Star Wars Trilogy
|Star Wars Trilogy|
The Star Wars Trilogy logos
|Music by||John Williams|
20th Century Fox
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures[a]
The Star Wars Trilogy, often colloquially referred to as the original trilogy or the classic trilogy, is the first set of three films produced in the Star Wars franchise, an American space opera created by George Lucas. It was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by 20th Century Fox, and consists of the original Star Wars film (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). The films center on the Galactic Civil War of the Rebel Alliance trying to free the galaxy from the clutches of the evil Empire, as well as the archetypical hero's journey of Luke Skywalker in his quest to become a Jedi and face Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Beginning in medias res, the original trilogy serves as the second act of the nine-episode Skywalker saga. It was followed by a prequel trilogy between 1999 and 2005, and a sequel trilogy between 2015 and 2019. Collectively, they have been referred to as the "Skywalker saga" to distinguish them from spin-off films set within the same universe.
In 1971, Lucas wanted to film an adaptation of the Flash Gordon serial, but could not obtain the rights. He began developing his own story inspired by the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs.[b] Immediately after directing American Graffiti (1973), Lucas wrote a two-page synopsis for his space opera, titled Journal of the Whills. After United Artists, Universal Studios and Disney rejected the film, 20th Century Fox decided to invest in it. Lucas felt his original story was too difficult to understand, so on April 17, 1973, he began writing a 13-page script titled The Star Wars, sharing strong similarities with Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress (1958). By May 1974, he had expanded the script into the first draft of a screenplay, but found that the script had grown too long for a single film. Subsequent drafts evolved into the script of the original film.
Lucas negotiated to retain the sequel rights. Tom Pollock, then Lucas' lawyer writes: "We came to an agreement that George would retain the sequel rights. Not all the [merchandising rights] that came later, mind you; just the sequel rights. And Fox would get a first opportunity and last refusal right to make the movie." Lucas was offered $50,000 to write, another $50,000 to produce, and $50,000 to direct the film; his directing compensation was later increased to $100,000. He also negotiated the sequel rights and ownership of 40% of the merchandising profits. American Graffiti cast member Harrison Ford had given up on acting to try to become a carpenter, until Lucas hired him to play Han Solo.
Thousands of actors were assessed in the search for the trilogy's main cast. The selected actors are considered by many viewers to have onscreen chemistry even though some of them were inexperienced, with the notable exceptions of Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing. Some, like Ford, have called the dialogue in the scripts clunky, and several lines were unscripted; some of these are considered the most memorable moments in the films.[c]
Star Wars was released on May 25, 1977; unlikely hero Luke Skywalker is drawn into a galactic conflict between the Empire and Rebel Alliance by two droids and an old Jedi Knight; he helps make one of the Rebellion's most significant victories. The film's unanticipated success led Lucas to make it the basis of an elaborate serial. With the backstory he created for the sequel, Lucas decided that the series would be a trilogy of trilogies, with the original film given the subtitle, Episode IV – A New Hope to establish it as the first part of the second trilogy. The first sequel, Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, was released on May 21, 1980, and sees Luke begin training as a Jedi under the last living Jedi master, Yoda. Luke confronts Sith Lord Darth Vader, who has captured Rebel ally Han Solo in an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side of the Force. Episode VI – Return of the Jedi was released on May 25, 1983, and follows Luke as a full-fledged Jedi who faces Vader again, revealed at the end of the second film as Luke's father Anakin in an attempt to bring him back to the light side and thereby save the galaxy from the Empire. The sequels were self-financed by Lucasfilm, and generally advertised without the episodic number distinction present in their opening crawls.
|Film||Release date||Director||Screenwriter(s)||Story by||Producer(s)||Distributor|
|May 25, 1977||George Lucas||Gary Kurtz||20th Century Fox (initial)|
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
|May 21, 1980||Irvin Kershner||Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan||George Lucas|
|May 25, 1983||Richard Marquand||Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas||Howard Kazanjian|
A Rebel spaceship is intercepted by the Empire above the desert planet of Tatooine. Aboard, the deadliest Imperial warlord Darth Vader and his stormtroopers capture Princess Leia Organa, a secret member of the Rebellion. Before her capture, Leia makes sure the droid R2-D2 will escape with stolen Imperial blueprints for an armored space station, the Death Star, and a holographic message for the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has been living in exile on Tatooine. Along with C-3PO, R2-D2 falls under the ownership of Luke Skywalker, a farmboy who has been raised by his aunt and uncle. Luke helps the droids locate Obi-Wan, now a solitary old hermit known as Ben Kenobi. He reveals himself as a friend of Luke's absent father, Anakin Skywalker, who was Obi-Wan's Jedi apprentice until being murdered by Vader. He tells Luke he must also become a Jedi. After discovering his family's homestead has been destroyed by the Empire, they hire the smuggler Han Solo, his Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca and their space freighter, the Millennium Falcon. They discover that Leia's homeworld of Alderaan has been destroyed, and are soon captured by the planet-destroying Death Star itself. While Obi-Wan disables its tractor beam, Luke and Han rescue the captive Princess Leia, passing through incredible dangers. Finally, they deliver the Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance with the hope of exploiting a weakness, and launch an attack on the Death Star.
The first rough draft, titled The Star Wars, introduced "the Force" and the young hero Luke Starkiller. Annikin [sic] appeared as Luke's father, a wise Jedi knight. Between drafts, Lucas read Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and was surprised to find that his story "was following classical motifs." The third draft replaced (a deceased) Annikin with Ben Kenobi.[g] Some months later, Lucas had negotiated a contract that gave him rights to two sequels. Lucas hired Alan Dean Foster, who was ghostwriting the novelization of the first film, to write them—with the main creative restriction that they could be filmed on a low budget. By 1976, a fourth draft had been prepared for principal photography. The film was titled The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars. During production, Lucas changed Luke's name to Skywalker and shortened the title to The Star Wars, and finally just Star Wars. At that point, Lucas was not expecting the film to warrant full-scale sequels. The fourth draft of the script underwent subtle changes to become a self-contained story ending with the destruction of the Empire in the Death Star. The intention was that if the film was successful, Lucas could adapt Foster's novels into low-budget sequels. By that point, Lucas had developed a tentative backstory to aid in developing the saga.
Star Wars exceeded all expectations. The success of the film and its merchandise sales led Lucas to make Star Wars the basis of an elaborate film serial, and use the profits to finance his filmmaking center, Skywalker Ranch. After the release of the first sequel, the original film was subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope in the screenplay released in the 1979 book The Art of Star Wars and for all subsequent rereleases beginning with a theatrical rerelease in 1981.
The Empire Strikes Back
Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire forces the Rebel Alliance to evacuate its secret base on Hoth. Instructed by Obi-Wan's spirit, Luke travels to the swamp world of Dagobah to find the exiled Jedi Master Yoda. Luke's Jedi training is interrupted by Vader, who lures him into a trap by capturing Han and Leia at Cloud City, governed by Han's old friend Lando. During a fierce duel, Vader reveals a shocking truth about Luke's father.
Owing to financial concerns, Alan Dean Foster's sequel novel, Splinter of the Mind's Eye (1978), restricted the story to Luke, Leia, and Darth Vader. After the success of the original film, Lucas knew a sequel would be granted a reasonable budget, and hired Leigh Brackett to write it from scratch. She finished a draft by early 1978, but died of cancer before Lucas was able to discuss changes he wanted her to make. His disappointment with the first draft may have made him consider new directions. Lucas penned the next draft, the first screenplay to feature episodic numbering for a Star Wars story. Lucas found this draft enjoyable to write, as opposed to the yearlong struggle writing the first film, and quickly wrote two more in April 1978. The plot twist of Vader being Luke's father had drastic effects on the series. After writing these drafts, Lucas fleshed out the backstory between Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the Emperor.
With this new backstory in place, Lucas decided that the series would be a trilogy of trilogies, designating the first sequel Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in the next draft. Lawrence Kasdan, who had just completed writing Raiders of the Lost Ark, was hired to write the next drafts, and given additional input from director Irvin Kershner. Kasdan, Kershner, and producer Gary Kurtz saw the film as a more serious and adult story, and developed the sequel from the light adventure roots of the first film.
Return of the Jedi
About a year after Han's capture, Luke joins Leia and Lando in a rescue attempt to save him from the gangster Jabba the Hutt. Afterward, Luke returns to Dagobah to complete his Jedi training, only to find Yoda on his deathbed. In his last words, Yoda confirms the truth about Luke's father, and that Luke must confront Vader again in order to complete his training. As the Rebels lead an attack on the second Death Star, Luke engages Vader in a lightsaber duel as Emperor Palpatine watches; both Sith Lords intend to turn Luke to the dark side and take him as their apprentice.
Ford had originally not signed on to appear in a second sequel, but was convinced to return under the condition that his character would die. Kurtz wanted a bittersweet and nuanced ending outlined with Lucas that not only saw Han dead, but also depicted the Rebel forces in pieces, Leia struggling as a queen, and Luke walking off alone (as in a Spaghetti Western)—while Lucas wanted a happier ending, partly to encourage toy sales. This led to tension between the two, resulting in Kurtz leaving the production.
The Star Wars trilogy, unlike science fiction that features sleek and futuristic settings, portrays the galaxy as dirty and grimy in Lucas's concept of a "used universe". This was in part inspired by the period films of Akira Kurosawa, which like the original Star Wars trilogy, often begin in medias res without explaining a complete backstory. In 2019, Lucasfilm labelled the original trilogy part of the "Age of Rebellion" on a timeline of the saga.
Political science has been an important element of Star Wars since the franchise launched in 1977, focusing on a struggle between democracy and dictatorship. Darth Vader's design, initially inspired by Samurai armor, also incorporated a German military helmet. Lucas originally conceived of the Sith as a group that served the Emperor in the same way that the Schutzstaffel served Adolf Hitler; this was condensed into one character in the form of Vader. Lucas has also drawn parallels between Palpatine and historical dictators such as Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and politicians like Richard Nixon.[h] Stormtroopers borrow the name of Nazi "shock" troopers, Imperial officers wear uniforms resembling those of German forces during World War II, and political and security officers resemble the black-clad SS down to the stylized silver death's head on their caps. World War II terms were used for names in the films; e.g. the planets Kessel (a term that refers to a group of encircled forces) and Hoth (Hermann Hoth was a German general who served on the snow-laden Eastern Front). Shots of the commanders looking through AT-AT walker viewscreens in The Empire Strikes Back resemble tank interiors, and space battles in the original film were based on World War I and World War II dogfights.
The original Star Wars film was re-released theatrically in 1978, 1979, 1981 and 1982. All three films were released on various home video formats, including LaserDisc and VHS, until 1996. The trilogy was theatrically re-released in a 1997 "Special Edition", featuring various additions and changes, some of which were negatively received. These versions were released on VHS, replacing the original versions of the films as the Lucas's 'original' vision, and were created in part to reinvogorate interest in the saga ahead of the prequel trilogy. Further changes to all three films were made for a DVD release in 2004, intended to bring the films into greater continuity with the prequels. These were re-released in 2006 with bonus discs of the original versions of the films (transferred from the 1993 LaserDiscs). In 2011, original and prequel trilogy box sets were released on Blu-Ray, all including another round of alterations. In 2019, Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm since the 2012 acquisition of the company by Disney, stated that she would not make alterations to Lucas's original trilogy, because "those will always remain his."
It was initially unclear whether the first six films of the Star Wars franchise would be available on Disney+ upon the service's launch, as TBS held streaming rights through 2024 as part of its cable rights to the franchise. However, on April 11, 2019, it was announced that the films would be available at launch.
Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back are considered by many to be two of the greatest movies ever made, while Return of the Jedi is somewhat less well-regarded, though it garnered generally positive reviews.
The popularity of the films have generated numerous references in popular culture works from TV series such as The Simpsons and films such Clerks, and in the political lexicon, as in Ted Kennedy's nickname for Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. The trilogy's artistic and technological achievements have been influential on other filmmakers, including Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Joss Whedon, Peter Jackson and Christopher Nolan, as well as sequel trilogy director J. J. Abrams.
|Star Wars||93% (8.71/10 average rating) (120 reviews)||90 (24 reviews)|
|The Empire Strikes Back||95% (8.92/10 average rating) (98 reviews)||82 (25 reviews)|
|Return of the Jedi||81% (7.2/10 average rating) (91 reviews)||58 (24 reviews)|
|Academy Awards||Awards won|
|Star Wars||The Empire Strikes Back||Return of the Jedi|
|Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Won||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Won|
|Best Original Score||Won||Nominated||Nominated|
|Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|Best Production Design||Nominated|
|Best Sound Mixing||Won||Won||Nominated|
|Best Sound Editing||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Won|
|Special Achievement Award||Won[i]||Won[j]||Won[k]|
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Budget||Box office revenue||Box office ranking||Refs.|
|North America||Adjusted for
|Star Wars||May 25, 1977||$11 million||$460,998,007||$1,608,419,900||$314,400,000||$775,398,007||#16||#90|||
|The Empire Strikes Back||May 21, 1980||$18 million||$290,475,067||$886,571,200||$247,900,000||$538,375,067||#91||#183|||
|Return of the Jedi||May 25, 1983||$32.5 million||$309,306,177||$849,356,500||$165,800,000||$475,106,177||#75||#220|||
In 1989, the Library of Congress selected the original Star Wars film for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry, as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The Empire Strikes Back, was selected in 2010. 35mm reels of the 1997 Special Editions were the versions initially presented for preservation because of the difficulty of transferring from the original prints, but it was later revealed that the Library possessed a copyright deposit print of the original theatrical releases. By 2015, Star Wars had been transferred to a 2K scan which can be viewed by appointment.
- According to the 2012 deal, physical distribution rights to Episodes V–VI were set to move to Disney in 2020, while rights to Episode IV were set to stay with Fox, but eventually rights for the trilogy moved to Disney in 2019 as a result of the acquisition of Fox.
- Flash Gordon creator Alex Raymond had been influenced by John Carter of Mars in particular.
- Ford's lines "We're fine. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?" in A New Hope and "I know" in The Empire Strikes Back were improvised, and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) was not aware he was being filmed when he said "I can't see a thing in this helmet" during the filming of A New Hope.
- Later known as Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Star Wars: A New Hope or simply as A New Hope.
- Also known as Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back or simply as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
- Also known as Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi or simply as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
- In the draft, Kenobi's first meeting with Luke is lifted directly from The Hobbit, acknowledging Gandalf as a source of inspiration.
- In his early drafts, Lucas used the plot point of a dictator staying in power with the support of the military. In his comment (made in the prequel trilogy era) Lucas attributed this to Nixon's supposed intention to defy the 22nd Amendment, but the president was actually impeached and never ran for a third term. Fellow Republican President Ronald Reagan sought to repeal the movement after leaving the office.
- Ben Burtt for the creation of the alien, creature, and robot voices
- Brian Johnson, Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren and Bruce Nicholson for visual effects
- Richard Edlund, Dennis Muren, Ken Ralston and Phil Tippett for visual effects
- Adjusting for inflation is complicated by the fact that the first films have had multiple releases in different years, so their earnings cannot be simply adjusted by the initial year of release. Inflation adjusted figures for 2005 can be found in Block, Alex Ben; Wilson, Lucy Autrey, eds. (2010). George Lucas's Blockbusting: A Decade-By-Decade Survey of Timeless Movies Including Untold Secrets of Their Financial and Cultural Success. HarperCollins. p. 519. ISBN 978-0061778896. Adjustment to constant dollars is undertaken in conjunction with the United States Consumer Price Index provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, using 2005 as the base year.
- "Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Announced". StarWars.com. July 27, 2018. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
- Young, Bryan (December 21, 2015). "The Cinema Behind Star Wars: John Carter". StarWars.com. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
- Vallely, Jean (June 12, 1980). "The Empire Strikes Back and So Does Filmmaker George Lucas With His Sequel to Star Wars". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media LLC.
- Rinzler 2007, p. 8.
- Smith, Kyle (September 21, 2014). "How 'Star Wars' was secretly George Lucas' Vietnam protest". The New York Post. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
- Kaminski 2008, p. 50.
- Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (DVD). Star Wars Trilogy Box Set DVD documentary. 2004. 14 minutes in.
- Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (DVD). Star Wars Trilogy Box Set DVD documentary. 2004. 16 minutes in.
- "Starkiller". Jedi Bendu. Archived from the original on June 28, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2008.
- Fleming Jr, Mike (December 18, 2015). "An Architect Of Hollywood's Greatest Deal Recalls How George Lucas Won Sequel Rights". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
- Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (DVD). Star Wars Trilogy Box Set DVD documentary. 2004. 18 minutes in.
- "The Real Force Behind 'Star Wars': How George Lucas Built an Empire". The Hollywood Reporter. February 9, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
- "30 pieces of trivia about Star Wars". BBC. May 23, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
- Taylor, Chris (April 13, 2017). "Harrison Ford to George Lucas: You're wrong about Han Solo". Mashable. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
- Romano, Steven (August 20, 2015). "Actors Who Almost Appeared in Star Wars". StarWars.com. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
- Wilson, Kevin (March 1, 2016). "What If The Original Star Wars Trilogy Was Cast Today?". ScreenRant. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
- Chiodaroli, David (May 20, 2019). "10 Behind the Scenes Stories from the Original Star Wars Trilogy". ScreenRant. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
- Mitchell, Maurice (May 4, 2018). "9 Greatest Unscripted Moments in "Star Wars" Movie History". The Geek Twins. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
- Kaminski 2008, p. 142.
- Steranko, "George Lucas", Prevue #42, September–October 1980.
- Saporito, Jeff (November 11, 2015). "Why was "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" originally released under another title". ScreenPrism. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 2006.
- Stephen and Robin Larsen, Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind. 2002, p. 541.
- Taylor, Chris (2015). How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise. Performing Arts. p. 96.
- Rinzler 2007, p. 107.
- Kaminski 2008, p. 38.
- Kaminski 2008, p. 134.
- Baxter, John (1999). Mythmaker. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-380-97833-5.
- Hidalgo, Pablo [@pablohidalgo] (February 15, 2019). "(And just to preemptively 'well, actually' myself, 'Episode IV: A New Hope' was made public by publishing it in the screenplay in 1979's Art of Star Wars book. But it wasn't added to the crawl until 1981)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- James Ryan. "When did Star Wars become known as A New Hope? - In A Far Away Galaxy".
- ScreenPrism. "Why was "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" originally released under another title - ScreenPrism".
- The Empire Strikes Back (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 2004.
- Wenz, John (January 1, 2018). "The First Star Wars sequel: Inside the writing of Splinter of the Mind's Eye". Retrieved August 16, 2018.
- Fry, Jason (July–August 2000). "Alan Dean Foster: Author of the Mind's Eye". Star Wars Insider (50).
- Bouzereau 1997, p. 144.
- Kaminski 2008, p. 161.
- Bouzereau 1997, p. 135.
- Bouzereau 1997, p. 123
- Kaminski 2008, pp. 120–21.
- Kaminski 2008, pp. 164–65.
- Kaminski 2008, p. 178.
- Susan Mackey-Kallis (2010). The Hero and the Perennial Journey Home in American Film. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 221–. ISBN 978-0-8122-0013-3.
- Return of the Jedi (DVD). 20th Century Fox. 2004.
- Geoff Boucher (August 12, 2010). "Did Star Wars become a toy story? Producer Gary Kurtz looks back". Los Angeles Times, Calendar section
- Woods, Bob, ed. (1997). "Launching the Rebellion". Star Wars: Official 20th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine. New York: Topps. p. 9.
- Jones, Brian Jay (2016). George Lucas: A Life. New York City: Little, Brown and Company. p. 59. ISBN 978-0316257442.
- @kylebuchanan (August 23, 2019). "A timeline of STAR WARS endeavors thus far..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Rees Shapiro, T. (March 5, 2012). "Ralph McQuarrie, artist who drew Darth Vader, C-3PO, dies at 82". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- Gilbey, Ryan (November 1, 2017). "John Mollo obituary: Star Wars costume designer who dressed Darth Vader". The Guardian. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- Kaminski 2008, p. 184.
- "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones". Time. April 21, 2002. Archived from the original on June 5, 2002. Retrieved December 13, 2009.
The people give their democracy to a dictator, whether it's Julius Caesar or Napoleon or Adolf Hitler. Ultimately, the general population goes along with the idea ... That's the issue I've been exploring: how did the Republic turn into the Empire?
- Reagin, Nancy R.; Liedl, Janice (October 15, 2012). Star Wars and History. p. 32. ISBN 9781118285251. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- Kaminski 2008, p. 95.
- Molotsky, Irvin (November 29, 1987). "Reagan Wants End of Two-Term Limit". The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company.
- Reagin, Nancy R.; Liedl, Janice (October 15, 2012). Star Wars and History. p. 144. ISBN 9781118285251. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- Christopher Klein. "The Real History That Inspired "Star Wars"". HISTORY.com.
- Young, Bryan (January 21, 2014). "The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Battle of the Bulge". StarWars.com. Retrieved March 25, 2019.
- Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (DVD). Star Wars Trilogy Box Set DVD documentary. 2004.
- "Star Wars Ep. IV: A New Hope – Box Office Data, DVD and Blu-ray Sales, Movie News, Cast and Crew Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- Fitzpatrick, Eileen; Goldstein, Seth (July 1, 1997). "Video at 'Miracle' Price; Last Shot for 'Star Wars'". Billboard. p. 107. Retrieved July 19, 2017 – via Google Books.
- Kirby, Ben (January 31, 2017). "Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes". Empire. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
- Britt, Ryan (April 25, 2017). "Why Lucasfilm Says Unaltered 'Star Wars' Trilogy Will Never Return". Inverse. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
- Nast, Condé (February 10, 2017). "The 'Star Wars' We'll Never See". GQ. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
- Shaw, Lucas (August 2, 2018). "Disney Is Seeking 'Star Wars' Rights Back From TBS, TNT". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
- Whitbrook, James (April 11, 2019). "The Mandalorian Will Premiere on Disney+ November 12". io9. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
- Hughes, Jason (May 31, 2014). "'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' Voted Greatest Movie of All Time". TheWrap. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
- Newbold, Mark (July 2, 2014). "Critical Opinion: Return of the Jedi Original Reviews". StarWars.com. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
- The Force Is With Them: The Legacy of Star Wars. Star Wars Original Trilogy DVD Box Set: Bonus Materials. 2004.
- "Christopher Nolan's Star Wars Inspiration". ContactMusic.com. July 16, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
- "Star Wars". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
- "Star Wars: Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "Empire Strikes Back". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
- "The Empire Strikes Back". Metacritic. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- "Return of the Jedi". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
- "Return of the Jedi". Metacritic. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
- "Star Wars (1977) - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com.
- "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
- "The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com.
- "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
- "The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com.
- "Return of the Jedi (1983) - Box Office Mojo". www.boxofficemojo.com.
- "Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
- "U.S. National Film Registry Titles". U.S. National Film Registry. Archived from the original on August 21, 2006. Retrieved September 2, 2006.
- "'Empire Strikes Back' among 25 film registry picks". Retrieved December 28, 2010.
- Barnes, Mike (December 28, 2010). "'Empire Strikes Back,' 'Airplane!' Among 25 Movies Named to National Film Registry". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
- Andrews, Mallory (July 21, 2014). "A 'New' New Hope: Film Preservation and the Problem with 'Star Wars'". soundonsight.org. Sound on Sight. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
the NFR does not possess workable copies of the original versions...Government-mandated agencies such as the National Film Registry are unable to preserve (or even possess) working copies of the films on their list without the consent of the author and/or copyright holder.
- "Request Denied: Lucas Refuses to Co-Operate with Government Film Preservation Organizations". savestarwars.com. Saving Star Wars. 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
When the request was made for STAR WARS, Lucasfilm offered us the Special Edition version. The offer was declined as this was obviously not the version that had been selected for the Registry.
- Ulanoff, Lance (December 17, 2015). "The search for the 'Star Wars' George Lucas doesn't want you to see". Mashable. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
- Bouzereau, Laurent (1997). The Annotated Screenplays. Del Rey. ISBN 978-0-345-40981-2.
- Kaminski, Michael (2008) . The Secret History of Star Wars. Legacy Books Press. ISBN 978-0-9784652-3-0.
- Rinzler, Jonathan W. (2007). The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film (Star Wars). Del Rey. ISBN 978-0-345-49476-4.