In a far-off galaxy, princess Carrie Fisher of Alderaan attempts to contact anti-empire forces to overthrow Grand Moff Peter Cushing, his evil lord David Prowse and followers. Fisher is captured and taken aboard Cushing's huge battle station, the Death Star. Her robots, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, escape to a rock planet inhabited by farmer Phil Brown, wife Shelagh Fraser and nephew Mark Hamill. Latter contacts aged Sir Alec Guinness for aid. Brown and Fraser are killed. Guinness, who has controlled The Force (energy), enlists smuggler Harrison Ford and his Wooky, ape-like Peter Mayhew, to rescue Fisher. The Ford ship is magnetically drawn to the battle station, where Fisher is found and rescued. Guinness, fighting his former pupil Prowse, allows himself to be slain that he may become a greater force. Since Alderaan has been destroyed, another rebel planet is used as a base. Hamill joins a group of pilots assigned to blow up Cushing's domain. Ford arrives to dispose of Prowse as Hamill completes the mission. Fisher rewards both Hamill and Ford.
The special effects are superb and can be the biggest draw, but don't overlook the other elements. Soundtrack is available from 20th Century Records and Tapes.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… 20th-Fox 125 mins.