Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope parents guide

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Parent Guide

Even in a big galaxy, three is a crowd.

Overall A

In this hugely popular science fiction film created by George Lucas, a farm boy from a dry and desolate planet joins a dangerous rebellion and trains to become a Jedi Warrior. Scenes depicting death and some suspenseful battles are the only content concerns of this otherwise great family movie.

Release date May 24, 1977

Violence C
Sexual Content A
Profanity A-
Substance Use B

Why is Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope rated PG? The MPAA rated Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope PG

Run Time: 121 minutes

Parent Movie Review

A long time ago at a movie theater not so far away, I stood in line for 1 1/2 hours to see my first showing of Star Wars - a procedure I repeated more times than I care to admit. While the critics were merely luke warm, my sisters and I were completely enamored with the film and the handsome Mark Hamill. Becoming a runaway success, the epic spawned sequels and prequels in every star system.

This episode ofStars Wars, the first produced, but numbered the forth in the series, introduces audiences to A New Hope.

In a galaxy-wide civil war, rebel spies from the Republic have stolen the blueprints to the wicked Galactic Empire’s new Death Star—a weapon of terrible, destructive power. Before dissident Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is captured, she is able to store the plans in a droid and jettison it to a nearby desert planet. The perky robot is salvaged by the sandy inhabitants, sold to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), and eventually finds its way to a former warrior, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness).

Unfortunately Luke’s aunt and uncle fall victim to the Empire’s search for the missing piece of hardware. When the young man discovers their smoking skeletal remains (that some may find disturbing), all ties to his dusty world are broken. Free now to join Obi-Wan Kenobi, the new recruit determines to learn the ways of the Force (an ancient order) and battle the Empire.

To celebrate the timeless adventure’s 20th anniversary (in 1997), writer/director George Lucas put more icing on his cake by re-releasing his masterpiece. No longer limited by cash or technology, the enhanced version is loaded with new special effects, without sacrificing any of its original charm (but it can only be seen on VHS). The Special Edition also includes interviews with the film’s makers and actors.

Star Wars breathed life into the science fiction genre and imbedded itself in popular culture. Although some fighting scenes may be considered too violent for youngsters, this classic good versus evil tale remains a family favorite. Thank you Mr. Lucas for sharing your wonderful imagination and talent.

Directed by George Lucas. Starring Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Alec Guinness. Running time: 121 minutes. Theatrical release May 24, 1977. Updated

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Rating & Content Info

Why is Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope rated PG? Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope is rated PG by the MPAA

Overall: A

In this hugely popular science fiction film created by George Lucas, a farm boy from a dry and desolate planet joins a dangerous rebellion and trains to become a Jedi Warrior. Scenes depicting death and some suspenseful battles are the only content concerns of this otherwise great family movie.

Violence: C

Numerous battle sequences occur where characters are killed by being fired upon or caught in explosions, and numerous deaths are implied. One-on-one fighting involves staffs, guns, or swordplay with light sabers. Characters are sometimes stunned, have their throats crushed, or threatened with torture. Attacked victims bodies are seen strewn about—in one scene their still-smoking charred remains are briefly shown. Characters comically fall off large beast. A bar fight erupts and one character’s arm is sliced off. Another character is shot at point blank range. Aquatic snake creature pulls character under water. Characters are caught in a trash compactor.

Sexual Content: A

The princess attracts some male admirers.

Language: A-

At least: 3 mild profanities, some minor insults and name-calling.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B

In a bar setting, drinks are served in a bar and some characters smoke. Truth serum administered by injection.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

None noted.

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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Parents' Guide

Luke describes the Rebellion as being too far away to do anything about, even if he cared to. Does that reflect our attitude concerning many of today’s world events? What could we do to become more proactive?

During a training exercise, Luke wears a visor that covers his eyes, forcing him to rely upon his other senses to perceive his situation. How does this help him to “see” more clearly? Could eliminating distractions be applied to the decision making process in your life? Do you believe there is a greater “force” you can learn to listen to?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope movie is September 11, 2006. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Star Wars: Episodes IV - VI

Release Date: 8 October 2013

20th Century Fox is releasing Star Wars: Episodes IV - VI to home video (Blu-ray and DVD). This 6 Disc Combo Set (3 Blu-ray +3 DVD) includes:

- Blu-ray Only Bonus Features: Audio Commentary for Each Movie from Archival

Interviews with George Lucas, Cast and Crew.

Note: Star Wars: Episodes I - III are also being released on the same date as a separate package.

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