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Added by Chuck Kahn on 28 Apr 2009 02:35
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Movies that influenced Star Wars IV: A New Hope

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Sidekicks accompany the hero on a mission to rescue a princess from an enemy fortress (Death Star).

title aka "Kakushi-toride no san-akunin"
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The fate of Aunt Beru & Uncle Owen took a cue from this film.
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There's a swing across a chasm that's very much like the one Luke & Leia would do 19 years later. Also, Harryhausen's stop motion Cyclops & Dragon would be at home on the Falcon's chess board.
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6
Scaramouche (1952)
Lots of swordfighting and mentor-ship and family revelations (okay, that's TESB).
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The first shot of the Discovery is very similar to the reveal of the Imperial Star Destroyer. Also "A New Hope" has many symmetrical widescreen compositions (see Leia feeding the plans to R2) similar to Kubrick's 2001 style.
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The medal ceremony at the end of A New Hope owes much to this movie.
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The more movies made before 1977 that you watch, the more influences you'll find for "Star Wars IV: A New Hope"

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