star, a 3-note motif from the Alfred Hitchcock film "Psycho" can be heard.

Trivia: George Lucas originally planned the character of Han Solo to be a huge green-skinned monster with no nose and gills.

Trivia: The sounds of the doors banging in the Death Star were actually the big shutters which open and close the big dome at Mount Palomar Observatory in California.

Trivia: When Han and Luke dressed as Imperial stormtroopers take Chewbacca to the Detention Security Area in the Death Star, Chewbacca roars at a skittish mouse droid and frightens it. This scene was improvised on the set and not scripted.

Trivia: I believe it is at the house of Obi Wan Kenobi in the background you can see, on a table or shelf, part of a Volkswagen heater duct. It's a part of the car that goes under the rear seat. Most people wouldn't know what it is. It's black and standing vertically on the table

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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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[Princess Leia gets her first look at the Millenium Falcon.]
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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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