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Star WarsStar Wars is an influential science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by writer/producer/director George Lucas in the early 1970s. The saga began with the film Star Wars, which was released on May 25, 1977. The film, later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, became a pop culture phenomenon, spawning five more feature films and an extensive collection of licensed books, comics, video games, spin-off films, television series, toys, and other products.
An example of the space opera genre, the Star Wars story employs archetypal motifs common to both modern science fiction and ancient mythology, as well as the romantic music motifs of those genres. In 2005, Forbes Magazine estimated the overall revenue generated by the entire Star Wars franchise (over the course of its 28-year history) at nearly US $20 billion, easily making it one of the most successful film franchises of all time.
Star Wars Movies
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom MenaceStar Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 science fiction film written and directed by George Lucas. It was the fourth film to be released in the Star Wars saga, but it is the first part of the series by chronology of events. Among fans, it is commonly referred to simply as TPM.
Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins his freedom in a podrace and leaves home to be trained as a Jedi. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul. Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness, known as the Sith.
Its release on May 19, 1999 came almost 16 years after the previous film released in the series, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. The film's release was accompanied by extensive media coverage and high anticipation. Though given mixed reviews by critics, it was extremely financially successful, grossing US$ 924.3 million worldwide on a budget of US$115 million. The Phantom Menace was the highest grossing film of 1999, and the fourth highest grossing film of all-time after its release. It is the highest grossing Star Wars film ever, without adjustment for inflation.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the ClonesStar Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones is a 2002 science fiction film directed by George Lucas. It was the fifth film to be released in the Star Wars saga, but it is the second part of the series by chronology of events. Among fans, it is commonly referred to as AOTC.
Ten years after the events of The Phantom Menace, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, nineteen-year-old Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker is assigned to protect her, while his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi is assigned to investigate who is behind the assassination attempt. In the course of his mission, Anakin discovers his love for Padmé, as well as his own darker side. Soon, Anakin, Padmé, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are drawn into the heart of the Separatist movement, and the beginning of a new threat to the galaxy, the Clone Wars.
Released on May 16, 2002, Attack of the Clones was the first Star Wars film which used a high definition digital 24 frame system for most of the movie's live action scenes. A 3-D release is planned for 2007.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the SithStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 science fiction film written and directed by George Lucas. It was the sixth and final film to be released in the Star Wars saga, but it is the third part of the series by chronology of events. Among fans, it is commonly referred to as ROTS.
Three years after the onset of the Clone Wars, the noble Jedi Knights have been leading a massive clone army into a galaxy-wide battle against the Separatists. When the sinister Sith, led by Darth Sidious, unveil a thousand-year-old plot to rule the galaxy, the fate of Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi order, and the entire galaxy is at stake. As the final film to be released in the series, it bridges the gap between the original trilogy and prequel trilogy of the Star Wars epic.
Released on May 19, 2005, the film was generally positively received by critics, especially in contrast to the two previous prequels. It broke several box office records in its opening week, and went on to earn over US$ 850 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of 2005 in the U.S., the 2nd highest grossing film of 2005 worldwide (right behind Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and the 12th highest grossing worldwide film of all time.
Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeStar Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (originally titled Star Wars) is a 1977 science fiction film written and directed by George Lucas. It was the first film to be released in the Star Wars saga, but it is the fourth part of the series by chronology of events. Among fans, it is commonly referred to as ANH.
Nineteen years after the formation of the Galactic Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggles of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived in seclusion for years on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of the evil Empire. Unlike Episodes I-III, this film, along with the two films that follow, are mostly focused on the events of one particular sector of the galaxy, rather than the interstellar perspective that the first three films take.
The film was released on May 25, 1977, and was re-released, sometimes with significant changes, in its later releases. Most notable was its 1997 Special Edition theatrical re-release, which was heavily modified with CGI effects and re-done scenes. A 3-D release is planned for 2007.
A novelization was written in 1976, and a radio drama was produced by, and broadcast on, National Public Radio in 1981. The popularity of the 1977 release also spawned the little known Star Wars Holiday Special, which was shown on TV in 1978, and featured characters from A New Hope.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 science fiction film directed by Irvin Kershner. It was the second film to be released in the Star Wars saga, but it is the fifth part of the series by chronology of events. Among fans, it is commonly referred to as TESB or ESB.
The film concerns the continuing struggles of the Rebel Alliance to resist and fight the Galactic Empire. The Empire learns that the Rebels have established a new base on the ice world of Hoth. Following a suggestion from Obi-Wan's spirit, Luke Skywalker begins his major Jedi training with the wise Jedi Master Yoda. In an emotional confrontation with Darth Vader, Luke must face his destiny.
Debuting on May 21, 1980, the film initially received mixed reviews, but over time, has proven to be one of the most popular films in the series among many fans and critics. The original 1980 version was released on VHS and LaserDisc in the 1990s (but not DVD). It was re-released with changes in 1997 (all cinema), 2000 (VHS), and DVD (2004). A 3-D release is planned for 2007. A novelization was released in 1980, and a radio adaptation was broadcast on National Public Radio in the United States.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the JediStar Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi is a 1983 science fiction film directed by Richard Marquand. It was the third film to be released in the Star Wars saga, but it is the sixth part of the series by chronology of events. On original versions of the film, such as on posters and box covers, it was written Revenge of the Jedi. Among fans, it is commonly referred to as simply ROTJ.
In this epic conclusion of the saga, Luke Skywalker and friends travel to Tatooine to rescue their friend, Han Solo. The Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star, while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts his father, Darth Vader, in a final climactic duel before the evil Emperor.
The film debuted on May 25, 1983, and was released on VHS and LaserDisc in this form in the 1990s. It was re-released with changes in 1997 (all cinema), 2000 (VHS), and 2004 (DVD). A 3-D release is planned for 2007.
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