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Basics Critics:91Viewers:84Rusty:78
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/FantasyNotable as: Science Fiction, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: space opera, science fiction film, action film, adventure filmRuntime: 121 - 125 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Guatemala, California, TataouineDirector: George LucasScreenwriter: George LucasMusic: John WilliamsCinematography: Gilbert TaylorStars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, James Earl Jones Producer: Gary Kurtz, Rick McCallumStudio: LucasfilmAwards won: Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew, Paul Hirsch)
Academy Award for Best Original Score (John Williams)
Academy Award for Best Production Design (John Barry)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Director (George Lucas)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Gary Kurtz)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (George Lucas)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and Alec Guinness. In the story, a group of freedom fighters known as the Rebel Alliance and led by Princess Leia plots to destroy the Death Star space station, which carries a planet-destroying capability created by the Galactic Empire. This conflict disrupts the isolated life of farmboy Luke Skywalker when he inadvertently acquires the droids containing the stolen plans for the Death Star. After the Empire begins a destructive search for the missing droids, Skywalker agrees to accompany Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi on a mission to return the Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance and save the galaxy from the tyranny of the Galactic Empire. Lucas began writing the script to Star Wars after completing American Graffiti. He based the plot outline on Flash Gordon serials and the 1958 Akira Kurosawa film The Hidden Fortress. Lucas approached Alan Ladd, Jr. of 20th Century Fox, which accepted to finance and distribute the film, after United Artists and Universal Pictures rejected his script.

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