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Kurt Russell, Nick Nolte, Christopher Walken, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Bill Murray were all considered for the role of Han Solo but George Lucas decided to use actors who were not well known at the time.
Alec Guinness was one of the few cast members who believed that the film would be a hit.  He negotiated a deal for 2% of the gross, which made him very wealthy in later life.
General Kenobi, years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire.  My ship has fallen under attack and I'm afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed.  I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit.  My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid is safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour.  Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.
 


  The one film in the series where Lucas managed decent performances across the board, (including the non-human characters).  Thus Episode IV has a bit stronger emotional core and more credible interplay, essential for top replay honors in this technology-driven series.

 

  At the time set a new standard in quick pacing for science fiction films.  While that aspect is no longer distinct, the adventures, battles, character interaction and special effects keep the film engaging.

 

  Because the film and score were so popular, it suffers some from over exposure, but dust it off every few years and you'll enjoy the company of some winsome space rebels.   A special note of gratitude for the Imperial Stormtrooper's consistently bad aim.

        » Brent Chastain, Top3films.com   


Review Comments When First Released:

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A.D. Murphy, Variety

Vincent Canby, N.Y. Times

Roger Ebert

Review Comments Contemporary:

James Berardinelli, reelviews.net

Richard Schieb, Sci-fi Horror Film Review

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