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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.

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Trivia: The opening title crawl was inspired by the Flash Gordon serials, which is partially what inspired George Lucas to write Star Wars.

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Trivia: Denis Lawson, who plays Wedge Antilles, is the uncle of Ewan McGregor, who plays Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequels.

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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, which is why the Jabba scene seems a bit repetitive.

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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.

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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'.

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

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

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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 so demeaningly to her. When the cameras stopped, he would converse with her in such a gentlemanly fashion and she would find it hard to play her part against him when filming commenced again.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Trivia: Mark Hamill annoyed Alec Guinness so much on set (because of his youth and excitement) that Alec paid him a dollar to go away.

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Trivia: The scene in which Luke and Leia swing across a shaft in the Death Star was filmed in one take. The stunt itself was performed by Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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: 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.

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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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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.

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Trivia: Anthony Daniels is the only cast member of the trilogy to voice his character in the trilogy's National Public Radio's dramatizations (while Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams voiced their characters for "The Empire Strikes Back," they were replaced in "Return of the Jedi" by Joshua Fardon and Arye Gross, respectively).

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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: 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.

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

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Trivia: The uniforms of Alliance pilots ressemble 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: 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.

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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: 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.

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

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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.

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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: 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: 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.

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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.

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Trivia: In the scene where R2D2 is having his restraining bolt attached the tool that is used is a small brazing tool you can pick up at any Radio Shack.

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Trivia: Before signing on as the film's sound designer, Ben Burtt auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker.

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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.

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

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Trivia: Before James Earl Jones, George Lucas wanted actor Orson Welles to do the voice of Darth Vader. However, Lucas decided against it, believing that Welles' voice was "too recognisable."

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

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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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