Star Wars

Trivia: The wide-angle shots of the rebel base before the final battle and before the award ceremony at the end of the film show buildings rising out of a jungle. These are shots of the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, now part of the Tikal National Park located in Guatemala.

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Trivia: If you compare the battle between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan in this one to the battle in Episode 1, this fight seems very slow and careful. There's a couple of reasons for this - partly, while David Prowse got replaced by an expert sword fighter (Darth Vader was played by, in total, about 5 or 6 people for different things like stunts, voice, etc.), Alec Guinness had to stay himself, and he probably wasn't capable of leaping all over the place. However, more important is the fact that the lit up blades of the lightsabres in Episode 4 were made of wooden doweling (not unlike a broom handle) and if they hit them together, they snapped. These were replaced in the subsequent films with much stronger carbon fibre rods (similar to fishing rods) which explains the ferocity of the lightsabre duels in the later films. The motor within the handle spun the blade which was wrapped in reflective tape, creating the flickering effect. This only showed up when the lighting used was at the right angle. Thus during the Ben / Vader duel it explains why their lightsabres disappear at various points when they point the blade almost directly at the camera.

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Trivia: Although they play the body and voice of Darth Vader, and have spoken on the phone, David Prowse and James Earl Jones have never met in person.

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Trivia: 20th Century Fox was able to finance the film, in part, because of the financial success of The Omen.

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Trivia: George Lucas was so sure the film would flop, he didn't attend the premiere and instead took a vacation with Steven Spielberg, where they conceived Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Trivia: Nick Nolte was considered for the role of Han Solo.

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Trivia: The Millennium Falcon's design was modeled after a hamburger with an olive next to it.

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Trivia: For a decent replica Star Wars laser sound, hold one end of a metal Slinky around your ear, and let the other end drop and hit the floor. It is neat. I would suggest you avoid letting others see you do this unless you have a chance to explain! The real sound was made by striking a metal stabilizing cable of a high tension wire electrical tower.

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Trivia: Not really a mistake, but apparently if you go up to a telegraph pole and hit one of the metal wire support cables with a piece of solid copper it will make a laser blaster sound. I take no responsibility for major internal or external injuries or loss of respect from peers. For a safer alternative, if you have a spring type garage door just tap (or even flick with your finger) the spring.

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Trivia: Lightsabres are made out of a selection of camera parts - apparently you can get the schematics for them somewhere on the internet, and make your own. NO, I haven't got the faintest idea where to look. However, I have heard that the right camera parts are very hard to get hold of, because firstly they were around in the 70's/80's, and also because Star Wars fans keep buying them. [For more info, check out: http://members.aol.com/yodashous2/building.htm; http://members.aol.com/ctlaw74/galactic.htm; and to buy a lightsabre replica: http://larbel.amer.net/index.html] [A better bet might be www.edcstudios.com - apparently here you can get the plans and most of the parts]

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Trivia: When Luke and C-3PO are travelling in Luke's speeder to fetch R2-D2, they are spotted by two Sand People who then set off on a Bantha. The Bantha you see was actually an elephant dressed in a Bantha suit.

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Trivia: Twentieth Century Fox let Lucas keep the rights to all toy merchandise as they thought the film would flop. The profits from that deal enabled him to set up Lucasfilm.

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Trivia: Makeup artist Rick Baker appears, uncredited, in the Mos Eisley cantina. He plays the cantina band leader, Figrin D'an, and patron Hem Dazon. The latter character is the alien with the triangular head who pops up from the bottom of the screen in the first cantina interior shot.

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Trivia: During Han Solo's conversation with Greedo, the last thing Greedo says before Han shoots him is "Yokuuskaa." This is a tribute to Mark Hamil having graduated from Yokosuka High School, located on Yokosuka U.S. Navy Base, Yokosuka, Japan.

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Trivia: The sound of a TIE Fighter engine is a combination of an elephant bellow and a car driving on a wet pavement.

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Trivia: Alec Guinness was the first actor to be paid a percentage of the films takings and toy merchandise as he thought the film would flop. The other actors were paid a wage until the second film, then they opted for the same as Guinness.

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Trivia: When Luke is being attacked by a Tusken Raider in the Jundland Wastes, the terrified look on Mark Hamill's face is real. Stuntman Peter Diamond could not see behind the Tusken mask and therefore it was up to Hamill to avoid every blow.

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Trivia: At one point during production, George Lucas lost his voice; because he was so non-communicative anyway, none of the cast or crew knew about it for a number of days.

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Trivia: Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi never meet once in the entire film.

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