Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope

Theatrical Release: May 25, 1977
DVD Release: September 21, 2004
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope


A young man on a desert planet joins a desperate rebellion against the evil galactic Empire after his aunt and uncle are murdered by Imperial stormtroopers.

Dove Review

This is the film which started it all! In May 1977 “Star Wars” landed in theatres to long lines and critical praise. The film was still showing in some theatres months later, as late as December of that year! The story is great, and a relatively young George Lucas was nominated for an Academy Award as best director for 1977. The rebels fight against the evil Galactic Empire for freedom in the galaxy. The movie features great characters such as Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, Han Solo and his companion Chewbacca the wookie. When you throw in Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2 and C-3PO, what’s not to like? The film’s violence is relatively mild, with the majority of it centering around the opening sequence when the Empire boards a rebel cruiser, and the space battle at the end which results in a loss of some lives. This is a fantastic good vs. evil tale and video games and space-themed movies literally exploded on the scene following the success of this film. It is no exaggeration to say this movie changed the face of films. There has been much speculation about “the force,” but Lucas has stated it is allegorical for a belief in God.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Good triumphing over evil; seeking redemption by looking out for others' interests; themes of sacrifice
Sex: Woman kisses man on cheek.
Language: H-1, D-1.
Violence: Vader chokes man, kills him. Loss of lives due to war.
Drugs: Drinking in bar.
Nudity: None
Other:The idea of "the force" is sometimes questioned as a spiritual entity


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: George Lucas
Director: George Lucas
Producer: Gary Kurtz
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 124 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter