|"THE STAR WARS"
Adventures of Luke Starkiller
Third DraftLucasfilm Limited
August 1, 1975
"... and in the time of greatest despair,
there shall come a savior, and he shall
be known as The Son of The Suns."
Journal of the Whills, 3:127
"THE STAR WARS"
1 EXT. SPACE
A vast sea of star serves as the backdrop
for the MAIN
TITLE, which is followed by a ROLL UP:
The REPUBLIC GALACTICA is dead. Ruthless
trader barons, driven by greed and the
lust for power, have replaced enlighten-
ment with oppression, and "rule by the
people" with the FIRST GALACTIC EMPIRE.
For over a thousand years, generations
JEDI KNIGHTS were the guardians of peace
and justice in the galaxy. Now these
legendary warriors are all but extinct.
One by one they have been hunted down
destroyed by the sinister agents of the
Emperor: the DARK LORDS OF THE SITH.
It is a period of civil wars. Rebel
Armies, striking from fortresses hidden
deep within the Great rift, have won a
crushing victory over the powerful Imper-
ial Starfleet. The Emperor knows
one more such defeat will bring a thou-
sand more solar systems into the rebellion,
and Imperial control of the Outland systems
could be lost forever. To crush
rebellion once and for all, the Emperor
has sent one of his most ferocious Dark
Lords to find the secret rebel strongholds
and destroy them...
The awesome yellow planet of Utapau emerges
eclipse. A tiny silver spacecraft
races into view, fol-
lowed by a giant Imperial stardestroyer.
deadly laser bolts streak from the Imperial
it dives on the smaller craft. The
tration of laser fire causes the main
solar fin of the
rebel craft to disintegrate, creating
heavenly display. The smoldering
rebel ship is quickly
overtaken by the giant Imperial warship.
2 INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY
The chaos of battle echoes through the
narrow, main cor-
ridor of the starfighter.
An explosion rocks the ship as two construction
ARTOO DETOO (R2-D2) and SEE THREEPIO (C-3PO)
to make their way through the shaking,
way. Both robots are old and battered.
Artoo is a
short (36 inches), claw-armed, triped.
His face is a
mass of computer lights, surrounding a
Threepio, on the other hand, is a tall,
of human proportions. He has a gleaming
metallic surface of an "Art Deco" design.
Did you hear that? They've shut
the main reactor. We'll be destroyed
for sure. This is madness!
The little dwarf robot makes a series of
that only another robot could understand.
rush past the robots, and take up positions
in the main
passageway. Everything is suddenly
still and quiet.
Tension mounts as the rebels wait for
the pending attack.
Loud metallic footsteps are heard moving
around on the
outside the hull of the ship. The
scraping screams of heavy
equipment being dragged across the metal
skin of the star-
ship run chills up Threepio's bronze spine.
He huddles in
a small alcove with little Artoo watching
There is no escape for the Captain
A tremendous blast opens up a hole six
feet wide in the
side of the main passageway and a score
of fearsome storm-
troopers, armed with powerful multi-laser
their way into the smoking corridor.
The rebel warriors
draw their chrome, laser pistols, and
blast out several
shots that rip through the Imperial stormtroopers.
In a few moments, the entire passageway
blazes with laser
fire. The deadly bolts ricochet
in wild random patterns,
creating small explosions. Stormtroopers
scatter and duck
behind storage lockers. Laser bolts
hit several storm-
troopers who scream and stagger through
the smoke, holding
shattered arms and faces.
In the confusion, Artoo and Threepio are
and sliding into a power canister, but
rushing gas from a
broken pipe keeps knocking them over.
The lanky Threepio
becomes entangled in the mass of dangling
spark and pop every time he attempts to
move. Artoo clings
to a pipe for dear life.
Help me! I think something is
melting... This is all your fault!
I should have known better than to
trust the logic of a half-sized
Artoo counters with an angry rebuttal as
he struggles to
free the larger robot. The battle
rages around the two
hapless robots. Suddenly, there
is a slight lull in the
fighting, then a deathly quiet sweeps
over the passageway
as an awesome, seven-foot tall DARK LORD
OF THE SITH makes
his way into the blinding light of the
This is DARTH VADER, right hand of the
Emperor. His face
is obscured by his flowing black robes
breath mask which stands out next to the
armored suits of the Imperial stormtroopers.
instinctively backs away from the imposing
Vader raises his arms and objects that
aren't bolted down,
including the rebel warriors, are picked
up by an invisi-
ble force and hurled to the end of the
the excitement, Artoo and Threepio have
fled down a
3 EXT. UTAPAU - DESERT WASTELAND - DAY3
A death white wasteland stretches from
horizon to hori-
zon. The tremendous heat of two
huge twin suns settles
on a lone figure, LUKE STARKILLER, a farm-boy
heroic aspirations; who looks much younger
twenty years. His short hair and
baggy tunic give him
the air of a simple-minded, but lovable
lout with a
prize-winning smile. His face is
partially covered by
a breath mask and goggles.
A light wind whips at him as he adjusts
on a large chrome pipe, which sticks out
of the desert
floor much like and oil-rig christmas
tree. He is aided
by a small, very beat-up tread-robot with
six claw arms.
The little robot appears to be barely
moves with jerky motions. A bright
sparkle in the morn-
ing sky catches Luke's eye, and he instinctively
pair of electrobinoculars from his utility
He stands transfixed for a few moments,
heavens, then dashes toward his dented,
Landspeeder (an auto-like transport that
travels a few
feet above the ground on a magnetic field).
He motions to the tiny robot, who is scooting
a tight circle, to follow him.
Hurry up! Come with me.
The robot stops short and smoke begins
to pour out of
every joint. Luke throws up his
arms in disgust.
Great, just great!
He gives the dwarf robot a swift kick in
the side, which
doesn't seem to make much difference.
The young farm boy
rushes to his landspeeder and zooms off
smoldering robot to hum madly.
4 INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - SUB-HALLWAY4
A series of explosions echo throughout
the ship as the
tall, gleaming Threepio rushes through
the narrow sub-
hallway yelling at Artoo, who is racing
along on a small
set of wheels under his center foot.
They're heading in this direction!
We'll be sent to the spice mines of
KESSEL or smashed into who-knows-
Artoo stops before the small hatch of an
pod. He snaps the seal on the main
latch and a red
warning light begins to flash. The
works his way into the cramped four-man
Hey! You're not permitted in there.
It's restricted. You'll be
deactivated for sure. Now come out
before someone sees you. Come on!
Artoo whistles something at his reluctant
I'm not getting in there. No more
adventures. It's too dangerous.
not that desperate.
Artoo isn't happy with Threepio's stubbornness
and he beeps
and twangs angrily.
Don't call me a mindless philosopher,
you overweight glob of grease...
A new explosion, this time very close,
sends dust and
debris through the narrow sub-hallway.
Flames lick at
Threepio, and after a flurry of electronic
Artoo, the lanky robot jumps into the
I'm going to regret this.
The safety door snaps shut, and with the
thunder of ex-
ploding latches, the tiny lifepod ejects
from the dis-
5 INT. IMPERIAL STARDESTROYER - COCKPIT5
On the main viewscreen, the lifepod carrying
the two ter-
rified robots speeds away from the stricken
There goes another one.
Hold you fire. No life forms.
It must have short-circuited. Don't
waste your power...
6 INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - COCKPIT CORRIDOR6
Darth Vader, the black knight, takes a
pole from one of the guards and brutally
jabs a captured
rebel officer in the chest.
Where is she? Where is it?
The rebel cries out as the spooky looking
Sith Lord be-
gins to twist his arm, creating a gruesome
popping of broken bones.
7 EXT. SKY OVER UTAPAU - LIFEPOD7
The reddish-yellow mass of Utapau seems
to engulf the
tiny lifepod containing the two robots.
of starships grows smaller as the pod
That's funny. the damage doesn't
look as bad from out here. Are you
sure this thing is safe?
8 EXT. ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - POWER STATION
A small settlement, consisting of a few
house type buildings, rests against one
of the huge rock
mesas. Heat waves radiate from the
dozen or so bleached
white buildings. Luke pilots his
the dusty, empty street of the tiny settlement.
WOMAN runs to get out of the way of the
shaking her fist at Luke as he flies past.
I've told you kids to slow down!
Luke pulls up behind a low concrete service
is all but covered by the shifting desert
rusted hulk of a landspeeder lies half-buried
to one side
of the building. Luke jumps out
of the speeder and runs
into the dilapidated power station.
9 INT. POWER STATION - DAY9
A dismantled speeder rests in the repair
bay of the sta-
tion. Inside the station's "office"
sits THE FIXER,
rugged-looking, about thirty years old,
with a big mous-
tache. On his lap sits CAMIE, a
sexy, disheveled girl
about eighteen. Her cloak is pulled
up and one of the
Chief's hands rests on her beautiful thigh.
both sound asleep. In a small room
behind the office
DEAK and WINDY, two tough boys about the
same age as
Luke, are playing a computer pool-like
game with BIGGS,
a tall, handsome startrooper cadet.
His flashy uniform
is a sharp contrast to the loose-fitting
tunic of farm
boys. A robot repairs some equipment
in the background.
Luke bounces in yelling excitedly, waking
The Fixer and
Camie. The others come in from the
other room, and
Camie jumps off The Fixer's lap, pulling
her dress down
in a sexy manner. Luke is surprised
at the appearance
Biggs, you're back! You graduated
from the academy, you're in the
Biggs has an air of cool that seems slightly
Of course, where you been kid?
You look great! The uniform and
Biggs snaps to attention.
Startrooper Biggs Darklighter,
guardian of the Bendu. At your
The dazzling spectacle of his uniformed
friend is almost
too much for Luke. His eyes glaze
over. Suddenly he
snaps out of it.
I almost forgot. There's a battle
going on! Right here in our system.
Come and look!
10 EXT. ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - POWER STATION
The group stumbles out into the stifling
Deak and The Fixer complain, and are forced
their eyes. Luke has his binoculars
out, scanning the
There they are!
Biggs takes the binoculars from Luke, as
strain to see something with the naked
the binoculars Biggs sees two small silver
That's no battle, kid... They're just
But there was a lot of firing earlier...
Camie grabs the binoculars away from Biggs,
against the building in the process.
Luke reaches for
Hey, easy with those...
Don't worry about it, Wormie.
Fixer gives Luke a hard look, and the young
shrugs his shoulders in resignation.
You're dreaming, kid. I don't think
the Empire wants to control this
system. Believe me, this place is
a big hunk of nothing...
Luke agrees, although it's obvious he isn't
The group stumbles back into the power
ling about Luke's ineptitude,
11 INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - NARROW SUB-HALLWAY11
A beautiful young girl about sixteen years
in a small alcove as the stormtroopers
the ship. She is LEIA ORGANA, a
rebel princess. The
fear in her eyes slowly gives way to anger
as the muted
crushing sounds of the approaching stormtroopers
louder. She steps from her hiding
place and blasts two
troopers with her laser pistol, but she
is greatly out-
numbered and quickly captured.
12-13 INT. REBEL SPACEFIGHTER - HALLWAY
Princess Leia is led down a low-ceilinged
hallway by a
squad of armored stormtroopers.
Her hands are bound
with brass bracelets, and she is brutally
she is unable to keep up with the briskly
troops. They enter a small gloomy
chamber where Darth
Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith, is sitting.
speaks in an oddly filtered voice through
Did you find anything?
It must be on board somewhere. Destroy
the ship and everything on it.
What if they sent a signal?
We would have picked it up... Nothing
got through... It's on the ship.
The Officer bows and leaves the chamber.
I'm a member of the senate. You
hold me... Organa Major is a neutral...
Vader raises his arm and as a sudden pain
she doubles up unable to continue.
Vader raises his arm
and a flask on the table mysteriously
jumps into his
open hand. He casually drinks from
Enough! I already know about the
data you've intercepted, but its'
too late. Whatever information you've
gathered will be destroyed... You will
come to know such suffering as only
the Master of the Bogan Force can
You'll get no information from me.
You have no authority... the council
can't hold me!
It appears your ship had an accident.
I will see to it that your death is
duely reported. There will be no
to save you this time.
His frightening laugh rings throughout
14 EXT. UTAPAU - EDGE OF THE DUNE SEA14
JUNDLAND, or "No Man's Land," where the
mesas meet the foreboding dune sea.
The two helpless
astro-robots kick up clouds of dust as
they leave the
lifepod and clumsily work their way across
What a forsaken place this is.
We seem to be made to suffer. It's
our lot in life. I've got to rest
before I fall apart. My joints are
Suddenly Artoo makes a sharp right turn
and starts off
in the direction of the rocky desert mesas.
stops and yells at him.
Where do you think you're going?!?
A stream of electronic noises pour forth
from the small
Well, I'm not going that way. It's
too rocky. This way is much easier.
What makes you think there are
settlements that way?
Artoo counters with a long whistle.
Don't get technical with me. I've
had just about enough of you. Go
that way, go on! You'll be
malfunctioning within a day, you
near-sighted scrap pile!
He shoves Artoo and the tiny robot tumbles
down a small
dune. Threepio starts off in the
direction of the vast
dune sea as little Artoo struggles to
his feet and shakes
a metallic claw at his ex-partner.
... and don't let me catch you
following me, begging for help...
because you won't get it!
Artoo's reply is a rather rude sound.
He turns and
trudges off in the direction of the towering
15 EXT. UTAPAU - DUNE SEA15
Threepio, hot tired, struggles up over
the ridge of
a dune, only to find more dunes, which
seems to go on
for endless miles. He looks back
in the direction of
the now distant rock mesas.
You little malfunctioning twerp.
This is all your fault. You tricked
me into going this way, but you'll do
He sits in a huff of anger and frustration,
sand from his joints. His plight
seems hopeless, when
a glint of reflected light in the distance
object moving toward him. The bronze
frantically and yells at the approaching
16 INT. POWER STATION - DAY16
Luke and Biggs are sitting in a corner
of the now empty
power station. Biggs has had a little
too much to drink
and sloppily leans close to Luke.
I'll tell you, Luke, and this is
between you and me. The star force
isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Frankly, it's a bore, and it's going
to stay that way as long as this
system is neutral...
But you always said things were so
great at the academy... What happened?
The academy is fantastic... Of course,
they won't teach you anything about
flying you don't already know. Most
of the instructors are very conservative
pilots. You can fly circles around
them... but there is a lot on the
scientific side that is down-right
amazing, and you get a lot of
discipline... but after you graduate,
don't join the star force -- go
free-lance. It's the only way to
into the action... I can't wait until
my hitch is up.
At least you're doing something... I'd
give anything to be in your position.
Just be warned, that things aren't
always as they seem... especially the
starforce recruiting posters.
They quietly sit in the dim coolness of
the station hav-
ing run out of things to say. Luke
finishes his drink
and stands up.
It's getting late. I've got to get
back or my uncle's going to kill me.
17 EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON17
The gargantuan rock formations are shrouded
in a strange
foreboding mist, and the ominous sounds
creatures fill the air. Artoo moves
the creepy rock canyon, inadvertently
making a loud
clicking noise as he goes. He hears
a distant, hard
metallic sound and stops for a moment.
Convinced he is
alone, he continues on his way.
In the distance, a pebble tumbles down
the steep canyon
wall and a small, dark figure darts into
the shadows. A
little further up the canyon a slight
flicker of light
reveals a pair of eyes in the dark recesses,
only a few
feet from the narrow path.
The unsuspecting robot waddles along the
until suddenly, out of nowhere, a powerful
shoots out of the rocks and engulfs him
in an eerie glow.
He manages one short electronic squeak
before he topples
over onto his back. His bright computer
off, then on, then off again. Out
of the rocks scurry
three MEN, no taller than Artoo.
They holster strange
and complex weapons as they cautiously
robot. They wear grubby cloaks,
and their faces are
shrouded so that only their yellow eyes
can be seen.
They hiss and make odd guttural sounds
as they heave the
heavy robot to their shoulders and carry
him off down the
18 EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON - SANDCRAWLER
The eight dwarves, or JAWAS as they're
carry Artoo out of the canyon to a huge
the size of a two-story house. They
place the robot under
a large tube on the side of the vehicle,
and the little
robot is sucked into the giant machine.
The filthy little Jawas scurry like rats
up small lad-
ders and enter the main cabin of the behemoth
19 INT. SAND CRAWLER - HOLD AREA19
It is dim inside the hold area of the sand
Artoo switches on a small floodlight on
his forehead and
stumbles around the scrap heap.
The narrow beam swings
across rusty metal rocket parts and an
array of gro-
tesquely twisted and maimed astro-robots.
He lets out a
pathetic electronic whimper and stumbles
off toward what
appears to be a door at the end of the
20 INT. SAND CRAWLER - PRISON AREA20
Artoo enters a wide room with a four-foot
the middle of the scrap heap sit a dozen
or so robots
of various shapes and sizes. Some
are engaged in elec-
tronic conversation, while others simply
A voice of recognition calls out from
Artoo Detoo! It's you!
A battered Threepio scrambles up to Artoo
21 EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON - SAND CRAWLER
The enormous sand crawler lumbers off toward
nificent twin suns, which are slowly setting
distant mountain ridge.
22-23 INT. ALDERAAN - PRISON CORRIDOR AND
Two stormtroopers open an electronic cell
door and allow
a group of Imperial guards to enter.
face is filled with defiance, which slowly
gives way to
fear as Darth Vader enters with a giant
Now you will tell me what you did
with the data you gathered. Even
if that information should find its
way to Mouff Tarkin's legions, it
will do them no good. Your plight
is truly hopeless.
Leia stares at the evil lord with determination.
You will tell me the location of
your hidden bases, and you will tell
me what happened to the data you stole.
The door slides shut. The long cell
appears peaceful with armored stormtroopers
back and forth. The muffled sounds
of the princess'
screaming are barely heard.
24 EXT. SAND CRAWLER - DESERT WASTELAND
A harsh gale blows across the bleak gray
surface of the
endless desert wasteland. The morning
sky presses down
on the huge sand crawler as it slowly
climbs one of the
massive sand dunes, then disappears down
the other side.
25 INT. SAND CRAWLER - PRISON AREA25
Threepio and Artoo noisily bounce along
cramped prison chamber. Artoo appears
to be shut off.
Will this never end?
Suddenly the trembling and bouncing of
the sand crawler
stops, creating quite a commotion among
men. Threepio shakes Artoo, and
his computer lights
Wake up! Wake up! We've stopped!!
We're doomed! This is the end...
you think they'll melt us down?
At the far end of the long chamber a hatch
the chamber with blinding white light.
A dozen or so
Jawas make their way through the odd assortment
robots, placing a small chrome ring to
the wrists of the
ones they select. Artoo and Threepio
are among the
chosen, and are herded outside with several
26 EXT. UTAPAU - LAR'S HOMESTEAD - AFTERNOON26
Five battered robots, including Artoo and
lined up in front of the enormous sand
is parked beside a small homestead consisting
rundown block houses.
The Jawas scurry around fussing over the
straightening them up, or brushing some
dust from a
dented metallic elbow. The shrouded
smell horribly, attracting small insects
to the dark
areas where their mouths and nostrils
Out of the shadows of a dingy side-building
LARS, a large burly man in his mid-fifties.
eyes are sunken in a dust-covered face.
As the weather-
beaten farmer carefully inspects each
of the robots, he
is closely followed by his slump-shouldered
Starkiller. One of the vile little
Jawas walks ahead
of the farmer spouting an animated sales
pitch in a
queer unintelligible language.
Owen picks out a small astro-robot similar
to Artoo, and
it waddles along behind the group.
The limping farmer
stops in front of Threepio and studies
Do you speak 'Bocce'?
Yes, sir, I'm See Threepio, Human-
Cyborg relations. I have a full
That's enough. Luke, take them to
the garage and I want you to have
both of them cleaned up by dinner.
As the Jawas start to lead the three remaining
back into the sand crawler, Artoo lets
out a pathetic
little beep and starts after his old friend
but is restrained by a slimy little Jawa,
who zaps him
with a little control box. Owen
is negotiating with the
head Jawa, when Luke notices something
on the R-2 unit.
Uncle Owen, this R-2 unit has a bad
He lifts the R-2 unit's claw arm and it
to the robot's side. Owen argues
with the Jawas for a
few moments; then with a little reluctance
dwarf trades the damaged astro-robot for
Owen pays off the whining Jawa as Luke
and the two
robots trudge off toward a grimy and decaying
on the far side of the homestead.
Several large rodents
scatter as they pass.
27 INT. LAR'S HOMESTEAD - GARAGE AREA -
The garage is cluttered and worn, but a
ful atmosphere permeates the low gray
chamber. In the
center of the room Threepio lowers himself
into a large
tub filled with warm oil. Near the
speeder" little Artoo rests on a large
battery with a
cord attached to his face.
Thanks the maker! This is going
feel sooo good. I've got such a
case of dust contamination, I can
Artoo beeps a muffled reply. Luke
is slouched in the
corner with his feet up on a bench, watching
sized TV set. A woman's voice calls
out from the other
Luke jumps to his feet, turns off the TV
set and starts
dusting little Artoo with an oily rag.
Yes, Aunt Beru... I'm in here.
Come to dinner.
Luke drops the rag and dashes out of the
28 INT. LAR'S HOMESTEAD - LIVING AREA -
Luke and his uncle Owen sit before a table
steaming bowls of food. AUNT BERU,
a plump, gray-
haired matron, carries in a pitcher of
blue milk. Luke
is in a good mood, and gobbles down his
Well, I'm sure glad we finally
bought those extra 'droids.' I'm
sending my application to the
academy first thing in the morning.
Luke's Uncle Owen has a scowl on his face
to be in a very grumpy mood.
First thing tomorrow morning you're
going to check those condensing units
on the south ridge.
I will, but I'll have enough time
to transmit my application first.
You'll check the condensing unit
first... and you're not going to bed
until those 'droids' are completely
But you promised! I've saved enough
money and now you have the extra help
... you promised!
I said we'd see.
(pauses for a
And as it is, I was forced to borrow
your academy savings to buy the new
'droids.' When you've saved it up
again, I'll let you go.
You used my savings! You stole my
savings. If my father were here...
Your father's dead. Don't ever forget
who's taking care of you, giving you
food, giving you shelter, and giving
you the allowance in the first place.
If you plan to work at the academy the
way you work around here, you won't
last very long. I don't want another
word. Finish your dinner, then finish
cleaning those 'droids.'
Luke pushes his half-eaten plate of food
aside and rushes
out of the room. Owen mechanically
finishes his dinner
afraid to look at his quietly sympathetic
Owen, you know it means so much to
him. Couldn't you have been a little
easier with him?
The academy won't treat him any
differently. If he's going to
become a cadet, he'll have to get used
29 EXT. UTAPAU - LAR'S HOMESTEAD - GARAGE
AREA - DUSK29
The giant twin suns of Utapau slowly disappear
a distant dune range. Luke stands
watching them for a
few moments, then reluctantly enters the
30 INT. LAR'S HOMESTEAD - GARAGE AREA -
Threepio is wiping the oil from his glistening
body and little Artoo is still plugged
into the power
unit. Luke is very angry and slams
a wrench across the
It just isn't fair!
Threepio timidly approaches the fuming
I beg your pardon, sir, but you appear
to be quite distraught. Is there
anything I might do to help?
Luke glances at the battered robot and
a bit of his anger
drains and a tiny smile creeps across
Not unless you could get me into the
military academy at Anchorhead.
I'm sorry, sir, I'm only a 'droid,'
and not very knowledgeable of such
things... not on this system anyway.
As a matter of fact, I'm not even
sure which system we're on.
That's all right. There is nothing
anyone can do about it. You can
call me Luke.
Thank you, sir. I'm See Threepio,
Human Cyborg relations, and this is
my counterpart, Artoo Detoo.
Luke unplugs Artoo and begins to scrape
on the robot's head with a chrome pick.
tinues to dry himself.
There's a lot of carbon scoring here.
It looks like you boys have seen a
lot of action...
Indeed, sir, sometimes I'm amazed
we're in as good shape as we are,
what with the rebellion and all...
Luke sparks to life at the mention of rebellion.
You've been in the Counter Wars?...
Against the Empire?
That's how we came to be in your
service, if you take my meaning...
Tell me where you've been. I am
going to become a startrooper and
fight in the wars. My father was
Jedi! Were you in many battles?
Several, I think. There is not much
to tell. I'm not much more than
interpreter, and not very good at
telling stories, not at making them
Luke struggles to remove a small metal
Artoo's neck joint. He uses a larger
Well, my little friend, you've got
something jammed in here real good...
Were you on a star-cruiser or a...
The fragment breaks loose with a snap,
sending Luke tumb-
ling head over heels. He sits up
and sees a small (15
inch) 3-D hologram of Leia Organa, the
being projected from the face of little
Artoo. The image
is a rainbow of colors as it flickers
and jiggles in the
dimly lit garage. Luke's mouth hangs
open in awe.
Whoever finds this message, I beg you
see this R-2 unit delivered safely to
the authorities on Organa Major.
It is of the most vital importance
to all free systems. I guarantee
the name of the United Assembly that
you will be richly rewarded for your
efforts... My Commanders, use fix
Arra Code... X loc tan too nine, I am
lost. The Sith Lord will surely
me to Alderaan. You must continue
There is a little static, then the transmission
short. A grave concern sweeps over
Luke, and he runs
out of the garage.
Uncle Owen! Aunt Beru!
31 INT. LAR'S HOMESTEAD - KITCHEN AREA
Now that night has fallen, the interior
of the home-
stead is filled with a warm glow.
Luke rushes in as
his Aunt Beru is putting the last of the
What is is, dear?
Luke is out of breath and takes a few moments
himself. A realization crosses his
mind and he suddenly
seems much calmer.
Ahh... I... I'm finished with the
droids and I wondered if I could...
ahhh... work on my speeder before I
I'm sure that would be all right.
But not too late, dear.
Luke gives his aunt a big hug. He
seems suddenly very
sentimental and serious.
I love you, Aunt Beru. I really
He gives her a little kiss on the cheek
Now what's gotten into that boy?
32 EXT. UTAPAU - LAR'S HOMESTEAD - COURTYARD
Morning slowly creeps into the sparse,
oasis of the open courtyard. The
idyll is broken by the
yelling of Uncle Owen, his voice echoing
Luke! Luke! Where could he
Owen enters the courtyard in a huff, scattering
gopher-like rodents. He opens the
garage and notices the
battered old landspeeder id missing.
Beru! Come here!
33 INT. LAR'S HOMESTEAD - GARAGE AREA -
Owen enters the garage and looks around.
He picks up
a magazine-like video slate sitting propped
up on the
bench. It generates a soft glow,
as if it had been left
on "hold." Beru hurries into the
What is it?
As Owen picks up the video-slate, it turns
itself on and
Luke's image appears.
Aunt Beru, Uncle Owen, I don't mean
to hurt you and I know you've been
good to me, but I'm leaving. There
are important things I must do.
taken my speeder and the 'droids' which
you bought with my savings. I've
taken my father's lightsaber. You
keep everything else. I am grateful
for all you've done. I'll miss you,
Aunt Beru. I love you both...
The image fades and the old couple stare
at one another.
Beru's face is filled with a great loos.
turns and leaves the garage, and Owen
That boy is going to get himself
killed... He's just like his father.
34 INT. LUKE'S SPEEDER - DESERT WASTELAND
(TRAVELING) - DAY 34
The rock and sand of the desert floor are
a blur as
Threepio pilots the sleek landspeeder
the vast wasteland. Luke rides precariously
on the back
trunk of the vehicle adjusting something
in the motor
Threepio signals that it is fine, and Luke
into the wind-whipped cockpit and slides
the canopy shut.
I've never been this far beyond the
dune sea before. Biggs said the
things out here were weird and savage,
but it doesn't look like there is much
out here to me. I think we should
be there soon. General Kenobi was
father's commander, and he is probably
the greatest of all the Jedi knights...
or at least my father thought so.
will certainly know what to do.
35 EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK MESA - DUNE SEA -
COASTLINE - DAY35
From high on a rock mesa, the tiny landspeeder
seen gliding across the desert floor.
Suddenly in the
foreground two weather-beaten Tusken Raiders,
their grimy desert cloaks, peer over the
edge of the
rock mesa. One of the marginally
human creatures raises
a long ominous laser-rifle, and points
it at the speeder,
but the second creature grabs the gun
before it can be
The Tusken Raiders speak in a coarse barbaric
as they begin to get into an animated
The second Tusken seems to get in the final
the nomads scurry over the rocky terrain
to where two
large BANTHAS are standing tied to a rock.
sterous bear-like creatures are as large
with huge red eyes, tremendous looped
horns, and long
furry dinosaur-like tails. The raiders
strapped to the huge creature's shaggy
backs and ride
off down the rugged bluff.
36 EXT. UTAPAU - SAND DUNE - DAY36
The battered landspeeder is parked on the
top of a huge
sand dune. Luke, with his long-barreled
slung over his shoulder, makes his way
past the bleached
bones of a dinosaur-like beast.
When he reaches the top
of the ridge, he searches the landscape
with his electro-
binoculars. Threepio lifts Artoo
out of the speeder and
the stubby little robot struts around
joints between irritated whistles.
Luke is depressed as
he returns to the speeder.
According to my father's tapes, this
is the spot where General Kenobi lives,
but the instruments just don't match
up with the landscape... There is no
doubt about it, we're lost...
If you don't mind my saying so, sir,
I don't see how anyone could live in
this forsaken place.
Well, I don't know what to do now.
We'll just have to head inland and
see if we can't find a settlement.
37 INT. LUKE'S LANDSPEEDER - ROCK CANYON
FLOOR (TRAVELING) 37
Threepio maneuvers the powerful landspeeder
several massive boulders in the narrow
canyon, as Luke
intently studies the pulsing radar scope.
Something is definitely in the next
canyon. There are two or three of
them, maybe more.
I don't like the looks of it. It
could be Tusken Raiders or...
anything. You'd better stop and
try to get a look at them.
38 EXT. UTAPAU - CANYON RIDGE - DAY38
Luke carefully makes his way to the top
of a rocky ridge
and scans the canyon with his electrobinoculars,
he spots the two riderless Banthas.
up behind the young adventurer.
I think we'd better go another way.
There are two Banthas down there.
I don't see any... wait a minute.
They're Tusken Raiders all right!
I see one of them...
Luke watches the distant Tusken Raider
through his elec-
trobinoculars. Suddenly something
huge moves in front
of his field of view. Before Luke
or Threepio can
react, a large gruesome Tusken Raider
looms over them.
Threepio is startled and backs away, right
off the side
of the cliff. He can be heard for
several moments as he
clangs, bangs and rattles down the side
of the mountain.
The towering creature brings down his glowing
sword, but Luke manages to block the blow
laser-rifle, which is neatly cut in half.
farm boy scrambles backward until he is
able to ignite
his own laser-sword and defend himself.
In a flurry of
blows Luke is forced to the edge of a
deep crevice. Luke
stumbles under the mighty blows of the
drops his sword and almost tumbles over
the cliff to his
death. He hangs on for dear life
as his feet dangle
over the abyss. The sinister Raider
stands over him and
lets out a horrible shrieking laugh that
throughout the canyon.
39 EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON FLOOR - DAY39
Artoo forces himself into the shadows of
a small alcove
in the rocks as the vicious Tuskens walk
armloads of supplies from the battered
they disappear, Artoo squirms out of his
and waddles into the clearing where the
The vehicle has been ransacked, and Luke
is hanging in
a state of bewilderment about ten feet
in the air.
Large gold bracelets with small antenna
to his wrists and ankles. He is
slowly rotating. Artoo stands above
his master and
beeps a few words of astonishment.
Well, don't just sit there. Get
something to get me down!
Artoo starts searching for something in
the speeder that
he might use to get his master down.
He pulls a long
length of wire out of the engine compartment
and ties it
into a lasso. As Luke slowly rotates
swings the rope and catches the boy around
The line goes taut but rather than pulling
little Artoo is pulled up as if he had
roped a windmill.
The stubby robot lets out an electronic
shriek and drops
to the ground with a crash.
We'll have to short circuit these
At that moment footsteps are heard coming
narrow canyon. Artoo scampers back
into his hiding place.
Luke's face is a roadmap of agony as the
A huge menacing shadow on the canyon wall
gives way to a
shabby old desert rat of a man, who appears
to be at
least seventy years old. His ancient
cracked and weathered by exotic climates,
is set off by
dark, penetrating eyes, and a scraggly
white beard. BEN
KENOBI squints his eyes as he scrutinizes
Luke in his
What do you mean, 'good morning'?
Do you mean that it is a good morning
for you, or do you wish me a good
morning, although it is obvious I'm
not having one, or do you find that
mornings in general are good?
All of them altogether.
You seem to have gotten yourself
into a fine mess! What happened?
The wizened old man begins to giggle like
putting his frail hand to his mouth in
a vain attempt
to contain himself. Luke becomes
Tusken Raiders caught me off guard...
Well, kill me or cut me down, but
don't just leave me here, 'cause
I'm about to go out off my mind.
Much to Luke's surprise, the old codger
draws his laser-
pistol and blasts Luke point blank.
The young farmer
disappears in a cloud of smoke and drops
to the ground.
The old man leans over the boy as he rolls
over with a
Sorry, but that was the only way to
get you down.
Couldn't we have tried to think of
something else first!
You're lucky those Tuskens didn't
boil you before they hung you out to
dry. They're not the friendly sort.
You'd best be moving on before they
Luke staggers to his feet as Artoo waddles
up behind him
and lets out a pathetic little beep.
Luke hobbles off toward the canyon bluff.
40 EXT. UTAPAU - GRAVEL PIT- ROCK MESA
Little Artoo stops at the edge of a large
and begins to chatter away in electronic
beeps. Luke slides down to where
a very dented and
tangled Threepio lies half buried in the
He tries to revive the inert robot by shaking
then flips a hidden switch on his back
until finally the mechanical man's systems
What happened? I'm sorry, sir, I
must have taken a bad step...
Can you stand? We've got to get
of here before those Tuskens come
I can't make it. You go on, master
Luke. It doesn't make sense for
to risk yourself on my account.
No, you're not. What kind of talk
The young farmer helps the battered robot
to his feet.
Old Ben and little Artoo watch from the
top of the pit.
41 EXT. UTAPAU - ROCK CANYON FLOOR - DAY41
Luke and Old Ben struggle to help Threepio
low-slung speeder. Artoo follows
them, carrying a
clawful of tiny parts which have dropped
of his friend.
What brings a young boy like you way
Luke bristles at the use of "boy."
I'm Luke Starkiller, guardian of the
Oh, so you're a warrior then?
Of course. I'm a Bendu officer.
Ben studies the young farmer through narrowed
suppresses a smile.
Did you take me for a trapper of a
farmer? Good! Then my disguise
all right. I was afraid I might
Luke notices the old man is impressed with
and begins to feel expansive.
You can never be too careful in these
times. A Bendu officer never gives
himself away. I'm actually on a
dangerous mission that's of the
gravest importance to the...
Luke suddenly realizes the old man might
be an Imperial
spy and a worried look crosses his face.
You're right! I could be an Imperial
spy. For a Bendu officer, you're
quite a fool.
Luke is embarrassed and concentrates on
Who are you anyway?
You might say I'm part of the
landscape here. They call me Ben
Luke is dumbstruck. Then with a combination
of awe and
excitement he finds his voice.
You're General Kenobi?!? The Jedi
knight! The commander of the White
I'm afraid it's been a long time
since the White Legions roamed the
stars. But I have the memories.
Luke drops to his knees and bows before
the old Jedi.
I should have recognized you.
The old man rubs his beard in wonder.
I don't see why. I don't believe
we've ever met.
I am the son of Annikin Starkiller.
The scruffy old Jedi smiles at the kneeling
I know who you are. Stand up so
that we can talk properly. You're
embarrassing me. I'm not that
But you are... I know your 'Diary
of the Clone Wars' by heart. My
A sudden thought crosses Luke's mind and
turns to embarrassed silence.
I... I'm not a Bendu Officer. I'm
not even a startrooper.
I know that.
You saw through me?
You could put it that way.
I assure you my intentions weren't
I know your intentions. I probably
know much more about you than you
realize. In many ways you're a lot
like your father. He was an indulgent
man, but a clever warrior. Now what
brings you out here?
My father told me many stories about
you. He said if I was ever in trouble,
to come here... I need your help.
42 INT. CAVE DWELLING - MAIN LIVING AREA
The clean but spartan cave dwelling radiates
an air of
time worn comfort and security.
The image of the beau-
tiful rebel princess is projected from
... that you will be richly rewarded
for your efforts... My commanders use
fix Arra code... X loc tan too nine.
I am lost. The Sith lords will surely
take me to Alderaan. You must continue
There is a little static and the transmission
short. The old man leans back and
scratches his head.
He silently puffs on a tarnished chrome
I'm afraid I've gotten too old for
this sort of thing.
But you must! I can't do it alone.
I'm not at all like my father. I'd
never make it.
I already know you think you're
worthless. I recommend you learn
think of yourself in a better light,
for what you believe you are is what
you become. I haven't been involved
in anything like this for many years.
But the Sith Lords are involved!
Whatever information this R-2 unit
is carrying, it must be awfully
important. They're probably looking
for him... I'm no match for the Sith.
This is a Jedi's work. This is your
Not any more!
The old man suddenly ignites in a rage
and swings his
left forearm down across the solid metal
table with a
mighty blow. His arm cracks in two,
wires and electronic components.
I'm not the same. I'm too old.
lost too much. You don't seem to
realize I've become an outlaw, to be
hunted... and killed.
Luke bows his head in sorrow for one of
warriors in the galaxy and a fallen idol.
Ben is em-
barrassed and makes a needless adjustment
on the pot
belly thermal heater, which radiates a
warm glow through-
out the room. Little Artoo begins
to pick up the pieces
of the old man's arm and reassemble them.
dented Threepio breaks the awkward silence
If you'll not be needing me any more,
I think I'll shut down for awhile.
Luke nods his head. Old Ben leans
back in his chair.
Son, I'm sorry I lost control.
Perhaps we should talk about this in
43 INT. CAVE DWELLING - SLEEPING AREA -
Luke tosses and turns in his sleep.
peacefully. Luke keeps hearing the
voice of Princess
Leia calling out for help. Suddenly
he sits up with a
start. He hears Leia's voice coming
from the main
living area. Luke climbs out of
bed and quietly makes
his way through the darkened dwelling.
He stops at the
entrance to the main room.
44 INT. CAVE SWELLING - MAIN LIVING AREA
Ben is sitting before the flickering hologram
Princess Leia. The old man rests
his head in his one
good arm. His back is to Luke, but
he senses the boy's
Luke, come here... sit down.
Luke walks over and sits across from the
You were right. It is my
responsibility. The Force of
Others brought the message to you and
then it brought you to me.
My father used to talk about the
Force of Others. But he never told
me what it was...
Let's just say the Force is something
a Jedi Warrior deals with. It is
energy field in oneself, a power that
controls ones acts, yet obeys ones
commands. It is nothing, yet it
marvels appear before your very eyes.
All living things generate this Force
field, even you.
You mean I generate an energy field?
It surrounds you and radiates from
you. A Jedi can feel it flowing
... from here!
Could I learn to feel it?
The old man leans back and scratches his
That is not a human decision, not
your or mine.
What do you mean?
It means you'd better get some rest.
We'll be leaving for Mos Eisley
first thing in the morning. The
trip will be difficult and dangerous,
but it's the only spaceport with
ships large enough to get us to
Organa Major. Now go on!
Luke reluctantly stands and heads for the
45 EXT. UTAPAU - ENTRANCE TO CAVE DWELLING
Artoo and Threepio carry supplies out of
the cave dwell-
ing to where Luke loads them into the
Ben emerges into the sunlight and stretches
his new arm.
It looks like a good day for travel.
The Force is with us.
Ben walks over to the speeder and puts
his hand on Luke's
Luke, I'm coming along to do what
I can, but I'm tired and I'm depending
on you to get us through.
But you're still a powerful Jedi.
You don't need my help.
A Jedi's power is measured by the
amount of the Force that is stored
within him, and I have little of the
Force left in me.
How can you store an energy field
When a creature dies, the force it
generated remains. The Force is
around us. It can be collected and
transmitted through the use of a
Kiber crystal. It's the only way
amplify the power of the Force within
Don't you have a Kiber crystal?
I had one, but it was taken at the
battle of Condawn...
That's where my father was killed.
Yes. It was a black day. One
my disciple's took the crystal and
became a Sith Lord. It was a black
day. The few crystals that remain
are in the possession of the Sith
Lords on Alderaan. That's how they've
become so powerful.
Do the Sith know the ways of the
They use the Bogan Force.
Like Bogan weather, or bogan times.
I thought that was just a saying.
There are two halves of the Force of
Others. One is positive and will
you if you learn how to use it.
the others half will kill you if you
aren't careful. This negative side
of the Force is called the Bogan,
which is where the expression came
from, and it is the part that is used
by the Dark Lords to destroy their
opponents. Both halves are always
present. The Force is on your right,
the Bogan is on your left. The Kiber
Crystal can amplify either one.
Crystal Darth stole was the last one
in the possession of the Jedi. When
he joined the Sith, the power of the
Dark Lords was completed.
Artoo and Threepio are already in the speeder,
and old Ben climb in. The speeder
starts with a low hum.
46 INT. ALDERAAN - CRYSTAL CHAMBER46
Three SITH LORDS are on their knees praying
shining crystal placed on a tall altar.
They mumble a
strange electronic chant.
Darth, did you feel that?
Darth stands and stares at the crystal.
Was it an omen? What is it?
Something old has been awakened.
Force has suddenly grown stronger,
must travel future paths with caution.
They file out of the chamber.
47 EXT. UTAPAU - BLUFF OVERLOOKING MOS
The speeder zooms across the desert wasteland
eventually stops on a bluff overlooking
at MOS EISLEY. It is a haphazard
array of low gray con-
crete structures and semi-domes.
A harsh gale blows
across the stark canyon floor. Luke
adjusts his goggles
and walks to the edge of the craggy bluff,
where Ben is
Well, there it is, Mos Eisley. A
more wretched hive of scum and
villainy can't be found this side
of the empire...
48 EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - SLUM DWELLING
Luke stops the speeder before the remains
of a burnt-
out spaceship the size of a large jet
scruffy figures huddle around a small
attempting to use the decaying building
against the howling winds. One of
the rag-tag figures
ventures over to the group in the speeder.
obvious from his pint size that he is
a Jawa. Artoo
lets out a string of electronic beeps
I begging your pardon, sir, but watch
out for this thing.
The wretched little creature moves close
to the speeder
and begins to run his gnarled hand across
Clinga fouf. Zoom zoom. Chiq?
Where are the men who fly in the
Saliva dribbles from the dark hole where
the Jawa's face
should be and drops, splat on the hood
of the speeder.
Threepio repeats the question in the Jawa's
and the vile creature points to the far
end of the street
and mumbles something.
He says there's an inn down the
street. Lots of fliers there.
I wouldn't take his word for it.
The Jawa continues to fondle the speeder
as Luke starts
the magno-system. The filthy creature
away as the speeder takes off and glides
down the dingy
spaceport street. A giant lizard
scurries out of the
wretched spaceship chased by a stubby
49 EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - CANTINA
The speeder pulls up in front of a rundown,
cantina on the outskirts of the spaceport.
strange forms of transport, including
beasts of burden, are parked outside the
I can't abide those Jawas. Disgusting
Take care in here. I don't like
looks of this place.
Luke, Ben and the two robots climb out
of the speeder,
and brace themselves against the constant
50 INT. MOS EISLEY CANTINA - DAY50
The young adventurer and his two mechanical
low Ben Kenobi into the smoke-filled cantina.
murky, moldy den is filled with a startling
weird and exotic alien creatures and monsters,
at the long metallic bar. At first
the sight is horrifying.
One-eyed, thousand-eyed, slimy, furry,
and claws huddle over drinks. Ben
and Luke move to an
empty spot at the bar near a group of
human Corellian pirates. A huge,
BARTENDER comes over to Luke and the robots.
We don't serve 'their kind' in here.
Luke, still recovering from the shock of
seeing so many
outlandish creatures, doesn't quite catch
Your 'droids' will have to wait
outside. We don't serve 'em here.
Luke looks to Old Ben who is busy talking
to one of the
Corellian pirates. He notices that
several of the grue-
some creatures along the bar are giving
him a very un-
Yes, of course. I'm so sorry.
(turns to Threepio)
You'd better stay with the speeder.
We don't want any trouble. I'll...
ahh... bring you something.
Threepio and his stubby partner go outside
and most of
the creatures at the bar go back to their
is standing next to CHEWBACCA, an eight
savage-looking creature resembling a huge
monkey with fierce 'baboon-like' fangs.
yellow eyes dominate a fur-covered face
and soften his
otherwise awesome appearance. Over
his matted, furry
body he wears two chrome bandoliers, a
painted in a bizarre camouflage pattern,
shorts, and little else. He is a
two hundred year old
WOOKIEE, and a sight to behold.
Ben speaks to the
Wookiee in his own language, which is
a little more than
a series of grunts. The old man
points to Luke several
times during the conversation and the
suddenly lets out a horrifying laugh.
Luke is more than
a little bit disconcerted, and pretends
not to hear the
conversation between Ben and the Giant
Wookiee. He is
terrified, but tries not to show it.
He quietly sips
his drink, looking over the crowd for
a more sympathetic
ear or whatever.
A large, multiple-eyed CREATURE gives Luke
Negola dewaghi wooldugger?!?
The hideous freak is obviously drunk.
Luke tries to
ignore the Creature and turns back to
his drink. A
short, grubby HUMAN and an even smaller
beast join the belligerent monstrosity.
He doesn't like you.
I don't like you either.
The big Creature is getting agitated and
unintelligible gibberish at the now rather
Don't insult us. You just watch
yourself. We're wanted men.
have the death sentence on twelve
I'll be careful then.
You'll be dead.
The rodent lets out a loud grunt and everything
bar moves away. Luke tries to remain
cool, but it
isn't easy. His three adversaries
ready their weapons.
Old Ben moves in behind Luke.
This little one isn't worth the
effort. Come let me buy you
A powerful blow from the unpleasant Creature
young would-be Jedi sailing across the
through tables and breaking a large jug
filled with a
foul-looking liquid. With a blood-curdling
monster draws a wicked chrome laser pistol
from his belt
and levels it at Old Ben. The Bartender
No blasters! No blasters!
With an astounding agility, Old Ben's laser-sword
to life and in a flash an arm lies on
the floor. The
rodent is cut in two and the giant, multiple-eyed
lies doubled, cut from chin to groin.
Ben carefully and
precisely turns off his laser-sword and
replaces it on
his utility belt. Luke, shaking
and totally amazed at
the old man's abilities, attempts to stand.
fight has lasted only a matter of seconds.
goes back to normal, although Ben is given
amount of room at the bar. Luke,
rubbing his bruised
head, approaches the old man with new
Chewbacca here is first-mate on a
ship that might suit our needs.
Luke is still giddy, and downs a fresh
51 EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - ALLEYWAY
Luke, Ben and the two lumbering robots
follow the giant
Wookiee along a narrow slum alleyway crowded
darkly-clad creatures hawking exotic goods
little stalls. Men, monsters and
robots crouch in waste-
filled doorways whispering and hiding
from the hot winds.
The group enters a small doorway n a decaying
building at the far end of the alley.
guide a small herd of anteaters down the
52 INT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING
Chewbacca leads the group along a tall
looking a long Rube Goldburg-pieced together
tion, which can only be loosely called
Luke gives Old Ben a skeptical look.
Old Ben just
smiles. As they approach the ship,
it looks even more
homemade and shabby than it did at a distance.
Wookiee calls out to someone inside the
ship, but there
is no reply.
What a piece of junk. This ship
isn't going to get us anywhere!
A tall figure steps out of the shadows
of the imposing
This is HAN SOLO, a tough James Dean style
about twenty-five years old. A cowboy
in a starship
-- simple, sentimental and cocksure of
This ship has been to Terminus and
back. There isn't anyplace she
can't go. She may not look like
much, but she's special. I built
her myself, and there is nothing
faster... What can I do for you?
Chewbacca steps forward and explains who
are and what they want.
I'm Han Solo, Captain of this
vessel. Who's in charge then?
I'm Ben Kenobi. Luke Starkiller
here is leading our expedition.
Luke is taken by surprise, thinking that
Ben was going
to take care of things. Han turns
Organa Major is a rebel system.
There will be quite a few starfleet
patrols between here and there...
It could be a little tricky if you
want to avoid them... ten thousand.
That's pretty steep. We'd like to
talk it over first.
Ben and Luke step to one side.
We don't have that kind of money.
How much do you think I can get for
Five, maybe. Let me handle it.
Ben turns back to the young starcaptain.
Five thousand now and five thousand
Han thinks about this for a second.
You got yourself a ship. We can
as soon as you're ready.
We have a little business to take care
of first, but it shouldn't take long.
We'll be back shortly.
Artoo and Threepio follow Luke and Ben
as they hurry
out of the starship hangar.
What if we can't get five thousand?
Ben glances back at Threepio.
We may have to sell one the
A great worry sweeps across Luke's face
as he looks back
at the two unaware robots faithfully following
Han Solo grins and slaps the monsterous
Well, old buddy, we're free, and it's
an easy charter at that.
Chewbacca doesn't share Han's enthusiasm,
and makes a
couple of worrisome grunts.
Yeah, yeah, I know we still have a
problem, but maybe we'll be gone by
the time H2 gets back.
A commotion filters down from the entry
gantry and Chew-
bacca whines pessimistic comment.
A dozen or so gruff
and grisly pirates approach the ship.
The grossest of
the slavering hulks is JABBA THE HUTT.
His scarred face
is a grim testimonial to his prowess as
a vicious killer.
You're back early.
A shipment of Covina just took off
for Gordon. I thought we might
reroute it back here.
He laughs maniacally. Han is not
You'll have to get yourself another
boy, Jabba. I've got a charter.
Forget it. We settled this before,
remember? There's no getting out.
Now get this 'can' started...
It's a moment of great tension. Han
glances at the
four pirates standing near them.
Two of the greasy
brigands have their weapons pointed at
him. The young
starcaptain stands firm for a few moments
with his hand
resting on his utility belt only inches
blaster. Chewbacca sways back and
forth as he adjusts
his weight from one foot to the other.
Han turns and reluctantly boards the ship.
alongside Han and puts his arm around
Han, after all we've been through,
I'm disappointed we're not closer.
You're getting soft now that the
ship's finished. You may have built
this bucket, but never forget who
paid for it, 'cause if you try to
take her out again, I won't be so
53 INT. MOS EISLEY - USED SPEEDER LOT -
GARAGE OFFICE -53
Ben, Luke and the robots are standing in
used-speeder lot, talking with a tall,
like used speeder dealer. Only Threepio
the creature's weird buzzing dialogue.
bodies and spindly legged beasts pass
by outside. Once
in a while a large lizard or strange animal
across the junk-strewn floor.
He says it's the best he can do.
Since the XP-21 came out, they just
aren't in demand any more.
Luke scratches his head and ponders the
Four thousand isn't going to do it...
He looks at Ben, then Artoo, and finally
I think we're going to need them.
Sir, I have a couple of extra
circuits. Perhaps they might bring
Well, ask him. Tell him we need
Threepio buzzes to the salesman, who shakes
Forty-seven hundred, no more.
He's bluffing. He'll pay five.
They turn and start out of the rundown
This is the last place. Shouldn't
we just take what we can get and
think of something else?
Ben helps Artoo into the speeder as Luke
climbs in the
pilot's seat. The speeder starts
up with a loud hum,
but before Luke can back out of the garage
insect stops them.
Luke breaks out in a big smile and Ben
manages a slight
54 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - MAIN PASSAGEWAY54
As Han and the huge Wookiee work their
way past the sin-
ister Jabba the Hutt, the pirate hands
the young star-
captain a bulky cloak.
Take this back with you, boy.
Han doesn't mask his hatred for the loathsome
very well, but takes the cloak and follows
bacca toward the back of the ship.
He stops by a small
control panel, knocking it loose with
his foot. The
cover falls to the floor with a muted
clang and the
young mechanic looks around to see if
This is it. If this doesn't work,
He takes a small metal bar and jams it
between two cir-
cuits, causing sparks to fly. He
quickly replaces the
cover and Han casually heads back toward
55 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT55
A short greasy looking pirate sits at the
trols of the ship.
We're on our way...
He pulls back on the power lever and the
into a cacophony of warning alarms and
Smoke begins to issue from the panels.
The pilot is
startled and begins flipping switches
I think... ahh, I have a problem here
... one of the reactor's gone wild.
Captain, I have a reading way over
Han rushes into the cockpit with a look
of mock sur-
prise on his face.
What's going on?
You tell me! You built it.
Han works at the control console in a vain
figure out what's going on.
I don't understand it. Look at that
gauge. We should have all been clown
to micro-dust by now... Did I
Before Han can finish, the pilot has fled.
56 EXT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY RAMP -
Jabba the Hutt and his crew scramble over
trying to flee the starship before it
57 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - MAIN PASSAGEWAY57
The alarm system is suddenly cut short.
replaces the control panel and turns to
see a foul-
looking pirate named MONTROSS standing
So, you've solved the problem, or
maybe you are the problem. Get up.
I'm taking you to the captain. He'll
sting you good...
Not this time!
Montross reaches for his laser-pistol,
but Han is
faster and gets the drop on him.
Drop it, Montross. I always said
you were slow. You clumsy oaf, a
club is more your style.
Han struggles to his feet and leads the
pirate to the
58 EXT. PIRATE STARSHIP - ENTRY RAMP58
Chewbacca appears at the main hatch holding
gun on Montross as Ben, Luke and the robots
to the starship. The huge Wookiee
lets out with a
loud wail that startles Luke.
We're coming! We're coming.
Han rushes toward the cockpit as Chewbacca
aboard the starship. The Wookiee
shoves Montross out
the hatch just as it slams shut.
We're a little rushed, so if you'll
settle in, we'll be off.
Luke is a little puzzled by all the smoke
59 EXT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - ALLEYWAY
A lumbering Jabba the Hutt and the remains
of his ter-
rified crew stop in the street and try
What happened? Han? Montross,
where's Han? Montross? Where
A strange assortment of alien creatures
and robots watch
Jabba from their cool alcoves along the
edge of the
street. The ground trembles and
the pirates turn to see
the mighty pirate starship riding above
the dingy slum
dwellings. The pirates stand dumbfounded,
as the star-
ship quickly disappears.
He took the ship. He took the ship!!
60 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT60
Han sits back in the huge pilot's chair
and puts his
feet up on the control panel. Chewbacca,
the copilot's seat, mutters his amazement.
I know. Sometimes I amaze myself.
He chuckles as the surface of Utapau slowly
of view of the cockpit windows and is
replaced by a
sparkling carpet of stars.
Chewbacca barks a few words of caution.
That's the price of freedom. But
then again, they may never find us.
Once we cash in on this little venture
we'll head for the southern systems.
He'll be a long time coming there.
Little Artoo appears momentarily in the
a few beeping remarks, then scurries away.
61 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA61
Threepio helps Ben and Luke put away their
gear in the
cramped bunk area of the starship.
When we get Artoo's message to them,
you think they'll try to rescue the
I doubt it. It would be foolish
the rebel forces to come out of hiding.
I know your feelings. You'd best
forget them. It's for your own good.
There will be no saving her from the
prisons of Alderaan. It's the heart
of the Sith. The Bogan Force is
most heavy there.
But she's a member of The Twelve
Families. How can they hold her?
These are doubtful times. The
Empire has grown bold in its disregard
Suddenly Ben grabs his head and slowly
collapses to the
floor. Luke rushes to him.
What's wrong? What's happening?
Keep away, I'm fine, I'm fine.
The old man lapses into unconsciousness
moments. Luke doesn't know what
to do. Finally he goes
to Old Ben and lifts his head. The
battered old Jedi
shudders all over, then regains consciousness.
Are you all right?
Yes... the Force... something horrible
has happened. I couldn't see what
was, or where it was, but it was
terrible... terrible beyond
description... the cry of millions
dying at once.
Luke helps Ben to his bunk. He's
still shaking from
62 INT. ALDERAAN - PRISON CELL62
Princess Leia is awakened by the blinding
light of the
hallway as the cell door silently slides
Darth Vader enters the cell.
It is unfortunate you are able to
resist my mind probe. You are
going through so much needless
Leia watches her captor impassionately.
The 'Death Star' has become
operational. There is no force
in the universe that can stop us now.
They'll find its weakness.
It's too late... We already tested
it on Organa Major. It appears your
data never got through.
Leia tries not to reveal the shock and
pain, but she
It would be much easier if you were
to tell us where the outposts are...
Otherwise we'll be forced to destroy
every suspicious system... What a
Vader starts to leave.
You'll never stop them... No matter
how many machines you build.
The door slides closed behind Vader, leaving
in the darkness.
63 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - MAIN HOLD AREA63
Han enters the cramped but comfortable
main hold area
of the starship and begins checking charts
Who's the pilot?
Chewbacca and the two robots sit around
a lighted table
covered with many small hologram figures.
Each side of
the table has a small computer monitor
embedded in it.
Luke and Old Ben are sitting in the corner,
man apparently asleep as Luke cleans a
pistol. he acts like it's brand
new. he seems very
proud of it.
Chewbacca seems very pleased with himself
as he rests his
lanky fur-covered arms over his head.
reaches up and taps the computer with
his stubby claw
hand, causing one of the hologram figures
to walk to a
new square. A sudden frown crosses
Chewbacca's face and
he begins yelling gibberish at the tiny
intercedes on behalf of his small companion
and begins to
argue with the huge Wookiee.
Let him have it. You're winning
anyway. It doesn't make any difference.
I know, sir, but it's the principle
of the thing.
Luke sights down the barrel of his new
Ben opens his eyes. It's obvious
he wasn't asleep.
Are you sure you don't need it?
I rarely use it any more. I have
the Force. The Force is more
powerful than any pistol. You
shouldn't put too much faith in that
weapon. Work on becoming aware of
the Force... learn to feel its
presence within you. Try to sense
what it's telling you. It's the
only thing you can rely on.
What do I do?
All you have to do is lose your
thinking self. Don't focus on
anything. Let your body do your
thinking... You have to learn to act
on what you feel, not what you think
... If I had the crystal, it would
be much easier. You could feel the
Force immediately... but for now,
let yourself go. You'll pick it
up... and someday you'll have no
need for that pistol either.
Han has been overhearing what Ben has been
and obviously has a low opinion of the
Force of Others.
I'd keep that thing close just in
case, if I were you... I've been
around from one end of the galaxy
to the other and believe me this
Force of Others stuff may make for
good religion, but there is no
substitute for a good weapon at
You don't believe in the Force?
Sorcery! I believe in myself...
I determine my destiny, not some
mystical energy field.
Well, we'll see...
You might get your stuff together.
We'll be coming up on Organa Major
64 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT64
The cockpit is alive with humming meters
buzzing readouts. Han is busy at
the controls as Luke
looks on in wonder.
It checks out again. There is no
Old Ben enters the crowded cockpit.
What is it?
He can't find Organa Major.
Han is rather grim-faced.
I found it... It's just not there.
What are you saying?
Organa Major has been destroyed.
Ben moves in and studies the monitors.
What's left of it is contaminated.
That's it there. Look at those
radiation readouts! It's impossible.
I've never seen anything like it.
What's going on?
Luke sits back and stares blankly at the
The Empire must have gotten here
The planet has been totally blown
away! It would have taken a
thousand ships with a lot more fire
power than I've ever seen... If the
Empire had a new weapon that could
do this... I would have heard
something... I'd know about it.
Well, now you know... The enemy is
on the move. We haven't much time.
Well, I've brought you here. What
We have to find he rebels... What
we're carrying belongs to them.
Their bases are very well hidden.
All the power of the Empire can't
find them... Do you know where they
Ben shakes his head sadly.
No, not anymore.
I'm not taking you on an impossible
search across the galaxy... I was
only paid to get you here and now
you're here. I'll take my other
five thousand and you're on your
own... I'll leave you on the nearest
You can't! We've come this far.
must find them...
Well, for one reason, we don't have
your other five thousand.
Who's going to pay me then?
I think there are some things we
should talk about.
I'm beginning not to like you.
65 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - MAIN HOLD AREA65
Little Artoo is standing on the gaming
the princess into the middle of the group.
Han has a
perplexed look on his face as he ponders
Ben leans back in his chair quietly waiting,
watches the princess with a wistful, smile,
Finally the hologram ends.
How much do you think she's talking
A million at least... If this robot
has information related to the
destruction of Organa Major, you'll
be able to name the reward...
Anything I want! Now that's
He thinks about this for a few moments.
Luke begins to
get a little edgy.
Maybe you should just drop us off.
I'm sure we can find someone willing
to take the risk.
All right, all right!
You've got a ship! But where do
we go from here? They probably took
her to find the hidden bases... I
don't see how we can find the rebels
before she breaks. The Empire has
already beat us out.
She's part of the royal family.
They won't get any information from
her... She knows the art of mind
control... She's a swan sensana.
Ben gets lost in his thoughts for a few
But she is the only link between us
and the hidden bases.
You mean we should go after her!...
I didn't say that, but it appears to
be a logical alternative.
Now wait a minute. She's in Alderaan!
Ben is thinking and doesn't hear Han's
turns to Luke.
No, it's impossible... No one, and I
mean no one would venture anywhere
near the Alderaan system... I'm a
free booter, not revolutionary.
aboard the wrong ship, son!
Maybe the fact that no one would go
there voluntarily could help us.
They probably don't think anyone
would dare try.
Don't you believe it.
Luke's got a point...
... Fear is their greatest defense...
I doubt if the actual security there
is much greater than on Aquilae or
Sullust, and what there is is most
likely directed toward large-scale
This isn't a game, you know.
How many more systems have to get
blown away before you have no place
to hide and are forced to fight...
Don't you realize what's going on?
Han is slightly embarrassed by Luke.
Kid, you take the glory and the good
intentions and I'll take the reward.
Fear is their greatest weapon.
I'm not afraid of anything...
Everyone looks at Han, and he instantly
he has said.
66 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - APPROACHING
The cockpit is a quiet hum of computers
as Han works
diligently on a complex calculation.
the cabin just as the ship begins to shudder
After a few moments the buffeting stops.
We've just passed into the first
perimeter. It won't be long now.
Chewbacca grunts an acknowledgement and
points to a
very large and bright star out the front
There it is! Alderaan, the prison
system. Take over.
I'm going to go back and see if
they have come up with a plan, or if
we're just going to cruise on in
until they disintegrate us.
67 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - MAIN HOLD AREA67
Luke stands in the middle of the small
hold area. He
seems frozen in place, a humming laser-sword
over his head. Ben watches him from
the corner, study-
ing his movements. Han enters and
watches with a bit
Suspended at eye level -- about ten feet
in front of
Luke -- a chrome baseball covered with
slowly in a wide arc. The ball floats
to one side of
the youth, then to the other. Suddenly
it makes a
lightning swift lunge and stops within
a few feet of
Luke's face. Luke doesn't move,
and the ball backs off.
It slowly moves behind the boy, then makes
lunge, this time emitting a blood red
laser beam as it
Luke sparks to life. With one amazingly
swift move, he
turns and swings his laser-sword, deflecting
The seeker shuts off and lands on the
Ben is pleased, and Han is quite impressed.
You have your father's style. You've
done very well.
Luke is sort of embarrassed with all the
Well, I practice a lot...
You're good with 'remotes,' but how
are you against something living?
I don't know... I've never fought
Han smiles knowingly.
Enough. Now try it without thinking.
It's no good talking about the Force.
You must learn to feel it. Wear
Ben places a large helmet on Luke's head
I can't see! How can I fight?
Try to feel it. Use the Force...
I can't do it. I'll get hit.
Stop thinking, and start feeling.
Let yourself go.
Han skeptically shakes his head as Ben
seeker into the air. The ball shoots
straight up in
the air, then drops like a rock.
Luke swings the laser-
sword around blindly missing the seeker,
which fires off
a laser bolt, which hits Luke square on
the seat of his
pants. He lets out a painful yell
and attempts to hit
the seeker, coming amazingly close, but
he is hit
several more times before he manages to
one of the bolts. The ball ceases
firing and moves back
to its original position. Luke removes
the helmet and
is a sweaty, exhausted mess.
See, once you let yourself go you
can do it. You'll get it.
I don't get it, but I guess I did
I'd call it a lucky move.
Han in a split second draws his laser-pistol
the seeker. The ship begins to shudder,
then a distant
warning signal goes off.
We're into the second perimeter.
They'll be coming out to blast us
shortly. I was wondering if you
had some kind of a plan or are we
going to try to blast our way in?
Check your data banks for all the
information you have on Imperial
procedures. Both of you will have
We're going to get in by studying
Imperial procedures? I don't like
All right then, we'll use your plan.
Han slumps in his seat with a dejected
I'll get the information.
... and I want you to start cleaning
the equipment out of the scan-
What do you want with our scan-proof
68 INT. ALDERAAN - CONTROL ROOM68
A CONTROLLER sits in a huge complex control
massive screens projecting maps of various
systems. An Imperial COMMANDER sits
next to him.
No reply on any circuits... It's
drifting on a point twenty-seven
skew. It's not close enough to
Alert squad five, but hold them
until we know what it is.
Should we alert the Sith Lords?
I'll make a report later.
As close as we can make out, it
appears to be a Corellian gypsy
vessel... It's not under power.
Send one squad up.
69 INT. ALDERAAN - READY ROOM69
Chaos. Red scramble lights are flashing.
and attack buzzers create an unbelievable
Imperial starpilots in black armored spacesuits
their helmets and space packs as they
scramble out the
70 INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY70
Pilots dash in unison to a line of small
corridors that lead to Imperial "tie"
nical crews scurry here and there loading
armament and unlocking power cables.
71 EXT. SPACE AROUND PLANET ALDERAAN71
The long ornate pirate starship approached
gaseous planet of Alderaan. The
ship is not propelled,
but simply drifts crab-like toward the
planet. As it
approaches the surface, huge billowing
out like menacing tentacles. The
peacefulness of this
nebulous idyll is broken by the increasing
wail of ion
engines. Suddenly four sleek spacefighters
Imperial third fleet burst from the huge
The craft are small cylindrical power
by two huge solar fins. They are
flying in a tight
formation. Then two bank steeply
and head toward the
72 INT. IMPERIAL FIGHTER - COCKPIT72
The Imperial fighters are one-man craft
sophisticated electronic weaponry.
The pilot is cold and professional as his
in on the drifting starship.
No life forms appear on the scanner.
Escape pods four, seven and oh-three
have been jettisoned. Life systems
are still functioning. It appears
to be in good shape... Should we
destroy it, or attempt salvage?...
Do you copy?
73 INT. ALDERAAN - CONTROL ROOM73
The controller looks to the Commander for
We don't get many visitors. Let's
take a look at it.
Send out a boarding party. Full
74 EXT. ALDERAAN - CLOUD SEA74
Several of the tiny Imperial fighters drift
around the pirate starship as a block-like
vessel attaches itself to the underside
of the disabled
75 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAYS75
Entering through an escape hatch, several
Imperial stormtroopers cautiously work
their way down
the main corridor of the pirate starship.
As they are
about to enter the cockpit area, they
hear a loud
clanking movement. The ferocious
and simultaneously direct their awesome
weapons at the
cockpit hatchway. Two of the troopers
start to edge
their way toward the cockpit. The
almost palpable, until finally the gangling,
Threepio pops his "Art Deco" head out
of the hatchway.
Greetings! I'm See Threepio, Human
Cyborg relations. I'm glad you
I've been lost for some time. My
master and the crew departed after
we passed through a solar plague
zone. I've been drifting ever since.
The operation of astro-vehicles is
not within my capacity...
The OFFICER talks to his commander on his
Apparently a plague scare... no
contamination.... We found a droid...
proceeding to check out the rest of
The Officer indicates that Threepio should
move out of
the cockpit. Two guards grab the
Hold this thing for inspection.
76 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT76
The Officer enters the cockpit. Threepio
confused as the stormtroopers rush around
ignoring him. The troops search
the ship with small
hand scanners. The Officer sits
in the pilot's seat
of the deserted ship and begins to feed
into the computer. He opens a com-line
to the main base.
Base one, this is Kuro four. The
aft generator systems are out, but
most everything else seems to be in
order... I think I can bring it in
on its own power.
A TROOPER enters the cockpit.
All clean, sir. We couldn't get
into some of the supply lockers.
Should we blast them open.
Let the scavenger crews take care
77 EXT. ALDERAAN - CLOUD SEA77
The towering white oxide clouds pass, revealing
Imperial city of Alderaan. The magnificent
gleaming city is perched, mushroom-like,
on a tall
spire which disappears deep into the misty
the planet. The little procession
of Imperial "tie"
fighters follows the larger pirate ship
city. The Imperial Officer guides
the ship toward one
of the numerous huge open bays that ring
78 INT. ALDERAAN - PRISON CELL CORRIDOR78
A cell door silently slides open revealing
scious body of the princess slumped on
bed. Vader and two OFFICERS exit
the cell and the door
silently slides shut again.
We'll get nothing more out of her.
The hidden bases have to be somewhere
in the southwest. That's something...
I'll start a search operation.
Start a destroy operation... Wipe out
every system in that sector if you
The Commander approaches the Dark Lord
We've picked up a Corellian ship which
was hit by plague. It's been sterilized
and we're bringing it in.
Don't worry about that. Alert all
commands to prepare the death star.
We're going into the southwest.
The Commander exits. The Officer
points back to Leia's
What about her?
Terminate her... but make it slow.
We might still get some information.
79 INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY79
The pirate starship rests in a huge hangar
or so guards march up to the craft as
a ramp lowers and
the boarding troops disembark.
It's just a piece of drift junk.
has some interesting innovations
though. Send in a research team
before you start the salvage operation.
Post your guards.
80 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - HALLWAY80
A lone trooper runs through the hallway
heading for the
exit. In a few moments, all is quiet.
sounds of a distant officer giving orders
Threepio sneaks down the hallway, pulls
on a latch, and
a panel on a row of low cabinets crashes
to the floor.
Han Solo's head pokes out of the hold
and looks around
the hallway. He then pulls himself
out of his cramped
quarters and struts around, stretching
his legs. A
second locker breaks open and Luke emerges.
pokes his furry head out of the first
locker and Han
tells him the way is clear.
This is ridiculous. I tell you it's
not going to work. We're never going
to get out alive.
Ben Kenobi sticks his head out of one of
Darth Vader is on this system. I
can feel him. I can feel the Kiber
Is that good or bad?
It's not good... unless I could find
the Crystal. Then it could be very
What about the princess?
You go after the princess.
I am an old man and would be of little
help. I must try to find the Crystal.
I'm not going alone!
Luke is suddenly seized with panic.
He turns to Han.
Don't look at me. I'm just a pilot.
I got you here... You've got to do
There is a greater risk in staying
here, you know. If you don't find
the princess, then the whole trip
was for nothing... wasn't it?
I'm not going out there.
He slams a panel to the deck and immediately
Everyone looks around as if an alarm had
81 INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY81
Two GUARDS stand on either side of the
ramp leading to
the pirate starship. One of the
guards hears something
inside the spacecraft. The second
guard hears it also
and speaks into the headphone in his helmet.
We've picked up a disturbance
inside the starship. Proceeding
The two Guards enter the spacecraft.
82-83 INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN BAY GANTRY -
In a small control tower above the starship
OFFICER speaks into his intercom.
What is it?
SECOND GUARD (V.O.)
I don't hear it now... It must have
been the droid... Wait... what?
The transmission goes dead. The Gantry
switches to another channel. The
Officer's aide looks
up from his desk.
T-4, come in, T-4... Do you copy?
Are you all right?
There is a bit of static and a heavily
We're fine... Com-link jammed.
The Gantry Officer gives his aide a puzzled
speaks into the com-link.
T-4, you sound a little funny... T-4,
what's your operating code?... T-4,
are you there?
The only thing that comes over the com-link
The Gantry Officer gets up and heads for
Take over. It could just be another
bad transmitter, but I'd better check.
As the Officer approaches the door, it
revealing the towering Chewbacca.
The Gantry Officer
is in a momentary state of shock, as he
ward. With a bone-chilling howl,
the giant Wookiee
flattens the Officer with one blow.
The aide imme-
diately reaches for his pistol, but is
Han, which sets off a series of small
the control panel. Han and Luke
enter the room dressed
as Imperial stormtroopers.
Between his howling and your blasting
everything in sight, the entire city
is going to know we're here.
Good! I prefer a straight fight
all this sneaking around.
Ben feeds some information into the computer,
map of the city appears on the monitor.
He begins to
inspect it carefully. Threepio and
Artoo look over
the control panel. Artoo finds something
him whistle wildly.
We've found it, sir. Bless the
maker, this control board has one.
Han and Luke rush over to the robots.
himself with hanging the Gantry Officer
by his toes.
Plug him in. Let's see what we get.
Artoo punches his claw arm into the computer
the vast Imperial brain network comes
to life, feeding
information to the little robot.
After a few moments
he beeps something to Threepio.
Level five, Detention block A-23,
cell 2187. She's still alive...
Send feed-back into the control
sensors in that Detention block.
That's straight through the central
core... up toward the top of the
city... Once you've got her, avoid
the main transports, they'll shut
down immediately. Your only chance
is through the service shafts.
There are no sensors there... All
right now, get going, you don't
have time. I hope you can remember
We'll be back before you are, old
May the Force be with you.
Old Ben slips out of the control bay and
down a long gray hallway. Han whistles
to join them. Luke binds the huge
Wookiee with elec-
tronic cuffs. The Wookiee has a
worried and slightly
frightened look on his face. Han
reassures him and
straightens his jacket.
Luke, sir! pardon me for asking
... but, ah... what are we to do if
someone should discover us here?
Hope they don't have blasters.
That isn't very reassuring.
Luke and Han put on their armored helmets
and start off
into the giant Imperial city of Alderaan.
84-85 INT. ALDERAAN - DETENTION AREA -
Han and Luke try to look inconspicuous
in their armored
suits as they wait for a vacuum elevator
Troops, bureaucrats and robots bustle
the trio completely. Only a few
give the giant Wookiee
a curious glance. Finally a small
and the trio enter. A bureaucrat
races to get aboard
also, but is signaled away by Han.
The door to the
pod-like vehicle slides closed and it
through a vacuum tube. Han rubs
his hand across a
series of small holes.
Gas... Old Ben was definitely right.
If they discover us, we'll never get
out this way.
He gives Luke a skeptical look.
86-87 INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY AND SUB-HALLWAY86-87
Old Ben walks very quietly behind two Imperial
who don't seem to be aware of his presence.
several stormtroopers and a robot similar
but no one appears to notice Ben.
The old man deftly
slips down a sub-hallway and hides in
a shallow alcove
as a patrol of twenty guards passes.
He rushes down an
ever smaller hallway and disappears.
88 INT. ALDERAAN - DETENTION AREA - DUNGEON88
The giant Wookiee and his two guards enter
gray security station. Guards and
laser gates are
everywhere. Han whispers to Luke
under his breath.
This isn't going to work.
Why didn't you say so before.
I think I did.
A tall, grim-looking OFFICER approaches
What code is this?
I've got it here somewhere... It's
SPT 188544. You can check it through
the... ahh, oh yes, lex-321.
It will take a while -- the cross
mode is acting up... getting feedback
The Officer goes back to his console and
begins to punch
in the information. There are only
three other troopers
in the area. Luke and Han survey
the situation, checking
all of the alarms, laser gates and camera
unfastens one of Chewbacca's electronic
cuffs and shrugs
Suddenly Chewbacca throws up his hands
and lets out with
one of his ear-piercing howls. He
grabs Han's laser-
sword and ignites it, pushing Han against
Look out! He's loose!
The startled guards are momentarily dumbfounded.
and Han have already pulled out their
and are blasting away at the terrifying
barrage of laser fire misses Chewbacca,
but hits the
camera eyes, laser gate controls and the
The Officer is the last of the guards
to fall under the
laser fire, just as he is about to push
system. Luke rushes over to the
com-link system, which
is screeching questions about what is
going on. Han and
Chewbacca disappear down one of the sub-hallways.
A Wookiee broke loose up here, but
we've subdued him... There is a lot
of damage, and three, no four,
We'll send a squad up.
No need, everything's under control.
With four casualties?!
The... ah door's jammed. Give us
a few minutes to get it fixed.
Who is this? What's your operating...
Luke cuts off the com-link and yells down
the cell row
Hurry up. I think we're going to
89-90 INT. ALDERAAN - PRISON CORRIDOR -
Han stops before cell 2187 and yells something
bacca, who covers his face as the young
the door away with his laser pistol.
When the smoke
clears, Han looks in the cell and an expression
horror crosses his face.
'Holy Maker,' NO!
Suspended inside the cell by invisible
rays, a bloody
and mutilated Leia Organa hangs upside
down. A strange
yellow glow radiates from her eyes.
into the cell past the dazed Han.
The Wookiee yells
something and Han comes to, firing his
pistol at a
small control box in the wall. The
drops like a rock into the giant Wookiee's
bacca slings her over his shoulder and
joins Han in the
Luke, we've got her, let's go...
91-92 INT. ALDERAAN - DETENTION AREA -
DUNGEON - HALLWAY91-92
A series of explosions knock a hole in
the wall through
which several Imperial troops begin to
fires his laser pistol at them through
the smoke and
flames. He turns and runs down the
cell hallway. He
takes a small com-link transmitter from
See Threepio -- See Threepio -- Jam
the emergency communications network.
Monitor what you can... What was that?
I didn't copy...
93 INT. ALDERAAN - SUB-HALLWAY93
Han pulls up the rusty grate leading to
a service pas-
sageway and helps Chewbacca lift the inert
into the black tunnel.
94 INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL
Threepio paces the control center as little
and whistles a blue streak. Threepio
yells into the
small com-link transmitter.
I said, all systems have been alerted
to your presence, sir. I respectfully
suggest you return at once...
The transmitter squawks a short reply and
out the tower window at the starship.
All is quiet. He
then moves to the door and it slides open
Several troops rush past, yelling and
Threepio slams the door shut and pushes
the lock lever.
Someone begins banging on the door.
95 INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY LEADING TO CRYSTAL
Ben starts into the hallway leading to
the crystal cham-
ber, just as two Sith Lords are leaving.
the old man
ducks into the nearest doorway which opens
96 INT. ALDERAAN - CLASSROOM96
Ben finds himself in a small conference
with about a dozen or so bureaucrats listening
instructor who is explaining a type of
philosophy. The class turns and
stares at the old man.
Ben raises his hands and all the bureaucrats,
the instructor, begin coughing and grabbing
throats. They are unable to breather
collapse on the floor.
97 INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY LEADING TO THE
CRYSTAL CHAMBER 97
One of the Sith Lords stops in the hallway
What is it?
Do you feel that?
I don't feel anything.
Maybe you're too young. It's the
Force... If I didn't know better I'd
say we were in the presence of a Jedi
The first Sith Lord puts his hand to his
ear as a message
comes through on his helmet intercom.
They're calling for us again on the
The two Dark Lords hurry off down the hallway
Ben silently exits the classroom.
98 INT. ALDERAAN - DUNGEON - PASSAGEWAY98
Luke leads Han and the Wookiee down the
narrow passageway. Han and Luke
switch on small lights
in their gunbelts. The rhythmic
marching of storm-
troopers seem to be getting louder.
Muffled voices can
be heard. Luke stops before an intersecting
They're right behind us. Which way?
Luke grabs his belt com-link and attempts
See Threepio, do you read me?
Compute our position... See Threepio?...
Static and no reply.
Something has happened to them.
Let's try this way...
Let's try this way! Holy Maker.
See Threepio, come in, See Threepio.
I wonder where they are?? See
As they descend into the bowels of the
city, the eerie,
slimy corridor becomes narrower and filled
with water and ooze.
99 INT. MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER99
A soft buzzer and the muted voice of Luke
for See Threepio can be heard on Threepio's
link which is sitting on the deserted
Artoo and Threepio are nowhere in sight.
is a great explosion and the door to the
flies across the floor. Four armed
the chamber. A muffled voice can
be heard coming from
one of the supply cabinets.
Help! Help! Let us out.
The troops inspect the dead bodies and
from the supply cabinets. Artoo
is shut down and does
They're madman! They are heading
for the prison level. If you hurry,
you might catch them... they just
The troops hustle off down the hallway,
guards to watch over the control room.
Threepio takes a round disk-like object
and attaches it
to Artoo's head, which lifts him a foot
off the ground
and moves him toward the door.
All this excitement has burned out
my counterpart. If you don't mind,
I have to take him down to maintenance.
The guard nods and Threepio with little
Artoo in tow
hurries out the door.
100 INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY100
Artoo sparks to life and the two robots
scurry off down
the empty hallway.
That was too close. Now we'll have
to find another control socket an
plug you back in or everything is
101 INT. ALDERAAN - CRYSTAL CHAMBER101
Old Ben carefully approaches the pedestal
on which the
Kiber Crystal is resting. He gracefully
series of invisible beams. It looks
as if he is doing
a strange dance. Ben stops about
five feet in front of
the Crystal. His eyes light up,
and it appears he is
renewed with a new inner strength.
Ben lifts his arms and slowly the Crystal
rise off the pedestal and move toward
the old Jedi.
The intense glow of the magical stone
increases as it
passes through an invisible protective
Just before it reaches Ben's hand, it
a blue beam that sets off an alarm which
eously slams the door shut and the room
glows a bright
102-103 INT. ALDERAAN - DUNGEON
The passageway has gotten so small that
Han, Luke and
Chewbacca must walk sideways. The
princess is standing
between Luke and the Wookiee and is semi-conscious.
I think she's going to be all right.
Not if this tunnel deadends.
Suddenly the way opens up to a wide, low-ceilinged
corridor that is filled with water about
At the far end of the tunnel is a small
bacca puts the princess back over his
I see a light. We may get out of
The princess wakes up and is thoroughly
What is it? What's going on?
You're safe. We've come to get you
out of here... Just relax.
The two boys wade into the submerged corridor,
bacca won't enter. He frantically
begins sniffing the
air and jabbers something to Han.
There is no choice. The troops are
right behind us. Come on.
Chewbacca won't budge. He seems terribly
something in the water. Han wades
back and pulls the
huge Wookiee carrying the princess into
Is he afraid of the water?
No, he smells something... but we
haven't time to worry about it now.
The group moves forward through the dark
unaware of the ominous ripples on the
The giant Wookiee stops and howls something
to Han. The
young starcaptain talks to the frightened
eventually calms him down. The dim
light at the end of
the corridor glimmers and becomes stronger.
A loud, horrible, inhuman moan works its
way up from
the murky depths followed by a huge jellyfish-like
which shoots out of the water and towers
above the pet-
rified group. Chewbacca lets out
a terrified howl and
begins to back away. Han and Luke
stand fast with their
laser-pistols drawn. The Wookiee
is cowering near one
of the walls with the groggy princess
on his shoulder.
Han fires directly at the center of the
beast. His laser
bolt passes through the huge creature
and explodes against
a far wall. The light from the blast
reveals a little
more of the Dia Nogu, which is transparent
It's not a natural creature... our
weapons are no good against it.
The huge shape, breathing loud and deep,
and the telltale ripples head toward Luke.
Watch it! Move back.
Get Chewbacca. Try to get around
I'll draw it away.
Han turns and wades back to Chewbacca,
who is huddled
against the wall. The Wookiee is
shaking and wailing
like a small child. In the thin
light provided by the
small door at the end of the passageway,
the faint out-
line of the Dia Nogu can be seen as it
swims by Luke.
It just passed me. Maybe it's
harmless. I'm gong to try for that
Suddenly Luke is yanked underwater.
Han has blindfolded
Chewbacca and is attempting to lead the
Wookiee and the
princess toward the lighted opening at
the far end of
Luke! Where are you? What
Luke surfaces with a gasp of air and thrashing
with a membrane tentacle wrapped around
Get gong! I'll keep it busy.
Luke is dragged under again. Han
grabs the princess and
makes his way around the treacherous creature
small opening at the end of the passageway.
to the surface with a severed tentacle
It's only light that doesn't affect
it. Solid things, like rocks, can
hurt it! Fire above him!
Move out of the way!
Luke tries to swim away, but is grabbed
by the creature.
Han fires his laser-pistol into the ceiling
creature, knocking rocks and debris on
top of it. The
Dia Nogu thrashes about for a few moments,
then the water's
calm, and all is quiet. There is
no sign of Luke. Han
bows his head as the hope drains from
his face. Chewbacca
lifts the princess through the small opening
in the wall,
then struggles to squeeze himself through
starts to turn back toward the escape
hole, when Luke
pops out of the water with a gasp and
like mad toward the starcaptain.
It's still alive. It's gone crazy.
Get out of here!
The boys rush up to the small escape port
only to find
Chewbacca stuck. Luke begins pushing
the Wookiee as Han
turns and fires off another blast at the
ceiling. A rush
of rock and debris temporarily holds off
Dia Nogu. Han helps Luke push Chewbacca
through the hole.
Then the two boys scamper to safety just
before the fear-
some creature begins another charge.
104 INT. ALDERAAN - UNUSED HALLWAY104
The group is standing in a dusty unused
Dia Nogu bangs against the opening and
a long slimy
tentacle works its way out of the doorway
a victim. Han aims his pistol.
The princess is groggy,
but conscious. She takes command
of the situation.
No, wait!! They'll hear...
Han fires at the doorway, creating an avalanche
rubble which buries the monster.
The noise of the blast echoes relentlessly
the empty passageway. Luke simply
shakes his head in
Listen, blockhead, I don't know
where you came from, and I'm
grateful, but from now on you do
as I tell you.
Han is stunned at the command of the petite
Luke bows before the princess.
I am Luke Starkiller at your service.
There'll be time for that later.
Now let's get out of here.
The group moves swiftly down the deserted
awkward silence is broken by Han, who's
about had it with
I don't care if the entire city heard
me. All this sneaking around is
to get us killed. I'd rather fight
my way out.
105 INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY -
Troops carry the two unconscious guards
from the pirate
starship and march past Threepio and little
are hidden near a tiny service panel.
the panel and sticks his claw arm into
the socket. The
little robot's circuits immediately light
up and one of
his antenna begins to spin wildly.
Smoke begins to pour
from him before Threepio can pull him
loose. Artoo lets
out with a few wilted beeps as he cools
Well, next time pay more attention.
You could have been fried... Are
there any other sockets around here?...
You must get back into the system
right away... or Master Luke will be
caught for sure.
Artoo whistles a mournful reply and trudges
some canisters to look for another socket.
106 INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY LEADING TO
A half dozen troops are milling around
crystal chamber. An Imperial COMMANDER
they all snap to attention.
What are you waiting for? Open it
No one moves. Finally a SERGEANT
We were told to wait for the Sith
Lords to arrive.
They're all up on the prison level.
The alarms short circuited again.
relay feedback probably tripped it.
I think we can handle it. Unlock
The troops lower their weapons as the heavy
door is un-
locked. The door swings open to
reveal the withered old
Jedi, standing with his laser-sword drawn.
For a brief
moment the Commander and his men are stunned.
Shoot him down!
Before the troops can fire their weapons
Old Ben has
moved through them swinging his deadly
the troops to ribbons. The old man
flees down the hall-
way with what's left of the troops vainly
to blast him.
107-108 INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY107-108
Luke, Han, Chewbacca and Princess Leia
run down an empty
hallway and stop before a bay window overlooking
pirate starship. Luke takes out
his pocket com-link.
See Threepio... do you copy?
I read you sir.
You're back. What happened?
mind. What's going on?
I'm afraid we're not plugged in at
the moment, sir. We've had some
Are you safe?
For the moment. We're in the main
hangar. Artoo is trying to plug
the system now.
Good. We're right above you.
Han is watching the dozen or so troops
moving in and out
of the starship.
It's going to take a little doing to
get back to the ship. It looks like
I'm going to get a fight after all.
The two boys rush down the hallway, followed
by the lum-
bering Chewbacca and Princess Leia.
They round a corner
and run smack dab into twenty Imperial
heading towards them. Both groups
are taken by surprise
and stop in their tracks. Before
even thinking, Han
draws his laser-pistol and charges the
at the top of his lungs. The troops
are startled by
this assault and start to back off.
Han manages to cut
several down before the rest flee in panic.
with his prowess, Han starts after them,
yelling back to
Luke as he goes.
Get to the ship!
Come back here... Where are you
Han has already rounded a corner and does
not hear. Chew-
bacca, quite upset at his master's disappearance,
a mighty howl and chases after him.
Luke is furious but doesn't have time to
think about it,
for muted alarms begin to go off down
on the hangar deck.
Luke and the princess start off toward
109 INT. ALDERAAN - SUB-HALLWAY109
Han chases the ten stormtroopers down a
He is yelling and brandishing his laser-pistol.
troops reach a deadend and are forced
to turn and fight.
Han stops a few feet from them and assumes
position. He is ready to cut them
down. The troops
begin to raise their laser guns.
Soon all ten troopers
are moving into an attack position in
front of the lone
starpirate. Han's determined look
begins to fade as
the troops begin to advance.
110 INT. ALDERAAN - SUB-HALLWAY110
Chewbacca runs down the sub-hallway in
attempt to save his bold captain.
Suddenly he hears the
firing of laser guns and yelling.
Around the corner
shoots Han Solo, pirate extraordinaire,
running for his
life, followed by a host of furious stormtroopers.
Chewbacca turns and starts running the
other way also.
They run around several corners and the
111 INT. ALDERAAN - NARROW PASSAGEWAY111
Old Ben hides in the shadows of a narrow
twenty or thirty stormtroopers rush past
him in the
main hallway. He checks to make
sure they're gone,
then runs down the hallway in the opposite
112 INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY -
Little Artoo carefully plugs his claw arm
into a new
wall socket, and a complex array of electronic
spew from the tiny robot.
Wait a minute, slow down!... That's
better. They're where? They
They are? Oh, no!
We're going to be mashed into conduit
before this is over...
See Threepio! Do you copy?
113 INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY - BLAST SHIELD
Luke and the princess run down a hallway
and reach a
complex blast shield door. Luke
is talking into his
Are you hooked into the system?...
Good. Open the shield door... 11054B...
Han and Chewbacca come lumbering around
the corner and
rush up to Luke and the princess.
Can you get it open?
A multi-layered series of doors begin to
them, just as the squad of stormtroopers
chasing Han and Chewbacca round the corner
firing on the rebels. Han returns
the fire and the
hallway quickly fills up with smoke and
as the final hatch swings open.
They turn and start into the main spaceport
A few steps into the causeway the group
Two Dark Lords of the Sith, leading about
troopers, stride toward them. Luke
and Han let loose
with their blasters, then follow the princess
Wookiee back into the first hallway.
Luke takes out
See Threepio... Close the shield door!
Close the shield door quickly... lock
The five layers of the door instantly slam
shut. Laser bolts
continued to ricochet around them.
Luke shrugs his shoulders. The stormtroopers
their assault, filling the hallway with
smoke and debris.
This way, hurry!
She rushes over to a large slit in the
like a storm drain. She jumps through
the narrow open-
ing as Han and Chewbacca look on in amazement.
bacca says something.
Go on! You big furry oaf.
He shoves the Wookiee into the tiny opening
Wookiee disappears into the darkness followed
by Han. Luke fires off a couple
of quick blasts,
creating a smoky cover, then slides into
chute and is gone. When the smoke
clears, the troops
Get this shield door open!
114 INT. ALDERAAN - SPACEPORT - GARBAGE
Luke tumbles into a large room filled with
muck. Han and Chewbacca are already
looking for an exit. He finds a
small hatchway and
struggles to get it open. It won't
The garbage chute wasn't a bad idea,
your highness, but unfortunately these
trash rooms are vacuum sealed.
He draws his laser-pistol and fires at
the hatch. The
laser bolt ricochets wildly around the
room. Everyone dives for cover in
the garbage as the
bolt explodes almost on top of them.
Leia climbs out
of the garbage with a rather grim look
on her face.
Put that thing away or you're going
to get us all killed.
Yes, your highness.
I'll let you open it then. It won't
be too long before they figure out
what happened to us. This has
turned into a brilliant escape!
It could be worse...
Luke and the princess go over to help Chewbacca,
straining to open the emergency latch.
Han moves about
in the muck. Suddenly the walls
of the garbage recep-
tacle shudder and move in a couple of
everything is deathly quiet.
I've got a very bad feeling about
Before anyone can say anything the walls
begin to rumble
and edge toward the rebels.
Don't just stand there. Try to brace
it with something.
They place poles and long metal beams between
walls, but they are simply snapped and
bent as the giant
trash masher rumbles on. The situation
This isn't working, your highness.
The room gets smaller and smaller until
it is only three
feet wide. Garbage is snapping and
popping as it is
crushed by the relentless walls.
Luke's com-link begins
to buzz, and he pulls it off his belt.
Holy Maker, Threepio. I forgot...
Are you there, sir? We're going...
Threepio! Shut down all garbage
mashers on your level... Do you copy??
Threepio, shut down all garbage...
The rumbling walls continue. It looks
then they stop. Everyone breathes
a sigh of relief.
Luke goes over to the pressure hatch and
muck off a number.
Open the pressure maintenance hatch
on unit 366117891...
115 INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY - BLAST SHIELD
The huge blast shield door slides open
and the storm-
troopers on either side almost shoot each
quickly realize they have been tricked.
The Sith Lords
point to the garbage chute.
116 INT. ALDERAAN - HALLWAY LEADING TO
MAIN FORWARD BAY116
Old Ben hurries along one of the tunnels
leading to the
starship hangar. Just before he
is about to reach the
hangar, Darth Vader steps into view at
the end of the
tunnel not more than ten feet away.
I've been waiting... At least we meet
again... It could only have been you...
The Force of the Bogan has grown
strong with you. I expected your
You were once my master, but I am the
master now... the Crystal will be of
little use to you...
The fearsome dark knight ignites his laser-sword
a defensive stance. The two galactic
warriors stand per-
fectly still for a few moments, sizing
each other up and
waiting for the right moment. Old
Ben seems to be under
increasing pressure and strain, as if
an invisible weight
were being placed upon him. He shakes
his head and,
blinking, tries to clear his eyes.
Your powers are weak... Old man, you
should never have come back.
Ben makes a sudden lunge at the huge warrior
checked by a lightning movement of the
Sith. A master-
ful slash-stroke by Vader is blocked by
the old Jedi.
Another of the Jedi's blows is blocked,
Ben moves around the Dark Lord and starts
the massive starship hangar. The
two powerful warriors
stand motionless for a few moments with
locked in mid-air, creating a low buzzing
117 INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY -
Threepio looks up and sees Ben emerging
from the hallway.
There's the general! Where are the
others?... Oh, no!
Threepio ducks out of sight as the seven
who were guarding the starship rush past
toward Ben and the Sith knight.
When the robot ven-
tures another peek, he spots Han, Luke,
the princess running out of a tunnel on
the other side
of the starship and heading toward them.
He pulls on
Unplug yourself. We're going!
Ben sees the troops charging toward him
that he is trapped. Vader takes
advantage of Ben's
momentary distraction and brings his mighty
down on the old man. But Ben manages
to deflect the
blow, swiftly turning around, cutting
a safety lock on
the blast door. Vader is standing
in the access tunnel,
while Ben is in the huge hangar, and the
door slams down between them, trapping
Vader in the
Ben instantly turns toward the troops.
They stop in
their tracks and start to raise their
they can fire a shot, a laser bolt explodes
middle of them, creating havoc.
The troops turn around
to see Luke and Han firing on them from
the ramp of the
starship. Threepio and Artoo run
up the ramp and dis-
appear inside the ship. Chewbacca
appears at the door
of the pirate ship and throws a dead stormtrooper
the hangar floor. Luke turns to
Get the ship started!
As Han starts up the ramp, Leia grabs the
out of his hand. Han starts to grab
it back, then
thinks better of it and rushes into the
charges into the troops, cutting them
down as he goes.
Luke is forced to stop firing and runs
to the old man's
aid with his laser-sword drawn.
Several of the troops
flee in panic, but the two that remain
fire their laser-
pistols point blank at the old man.
Ben deflects the
bolt, but it explodes near him and he
slumps to the
floor in a heap. Luke cuts down
the remaining troops
and rushes to the old Jedi's side.
Ben is still alive, but badly hurt.
A fresh squad of
stormtroopers appear at a second tunnel,
and Leia fires
off a blast that makes them duck for cover.
Luke, quickly! There are more coming!
Luke struggles to drag the old man toward
the ship under
the constant fire of the Imperial troops.
back whenever possible and manages to
keep the troops at
bay. The princess takes careful
aim and hits the safety
lock on the blast door, causing it to
slam shut, leaving
only three troops left in the hangar.
The princess runs
down the ramp and helps Luke drag the
old man aboard.
Luke puts away his laser-pistol and takes
out his com-link.
Han, close the main hatch and get
this thing moving!
118 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT118
Han pulls back on the controls and the
ship begins to
move. The dull thud of laser bolts
can be heard bounc-
ing of the outside of the ship.
The princess enters
the cockpit with a worried look on her
Don't worry. They aren't going to
hurt us with those peashooters...
This ship is fully shielded.
119 INT. ALDERAAN - MAIN FORWARD BAY -
The pirate starship lifts away from the
and quickly disappears into the cloud
sea of Alderaan.
The three troops continue to fire at the
The blast doors quickly slide open revealing
Vader, an Imperial commander and many
troops. The Dark
Lord casually enters the hangar bay and
speaks to the
Very good. It worked. Slow
down, but don't stop them. Alert
all the tracking stations. We should
soon know the location of at least
one of their hidden bases. Alert
120 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT120
Chewbacca enters the crowded cockpit and
to Han. The young starcaptain jumps
up while speaking
into the com-link.
Luke, you'd better get to on of the
gun ports. We've got four tie ships
coming in on grid five.
Chewbacca squeezes into the pilot's chair
next to the
princess. Han notices the skeptical
look on Leia's
With your permission I will go and
assist young Luke. Don't worry.
Chewbacca's a better pilot than I am.
121 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - GUN PORTS -
AFT SECTION -121
Luke is firing one of the two main laser
mounted in large rotating bubble turrets.
his headphones and searches his electronic
screen for the Imperial fighters.
Here come six more... grid two!
Was this trip really necessary?
Han jumps into the turret opposite Luke
and begins to
strap himself in. The pirate starship
shudders as the
Imperial fighters open fire. Luke's
around as he continues to return the fire.
later Han lowers his glare reflector and
with a burst
of smoke and electrical charge opens up
on the enemy
craft. One of the Imperial fighters
is hit by a con-
centrated barrage and begins spinning
out of control,
until it finally explodes. Han gives
Luke a victory
wave, which Luke gleefully returns.
122 EXT. SPACE AROUND ARLDEAAN122
Imperial fighters buzz about everywhere.
flashing of deflected laser bolts reflect
in the inter-
ior of the turret bubble.
123 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - SLEEP AREA123
The robots secure the wounded Ben Kenobi
in a bunk. A
huge explosion throws Artoo and Threepio
against the passageway wall.
Here we go again. How did we manage
to get into this mess again?
Over the com-link the princess gives instructions
the enemy formations. Several more
Imperial ships ex-
plode and disappear from view. The
undergoes a great deal of punishment as
the battle rages.
124 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING124
The cockpit is alive with warning lights
but Chewbacca manages to keep things under
There are only three or four left.
Chewbacca, it's time we showed them
this isn't the regulation F8-88
Chewbacca pulls back on several of the
him and the ship surges away from the
The pirate starship races through the
galaxy at an
125 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - GUN PORTS -
AFT SECTION -125
Luke and Han continue to fire at the Imperial
At this speed they aren't very
One explodes, then another.
They're dropping away... We made it.
Luke and Han congratulate each other on
126-127 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP
- HALLWAY - SLEEP AREA126-127
Leia follows little Artoo into the sleep
Threepio and Luke are trying to make Old
Han finishes putting away some medical
supplies as the
All the data banks in Artoo are still
Then I think we're due the reward
you offered... and it had better be
substantial after what we've been
When Artoo has been safely delivered
to my forces, you get your reward.
You have my guarantee.
What's that little 'droid' carrying
that's so blasted important?
The plans and specifications to a
battle station with enough fire
power to destroy an entire system...
Our only hope in destroying it is
to find its weakness, which we will
determine from the data I stored in
We captured the plans in a raid on
the Imperial shipyards, but we fell
under attack before I could get the
data to safety, so I hid it in this
Artoo unit and sent him off.
Where are you taking us now anyway?
The fourth moon of Yavin. I've given
the coordinates to Chewbacca.
I'd better go see how he's doing.
Han exits as Old Ben painfully lifts himself
They let us go... They're tracking
us. They want to find your hidden
bases. They'll destroy the system.
I know they'll follow... and they'll
bring the Death Star, but our only
hope is to destroy it before it
destroys us. Hiding is useless now.
With the Death Star they will continue
to destroy systems until they have
found us. We have no alternative
but to process the information and
use it while there is still time.
Threepio helps the old man lie back.
Are there medical facilities on Yavin?
He'll be well cared for.
128 EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN128
The battered pirate starship drifts into
the emerald green fourth moon of Yavin.
129 INT. PIRATE STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING129
Han and Chewbacca are at the controls as
into the cockpit.
I don't pick up any life form
concentration down there. She'd
better be right.
They must be shielded somehow. I'm
sure the base is there.
Well, if it's not, we'll be facing
that Death Star all by our lonesome.
130 EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN130
Two small lifepods jettison away from the
slowly drift toward the awesome deep green
the moon. Retro-rockets automatically
kick in and
slow the pods. The two tiny craft
break through the
light cloud cover and disappear in the
jungles of Yavin's fourth moon.
131 EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - VINE JUNGLE131
One of the lifepods has come to rest in
the middle of
a small clearing. Han, Luke and
Threepio emerge from
the capsule into a forest of gargantuan
in an eerie mist. The air is heavy
with the fantastic
cries of unimaginable creatures.
I don't see how we got through those
trees in one piece.
A loud crashing sound is heard coming through
jungle. Han instantly draws his
then relaxes when he sees that it is Chewbacca
Leia and little Artoo into the clearing.
I don't see how we're going to find
anything out here. This terrain
Did it occur to you they might find us?
The princess has a knowing smile on her
face as Han
looks around in the nearby jungle and
realizes they are
surrounded by twenty rebel Aquillian rangers.
rebel soldiers break out of the dark foliage
the group. The princess meets them
a short way from the
group and gives out a series of animated
soldiers begin to rush about. Four
of them attach a
lifting disk on Artoo and easily carry
him off. Two
other rangers help Luke lift Old Ben out
of the landing
pod and onto a stretcher. The princess
We must hurry to the base. We have
little time before the Death Star
I'd like to get paid before that
eventually. I don't plan to stick
around for the fireworks.
Luke is surprised at Han's desire to leave
and is clearly
132 EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI
An ancient temple rots in the dense jungle.
133 INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM133
In the bowels of the temple a massive and
war room has been constructed. The
before a large electronic wall display
surrounded by a
half dozen field commanders. Luke,
Han, Chewbacca and
Threepio are milling around just outside
the war room.
An OFFICER enters and hooks up a headphone
to the dis-
play board. Artoo is standing near
the princess with
his arm plugged into a computer panel.
The analysis is coming through now.
Everyone turns to the big board where various
of a large round space station are displayed.
The cross analysis confirms a weak
point here, near the north axis...
The display flashes a close angle of the
north pole of
the complex globe.
In an area somewhere below the
generating towers there is a small
thermal exhaust port. It is an
unshielded shaft that runs directly
into the reactor system.
A large, sallow-eyed general named AAY
nervously with a small hand computer.
The greatest concentration of fire
power is at the poles... That exhaust
port looks too small to hit from the
air... We'll have to land an assault
force and use delayed link-weapons.
The GRAND MOUFF TARKIN, the thin commander
of the out-
land Kesselian Dagoons, stands.
An assault force is too big. Their
lateral defenses are too strong for
that type of landing. With all due
respect, I suggest an attack with
our smallest, most maneuverable
ships. If we can get close enough,
I think we can target it.
Correlate the plan into the master
logic system. If there is any kind
of probability ratio at all, we'll
go ahead with it. Send out the alert
... We haven't much time.
Most of the commanders hurry out of the
room. Two of
the generals stay with the princess and
go over the
Death Star readout. Han and Luke
watch as the com-
manders rush out of the war room.
Han is getting im-
patient and before Luke can stop him,
he has pushed
past the guards and approached the princess.
What about us? Are we to wait
forever? Is our reward to be blown
to bits on this forsaken system,
while your fleet mounts some suicidal
attack on that Death Star?
Part of my reward is that I be
around to spend it.
I have little time for your
mercenary concerns, but I am
grateful for the service you have
given to our cause. What is your
A grin slides across Han's face.
The two rebel generals look at one another
believing their ears. Luke starts
to say something,
but the princess turns to an officer.
See that he gets it and quickly.
The princess then turns to Luke.
She is very cold and
I... I don't know. I guess I never
thought about it... I just want to
help. I want to be in on the attack.
I want my own ship.
If you're as good a pilot as you are
a swordsman... We're the ones who
have been rewarded.
134 INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - MEDICAL CHAMBER134
Old Ben rests in the cool, dim quiet of
medical chamber. Luke and Han are
by his side.
Goodbye, Ben, goodbye, Luke. This
is a charter I won't soon forget.
And I thought it would be a snap.
He shakes his head. Luke extends
You're a good pilot... I've learned
a lot from you... I wish you...
I know, but the chances for survival
here just aren't great enough in my
book. I've got what I came for.
Now I've got to get back to my ship.
They shake hands. Han starts to leave,
then turns and
May the Force be with you.
Chewbacca is waiting for him outside the
room, and they
hurry off down the hallway. Luke
turns back to Ben.
I want you to take this.
He pulls the Kiber Crystal out of his tunic
and it radi-
ates a warm glow through out the small
room. Luke takes
The Kiber Crystal.
Keep it with you always. You'll
more need of it than I. It will
bring the Force to you. You've
already learned to feel it... Now you
must learn to use it.
Luke lowers his head in a kind of meditation.
You'd better hurry if you're going
to get to that briefing.
Luke stands up as Threepio and Artoo enter.
You'd better be up and around by
the time I get back. Threepio, take
good care of him.
Luke pats the lanky robot on the back.
You've done well, Threepio. You
have both served us well beyond your
programming. When I return, I'll
have both you and Artoo retired, if
Artoo lets out with a couple of soft beeps.
Thank you, sir. Your kindness is
greatly appreciated, but if it's
at all possible, Artoo and I would
like to remain in your service.
I'd consider it an honor.
He turns and starts out the door.
Come on, Artoo. We've got some work
The stubby little droid waddles out of
the room after
135 INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - BRIEFING ROOM135
The Grand Mouff Tarkin stands before a
of the north pole of the Death Star.
Four squad com-
manders (BLUE LEADER, RED LEADER, etc.)
sit to one side
of the giant readout. The low ceilinged
room is filled
with starpilots, navigators, and a sprinkling
type robots. Everyone is listening
intently to what
Tarkin is saying.
... You'll have to come straight in,
then at the last possible moment
level off and skim the surface to
this point. The target is a four
four thermal exhaust port that runs
directly into the reactor system.
A direct hit straight into the shaft
should set up a chain reaction that
will destroy the station... the post
is ray-shielded, so you'll have to
use your torpedoes.
Luke is sitting next to CHEWIE ANTILLES,
pilot about sixteen years old. Artoo
is sitting next
to a little R-2 robot, who lets out a
long whistle of
hopelessness and skepticism.
CHEWIE (BLUE TWO)
A four by four target at maximum
speed with a torpedo yet! That's
going to be a neat trick.
It's not so bad. We used to bulls-
eye womprats in my T-16 back home.
CHEWIE (BLUE TWO)
This will take a little more than
a barnyard marksmanship, believe me.
Red Leader, a roguish looking man in his
stands and addresses the pilots.
Take a special note of these
emplacements. There is a heavy
concentration of fire power on the
lateral axis... also their generating
towers will probably create a strong
magnetic field. It is calculated
that maneuverability in this sector
will be less than point three.
We must have a direct hit. Yellow
squadron will cover for red on the
first run. Then green will cover
for blue on the second. Any questions?
A muted buzz moves throughout the room,
but there are
Then man your ships and may the Force
be with you.
136 INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - MAIN HANGAR
Luke and little Artoo enter a huge spaceship
carved out of the interior of the crumbling
hurry along a long line of gleaming spacefighters.
Flight crews rush here and there loading
armament and unlocking power couplings.
stopped by Blue Leader, a rugged, handsome
man in his
forties. He has the confident smile
of a born leader.
Have you been checked out?
Yes, sir. I was considered one of
the best bush pilots on Sullust.
I've also had six hours on the T-2.
Blue Leader has a skeptical look on his
Six hours, huh? Well, that's your
ship there. You're blue five.
stay glued to me. I don't want any
independent operations out there.
Personally I think it's foolish for
them to be sending fresh kids out
on a job like this. This is no joy
ride we're going on.
A warning buzzer sounds and Blue Leader
May the Force be with you.
Luke makes a short bow from the waist as
hurries to his ship. Luke's ground
crew has hoisted
little Artoo into a socket on the back
of the one-man
starship fighter. Luke climbs aboard
the sleek, deadly
spacecraft. Blue Leader gives his
ground crew the sig-
nal that he is starting his ion engines.
Luke's CREW CHIEF
pats him on the helmet and has to yell
to be heard over
the ion engines.
That R-2 unit of yours seems a little
beat-up. Do you want a new one?
Luke shakes his head no.
Knock them all the way back to
The canopy is closed and the powerful starship
into a deep runway shaft that leads to
the outside. Luke
checks out the computer readouts as his
crew locks down
Artoo, are you secure?
The little droid, who is now part of the
of the starship, beeps that he is fine,
which reads out
over the computer monitor. One of
the crewman climbs
up to the cockpit.
I've removed the lateral casings,
which should make you about a
thousand pounds lighter.
He hangs a small good luck charm inside
the cockpit as
the canopy starts to slide closed.
Luke signals to the
crewmen that everything is okay.
Other crewmen say
goodbye to their pilots, some serious,
some kidding --
all with a great deal of hidden emotion.
137 EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN - MASASSI
OUTPOST - JUNGLE137
All that can be seen of the fortress is
a lone guard
standing on a small pedestal jutting out
dense jungle. The muted, gruesome
crying sounds that
naturally permeate this eerie purgatory
by the thundering din of ion rockets as
starships catapult from the foliage in
a tight forma-
tion and disappear into the morning cloud
138 INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM138
The princess sits quietly before the giant
ing the planet of Yavin and her four moons.
The red dot
that represents the Death Star moves ever
closer to the
system. A series of green dots appear
around the fourth
moon. The Grand Mouff Tarkin stands
behind the princess
with several other field commanders.
They're all away. For the first
time since the take-over, I feel
Everyone turns as Threepio enters with
Old Ben who is
walking with a chrome cane. The
old man smiles at the
Switch them to the main com-link
system. Let everyone hear it.
The voices of the starpilots are broadcast
BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Masassi Base, we have visual contact.
139 EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN139
A small bright speck orbiting the huge
red planet of
Yavin sparkles in the light of the distant
rebel starships settle ominously into
moving swiftly toward the orbiting speck.
starships move closer, the awesome size
of the gargan-
tuan Imperial space fortress is revealed.
140 INT. BLUE LEADER STARSHIP - COCKPIT
Blue Leader, in the first ship, signals
to the other
pilots in his wing group. The many
monitors are filled
with various computer readouts and displays.
com-link one of the other starpilots (BLUE
to Blue Leader.
BLUE SIX (V.O.)
Look at the size of that thing!
Cut off, Blue Six. Stand by.
group, move in to cover the south.
Red group, try for the exhaust port.
Settle in. Here we go.
141 INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING141
Luke adjusts the controls of the tiny starfighter
lowers the sunshade on his goggles.
BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Blue Five, does that glare bother
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
I've got it blocked. I'm all right.
142 EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN
Fuel pods are jettisoned. The starship
their dart-like wings and break off into
a power dive
attack on the space fortress. A
barrage of laser fire
from the huge fortress creates a wall
of death through
which most of the rebel craft miraculously
undamaged. Multiple laser bolts
streak from the star-
ship fighters, creating small explosions
on the complex
surface of the fort. Luke directs
his fire at one of
the prime power terminals. It explodes,
weird electronic arcs that leap off the
143-163 INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN
Walls buckle and cave in, sucking debris
into the vacuum of space. Alarm
sirens scream as sol-
diers scramble to large turbo-powered
laser gun emplace-
ments. Officers yell orders through
the smoke and con-
fusion. Man and robots of various
shapes and sizes run
to their battle stations. Standing
in the middle of the
chaos, a vision of calm and foreboding,
is the evil Sith
knight, Darth Vader. Several astro-officers
run up to
him, still putting on the helmets and
Get to your ships. I'll take the
lead myself. We finally have them
where we want them.
164 INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM164
The princess and her generals listen silently
action of the starships over the com-link.
and troops move about very quietly listening
battle as they work.
BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Blue One to Masassi Base, we're
nearing the south pole transmitter
area. The magnetic concussion is
getting very rough.
We're starting our run. Tighten
up. Blue Two, tighten it up.
CHEWIE (BLUE TWO)(V.O.)
Heavy fire, boss. Twenty-three
BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
I see it. Pull in. Pull in.
picking up some interference.
BLUE SIX (V.O.)
Wow, I've never seen such fire power.
BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Pull in, Blue Two. Pull in.
do you read me? Chewie?
I'm all right, boss. I've got a
target. I'm going in to check it
BLUE SIX (V.O.)
There is too much action, Chewie.
BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Break off, Chewie. Acknowledge.
We've hit to much interference.
Six, can you see Blue Two?
BLUE SIX (V.O)
I've lost him. There's a heavy fire
zone on this side. My scanner's
jammed. Blue Five?
He's gone. No, wait. There
Fin damage, but he's all right.
A sigh of relief sweeps across the war
BLUE LEADER (V.O.)
Watch your back, Luke. Watch your
back! Squad above you, Blue Five!
Coming in -- about six ships.
165-171 EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH
MOON OF YAVIN - BATTLE -165-171
Two fin-winged Imperial fighters dive on
Luke, but he
does a quick spiral turn and eludes them.
Blue Leader, this is Red Leader...
We've marked the target and are
starting our attack run.
I copy, Red Leader. We'll try to
keep them busy on this end. Blue
Five, stay close now...
Blue Leader and Luke (Blue Five) and Blue
Four dive in
unison through a forest of radar domes,
antenna and gun
towers. They are followed by four
Imperial tie fighters.
The two rebel ships make a sharp turn
and come around
behind the Imperial ships. Blue
Four and Blue Leader
fire into the tie fighters as the six
the surface of the fortress.
Suddenly a dense barrage of laser fire
erupts from a
protruding tower, catching Blue Four broadside.
rebel spacecraft bursts into a million
Luke has a sudden realization of the danger
he is in,
but it quickly fades as another Imperial
onto his tail and begins firing.
Luke rolls away from
the enemy ship.
Blue Leader reacts to the loss of his wing
man with a
renewed attack on the Imperial ships --
one of which
falls away and hits a prime power terminal,
arching spectacle. A chain reaction
is set off, creat-
ing a series of explosions leaping across
the surface of
the fortress from terminal to terminal.
172-174 INT. Y WING REBEL STARFIGHTER
- RED LEADER COCKPIT172-174
A blazing and out of control Red Leader
dives toward the
Death Star surface followed by Darth Vader
in a small,
spider-like Imperial fighter.
Blue Leader, this is Red Leader.
They hit us before we could get down.
You'll need more air cover. Sith
175-190 EXT. DEATH STAR - SOUTH
Blue Leader see Luke has an Imperial fighter
We're on our way, Red Leader.
Blue Two (Chewie) miraculously dives his
a virtual sea of laser fire and blasts
fighters chasing Luke into dust.
Chewie signals to
Luke, who lets out a whooping cheer as
into a victory roll.
Great moves, Chewie. Red Leader
needs some help. We're going to
for the exhaust port. Coincide,
Luke and Blue Three bob and weave in formation
group of giant towers at the north pole.
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
I see the target. It looks good.
I've got it. We're hit! We're
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
Eject... Eject. Blue Three, do you
I'm all right. I can hold it.
me a little room, Blue Five. Watch
it! Watch it!
Blue Three wobbles a little, then drops
plowing into a huge laser gun emplacement,
hideous series of chain reaction explosions.
maining starships of the Blue group fly
in a tight
formation and dive between the tall towers
Masassi Base, we're in position and
staring for the target. Chewie,
hold your fire until we're within
point zero five four. Make it count.
Luke, stay close.
Several ack-ack lasers begin to open fire
approaching spacecraft. The rebel
ships direct their
fire at a small, glowing blue hole at
the base of one
of the towers. One of the Blue Four's
to smoke and an R-2 unit pops out of the
attempts to repair it.
CHEWIE (BLUE TWO)
I'm on it.
Blue Two dives directly at the small target,
to pull out and crashes into the base
of one of the
towers. Blue Leader dives between
the towers, firing
away, but is unable to hit the small hole.
It's very small. It's going to be
difficult. Send in the green group.
I'll try again.
Luke chases an Imperial chip that is chasing
One of the two large fins on the Imperial
and it careens wildly, leaving an erratic
trail of smoke
before eventually crashing into a solar
191-195 EXT. LUKE'S STARSHIP
Luke swings the small craft around the
of laser towers and transmitters.
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
I'm right behind you, Blue Leader.
Out of the gloom streaks Darth Vader firing
Leader. Luke tries to intercept
the Imperial ship, but
Vader outmaneuvers him. Blue Leader
dives on the ex-
haust port, followed by Darth Vader, who
is followed by
Luke, desperately trying to catch up.
Blue Five, break off your cover
attack. It's too late. Make
own run on the exhaust port. Do
you copy, Luke?
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
Yes, sir, but I can get him...
Forget it, son.
One of the five large engines on Blue Leader's
explodes. He careens wildly, leaving
an erratic trail
of smoke before eventually crashing into
a solar panel.
Luke can hear the sharp laugh of Vader
over the com-link.
196 INT. VADER'S IMPERIAL TIE FIGHTER -
COCKPIT - TRAVELING 196
Darth Vader laughs maniacally as he swings
around and starts after Luke's ship.
You're next, Blue Five... I have
this feeling I know you. The Force
is strong with you.
197 INT. LUKE'S STARSHIP - COCKPIT - TRAVELING197
Luke's hand instinctively goes to the pocket
the Kiber Crystal. Its glow lights
up the entire cabin.
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
I am Luke Starkiller. Had we met
earlier, you would not be here.
198 INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM198
On the computer display board, several
of the markers
indicating rebel fighters go dark.
The princess gives
Old Ben a look of amused surprise at Luke's
GENERAL DODANA approaches the princess.
Over sixty percent of our craft have
been destroyed. The probability
projection shows little hope. The
Death Star will be in position to
fire on us shortly. We will be
destroyed. We must escape while
there is still time.
The princess gives Dodana a hard look and
general back away.
There will be no retreat.
199-225 EXT. BATTLE199-225
Luke (Blue Five) dives on the Death Star
at an incredi-
ble speed. He soon realizes Vader
is on his tail. He
spins his ship to evade the pursuing Dark
Vader is still there. His ship rock
and shudders under
the nearby impact of Vader exploding laser
straightens his ship out and it skims
across the surface
of the fortress, creating a blur.
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
Approaching target. I', almost home.
Not yet, my bold friend.
Vader hits one of Luke's engines and parts
all directions. The ship wobbles,
but Luke keeps the
craft on target and fires his torpedo...
harmlessly to one side of the tiny exhaust
pulls his ship up to try for another run.
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
Blast it! Artoo, we tool a little
back there. My stability is off
about twelve degrees. See if you
can't jam the connecting relays.
We have to get stabilized.
Artoo pops out of his socket and carefully
way back to the smoldering engine.
Two other rebel
ships make a dive on the exhaust port.
One is blasted
away by Vader, the other fires at the
exhaust port and
There is just too much interference
with that Sith Lord out there. It's
impossible to get an accurate target
line-up with him there.
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
Hurry with those relays, Artoo.
We're going to try again.
Luke's tiny rebel fighter banks and prepares
for a second
attack on the exhaust port.
Artoo struggles to repair the damage to
one of the huge
engines. blue Eight moves in next
I'll cover for you, Blue Five.
The two rebels start their attack dive.
The surface of
the Death Star races toward them.
down from above them, Vader and two other
fighters sweep into view with all of their
blazing away. Laser bolts explode
around little Artoo
as he works frantically to repair the
fire hits Blue Eight and he explodes.
You were foolish enough to try again,
The three Imperial fighters dive on the
lone rebel star-
ship. Luke struggles to keep control
of the ship with
laser bolts streaking past him on all
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
The Force is with you, my bold little
friend, but now I have you...
Suddenly Vader's wing man explodes into
a shower of
burning fragments. Vader is surprised
and looks around
for the cause of his wing man's misfortune.
CTR-5, where did that come from?
Collision course... watch out!
Heading right for the two Imperial fighters
is Han Solo
in the battered old pirate starship.
CTR-5 veers radi-
cally, clipping Vader's solar fin in the
Vader spins out of control. Han
blasts CTR-5 to smoke.
I noticed you were having some
problems, Blue Five... I thought
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
Thanks, old buddy. I'll be with
in a second.
Luke levels his fighter and skims the surface
fortress, through a wall of laser fire.
Artoo beeps a
message to Luke.
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
That's good, Artoo. Just keep it
As he passes the exhaust port, Luke fires
which goes directly down the exhaust shaft.
down at the glowing Kiber Crystal in his
LUKE (BLUE FIVE)
We did it! I hit it perfectly.
Let's get out of here.
Luke veers sharply away from the Death
Star as ominous
rumbles and explosions are heard coming
from within the
huge super fortress. The rebel ship
speeds past the
large pirate starship and several other
rebel fighters as they flee from the pending
A sudden great flash replaces the fortress,
and a rain-
storm of rubble pelts the starships.
Several giant ex-
plosions follow until there is only a
smoke cloud where
the mighty fortress once orbited Yavin.
Not bad, kid.
226-227 INT. VADER IMPERIAL
TIE FIGHTER - COCKPIT - TRAVELING 226-227
Vader's starship with a bent solar fin
limps into the
vast darkness of space attempting to make
it back to
the relative safety of Alderaan.
228 INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - MAIN HANGAR228
Luke climbs out of his starship and is
cheered by a
throng of ground crews and pilots.
Little Artoo is
helped off the back of the starship and
he's greeted by
Threepio. Luke spots Han and Chewbacca
as they enter
and runs over to them. he hugs the
Corellian pirate and
the giant Wookiee. They all laugh
and cheer. The crowd
parts, revealing Old Ben. Luke goes
to him and bows
from waist. The old man embraces
229 INT. MASASSI OUTPOST - MAIN THRONE
Luke, Artoo, Threepio, Han and Chewbacca
enter the huge
ruins of the main temple.
Hundreds of troops are lined up in neat
are flying and at the far end stands a
vision in white,
the beautiful young Princess Leia.
Luke and the others
solemnly march up the long aisle and kneel
Princess Leia. Artoo and Threepio
are rather awestruck
at the whole event. Chewbacca is
confused. Old Ben is
sitting to the right of the Princess,
while the Grand
Mouff Tarkin sits on her left. Leia
is dressed in a
long, white dress and is staggeringly
rises and places a gold medallion around
then repeats the ceremony with Chewbacca,
and finally Luke. They turn and
face the assembled
troops, who all bow before them.