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'Star Wars'

Scene from this movie Luke Skywalker and his uncle Owen buy two droids (R2-D2 and C-3PO). Luke finds a message in R2-D2 from Princess Leia to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Leia is involved in the Rebellion against the Empire. The Empire is building a planet-sized space station called the Death Star, which can destroy planets. The Death Star blueprints are also in R2-D2.

Luke and the droids end up at Kenobi's home. Kenobi says he once was a Jedi knight as was Luke's father, who was killed by Darth Vader, one of the Empire's leaders. He also begins instructing Luke in the power of the "Force." Luke joins Kenobi and the Rebellion after Imperial Stormtroopers kill his aunt and uncle.

They need a ship and make a deal with Han Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca. Together they rescue Leia, get the plans to the Rebel base and help in the attack against the Death Star.
Rated PG

Director: George Lucas
Cast: Mark Hammill; Harrison Ford; Carrie Fisher; Peter Cushing; Alec Guinness; Anthony Daniels; David Prowse; Peter Mayhew; Kenny Baker; James Earl Jones (voice)
Running Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Filmographies: Mark Hamill; Harrison Ford; Carrie Fisher; Peter Cushing; Anthony Daniels; Alec Guinness; David Prowse; Kenny Baker; Peter Mayhew; James Earl Jones