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Star Wars Style A poster 1977

STAR WARS

Episode IV
A NEW HOPE
From the
JOURNAL OF THE WHILLS
by
George Lucas
Revised Fourth Draft
January 15, 1976
LUCASFILM LTD.


             A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away…
             A vast sea of stars serves as the backdrop for the main title. 
             War drums echo through the heavens as a rollup slowly crawls 
             into infinity.
                  It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, 
                  striking from a hidden base, have won their first 
                  victory against the evil Galactic Empire.
                  During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal 
                  secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the 
                  Death Star, an armored space station with enough 
                  power to destroy an entire planet.
                  Pursued by the Empire’s sinister agents, Princess 
                  Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of 
                  the stolen plans that can save her people and 
                  restore freedom to the galaxy…
             The awesome yellow planet of Tatooine emerges from a total 
             eclipse, her two moons glowing against the darkness. A tiny 
             silver spacecraft, a Rebel Blockade Runner firing lasers 
             from the back of the ship, races through space. It is pursed 
             by a giant Imperial Stardestroyer. Hundreds of deadly 
             laserbolts streak from the Imperial Stardestroyer, causing 
             the main solar fin of the Rebel craft to disintegrate.
             INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - MAIN PASSAGEWAY
             An explosion rocks the ship as two robots, Artoo-Detoo (R2-
             D2) and See-Threepio (C-3PO) struggle to make their way 
             through the shaking, bouncing passageway. Both robots are 
             old and battered. Artoo is a short, claw-armed tripod. His 
             face is a mass of computer lights surrounding a radar eye. 
             Threepio, on the other hand, is a tall, slender robot of 
             human proportions. He has a gleaming bronze-like metallic 
             surface of an Art Deco design.
             Another blast shakes them as they struggle along their way.
                                   C-3PO
                       Did you hear that? They’ve shut down 
                       the main reactor. We’ll be destroyed 
                       for sure. This is madness!
             Rebel troopers rush past the robots and take up positions in 
             the main passageway. They aim their weapons toward the door.
                                   C-3PO
                       We’re doomed!
             The little R2 unit makes a series of electronic sounds that 
             only another robot could understand.
                                   C-3PO
                       There’ll be no escape for the Princess 
                       this time.
             Artoo continues making beeping sounds. Tension mounts as 
             loud metallic latches clank and the scream of heavy equipment 
             are heard moving around the outside hull of the ship.
                                   C-3PO
                       What’s that?
             EXT. SPACECRAFT IN SPACE
             The Imperial craft has easily overtaken the Rebel Blockade 
             Runner. The smaller Rebel ship is being drawn into the 
             underside dock of the giant Imperial starship.
             INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER
             The nervous Rebel troopers aim their weapons. Suddenly a 
             tremendous blast opens up a hole in the main passageway and 
             a score of fearsome armored spacesuited stormtroopers make 
             their way into the smoke-filled corridor.
             In a few minutes the entire passageway is ablaze with 
             laserfire. The deadly bolts ricochet in wild random patterns 
             creating huge explosions. Stormtroopers scatter and duck 
             behind storage lockers. Laserbolts hit several Rebel soldiers 
             who scream and stagger through the smoke, holding shattered 
             arms and faces.
             An explosion hits near the robots.
                                   C-3PO
                       I should have known better than to 
                       trust the logic of a half-sized 
                       thermocapsulary dehousing assister…
             Artoo counters with an angry rebuttal as the battle rages 
             around the two hapless robots.
             EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT WASTELAND - DAY
             A death-white wasteland stretches from horizon to horizon. 
             The tremendous heat of two huge twin suns settle on a lone 
             figure, Luke Skywalker, a farm boy with heroic aspirations 
             who looks much younger than his eighteen years. His shaggy 
             hair and baggy tunic give him the air of a simple but lovable 
             lad with a prize-winning smile.
             A light wind whips at him as he adjusts several valves on a 
             large battered moisture vaporator which sticks out of the 
             desert floor much like an oil pipe with valves. He is aided 
             by a beatup tread-robot with six claw arms. The little robot 
             appears to be barely functioning and moves with jerky motions.  
             A bright sparkle in the morning sky catches Luke’s eye and 
             he instinctively grabs a pair of electrobinoculars from his 
             utility belt. He stands transfixed for a few moments studying 
             the heavens, then dashed toward his dented, crudely repaired 
             Landspeeder (an auto-like transport that travels a few feet 
             above the ground on a magnetic-field). He motions for the 
             tiny robot to follow him.
                                   LUKE
                       Hurry up! Come with me! What are you 
                       waiting for?! Get in gear!
             The robot scoots around in a tight circle, stops short, and 
             smoke begins to pour out of every joint. Luke throws his 
             arms up in disgust. Exasperated, the young farm boy jumps 
             into his Landspeeder leaving the smoldering robot to hum 
             madly.
             INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - MAIN HALLWAY
             The awesome, seven-foot-tall Dark Lord of the Sith makes his 
             way into the blinding light of the main passageway. This is 
             Darth Vader, right hand of the Emperor. His face is obscured 
             by his flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask, which 
             stands out next to the fascist white armored suits of the 
             Imperial stormtroopers. Everyone instinctively backs away 
             from the imposing warrior and a deathly quiet sweeps through 
             the Rebel troops. Several of the Rebel troops break and run 
             in a frenzied panic.
             INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER
             A woman’s hand puts a card into an opening in Artoo’s dome.  
             Artoo makes beeping sounds.
             INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER
             Threepio stands in a hallway, somewhat bewildered. Artoo is 
             nowhere in sight. The pitiful screams of the doomed Rebel 
             soldiers can be heard in the distance.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Artoo! Artoo-Detoo, where are you?
             A familiar clanking sound attacks Threepio’s attention and 
             he spots little Artoo at the end of the hallway in a smoke-
             filled alcove. A beautiful young girl (about sixteen years 
             old) stands in front of Artoo. Surreal and out of place, 
             dreamlike and half hidden in the smoke, she finishes adjusting 
             something on Artoo’s computer face, then watches as the little 
             robot joins his companion.
                                   THREEPIO
                       At last! Where have you been?
             Stormtroopers can be heard battling in the distance.
                                   THREEPIO
                       They’re heading in this direction. 
                       What are we going to do? We’ll be 
                       sent to the spice mine of Kessel or 
                       smashed into who knows what!
             Artoo scoots past his bronze friend and races down the 
             subhallway. Threepio chases after him.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Wait a minute, where are you going?
             Artoo responds with electronic beeps.
             INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - CORRIDOR
             The evil Darth Vader stands amid the broken and twisted bodies 
             of his foes. He grabs a wounded Rebel Officer by the neck as 
             an Imperial Officer rushes up to the Dark Lord.
                                   IMPERIAL OFFICER
                       The Death Star plans are not in the 
                       main computer.
             Vader squeezes the neck of the Rebel Officer, who struggles 
             in vain.
                                   VADER
                       Where are those transmissions you 
                       intercepted?
             Vader lifts the Rebel off his feet by his throat.
                                   VADER
                       What have you done with those plans?
                                   REBEL OFFICER
                       We intercepted no transmissions. 
                       Aaah… This is a consular ship. 
                       Were on a diplomatic mission.
                                   VADER
                       If this is a consular ship… were 
                       is the Ambassador?
             The Rebel refuses to speak but eventually cries out as the 
             Dark Lord begins to squeeze the officer’s throat, creating a 
             gruesome snapping and choking, until the soldier goes limp. 
             Vader tosses the dead soldier against the wall and turns to 
             his troops.
                                   VADER
                       Commander, tear this ship apart until 
                       you’ve found those plans and bring 
                       me the Ambassador. I want her alive!
             The stormtroopers scurry into the subhallways.
             INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - SUBHALLWAY
             The lovely young girl huddles in a small alcove as the 
             stormtroopers search through the ship. She is Princess Leia 
             Organa, a member of the Alderaan Senate. The fear in her 
             eyes slowly gives way to anger as the muted crushing sounds 
             of the approaching stormtroopers grow louder. One of the 
             troopers spots her.
                                   TROOPER
                       There she is! Set for stun!
             Leia steps from her hiding place and blasts a trooper with 
             her laser pistol. She starts to run but is felled by a 
             paralyzing ray. The troopers inspect her inert body.
                                   TROOPER
                       She’ll be all right. Inform Lord 
                       Vader we have a prisoner.
             INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - SUBHALLWAY
             Artoo stops before the small hatch of an emergency lifepod. 
             He snaps the seal on the main latch and a red warning light 
             begins to flash. The stubby astro-robot works his way into 
             the cramped four-man pod.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Hey, you’re not permitted in there. 
                       It’s restricted. You’ll be deactivated 
                       for sure..
             Artoo beeps something to him.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Don’t call me a mindless philosopher, 
                       you overweight glob of grease! Now 
                       come out before somebody sees you.
             Artoo whistles something at his reluctant friend regarding 
             the mission he is about to perform.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Secret mission? What plans? What are 
                       you talking about? I’m not getting 
                       in there!
             Artoo isn’t happy with Threepio’s stubbornness, and he beeps 
             and twangs angrily.
             A new explosion, this time very close, sends dust and debris 
             through the narrow subhallway. Flames lick at Threepio and, 
             after a flurry of electronic swearing from Artoo, the lanky 
             robot jumps into the lifepod.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I’m going to regret this.
             INT. IMPERIAL STARDESTROYER
             On the main viewscreen, the lifepod carrying the two terrified 
             robots speeds away from the stricken Rebel spacecraft.
                                   CHIEF PILOT
                       There goes another one.
                                   CAPTAIN
                       Hold your fire. There are no life 
                       forms. It must have been short-
                       circuited.
             INT. LIFEPOD
             Artoo and Threepio look out at the receding Imperial starship.  
             Stars circle as the pod rotates through the galaxy.
                                   THREEPIO
                       That’s funny, the damage doesn’t 
                       look as bad from out here.
             Artoo beeps an assuring response.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Are you sure this things safe?
             EXT. TATOOINE - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - POWER STATION - DAY
             Heat waves radiate from the dozen or so bleached white 
             buildings. Luke pilots his Landspeeder through the dusty 
             empty street of the tiny settlement. An old woman runs to 
             get out of the way of the speeding vehicle, shaking her fist 
             at Luke as he flies past.
                                   WOMAN
                       I’ve told you kids to slow down!
             INT. POWER STATION - DAY
             Luke bursts into the power station, waking The Fixer, a rugged 
             mechanic and Camie, a sexy, disheveled girl who has been 
             asleep in his lap. They grumbled as he races through the 
             office, yelling wildly.
                                   FIXER
                       Did I hear a young noise blast through 
                       here?
                                   CAMIE
                       It was just wormie on another rampage.
             Luke bounces into a small room behind the office where Deak 
             and Windy, two tough boys about the same age as Luke, are 
             playing a computer pool-like game with Biggs, a burly, 
             handsome boy a few years older than the rest. His flashy 
             city attire is a sharp contrast to the loose-fitting tunics 
             of the farm boys. A robot repairs some equipment in the 
             background.
                                   LUKE
                       Shape it up you guys!… Biggs?
             Luke’s surprise at the appearance of Biggs gives way to great 
             joy and emotion. They give each other a great bear hug.
                                   LUKE
                       I didn’t know you were back! When 
                       did you get in?
                                   BIGGS
                       Just now. I wanted to surprise you, 
                       hot shot. I thought you’d be here… 
                       certainly didn’t expect you to be 
                       out working.
                            (he laughs)
                                   LUKE
                       The Academy didn’t change you 
                       much…but you’re back so soon? Hey, 
                       what happened, didn’t you get your 
                       commission?
             Biggs has an air of cool that seems slightly phony.
                                   BIGGS
                       Of course I got it. Signed aboard 
                       The Rand Ecliptic last week. First 
                       mate Biggs Darklighter at your 
                       service…
                            (he salutes)
                       …I just came to say good-bye to 
                       all you unfortunate landlocked 
                       simpletons.
             Everyone laughs. The dazzling spectacle of his dashing friend 
             is almost too much for Luke, but suddenly he snaps out of 
             it.
                                   LUKE
                       I almost forgot. There’s a battle 
                       going on! Right here in our system. 
                       Come and look!
                                   DEAK
                       Not again! Forget it.
             EXT. TATOOINE - ANCHORHEAD - SETTLEMENT - POWER STATION - 
             DAY
             The group stumbles out into the stifling desert sun. Camie 
             and The Fixer complain and are forced to shade their eyes. 
             Luke has his binoculars out scanning the heavens.
                                   LUKE
                       There they are!
             Biggs takes the binoculars from Luke as the others strain to 
             see something with the naked eye. Through the binoculars 
             Biggs sees two small silver specks.
                                   BIGGS
                       That’s no battle, hot shot… they’re 
                       just sitting there! Probably a 
                       freighter-tanker refueling.
                                   LUKE
                       But there was a lot of firing 
                       earlier…
             Camie grabs the binoculars away banging them against the 
             building in the process. Luke grabs them.
                                   LUKE
                       Hey, easy with those…
                                   CAMIE
                       Don’t worry about it, Wormie.
             The Fixer gives Luke a hard look and the young farm boy shrugs 
             his shoulders in resignation.
                                   FIXER
                       I keep telling you, the Rebellion is 
                       a long way from here. I doubt if the 
                       Empire would even fight to keep this 
                       system. Believe me Luke, this planet 
                       is a big hunk of nothing…
             Luke agrees, although it’s obvious he isn’t sure why. The 
             group stumbles back into the power station, grumbling about 
             Luke’s ineptitude.
             INT. REBEL BLOCKADE RUNNER - HALLWAY
             Princess Leia is led down a low-ceilinged hallway by a squad 
             of armored stormtroopers. Her hands are bound and she is 
             brutally shoved when she is unable to keep up with the briskly 
             marching troops. They stop in a smoky hallway as Darth Vader 
             emerges from the shadows. The sinister Dark Lord stares hard 
             at the frail young senator, but she doesn’t move.
                                   LEIA
                       Lord Vader, I should have known. 
                       Only you could be so bold. The 
                       Imperial Senate will not sit for 
                       this, when they hear you’ve attacked 
                       a diplomatic…
                                   VADER
                       Don’t play games with me, Your 
                       Highness. You weren’t on any mercy 
                       mission this time. You passed directly 
                       through a restricted system. Several 
                       transmissions were beamed to this 
                       ship by Rebel spies. I want to know 
                       what happened to the plans they sent 
                       you.
                                   LEIA
                       I don’t know what you’re talking 
                       about. I’m a member of the Imperial 
                       Senate on a diplomatic mission to 
                       Alderaan…
                                   VADER
                       You’re a part of the Rebel Alliance… 
                       and a traitor. Take her away!
             Leia is marched away down the hallway and into the smoldering 
             hole blasted in the side of the ship. An Imperial Commander 
             turns to Vader.
                                   COMMANDER
                       Holding her is dangerous. If word of 
                       this gets out, it could generate 
                       sympathy for the Rebellion in the 
                       senate.
                                   VADER
                       I have traced the Rebel spies to 
                       her. Now she is my only link to find 
                       their secret base!
                                   COMMANDER
                       She’ll die before she tells you 
                       anything.
                                   VADER
                       Leave that to me. Send a distress 
                       signal and then inform the senate 
                       that all aboard were killed!
             Another Imperial Officer approaches Vader and the Commander. 
             They stop and snap to attention.
                                   SECOND OFFICER
                       Lord Vader, the battle station plans 
                       are not aboard this ship! And no 
                       transmissions were made. An escape 
                       pod was jettisoned during the 
                       fighting, but no life forms were 
                       aboard.
             Vader turns to the Commander.
                                   VADER
                       She must have hidden the plans in 
                       the escape pod. Send a detachment 
                       down to retrieve them. See to it 
                       personally, Commander. There’ll be 
                       no one to stop us this time.
                                   COMMANDER
                       Yes, sir.
             EXT. SPACE
             The Imperial Stardestroyer comes over the surface of the 
             planet Tatooine.
             EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT
             Jundland, or "No Man’s Land", where the rugged desert mesas 
             meet the foreboding dune sea. The two helpless astro-droids 
             kick up clouds of sand as they leave the lifepod and clumsily 
             work their way across the desert wasteland. The lifepod in 
             the distance rests half buried in the sand.
                                   THREEPIO
                       How did I get into this mess? I really 
                       don’t know how. We seem to be made 
                       to suffer. It’s our lot in life.
             Artoo answers with beeping sounds.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I’ve got to rest before I fall apart. 
                       My joints are almost frozen.
             Artoo continues to respond with beeping sounds.
                                   THREEPIO
                       What a desolate place this is.
             Suddenly Artoo whistles, makes a sharp right turn and starts 
             off in the direction of the rocky desert mesas. Threepio 
             stops and yells at him.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Where are you going?
             A stream of electronic noises pours forth from the small 
             robot.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Well, I’m not going that way. It’s 
                       much too rocky. This way is much 
                       easier.
             Artoo counters with a long whistle.
                                   THREEPIO
                       What makes you think there are 
                       settlements over there?
             Artoo continues to make beeping sounds.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Don’t get technical with me.
             Artoo continues to make beeping sounds.
                                   THREEPIO
                       What mission? What are you talking 
                       about? I’ve had just about enough of 
                       you! Go that way! You’ll be 
                       malfunctioning within a day, you 
                       nearsighted scrap pile!
             Threepio gives the little robot a kick and starts off in the 
             direction of the vast dune sea.
                                   THREEPIO
                       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 mesas.
                                   THREEPIO
                       No more adventures. I’m not going 
                       that way.
             Artoo beeps to himself as he makes his way toward the distant 
             mountains.
             EXT. TATOOINE - DUNE SEA
             Threepio, hot and tired, struggles up over the ridge of a 
             dune; only to find more dunes, which seem to go on for endless 
             miles.  He looks back in the direction of the now distant 
             rock mesas.
                                   THREEPIO
                       That malfunctioning little twerp. 
                       This is all his fault! He tricked me 
                       into going this way, but he’ll do no 
                       better.
             In a huff of anger and frustration, Threepio knocks the sand 
             from his joints. His plight seems hopeless, when a glint of 
             reflected light in the distance reveals an object moving 
             towards him.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Wait, what’s that? A transport! I’m 
                       saved!
             The bronze android waves frantically and yells at the 
             approaching transport.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Over here! Help! Please, help!
             EXT. TATOOINE - ANCHORHEAD SETTLEMENT - POWER STATION - DAY
             Luke and Biggs are walking and drinking a malt brew. Fixer 
             and the others can be heard working inside.
                                   LUKE
                            (Very animated)
                       …so I cut off my power, shut down 
                       the afterburners and came in low on 
                       Deak’s trail. I was so close I thought 
                       I was going to fry my instruments. 
                       As it was I busted up the Skyhopper 
                       pretty bad. Uncle Owen was pretty 
                       upset. He grounded me for the rest 
                       of the season. You should have been 
                       there… it was fantastic.
                                   BIGGS
                       You ought to take it easy Luke. You 
                       may be the hottest bushpilot this 
                       side of Mos Eisley, but those little 
                       Skyhoppers are dangerous. Keep it 
                       up, and one day, whammo, you’re going 
                       to be nothing more than a dark spot 
                       on the down side of a canyon wall.
                                   LUKE
                       Look who’s talking. Now that you’ve 
                       been around those giant starships 
                       you’re beginning to sound like my 
                       uncle. You’ve gotten soft in the 
                       city…
                                   BIGGS
                       I’ve missed you kid.
                                   LUKE
                       Well, things haven’t been the same 
                       since you left, Biggs. It’s been 
                       so… quiet.
             Biggs looks around then leans close to Luke.
                                   BIGGS
                       Luke, I didn’t come back just to say 
                       good-bye… I shouldn’t tell you 
                       this, but you’re the only one I can 
                       trust… and if I don’t come back, I 
                       want somebody to know.
             Luke’s eyes are wide with Biggs’ seriousness and loyalty.
                                   LUKE
                       What are you talking about?
                                   BIGGS
                       I made some friends at the Academy.
                            (he whispers)
                       …when our frigate goes to one of 
                       the central systems, we’re going to 
                       jump ship and join the Alliance…
             Luke, amazed and stunned, is almost speechless.
                                   LUKE
                       Join the Rebellion?! Are you kidding! 
                       How?
                                   BIGGS
                       Quiet down will ya! You got a mouth 
                       bigger than a meteor crater!
                                   LUKE
                       I’m sorry. I’m quiet.
                            (he whispers)
                       Listen how quiet I am. You can barely 
                       hear me…
             Biggs shakes his head angrily and then continues.
                                   BIGGS
                       My friend has a friend on Bestine 
                       who might help us make contact.
                                   LUKE
                       You’re crazy! You could wander around 
                       forever trying to find them.
                                   BIGGS
                       I know it’s a long shot, but if I 
                       don’t find them I’ll do what I can 
                       on my own… It’s what we always 
                       talked about. Luke, I’m not going to 
                       wait for the Empire to draft me into 
                       service. The Rebellion is spreading 
                       and I want to be on the right side -- 
                       the side I believe in.
                                   LUKE
                       And I’m stuck here…
                                   BIGGS
                       I thought you were going to the 
                       Academy next term. You’ll get your 
                       chance to get off this rock.
                                   LUKE
                       Not likely! I had to cancel my 
                       application. There has been a lot of 
                       unrest among the Sandpeople since 
                       you left… they’ve even raided the 
                       outskirts of Anchorhead.
                                   BIGGS
                       Your uncle could hold off a whole 
                       colony of Sandpeople with one blaster.
                                   LUKE
                       I know, but he’s got enough vaporators 
                       going to make the place pay off. He 
                       needs me for just one more season. I 
                       can’t leave him now.
                                   BIGGS
                       I feel for you, Luke, you’re going 
                       to have to learn what seems to be 
                       important or what really is important. 
                       What good is all your uncle’s work 
                       if it’s taken over by the Empire?… 
                       You know they’re starting to 
                       nationalize commerce in the central 
                       systems… it won’t be long before 
                       your uncle is merely a tenant, slaving 
                       for the greater glory of the Empire.
                                   LUKE
                       It couldn’t happen here. You said it 
                       yourself. The Empire won’t bother 
                       with this rock.
                                   BIGGS
                       Things always change.
                                   LUKE
                       I wish I was going… Are you going 
                       to be around long?
                                   BIGGS
                       No, I’m leaving in the morning…
                                   LUKE
                       Then I guess I won’t see you.
                                   BIGGS
                       Maybe someday… I’ll keep a lookout.
                                   LUKE
                       Well, I’ll be at the Academy next 
                       season… after that who knows. I 
                       won’t be drafted into the Imperial 
                       Starfleet that’s for sure… Take 
                       care of yourself, you’ll always be 
                       the best friend I’ve got.
                                   BIGGS
                       So long, Luke.
             Biggs turns away from his old friend and heads towards the 
             power station.
             EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - SUNSET
             The gargantuan rock formations are shrouded in a strange 
             foreboding mist and the onimous sounds of unearthly creatures 
             fill the air. Artoo moves cautiously through 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 rugged trail until 
             suddenly, out of nowhere, a powerful magnetic ray 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 lights flicker off, then on, then 
             off again. Out of the rocks scurry three Jawas, no taller 
             than Artoo. They holster strange and complex weapons as they 
             cautiously approach the robot. They wear grubby cloaks and 
             their faces are shrouded so only their glowing eyes can be 
             seen. They hiss and make odd guttural sounds as they heave 
             the heavy robot onto their shoulders and carry him off down 
             the trail.
             EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - SANDCRAWLER - SUNSET
             The eight Jawas carry Artoo out of the canyon to a huge tank-
             like vehicle the size of a four-story house. They weld a 
             small disk on the side of Artoo and then put him 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 ladders 
             and enter the main cabin of the behemoth transport.
             INT. SANDCRAWLER - HOLD AREA
             It is dim inside the hold area of the Sandcrawler. 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 grotesquely 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 chamber.
             INT. SANDCRAWLER - PRISON AREA
             Artoo enters a wide room with a four-foot ceiling. In the 
             middle of the scrap heap sit a dozen or so robots of various 
             shapes and sizes. Some are engaged in electronic conversation, 
             while others simply mill about. A voice of recognition calls 
             out from the gloom.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Artoo-Detoo! It’s you! It’s you!
             A battered Threepio scrambles up to Artoo and embraces him.
             EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - SANDCRAWLER - SUNSET
             The enormous Sandcrawler lumbers off toward the magnificent 
             twin suns, which are slowly setting over a distant mountain 
             ridge.
             EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT - DAY
             Four Imperial stormtroopers mill about in front of the half-
             buried lifepod that brought Artoo and Threepio to Tatooine. 
             A trooper yells to an officer some distance away.
                                   FIRST TROOPER
                       Someone was in the pod. The tracks 
                       go off in this direction.
             A second trooper picks a small bit of metal out of the sand 
             and gives it to the first trooper.
                                   SECOND TROOPER
                       Look, sir -- droids.
             EXT. TATOOINE - DUNES
             The Sandcrawler moves slowly down a great sand dune.
             INT. SANDCRAWLER
             Threepio and Artoo noisily bounce along inside the cramped 
             prison chamber. Artoo appears to be shut off.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Wake up! Wake up!
             Suddenly the shaking and bouncing of the Sandcrawler stops, 
             creating quite a commotion among the mechanical men.  
             Threepio’s fist bangs the head of Artoo whose computer lights 
             pop on as he begins beeping. At the far end of the long 
             chamber a hatch opens, filling the chamber with blinding 
             white light. a dozen or so Jawas make their way through the 
             odd assortment of robots.
                                   THREEPIO
                       We’re doomed.
             A Jawa starts moving toward them.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Do you think they’ll melt us down?
             Artoo responds, making beeping sounds.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot! Will this 
                       never end?
             EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT - LARS HOMESTEAD - AFTERNOON
             The Jawas mutter gibberish as they busily line up their 
             battered captives, including Artoo and Threepio, in front of 
             the enormous Sandcrawler, which is parked beside a small 
             homestead consisting of three large holes in the ground 
             surrounded by several tall moisture vaporators and one small 
             adobe block house.
             The Jawas scurry around fussing over the robots, straightening 
             them up or brushing some dust from a dented metallic elbow. 
             The shrouded little creatures smell horribly, attracting 
             small insects to the dark areas when their mouths and nostrils 
             should be.
             Out of the shadows of a dingy side-building limps Owen Lars, 
             a large burly man in his mid-fifties. His reddish eyes are 
             sunken in a dust-covered face. As the farmer carefully 
             inspects each robot, he is closely followed by his slump- 
             shouldered nephew, Luke Skywalker. One of the vile little 
             Jawas walks ahead of the farmer spouting an animated sales 
             pitch in a queer, unintelligible language.
             A voice calls out from one of the huge holes that form the 
             homestead. Luke goes over to the edge and sees his Aunt Beru 
             standing in the main courtyard.
                                   BERU
                       Luke, tell Owen that if he gets a 
                       translator to be sure it speaks Bocce.
                                   LUKE
                       It looks like we don’t have much of 
                       a choice but I’ll remind him.
             Luke returns to his uncle as they look over the equipment 
             for sale with the Jawa leader.
                                   OWEN
                       I have no need for a protocol droid.
                                   THREEPIO
                            (quickly)
                       Sir -- not in an environment such as 
                       this -- that’s why I’ve also been 
                       programmed for over thirty secondary 
                       functions that…
                                   OWEN
                       What I really need is a droid that 
                       understands the binary language of 
                       moisture vaporators.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Vaporators! Sir -- My first job was 
                       programming binary load lifter… 
                       very similar to your vaporators. You 
                       could say…
                                   OWEN
                       Do you speak Bocce?
                                   THREEPIO
                       Of course I can, sir. It’s like a 
                       second language for me… I’m as 
                       fluent in Bocce…
                                   OWEN
                       All right shut up!
                            (turning to Jawa)
                       I’ll take this one.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Shutting up, sir.
                                   OWEN
                       Luke, take these two over to the 
                       garage, will you? I want you to have 
                       both of them cleaned up before dinner.
                                   LUKE
                       But I was going into Toshi Station 
                       to pick up some power converters…
                                   OWEN
                       You can waste time with your friends 
                       when your chores are done. Now come 
                       on, get to it!
                                   LUKE
                       All right, come on! And the red one, 
                       come on. Well, come on, Red, let’s 
                       go.
             As the Jawas start to lead the three remaining robots back 
             into the Sandcrawler, Artoo lets out a pathetic little beep 
             and starts after his old friend Threepio. He is restrained 
             by a slimy Jawa, who zaps him with a control box.
             Owen is negotiating with the head Jawa. Luke and the two 
             robots start off for the garage when a plate pops off the 
             head of the red astro-droid’s head plate and it sparks wildly.
                                   LUKE
                       Uncle Owen…
                                   OWEN
                       Yeah?
                                   LUKE
                       This R2 unit has a bad motivator. 
                       Look!
                                   OWEN
                            (to the head Jawa)
                       Hey, what’re you trying to push on 
                       us?
             The Jawa goes into a loud spiel. Meanwhile, Artoo has sneaked 
             out of line and is moving up and down trying to attract 
             attention. He lets out with a low whistle. Threepio taps 
             Luke on the shoulder.
                                   THREEPIO
                            (pointing to Artoo)
                       Excuse me, sir, but that R2 unit is 
                       in prime condition. A real bargain.
                                   LUKE
                       Uncle Owen…
                                   OWEN
                       Yeah?
                                   LUKE
                       What about that one?
                                   OWEN
                            (to Jawa)
                       What about that blue one? We’ll take 
                       that one.
             With a little reluctance the scruffy dwarf trades the damaged 
             astro-droid for Artoo.
                                   LUKE
                       Yeah, take it away.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Uh, I’m quite sure you’ll be very 
                       pleased with that one, sir. He really 
                       is in first-class condition. I’ve 
                       worked with him before. Here he comes.
             Owen pays off the whining Jawa as Luke and the two robots 
             trudge off toward a grimy homestead entry.
                                   LUKE
                       Okay, let’s go.
                                   THREEPIO
                            (to Artoo)
                       Now, don’t you forget this! Why I 
                       should stick my neck out for you is 
                       quite beyond my capacity!
             INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - GARAGE AREA - LATE AFTERNOON
             The garage is cluttered and worn, but a friendly peaceful 
             atmosphere permeates the low grey chamber. Threepio lowers 
             himself into a large tub filled with warm oil. Near the 
             battered Landspeeder little Artoo rests on a large battery 
             with a cord to his face.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Thank the maker! This oil bath is 
                       going to feel so good. I’ve got such 
                       a bad case of dust contamination, I 
                       can barely move!
             Artoo beeps a muffled reply. Luke seems to be lost in thought 
             as he runs his hand over the damaged fin of a small two-man 
             Skyhopper spaceship resting in a low hangar off the garage. 
             Finally Luke’s frustrations get the better of him and he 
             slams a wrench across the workbench.
                                   LUKE
                       It just isn’t fair. Oh, Biggs is 
                       right. I’m never gonna get out of 
                       here!
                                   THREEPIO
                       Is there anything I might do to help?
             Luke glances at the battered robot. A bit of his anger drains 
             and a tiny smile creeps across his face.
                                   LUKE
                       Well, not unless you can alter time, 
                       speed up the harvest, or teleport me 
                       off this rock!
                                   THREEPIO
                       I don’t think so, sir. I’m only a 
                       droid and not very knowledgeable 
                       about such things. Not on this planet, 
                       anyways. As a matter of fact, I’m 
                       not even sure which planet I’m on.
                                   LUKE
                       Well, if there’s a bright center to 
                       the universe, you’re on the planet 
                       that it’s farthest from.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I see, sir.
                                   LUKE
                       Uh, you can call me Luke.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I see, sir Luke.
                                   LUKE
                            (laughing)
                       Just Luke.
                                   THREEPIO
                       And I am See-Threepio, human-cyborg 
                       relations, and this is my counterpart, 
                       Artoo-Detoo.
                                   LUKE
                       Hello.
             Artoo beeps in response. Luke unplugs Artoo and begins to 
             scrape several connectors on the robot’s head with a chrome 
             pick. Threepio climbs out of the oil tub and begins wiping 
             oil from his bronze body.
                                   LUKE
                       You got a lot of carbon scoring here. 
                       It looks like you boys have seen a 
                       lot of action.
                                   THREEPIO
                       With all we’ve been through, sometimes 
                       I’m amazed we’re in as good condition 
                       as we are, what with the Rebellion 
                       and all.
                                   LUKE
                       You know of the Rebellion against 
                       the Empire?
                                   THREEPIO
                       That’s how we came to be in your 
                       service, if you take my meaning, 
                       sir.
                                   LUKE
                       Have you been in many battles?
                                   THREEPIO
                       Several, I think. Actually, there’s 
                       not much to tell. I’m not much more 
                       than an interpreter, and not very 
                       good at telling stories. Well, not 
                       at making them interesting, anyways.
             Luke struggles to remove a small metal fragment from Artoo’s 
             neck joint. He uses a larger pick.
                                   LUKE
                       Well, my little friend, you’ve got 
                       something jammed in here real good. 
                       Were you on a cruiser or…
             The fragment breaks loose with a snap, sending Luke tumbling 
             head over heels. He sits up and sees a twelve-inch three-
             dimensional hologram of Leia Organa, the Rebel senator, 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.
                                   LEIA
                       Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my 
                       only hope.
                                   LUKE
                       What’s this?
             Artoo looks around and sheepishly beeps an answer for Threepio 
             to translate. Leia continues to repeat the sentence fragment 
             over and over.
                                   THREEPIO
                       What is what?!? He asked you a 
                       question…
                            (pointing to Leia)
                       What is that?
             Artoo whistles his surprise as he pretends to just notice 
             the hologram. He looks around and sheepishly beeps an answer 
             for Threepio to translate. Leia continues to repeat the 
             sentence fragment over and over.
                                   LEIA
                       Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my 
                       only hope. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. 
                       You’re my only hope.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Oh, he says it’s nothing, sir. Merely 
                       a malfunction. Old data. Pay it no 
                       mind.
             Luke becomes intrigued by the beautiful girl.
                                   LUKE
                       Who is she? She’s beautiful.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I’m afraid I’m not quite sure, sir.
                                   LEIA
                       Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi…
                                   THREEPIO
                       I think she was a passenger on our 
                       last voyage. A person of some 
                       importance, sir -- I believe. Our 
                       captain was attached to…
                                   LUKE
                       Is there more to this recording?
             Luke reaches out for Artoo but he lets out several frantic 
             squeaks and a whistle.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Behave yourself, Artoo. You’re going 
                       to get us in trouble. It’s all right, 
                       you can trust him. He’s our new 
                       master.
             Artoo whistles and beeps a long message to Threepio.
                                   THREEPIO
                       He says he’s the property of Obi-Wan 
                       Kenobi, a resident of these parts. 
                       And it’s a private message for him. 
                       Quite frankly, sir I don’t know what 
                       he’s talking about. Our last master 
                       was Captain Antilles, but with what 
                       we’ve been through, this little R2 
                       unit has become a bit eccentric.
                                   LUKE
                       Obi-Wan Kenobi? I wonder if he means 
                       old Ben Kenobi?
                                   THREEPIO
                       I beg your pardon, sir, but do you 
                       know what he’s talking about?
                                   LUKE
                       Well, I don’t know anyone named Obi-
                       Wan, but old Ben lives out beyond 
                       the dune sea. He’s kind of a strange 
                       old hermit.
             Luke’s gazes at the beautiful young princess for a few 
             moments.
                                   LUKE
                       I wonder who she is. It sounds like 
                       she’s in trouble. I’d better play 
                       back the whole thing.
             Artoo beeps something to Threepio.
                                   THREEPIO
                       He says the restraining bolt has 
                       short circuited his recording system. 
                       He suggests that if you remove the 
                       bolt, he might be able to play back 
                       the entire recording.
             Luke looks longingly at the lovely, little princess and hasn’t 
             really heard what Threepio has been saying.
                                   LUKE
                       H’m? Oh, yeah, well, I guess you’re 
                       too small to run away on me if I 
                       take this off! Okay.
             Luke takes a wedged bar and pops the restraining bolt off 
             Artoo’s side.
                                   LUKE
                       There you go.
             The princess immediately disappears…
                                   LUKE
                       Well, wait a minute. Where’d she go? 
                       Bring her back! Play back the entire 
                       message.
             Artoo beeps an innocent reply as Threepio sits up in 
             embarrassment.
                                   THREEPIO
                       What message? The one you’re carrying 
                       inside your rusty innards!
             A women’s voice calls out from another room.
                                   AUNT BERU
                       Luke? Luke! Come to dinner!
             Luke stands up and shakes his head at the malfunctioning 
             robot.
                                   LUKE
                       All right, I’ll be right there, Aunt 
                       Beru.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I’m sorry, sir, but he appears to 
                       have picked up a slight flutter.
             Luke tosses Artoo’s restraining bolt on the workbench and 
             hurries out of the room.
                                   LUKE
                       Well, see what you can do with him. 
                       I’ll be right back.
                                   THREEPIO
                            (to Artoo)
                       Just you reconsider playing that 
                       message for him.
             Artoo beeps in response.
                                   THREEPIO
                       No, I don’t think he likes you at 
                       all.
             Artoo beeps.
                                   THREEPIO
                       No, I don’t like you either.
             INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - DINING AREA
             Luke’s Aunt Beru, a warm, motherly woman, fills a pitcher 
             with blue fluid from a refrigerated container in the well-
             used kitchen. She puts the pitcher on a tray with some bowls 
             of food and starts for the dining area.
             Luke sits with his Uncle Owen before a table covered with 
             steaming bowls of food as Aunt Beru carries in a bowl of red 
             grain.
                                   LUKE
                       You know, I think that R2 unit we 
                       bought might have been stolen.
                                   OWEN
                       What makes you think that?
                                   LUKE
                       Well, I stumbled across a recording 
                       while I was cleaning him. He says he 
                       belongs to someone called Obi-Wan 
                       Kenobi.
             Owen is greatly alarmed at the mention of his name, but 
             manages to control himself.
                                   LUKE
                       I thought he might have meant old 
                       Ben. Do you know what he’s talking 
                       about? Well, I wonder if he’s related 
                       to Ben.
             Owen breaks loose with a fit of uncontrolled anger.
                                   OWEN
                       That old man’s just a crazy old 
                       wizard. Tomorrow I want you to take 
                       that R2 unit into Anchorhead and 
                       have its memory flushed. That’ll be 
                       the end of it. It belongs to us now.
                                   LUKE
                       But what if this Obi-Wan comes looking 
                       for him?
                                   OWEN
                       He won’t, I don’t think he exists 
                       any more. He died about the same 
                       time as your father.
                                   LUKE
                       He knew my father?
                                   OWEN
                       I told you to forget it. Your only 
                       concern is to prepare the new droids 
                       for tomorrow. In the morning I want 
                       them on the south ridge working out 
                       those condensers.
                                   LUKE
                       Yes, sir. I think those new droids 
                       are going to work out fine. In fact, 
                       I, uh, was also thinking about our 
                       agreement about my staying on another 
                       season. And if these new droids do 
                       work out, I want to transmit my 
                       application to the Academy this year.
             Owen’s face becomes a scowl, although he tries to suppress 
             it.
                                   OWEN
                       You mean the next semester before 
                       harvest?
                                   LUKE
                       Sure, there’re more than enough 
                       droids.
                                   OWEN
                       Harvest is when I need you the most. 
                       Only one more season. This year we’ll 
                       make enough on the harvest so I’ll 
                       be able to hire some more hands. And 
                       then you can go to the Academy next 
                       year.
             Luke continues to toy with his food, not looking at his uncle.
                                   OWEN
                       You must understand I need you here, 
                       Luke.
                                   LUKE
                       But it’s a whole ‘nother year.
                                   OWEN
                       Look, it’s only one more season.
             Luke pushes his half-eaten plate of food aside and stands.
                                   LUKE
                       Yeah, that’s what you said last year 
                       when Biggs and Tank left.
                                   AUNT BERU
                       Where are you going?
                                   LUKE
                       It looks like I’m going nowhere. I 
                       have to finish cleaning those droids.
             Resigned to his fate, Luke paddles out of the room. Owen 
             mechanically finishes his dinner.
                                   AUNT BERU
                       Owen, he can’t stay here forever. 
                       Most of his friends have gone. It 
                       means so much to him.
                                   OWEN
                       I’ll make it up to him next year. I 
                       promise.
                                   AUNT BERU
                       Luke’s just not a farmer, Owen. He 
                       has too much of his father in him.
                                   OWEN
                       That’s what I’m afraid of.
             EXT. TATOOINE - LARS HOMESTEAD
             The giant twin suns of Tatooine slowly disappear behind a 
             distant dune range. Luke stands watching them for a few 
             moments, then reluctantly enters the doomed entrance to the 
             homestead.
             INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - GARAGE
             Luke enters the garage to discover the robots nowhere in 
             sight. He takes a small control box from his utility belt 
             similar to the one the Jawas were carrying. He activates the 
             box, which creates a low hum, and Threepio, letting out a 
             short yell, pops up from behind the Skyhopper spaceship.
                                   LUKE
                       What are you doing hiding there?
             Threepio stumbles forward, but Artoo is still nowhere in 
             sight.
                                   THREEPIO
                       It wasn’t my fault, sir. Please don’t 
                       deactivate me. I told him not to go, 
                       but he’s faulty, malfunctioning; 
                       kept babbling on about his mission.
                                   LUKE
                       Oh, no!
             Luke races out of the garage followed by Threepio.
             EXT. TATOOINE - LARS HOMESTEAD
             Luke rushes out of the small doomed entry to the homestead 
             and searches the darkening horizon for the small triped astro-
             robot. Threepio struggles out of the homestead and on the 
             salt flat as Luke scans the landscape with his 
             electrobinoculars.
                                   THREEPIO
                       That R2 unit has always been a 
                       problem. These astro-droids are 
                       getting quite out of hand. Even I 
                       can’t understand their logic at times.
                                   LUKE
                       How could I be so stupid? He’s nowhere 
                       in sight. Blast it!
                                   THREEPIO
                       Pardon me, sir, but couldn’t we go 
                       after him?
                                   LUKE
                       It’s too dangerous with all the 
                       Sandpeople around. We’ll have to 
                       wait until morning.
             Owen yells up from the homestead plaza.
                                   OWEN
                       Luke, I’m shutting the power down 
                       for the night.
                                   LUKE
                       All right, I’ll be there in a few 
                       minutes. Boy, am I gonna get it.
             He takes one final look across the dim horizon.
                                   LUKE
                       You know that little droid is going 
                       to cause me a lot of trouble.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Oh, he excels at that, sir.
             INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - PLAZA
             Morning slowly creeps into the sparse but sparkling oasis of 
             the open courtyard. The idyll is broken be the yelling of 
             Uncle Owen, his voice echoing throughout the homestead.
                                   OWEN
                       Luke? Luke? Luke? Where could he be 
                       loafing now!
             INT. LARS HOMESTEAD - KITCHEN
             The interior of the kitchen is a worm glow as Aunt Beru 
             prepares the morning breakfast. Owen enters in a huff.
                                   OWEN
                       Have you seen Luke this morning?
                                   AUNT BERU
                       He said he had some things to do 
                       before he started today, so he left 
                       early.
                                   OWEN
                       Uh? Did he take those two new droids 
                       with him?
                                   AUNT BERU
                       I think so.
                                   OWEN
                       Well, he’d better have those units 
                       in the south range repaired be midday 
                       or there’ll be hell to pay!
             EXT. TATOOINE - DESERT WASTELAND - LUKE’S SPEEDER - DAY
             The rock and sand of the desert floor are a blur as Threepio 
             pilots the sleek Landspeeder gracefully across the vast 
             wasteland.
             INT./EXT. LUKE’S SPEEDER - DESERT WASTELAND - TRAVELING - 
             DAY
             Luke leans over the back of the speeder and adjusts something 
             in the motor compartment.
                                   LUKE
                            (yelling)
                       How’s that.
             Threepio signals that is fine and Luke turns back into the 
             wind-whipped cockpit and pops the canopy shut.
                                   LUKE
                       Old Ben Kenobi lives out in this 
                       direction somewhere, but I don’t see 
                       how that R2 unit could have come 
                       this far. We must have missed him. 
                       Uncle Owen isn’t going to take this 
                       very well.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Sir, would it help if you told him 
                       it was my fault.
                                   LUKE
                            (brightening)
                       Sure. He needs you. He’d probably 
                       only deactivate you for a day or 
                       so…
                                   THREEPIO
                       Deactivate! Well, on the other hand 
                       if you hadn’t removed his restraining 
                       bolt…
                                   LUKE
                       Wait, there’s something dead ahead 
                       on the scanner. It looks like our 
                       droid… hit the accelerator.
             EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK MESA - DUNE SEA - COASTLINE - DAY
             From high on a rock mesa, the tiny Landspeeder can be seen 
             gliding across the desert floor. Suddenly in the foreground 
             two weather-beaten Sandpeople shrouded in 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 fired.
             The Sandpeople, or Tusken Raiders as they’re sometimes called, 
             speak in a coarse barbaric language as they get into an 
             animated argument. The second Tusken Raider seems to get in 
             the final word and the nomads scurry over the rocky terrain.
             EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK MESA - CANYON
             The Tusken Raider approaches two large Banthas standing tied 
             to a rock. The monstrous, bear-like creatures are as large 
             as elephants, with huge red eyes, tremendous looped horns, 
             and long, furry, dinosaur-like tails. The Tusken Raiders 
             mount saddles strapped to the huge creatures’ shaggy backs 
             and ride off down the rugged bluff.
             EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - FLOOR
             The speeder is parked on the floor of a massive canyon. Luke, 
             with his long laser rifle slung over his shoulder, stands 
             before little Artoo.
                                   LUKE
                       Hey, whoa, just where do you think 
                       you’re going?
             The little droid whistles a feeble reply, as Threepio poses 
             menacingly behind the little runaway.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Master Luke here is your rightful 
                       owner. We’ll have no more of this 
                       Obi-Wan Kenobi jibberish… and don’t 
                       talk to me about your mission, either. 
                       You’re fortunate he doesn’t blast 
                       you into a million pieces right here.
                                   LUKE
                       Well, come on. It’s getting late. I 
                       only hope we can get back before 
                       Uncle Owen really blows up.
                                   THREEPIO
                       If you don’t mind my saying so, sir, 
                       I think you should deactivate the 
                       little fugitive until you’ve gotten 
                       him back to your workshop.
                                   LUKE
                       No, he’s not going to try anything.
             Suddenly the little robot jumps to life with a mass of frantic 
             whistles and screams.
                                   LUKE
                       What’s wrong with him now?
                                   THREEPIO
                       Oh my… sir, he says there are 
                       several creatures approaching from 
                       the southeast.
             Luke swings his rifle into position and looks to the south.
                                   LUKE
                       Sandpeople! Or worst! Come on, let’s 
                       have a look. Come on.
             EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - RIDGE - DAY
             Luke carefully makes his way to the top of a rock ridge and 
             scans the canyon with his electrobinoculars. He spots the 
             two riderless Banthas. Threepio struggles up behind the young 
             adventurer.
                                   LUKE
                       There are two Banthas down there but 
                       I don’t see any… wait a second, 
                       they’re Sandpeople all right. I can 
                       see one of them now.
             Luke watches the distant Tusken Raider through his 
             electrobinoculars. 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 if 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 curved, double-pointed 
             gaderffii -- the dreaded axe blade that has struck terror in 
             the heart of the local settlers. But Luke manages to block 
             the blow with his laser rifle, which is smashed to pieces. 
             The terrified farm boy scrambles backward until he is forced 
             to the edge of a deep crevice. The sinister Raider stands 
             over him with his weapon raised and lets out a horrible 
             shrieking laugh.
             EXT. TATOOINE - ROCK CANYON - FLOOR - DAY
             Artoo forces himself into the shadows of a small alcove in 
             the rocks as the vicious Sandpeople walk past carrying the 
             inert Luke Skywalker, who is dropped in a heap before the 
             speeder.  The Sandpeople ransack the speeder, throwing parts 
             and supplies in all directions. Suddenly they stop. Then 
             everything is quiet for a few moments. A great howling moan 
             is heard echoing throughout the canyon which sends the 
             Sandpeople fleeing in terror.
             Artoo moves even tighter into the shadows as the slight 
             swishing sound that frightened off the Sandpeople grows even 
             closer, until a shabby old desert-rat-of-a-man appears and 
             leans over Luke. His ancient leathery face, 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 the unconscious farm boy. Artoo makes a 
             slight sound and Ben turns and looks right at him.
                                   BEN
                       Hello there! Come here my little 
                       friend. Don’t be afraid.
             Artoo waddles over to were Luke lies crumpled in a heap and 
             begins to whistle and beep his concern. Ben puts his hand on 
             Luke’s forehead and he begins to come around.
                                   BEN
                       Don’t worry, he’ll be all right.
                                   LUKE
                       What happened?
                                   BEN
                       Rest easy, son, you’ve had a busy 
                       day. You’re fortunate you’re still 
                       in one piece.
                                   LUKE
                       Ben? Ben Kenobi! Boy, am I glad to 
                       see you!
                                   BEN
                       The Jundland wastes are not to be 
                       traveled lightly. Tell me young Luke, 
                       what brings you out this far?
                                   LUKE
                       Oh, this little droid! I think he’s 
                       searching for his former master… 
                       I’ve never seen such devotion in a 
                       droid before… there seems to be no 
                       stopping him. He claims to be the 
                       property of an Obi-Wan Kenobi. Is he 
                       a relative of yours? Do you know who 
                       he’s talking about?
             Ben ponders this for a moment, scratching his scruffy beard.
                                   BEN
                       Obi-Wan Kenobi… Obi-Wan? Now thats 
                       a name I haven’t heard in a long 
                       time… a long time.
                                   LUKE
                       I think my uncle knew him. He said 
                       he was dead.
                                   BEN
                       Oh, he’s not dead, not… not yet.
                                   LUKE
                       You know him!
                                   BEN
                       Well of course, of course I know 
                       him. He’s me! I haven’t gone by the 
                       name Obi-Wan since oh, before you 
                       were born.
                                   LUKE
                       Then the droid does belong to you.
                                   BEN
                       Don’t seem to remember ever owning a 
                       droid. Very interesting…
             He suddenly looks up at the overhanging cliffs.
                                   BEN
                       I think we better get indoors. The 
                       Sandpeople are easily startled but 
                       they will soon be back and in greater 
                       numbers.
             Luke sits up and rubs his head. Artoo lets out a pathetic 
             beep causing Luke to remember something. He looks around.
                                   LUKE
                       Threepio!
             EXT. TATOOINE - SAND PIT - ROCK MESA - DAY
             Little Artoo stands at the edge of a large sand pit and begins 
             to chatter away in electronic whistles and beeps. Luke and 
             Ben stand over a very dented and tangled Threepio lying half 
             buried in the sand. One of his arms has broken off.
             Luke tries to revive the inert robot by shaking him and then 
             flips a hidden switch on his back several times until finally 
             the mechanical man’s systems turn on.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Where am I? I must have taken a bad 
                       step…
                                   LUKE
                       Can you stand? We’ve got to get out 
                       of here before the Sandpeople return.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I don’t think I can make it. You go 
                       on, Master Luke. There’s no sense in 
                       you risking yourself on my account. 
                       I’m done for.
             Artoo makes a beeping sound.
                                   LUKE
                       No, you’re not. What kind of talk is 
                       that?
             Luke and Ben help the battered robot to his feet. Little 
             Artoo watches from the top of the pit. Ben glances around 
             suspiciously. Sensing something, he stands up and sniffs the 
             air.
                                   BEN
                       Quickly, son… they’re on the move.
             INT. KENOBI’S DWELLING
             The small, spartan hovel is cluttered with desert junk but 
             still manages to radiate an air of time-worn comfort and 
             security. Luke is in one corner repairing Threepio’s arm, as 
             old Ben sits thinking.
                                   LUKE
                       No, my father didn’t fight in the 
                       wars. He was a navigator on a spice 
                       freighter.
                                   BEN
                       That’s what your uncle told you. He 
                       didn’t hold with your father’s ideals. 
                       Thought he should have stayed here 
                       and not gotten involved.
                                   LUKE
                       You fought in the Clone Wars?
                                   BEN
                       Yes, I was once a Jedi Knight the 
                       same as your father.
                                   LUKE
                       I wish I’d known him.
                                   BEN
                       He was the best star-pilot in the 
                       galaxy, and a cunning warrior. I 
                       understand you’ve become quite a 
                       good pilot yourself. And he was a 
                       good friend. Which reminds me…
             Ben gets up and goes to a chest where he rummages around.  
             As Luke finishes repairing Threepio and starts to fit the 
             restraining bolt back on, Threepio looks at him nervously.  
             Luke thinks about the bolt for a moment then puts it on the 
             table. Ben shuffles up and presents Luke with a short handle 
             with several electronic gadgets attached to it.
                                   BEN
                       I have something here for you. Your 
                       father wanted you to have this when 
                       you were old enough, but your uncle 
                       wouldn’t allow it. He feared you 
                       might follow old Obi-Wan on some 
                       damned-fool idealistic crusade like 
                       your father did.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Sir, if you’ll not be needing me, 
                       I’ll close down for awhile.
                                   LUKE
                       Sure, go ahead.
             Ben hands Luke the saber.
                                   LUKE
                       What is it?
                                   BEN
                       Your fathers lightsaber. This is the 
                       weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy 
                       or as random as a blaster.
             Luke pushes a button on the handle. A long beam shoots out 
             about four feet and flickers there. The light plays across 
             the ceiling.
                                   BEN
                       An elegant weapon for a more civilized 
                       time. For over a thousand generations 
                       the Jedi Knights were the guardians 
                       of peace and justice in the Old 
                       Republic. Before the dark times, 
                       before the Empire.
             Luke hasn’t really been listening.
                                   LUKE
                       How did my father die?
                                   BEN
                       A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who 
                       was a pupil of mine until he turned 
                       to evil, helped the Empire hunt down 
                       and destroy the Jedi Knights. He 
                       betrayed and murdered your father. 
                       Now the Jedi are all but extinct. 
                       Vader was seduced by the dark side 
                       of the Force.
                                   LUKE
                       The Force?
                                   BEN
                       Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi 
                       his power. It’s an energy field 
                       created by all living things. It 
                       surrounds us and penetrates us. It 
                       binds the galaxy together.
             Artoo makes beeping sounds.
                                   BEN
                       Now, let’s see if we can’t figure 
                       out what you are, my little friend. 
                       And where you come from.
                                   LUKE
                       I saw part of the message he was…
             Luke is cut short as the recorded image of the beautiful 
             young Rebel princess is projected from Artoo’s face.
                                   BEN
                       I seem to have found it.
             Luke stops his work as the lovely girl’s image flickers before 
             his eyes.
                                   LEIA
                       General Kenobi, years ago you served 
                       my father in the Clone Wars. Now he 
                       begs you to help him in his struggle 
                       against the Empire. I regret that I 
                       am unable to present my father’s 
                       request to you in person, but my 
                       ship has fallen under attack and I’m 
                       afraid my mission to bring you to 
                       Alderaan has failed. I have placed 
                       information vital to the survival of 
                       the Rebellion into the memory systems 
                       of this R2 unit. My father will know 
                       how to retrieve it. You must see 
                       this droid safely delivered to him 
                       on Alderaan. This is our most 
                       desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan 
                       Kenobi, you’re my only hope.
             There is a little static and the transmission is cut short.  
             Old Ben leans back and scratches his head. He silently puffs 
             on a tarnished chrome water pipe. Luke has stars in his eyes.
                                   BEN
                       You must learn the ways of the Force 
                       if you’re to come with me to Alderaan.
                                   LUKE
                            (laughing)
                       Alderaan? I’m not going to Alderaan. 
                       I’ve got to go home. It’s late, I’m 
                       in for it as it is.
                                   BEN
                       I need your help, Luke. She needs 
                       your help. I’m getting too old for 
                       this sort of thing.
                                   LUKE
                       I can’t get involved! I’ve got work 
                       to do! It’s not that I like the 
                       Empire. I hate it! But there’s nothing 
                       I can do about it right now. It’s 
                       such a long way from here.
                                   BEN
                       That’s your uncle talking.
                                   LUKE
                            (sighing)
                       Oh, God, my uncle. How am I ever 
                       going to explain this?
                                   BEN
                       Learn about the Force, Luke.
                                   LUKE
                       Look, I can take you as far as 
                       Anchorhead. You can get a transport 
                       there to Mos Eisley or wherever you’re 
                       going.
                                   BEN
                       You must do what you feel is right, 
                       of course.
             EXT. SPACE.
             An Imperial Stardestroyer heads toward the evil planet-like 
             battle station: the Death Star!
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONFERENCE ROOM
             Eight Imperial senators and generals sit around a black 
             conference table. Imperial stormtroopers stand guard around 
             the room. Commander Tagge, a young, slimy-looking general, 
             is speaking.
                                   TAGGE
                       Until this battle station is fully 
                       operational we are vulnerable. The 
                       Rebel Alliance is too well equipped. 
                       They’re more dangerous than you 
                       realize.
             The bitter Admiral Motti twists nervously in his chair.
                                   MOTTI
                       Dangerous to your starfleet, 
                       Commander, not to this battle station!
                                   TAGGE
                       The Rebellion will continue to gain 
                       a support in the Imperial Senate as 
                       long as….
             Suddenly all heads turn as Commander Tagge’s speech is cut 
             short and the Grand Moff Tarkin, governor of the Imperial 
             outland regions, enters. He is followed by his powerful ally, 
             The Sith Lord, Darth Vader. All of the generals stand and 
             bow before the thin, evil-looking governor as he takes his 
             place at the head of the table. The Dark Lord stands behind 
             him.
                                   TARKIN
                       The Imperial Senate will no longer 
                       be of any concern to us. I’ve just 
                       received word that the Emperor has 
                       dissolved the council permanently. 
                       The last remnants of the Old Republic 
                       have been swept away.
                                   TAGGE
                       That’s impossible! How will the 
                       Emperor maintain control without the 
                       bureaucracy?
                                   TARKIN
                       The regional governors now have direct 
                       control over territories. Fear will 
                       keep the local systems in line. Fear 
                       of this battle station.
                                   TAGGE
                       And what of the Rebellion? If the 
                       Rebels have obtained a complete 
                       technical readout of this station, 
                       it is possible, however unlikely, 
                       that they might find a weakness and 
                       exploit it.
                                   VADER
                       The plans you refer to will soon be 
                       back in our hands.
                                   MOTTI
                       Any attack made by the Rebels against 
                       this station would be a useless 
                       gesture, no matter what technical 
                       data they’ve obtained. This station 
                       is now the ultimate power in the 
                       universe. I suggest we use it!
                                   VADER
                       Don’t be too proud of this 
                       technological terror you’ve 
                       constructed. The ability to destroy 
                       a planet is insignificant next to 
                       the power of the Force.
                                   MOTTI
                       Don’t try to frighten us with your 
                       sorcerer’s ways, Lord Vader. Your 
                       sad devotion to that ancient religion 
                       has not helped you conjure up the 
                       stolen data tapes, or given you 
                       clairvoyance enough to find the 
                       Rebel’s hidden fort…
             Suddenly Motti chokes and starts to turn blue under Vader’s 
             spell.
                                   VADER
                       I find your lack of faith disturbing.
                                   TARKIN
                       Enough of this! Vader, release him!
                                   VADER
                       As you wish.
                                   TARKIN
                       This bickering is pointless. Lord 
                       Vader will provide us with the 
                       location of the Rebel fortress by 
                       the time this station is operational. 
                       We will then crush the Rebellion 
                       with one swift stroke.
             EXT. TATOOINE - WASTELAND
             The speeder stops before what remains of the huge Jawas 
             Sandcrawler. Luke and Ben walk among the smoldering rubble 
             and scattered bodies.
                                   LUKE
                       It looks like Sandpeople did this, 
                       all right. Look, here are Gaffi 
                       sticks, Bantha tracks. It’s just… 
                       I never heard of them hitting anything 
                       this big before.
             Ben is crouching in the sand studying the tracks.
                                   BEN
                       They didn’t. But we are meant to 
                       think they did. These tracks are 
                       side by side. Sandpeople always ride 
                       single file to hide there numbers.
                                   LUKE
                       These are the same Jawas that sold 
                       us Artoo and Threepio.
                                   BEN
                       And these blast points, too accurate 
                       for Sandpeople. Only Imperial 
                       stormtroopers are so precise.
                                   LUKE
                       Why would Imperial troops want to 
                       slaughter Jawas?
             Luke looks back at the speeder where Artoo and Threepio are 
             inspecting the dead Jawas, and put two and two together.
                                   LUKE
                       If they traced the robots here, they 
                       may have learned who they sold them 
                       to. And that would lead them home!
             Luke reaches a sudden horrible realization, then races for 
             the speeder and jumps it.
                                   BEN
                       Wait, Luke! It’s too dangerous.
             Luke races off leaving Ben and the two robots alone with the 
             burning Sandcrawler.
             EXT. TATOOINE - WASTELAND
             Luke races across the wasteland in his battered Landspeeder.
             EXT. TATOOINE - LARS HOMESTEAD
             The speeder roars up to the burning homestead. Luke jumps 
             out and runs to the smoking holes that were once his home. 
             Debris is scattered everywhere and it looks as if a great 
             battle has taken place.
                                   LUKE
                       Uncle Owen! Aunt Beru! Uncle Owen!
             Luke stumbles around in a daze looking for his aunt and uncle. 
             Suddenly he comes upon their smoldering remains. He is 
             stunned, and cannot speak. Hate replaces fear and a new 
             resolve comes over him.
             EXT. SPACE
             Imperial TIE fighter races toward the Death Star.
             INT. DEATH STAR - DETENTION CORRIDOR
             Two stormtroopers open an electronic cell door and allow 
             several Imperial guards to enter. Princess Leia’s face is 
             filled with defiance, which slowly gives way to fear as a 
             giant black torture robot enters, followed by Darth Vader.
                                   VADER
                       And, now Your Highness, we will 
                       discuss the location of your hidden 
                       Rebel base.
             The torture robot gives off a steady beeping sound as it 
             approaches Princess Leia and extends one of its mechanical 
             arms bearing a large hypodermic needle. The door slides shut 
             and the long cell block hallway appears peaceful. The muffled 
             screams of the Rebel princess are barely heard.
             EXT. TATOOINE - WASTELAND
             There is a large bonfire of Jawa bodies blazing in front of 
             the Sandcrawler as Ben and the robots finish burning the 
             dead.  Luke drives up in the speeder and Ben walks over to 
             him.
                                   BEN
                       There’s nothing you could have done, 
                       Luke, had you been there. You’d have 
                       been killed, too, and the droids 
                       would be in the hands of the Empire.
                                   LUKE
                       I want to come with you to Alderaan. 
                       There’s nothing here for me now. I 
                       want to learn the ways of the Force 
                       and become a Jedi like my father.
             EXT. TATOOINE - WASTELAND
             The Landspeeder with Luke, Artoo, Threepio, and Ben in it 
             zooms across the desert. The speeder stops on a bluff 
             overlooking the spaceport at Mos Eisley. It is a haphazard 
             array of low, grey, concrete 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 standing.
                                   BEN
                       Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never 
                       find a more wretched hive of scum 
                       and villainy. We must be cautious.
             Ben looks over at Luke, who gives the old Jedi a determined 
             smile.
             EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET
             The speeder is stopped on a crowded street by several combat-
             hardend stormtroopers who look over the two robots. A Trooper 
             questions Luke.
                                   TROOPER
                       How long have you had these droids?
                                   LUKE
                       About three or four seasons.
                                   BEN
                       They’re for sale if you want them.
                                   TROOPER
                       Let me see your identification.
             Luke becomes very nervous as he fumbles to find his ID while 
             Ben speaks to the Trooper in a very controlled voice.
                                   BEN
                       You don’t need to see his 
                       identification.
                                   TROOPER
                       We don’t need to see his 
                       identification.
                                   BEN
                       These are not the droids your looking 
                       for.
                                   TROOPER
                       These are not the droids we’re looking 
                       for.
                                   BEN
                       He can go about his business.
                                   TROOPER
                       You can go about your business.
                                   BEN
                            (to Luke)
                       Move along.
                                   TROOPER
                       Move along. Move along.
             EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET
             The speeder pulls up in front of a rundown blockhouse cantina 
             on the outskirts of the spaceport. Various strange forms of 
             transport, including several unusual beasts of burden, are 
             parked outside the bar. A Jawa runs up and begins to fondle 
             the speeder.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I can’t abide these Jawas. Disgusting 
                       creatures.
             As Luke gets out of the speeder he tries to shoo the Jawa 
             away.
                                   LUKE
                       Go on, go on. I can’t understand how 
                       we got by those troopers. I thought 
                       we were dead.
                                   BEN
                       The Force can have a strong influence 
                       on the weak-minded. You will find it 
                       a powerful ally.
                                   LUKE
                       Do you really think we’re going to 
                       find a pilot here that’ll take us to 
                       Alderaan?
                                   BEN
                       Well, most of the best freighter 
                       pilots can be found here. Only watch 
                       your step. This place can be a little 
                       rough.
                                   LUKE
                       I’m ready for anything.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Come along, Artoo.
             INT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - CANTINA
             The young adventurer and his two mechanical servants follow 
             Ben Kenobi into the smoke-filled cantina. The murky, moldy 
             den is filled with a startling array of weird and exotic 
             alien creatures and monsters at the long metallic bar. At 
             first the sight is horrifying. One-eyed, thousand-eyed, slimy, 
             furry, scaly, tentacled, and clawed creatures huddle over 
             drinks. Ben moves to an empty spot at the bar near a group 
             of repulsive but human scum. A huge, rough-looking Bartender 
             stops Luke and the robots.
                                   BARTENDER
                       We don’t serve their kind here!
             Luke still recovering from the shock of seeing so many 
             outlandish creatures, doesn’t quite catch the bartender’s 
             drift.
                                   LUKE
                       What?
                                   BARTENDER
                       Your droids. They’ll have to wait 
                       outside. We don’t want them here.
             Luke looks at old Ben, who is busy talking to one of the 
             Galactic pirates. He notices several of the gruesome creatures 
             along the bar are giving him a very unfriendly glare.
             Luke pats Threepio on the shoulder.
                                   LUKE
                       Listen, why don’t you wait out by 
                       the speeder. We don’t want any 
                       trouble.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I heartily agree with you sir.
             Threepio and his stubby partner go outside and most of the 
             creatures at the bar go back to their drinks.
             Ben is standing next to Chewbacca, an eight-foot-tall savage-
             looking creature resembling a huge grey bushbaby monkey with 
             fierce baboon-like fangs. His large blue eyes dominate a fur-
             covered face and soften his otherwise awesome appearance.  
             Over his matted, furry body he wears two chrome bandoliers, 
             and little else. He is a two-hundred-year-old Wookiee and a 
             sight to behold.
             Ben speaks to the Wookiee, pointing to Luke several times 
             during his conversation and the huge creature 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.
             Luke 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 a rough shove.
                                   CREATURE
                       Negola dewaghi wooldugger?!?
             The hideous freak is obviously drunk. Luke tries to ignore 
             the creature and turns back on his drink. A short, grubby 
             Human and an even smaller rodent-like beast join the 
             belligerent monstrosity.
                                   HUMAN
                       He doesn’t like you.
                                   LUKE
                       I’m sorry.
                                   HUMAN
                       I don’t like you either.
             The big creature is getting agitated and yells out some 
             unintelligible gibberish at the now rather nervous, young 
             adventurer.
                                   HUMAN
                       Don’t insult us. You just watch 
                       yourself. We’re wanted men. I have 
                       the death sentence in twelve systems.
                                   LUKE
                       I’ll be careful than.
                                   HUMAN
                       You’ll be dead.
             The rodent lets out a loud grunt and everything at the 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.
                                   BEN
                       This little one isn’t worth the 
                       effort. Come let me buy you 
                       something…
             A powerful blow from the unpleasant creature sends the young 
             would-be Jedi sailing across the room, crashing through tables 
             and breaking a large jug filled with a foul-looking liquid. 
             With a blood curdling shriek, the monster draws a wicked 
             chrome laser pistol from his belt and levels it at old Ben. 
             The bartender panics.
                                   BARTENDER
                       No blasters! No blaster!
             With astounding agility old Ben’s laser sword sparks to life 
             and in a flash an arm lies on the floor. The rodent is cut 
             in two and the giant multiple-eyed creature 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. The entire fight has lasted only a matter 
             of seconds. The cantina goes back to normal, although Ben is 
             given a respectable amount of room at the bar. Luke, rubbing 
             his bruised head, approaches the old man with new awe. Ben 
             points the the Wookiee.
                                   BEN
                       This is Chewbacca. He’s first-mate 
                       on a ship that might suit our needs.
             EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET
             Threepio paces in front of the cantina as Artoo carries on 
             an electronic conversation with another little red astro-
             droid. A creature comes out of the cantina and approaches 
             two stormtroopers in the street.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I don’t like the look of this.
             INT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - CANTINA
             Strange creatures play exotic big band music on odd-looking 
             instruments as Luke, still giddy, downs a fresh drink and 
             follows Ben and Chewbacca to a booth where Han Solo is 
             sitting. Han is a tough, roguish starpilot about thirty years 
             old. A mercenary on a starship, he is simple, sentimental, 
             and cocksure.
                                   HAN
                       Han Solo. I’m captain of the 
                       Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells 
                       me you’re looking for passage to the 
                       Alderaan system.
                                   BEN
                       Yes, indeed. If it’s a fast ship.
                                   HAN
                       Fast ship? You’ve never heard of the 
                       Millennium Falcon?
                                   BEN
                       Should I have?
                                   HAN
                       It’s the ship that made the Kessel 
                       run in less than twelve parsecs!
             Ben reacts to Solo’s stupid attempt to impress them with 
             obvious misinformation.
                                   HAN
                       I’ve outrun Imperial starships, not 
                       the local bulk-cruisers, mind you. 
                       I’m talking about the big Corellian 
                       ships now. She’s fast enough for 
                       you, old man. What’s the cargo?
                                   BEN
                       Only passengers. Myself, the boy, 
                       two droids, and no questions asked.
                                   HAN
                       What is it? Some kind of local 
                       trouble?
                                   BEN
                       Let’s just say we’d like to avoid 
                       any Imperial entanglements.
                                   HAN
                       Well, that’s the trick, isn’t it? 
                       And it’s going to cost you something 
                       extra. Ten thousand in advance.
                                   LUKE
                       Ten thousand? We could almost buy 
                       our own ship for that!
                                   HAN
                       But who’s going to fly it, kid! You?
                                   LUKE
                       You bet I could. I’m not such a bad 
                       pilot myself! We don’t have to sit 
                       here and listen…
                                   BEN
                       We haven’t that much with us. But we 
                       could pay you two thousand now, plus 
                       fifteen when we reach Alderaan.
                                   HAN
                       Seventeen, huh!
             Han ponders this for a few moments.
                                   HAN
                       Okay. You guys got yourself a ship. 
                       We’ll leave as soon as you’re ready. 
                       Docking bay Ninety-four.
                                   BEN
                       Ninety-four.
                                   HAN
                       Looks like somebody’s beginning to 
                       take an interest in your handiwork.
             Ben and Luke turn around to see four Imperial stormtroopers 
             looking at the dead bodies and asking the bartenders some 
             questions. The bartender points to the booth.
                                   TROOPER
                       All right, we’ll check it out.
             The stormtroopers look over at the booth but Luke and Ben 
             are gone. The bartender shrugs his shoulders in puzzlement.
                                   HAN
                       Seventeen thousand! Those guys must 
                       really be desperate. This could really 
                       save my neck. Get back to the ship 
                       and get her ready.
             EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET
                                   BEN
                       You’ll have to sell your speeder.
                                   LUKE
                       That’s okay. I’m never coming back 
                       to this planet again.
             INT. MOS EISLEY - CANTINA
             As Han is about to leave, Greedo, a slimy green-faced alien 
             with a short trunk-nose, pokes a gun in his side. The creature 
             speaks in a foreign tongue translated into English subtitles.
                                   GREEDO
                       Going somewhere, Solo?
                                   HAN
                       Yes, Greedo. As a matter of fact, I 
                       was just going to see your boss. 
                       Tell Jabba that I’ve got his money.
             Han sits down and the alien sits across from him holding the 
             gun on him.
                                   GREEDO
                       It’s too late. You should have paid 
                       him when you had the chance. Jabba’s 
                       put a price on your head, so large 
                       that every bounty hunter in the galaxy 
                       will be looking for you. I’m lucky I 
                       found you first.
                                   HAN
                       Yeah, but this time I got the money.
                                   GREEDO
                       If you give it to me, I might forget 
                       I found you.
                                   HAN
                       I don’t have it with me. Tell Jabba…
                                   GREEDO
                       Jabba’s through with you. He has no 
                       time for smugglers who drop their 
                       shipments at the first sign of an 
                       Imperial cruiser.
                                   HAN
                       Even I get boarded sometimes. Do you 
                       think I had a choice?
             Han Solo slowly reaches for his gun under the table.
                                   GREEDO
                       You can tell that to Jabba. He may 
                       only take your ship.
                                   HAN
                       Over my dead body.
                                   GREEDO
                       That’s the idea. I’ve been looking 
                       forward to killing you for a long 
                       time.
                                   HAN
                       Yes, I’ll bet you have.
             Suddenly the slimy alien disappears in a blinding flash of 
             light. Han pulls his smoking gun from beneath the table as 
             the other patron look on in bemused amazement. Han gets up 
             and starts out of the cantina, flipping the bartender some 
             coins as he leaves.
                                   HAN
                       Sorry about the mess.
             EXT. SPACE
             Several TIE fighters approach the Death Star.
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM
                                   VADER
                       Her resistance to the mind probe is 
                       considerable. It will be some time 
                       before we can extract any information 
                       from her.
             An Imperial Officer interrupts the meeting.
                                   IMPERIAL OFFICER
                       The final check-out is complete. All 
                       systems are operational. What course 
                       shall we set?
                                   TARKIN
                       Perhaps she would respond to an 
                       alternative form of persuasion.
                                   VADER
                       What do you mean?
                                   TARKIN
                       I think it is time we demonstrate 
                       the full power of this station.
                            (to soldier)
                       Set your course for Princess Leia’s 
                       home planet of Alderaan.
                                   TROOPER
                       With pleasure.
             EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET
             Four heavily-armed stormtroopers move menacingly along a 
             narrow slum alleyway crowed with darkly clad creatures hawking 
             exotic goods in the dingy little stalls. Men, monsters, and 
             robots crouch in the waste-filled doorways, whispering and 
             hiding from the hot winds.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Lock the door, Artoo.
             One of the troopers checks a tightly locked door and moves 
             on down the alleyway. The door slides open a crack and 
             Threepio peeks out. Artoo is barely visible in the background.
                                   TROOPER
                       All right, check that side of the 
                       street. It’s secure. Move on to the 
                       next door.
             The door opens, Threepio moves into the doorway.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I would much rather have gone with 
                       Master Luke than stay here with you. 
                       I don’t know what all the trouble is 
                       about, but I’m sure it must be your 
                       fault.
             Artoo makes beeping sounds.
                                   THREEPIO
                       You watch your language!
             EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET - ALLEYWAY - USED 
             SPEEDER LOT
             Ben and Luke are standing in a sleazy used speeder lot, 
             talking with a tall, grotesque, insect-like used speeder 
             dealer. Strange exotic bodies and spindly-legged beasts pass 
             by as the insect concludes the sale by giving Luke some coins.
                                   LUKE
                       He says it’s the best he can do. 
                       Since the XP-38 came out, they’re 
                       just not in demand.
                                   BEN
                       It will be enough.
             Ben and Luke leave the speeder lot and walk down the dusty 
             alleyway past a small robot herding a bunch of anteater-like 
             creatures. Luke turns and gives one last forlorn look at his 
             faithful speeder as he rounds a corner. A darkly clad creature 
             moves out of the shadows as they pass and watches them as 
             they disappear down another alley.
                                   BEN
                       If the ship’s as fast as he’s 
                       boasting, we ought to do well.
             INT. DOCKING BAY 94 - DAY
             Jabba the Hut and a half-dozen grisly alien pirates and purple 
             creatures stand in the middle of the docking bay. Jabba is 
             the grossest of the slavering hulks and his scarred face is 
             a grim testimonial to his prowess as a vicious killer. He is 
             a fat, slug-like creature with eyes on extended feelers and 
             a huge ugly mouth.
                                   JABBA
                       Come on out, Solo!
             A voice from directly behind the pirates startles them and 
             they turn around to see Han Solo and the giant Wookiee, 
             Chewbacca, standing behind them with no weapons in sight.
                                   HAN
                       I’ve been waiting for you, Jabba.
                                   JABBA
                       I expected you would be.
                                   HAN
                       I’m not the type to run.
                                   JABBA
                            (fatherly-smooth)
                       Han, my boy, there are times when 
                       you disappoint me… why haven’t you 
                       paid me? And why did you have to fry 
                       poor Greedo like that… after all 
                       we’ve been through together.
                                   HAN
                       You sent Greedo to blast me.
                                   JABBA
                            (mock surprise)
                       Han, why you’re the best smuggler in 
                       the business. You’re too valuable to 
                       fry. He was only relaying my concern 
                       at your delays. He wasn’t going to 
                       blast you.
                                   HAN
                       I think he thought he was. Next time 
                       don’t send one of those twerps. If 
                       you’ve got something to say to me, 
                       come see me yourself.
                                   JABBA
                       Han, Han! If only you hadn’t had to 
                       dump that shipment of spice… you 
                       understand I just can’t make an 
                       exception. Where would I be if every 
                       pilot who smuggled for me dumped 
                       their shipment at the first sign of 
                       an Imperial starship? It’s not good 
                       business.
                                   HAN
                       You know, even I get boarded 
                       sometimes, Jabba. I had no choice, 
                       but I’ve got a charter now and I can 
                       pay you back, plus a little extra. I 
                       just need some more time.
                                   JABBA
                            (to his men)
                       Put your blasters away. Han, my boy, 
                       I’m only doing this because you’re 
                       the best and I need you. So, for an 
                       extra, say twenty percent I’ll give 
                       you a little more time… but this 
                       is it. If you disappoint me again, 
                       I’ll put a price on your head so 
                       large you won’t be able to go near a 
                       civilized system for the rest of 
                       your short life.
                                   HAN
                       Jabba, I’ll pay you because it’s my 
                       pleasure.
             EXT. DOCKING PORT ENTRY - ALLEYWAY
             Chewbacca waits restlessly at the entrance to Docking Bay 
             94.  Ben, Luke, and the robots make their way up the street.  
             Chewbacca jabbers excitedly and signals for them to hurry. 
             The darkly clad creature has followed them from the speeder 
             lot.  He stops in a nearby doorway and speaks into a small 
             transmitter.
             INT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING BAY 94
             Chewbacca leads the group into a giant dirt pit that is 
             Docking Bay 94. Resting in the middle of the huge hole is a 
             large, round, beat-up, pieced-together hunk of junk that 
             could only loosely be called a starship.
                                   LUKE
                       What a piece of junk.
             The tall figure of Han Solo comes down the boarding ramp.
                                   HAN
                       She’ll make point five beyond the 
                       speed of light. She may not look 
                       like much, but she’s got it where it 
                       counts, kid. I’ve added some special 
                       modifications myself.
             Luke scratches his head. It’s obvious he isn’t sure about 
             all this. Chewbacca rushes up the ramp and urges the others 
             to follow.
                                   HAN
                       We’re a little rushed, so if you’ll 
                       hurry aboard we’ll get out of here.
             The group rushes up the gang plank, passing a grinning Han 
             Solo.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON
             Chewbacca settles into the pilot’s chair and starts the mighty 
             engines of the starship.
             INT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING BAY 94
             Luke, Ben, Threepio, and Artoo move toward the Millennium 
             Falcon passing Solo.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Hello, sir.
             EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREET
             Eight Imperial stormtroopers rush up to the darkly clad 
             creature.
                                   TROOPER
                       Which way?
             The darkly clad creature points to the door of the docking 
             bay.
                                   TROOPER
                       All right, men. Load your weapons!
             INT. MOS EISLEY SPACEPORT - DOCKING BAY 94]
             The troops hold their guns at the ready and charge down the 
             docking bay entrance.
                                   TROOPER
                       Stop that ship!
             Han Solo looks up and sees the Imperial stormtroopers rushing 
             into the docking bay. Several of the troopers fire at Han as 
             he ducks into the spaceship.
                                   TROOPER
                       Blast ‘em!
             Han draws his laser pistol and pops off a couple of shots 
             which force the stormtroopers to dive for safety. The 
             pirateship engines whine as Han hits the release button that 
             slams the overhead entry shut.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON
                                   HAN
                       Chewie, get us out of here!
             The group straps in for take off.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Oh, my. I’d forgotten how much I 
                       hate space travel.
             EXT. TATOOINE - MOS EISLEY - STREETS
             The half-dozen stormtroopers at a check point hear the general 
             alarm and look to the sky as the huge starship rises above 
             the dingy slum dwellings and quickly disappears into the 
             morning sky.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             Han climbs into the pilot’s chair next to Chewbacca, who 
             chatters away as he points to something on the radar scope.
             EXT. SPACE - PLANET TATOOINE
             The Corellian pirateship zooms from Tatooine into space.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             Han frantically types information into the ship’s computer.  
             Little Artoo appears momentarily at the cockpit doorway, 
             makes a few beeping remarks, then scurries away.
                                   HAN
                       It looks like an Imperial cruiser. 
                       Our passengers must be hotter than I 
                       thought. Try and hold them off. Angle 
                       the deflector shield while I make 
                       the calculations for the jump to 
                       light speed.
             EXT. SPACE - PLANET TATOOINE
             The Millennium Falcon pirateship races away from the yellow 
             planet, Tatooine. It is followed by two huge Imperial 
             stardestroyers.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             Over the shoulders of Chewbacca and Han, we can see the galaxy 
             spread before them. Luke and Ben make their way into the 
             cramped cockpit where Han continues his calculation.
                                   HAN
                       Stay sharp! There are two more coming 
                       in; they’re going to try to cut us 
                       off.
                                   LUKE
                       Why don’t you outrun them? I thought 
                       you said this thing was fast.
                                   HAN
                       Watch your mouth, kid, or you’re 
                       going to find yourself floating home. 
                       We’ll be safe enough once we make 
                       the jump to hyperspace. Besides, I 
                       know a few maneuvers. We’ll lose 
                       them!
             EXT. SPACE - PLANET TATOOINE
             Imperial cruisers fire at the pirateship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             The ship shudders as an explosion flashes outside the window.
                                   HAN
                       Here’s where the fun begins!
                                   BEN
                       How long before you can make the 
                       jump to light speed?
                                   HAN
                       It’ll take a few moments to get the 
                       coordinates from the navi-computer.
             The ship begins to rock violently as lasers hit it.
                                   LUKE
                       Are you kidding? At the rate they’re 
                       gaining…
                                   HAN
                       Traveling through hyperspace isn’t 
                       like dusting crops, boy! Without 
                       precise calculations we could fly 
                       right through a star or bounce too 
                       close to a supernova and that’d end 
                       your trip real quick, wouldn’t it?
             The ship is now constantly battered with laserfire as a red 
             warning light begins to flash.
                                   LUKE
                       What’s that flashing?
                                   HAN
                       We’re losing our deflector shield. 
                       Go strap yourself in, I’m going to 
                       make the jump to light speed.
             The galaxy brightens and they move faster, almost as if 
             crashing a barrier. Stars become streaks as the pirateship 
             makes the jump to hyperspace.
             EXT. SPACE
             The Millennium Falcon zooms into infinity in less than a 
             second.
             EXT. DEATH STAR
             Alderaan looms behind the Death Star battlestation.
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM
             Admiral Motti enters the quiet control room and bows before 
             Governor Tarkin, who stands before the huge wall screen 
             displaying a small green planet.
                                   MOTTI
                       We’ve entered the Alderaan system.
             Vader and two stormtroopers enter with Princess Leia. Her 
             hands are bound.
                                   LEIA
                       Governor Tarkin, I should have 
                       expected to find you holding Vader’s 
                       leash. I recognized your foul stench 
                       when I was brought on board.
                                   TARKIN
                       Charming to the last. You don’t know 
                       how hard I found it signing the order 
                       to terminate your life!
                                   LEIA
                       I surprised you had the courage to 
                       take the responsibility yourself!
                                   TARKIN
                       Princess Leia, before your execution 
                       I would like you to be my guest at a 
                       ceremony that will make this battle 
                       station operational. No star system 
                       will dare oppose the Emperor now.
                                   LEIA
                       The more you tighten your grip, 
                       Tarkin, the more star systems will 
                       slip through your fingers.
                                   TARKIN
                       Not after we demonstrate the power 
                       of this station. In a way, you have 
                       determined the choice of the planet 
                       that’ll be destroyed first. Since 
                       you are reluctant to provide us with 
                       the location of the Rebel base, I 
                       have chosen to test this station’s 
                       destructive power… on your home 
                       planet of Alderaan.
                                   LEIA
                       No! Alderaan is peaceful. We have no 
                       weapons. You can’t possibly…
                                   TARKIN
                       You would prefer another target? A 
                       military target? Then name the system!
             Tarkin waves menacingly toward Leia.
                                   TARKIN
                       I grow tired of asking this. So it’ll 
                       be the last time. Where is the Rebel 
                       base?
             Leia overhears an intercom voice announcing the approach to 
             Alderaan.
                                   LEIA
                            (softly)
                       Dantooine.
             Leia lowers her head.
                                   LEIA
                       They’re on Dantooine.
                                   TARKIN
                       There. You see Lord Vader, she can 
                       be reasonable.
                            (addressing Motti)
                       Continue with the operation. You may 
                       fire when ready.
                                   LEIA
                       What?
                                   TARKIN
                       You’re far too trusting. Dantooine 
                       is too remote to make an effective 
                       demonstration. But don’t worry. We 
                       will deal with your Rebel friends 
                       soon enough.
                                   LEIA
                       No!
             INT. DEATH STAR - BLAST CHAMBER
                                   VADER
                       Commence primary ignition.
             A button is pressed which switches on a panel of lights. A 
             hooded Imperial soldier reaches overhead and pulls a lever.  
             Another lever is pulled. Vader reaches for still another 
             lever and a bank of lights on a panel and wall light up. A 
             huge beam of light emanates from within a cone-shaped area 
             and converges into a single laser beam out toward Alderaan. 
             The small green planet of Alderaan is blown into space dust.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CENTRAL HOLD AREA
             Ben watches Luke practice the lightsaber with a small "seeker" 
             robot. Ben suddenly turns away and sits down. He falters, 
             seems almost faint.
                                   LUKE
                       Are you all right? What’s wrong?
                                   BEN
                       I felt a great disturbance in the 
                       Force… as if millions of voices 
                       suddenly cried out in terror and 
                       were suddenly silenced. I fear 
                       something terrible has happened.
             Ben rubs his forehead. He seems to drift into a trance. Then 
             he fixes his gaze on Luke.
                                   BEN
                       You’d better get on with your 
                       exercises.
             Han Solo enters the room.
                                   HAN
                       Well, you can forget your troubles 
                       with those Imperial slugs. I told 
                       you I’d outrun ‘em.
             Luke is once again practicing with the lightsaber.
                                   HAN
                       Don’t everyone thank me at once.
             Threepio watches Chewbacca and Artoo who are engrossed in a 
             game in which three-dimensional holographic figures move 
             along a chess-type board.
                                   HAN
                       Anyway, we should be at Alderaan 
                       about oh-two-hundred hours.
             Chewbacca and the two robots sit around the lighted table 
             covered with small holographic monsters. Each side of the 
             table has a small computer monitor embedded in it. Chewbacca 
             seems very pleased with himself as he rests his lanky fur- 
             covered arms over his head.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Now be careful, Artoo.
             Artoo immediately reaches up and taps the computer with his 
             stubby claw hand, causing one of the holographic creatures 
             to walk to the new square. A sudden frown crosses Chewbacca’s 
             face and he begins yelling gibberish at the tiny robot. 
             Threepio intercedes on behalf of his small companion and 
             begins to argue with the huge Wookiee.
                                   THREEPIO
                       He made a fair move. Screaming about 
                       it won’t help you.
                                   HAN
                            (interrupting)
                       Let him have it. It’s not wise to 
                       upset a Wookiee.
                                   THREEPIO
                       But sir, nobody worries about 
                       upsetting a droid.
                                   HAN
                       That’s ‘cause droids don’t pull 
                       people’s arms out of their socket 
                       when they lose. Wookiees are known 
                       to do that.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I see your point, sir. I suggest a 
                       new strategy, Artoo. Let the Wookiee 
                       win.
             Luke stands in the middle of the small hold area; he seems 
             frozen in place. A humming lightsaber is held high over his 
             head. Ben watches him from the corner, studying his movements.  
             Han watches with a bit of smugness.
                                   BEN
                       Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force 
                       flowing through him.
                                   LUKE
                       You mean it controls your actions?
                                   BEN
                       Partially. But it also obeys your 
                       commands.
             Suspended at eye level, about ten feet in front of Luke, a 
             "seeker", a chrome baseball-like robot covered with antennae, 
             hovers slowly in a wide arc. The ball floats to one side of 
             the youth then 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 another quick lunge, this time emitting a blood 
             red laser beam as it attacks. It hits Luke in the leg causing 
             him to tumble over. Han lets loose with a burst of laughter.
                                   HAN
                       Hokey religions and ancient weapons 
                       are no match for a good blaster at 
                       your side, kid.
                                   LUKE
                       You don’t believe in the Force, do 
                       you?
                                   HAN
                       Kid, I’ve flown from one side of 
                       this galaxy to the other. I’ve seen 
                       a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve 
                       never seen anything to make me believe 
                       there’s one all-powerful force 
                       controlling everything. There’s no 
                       mystical energy field that controls 
                       my destiny.
             Ben smiles quietly.
                                   HAN
                       It’s all a lot of simple tricks and 
                       nonsense.
                                   BEN
                       I suggest you try it again, Luke.
             Ben places a large helmet on Luke’s head which covers his 
             eyes.
                                   BEN
                       This time, let go your conscious 
                       self and act on instinct.
                                   LUKE
                            (laughing)
                       With the blast shield down, I can’t 
                       even see. How am I supposed to fight?
                                   BEN
                       Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t 
                       trust them.
             Han skeptically shakes his head as Ben throws the seeker 
             into the air. The ball shoots straight up in the air, then 
             drops like a rock. Luke swings the lightsaber around blindly 
             missing the seeker, which fires off a laserbolt which hits 
             Luke square on the seat of the pants. He lets out a painful 
             yell and attempts to hit the seeker.
                                   BEN
                       Stretch out with your feelings.
             Luke stands in one place, seemingly frozen. The seeker makes 
             a dive at Luke and, incredibly, he managed to deflect the 
             bolt. The ball ceases fire and moves back to its original 
             position.
                                   BEN
                       You see, you can do it.
                                   HAN
                       I call it luck.
                                   BEN
                       In my experience, there’s no such 
                       thing as luck.
                                   HAN
                       Look, going good against remotes is 
                       one thing. Going good against the 
                       living? That’s something else.
             Solo notices a small light flashing on the far side of the 
             control panel.
                                   HAN
                       Looks like we’re coming up on 
                       Alderaan.
             Han and Chewbacca head back to the cockpit.
                                   LUKE
                       You know, I did feel something. I 
                       could almost see the remote.
                                   BEN
                       That’s good. You have taken your 
                       first step into a larger world.
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONFERENCE ROOM
             Imperial Officer Cass stands before Governor Tarkin and the 
             evil Dark Lord Darth Vader.
                                   TARKIN
                       Yes.
                                   OFFICER CASS
                       Our scout ships have reached 
                       Dantooine. They found the remains of 
                       a Rebel base, but they estimate that 
                       it has been deserted for some time. 
                       They are now conducting an extensive 
                       search of the surrounding systems.
                                   TARKIN
                       She lied! She lied to us!
                                   VADER
                       I told you she would never consciously 
                       betray the Rebellion.
                                   TARKIN
                       Terminate her… immediately!
             EXT. HYPERSPACE
             The pirateship is just coming out of hyperspace; a strange 
             surreal light show surrounds the ship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
                                   HAN
                       Stand by, Chewie, here we go. Cut in 
                       the sublight engines.
             Han pulls back on a control lever. Outside the cockpit window 
             stars begin streaking past, seem to decrease in speed, then 
             stop. Suddenly the starship begins to shudder and violently 
             shake about. Asteroids begin to race toward them, battering 
             the sides of the ship.
                                   HAN
                       What the…? Aw, we’ve come out of 
                       hyperspace into a meteor shower. 
                       Some kind of asteroid collision. 
                       It’s not on any of the charts.
             The Wookiee flips off several controls and seems very cool 
             in the emergency. Luke makes his way into the bouncing 
             cockpit.
                                   LUKE
                       What’s going on?
                                   HAN
                       Our position is correct, except… 
                       no, Alderaan!
                                   LUKE
                       What do you mean? Where is it?
                                   HAN
                       Thats what I’m trying to tell you, 
                       kid. It ain’t there. It’s been totally 
                       blown away.
                                   LUKE
                       What? How?
             Ben moves into the cockpit behind Luke as the ship begins to 
             settle down.
                                   BEN
                       Destroyed… by the Empire!
                                   HAN
                       The entire starfleet couldn’t destroy 
                       the whole planet. It’d take a thousand 
                       ships with more fire power than 
                       I’ve…
             A signal starts flashing on the control panel and a muffled 
             alarm starts humming.
                                   HAN
                       There’s another ship coming in.
                                   LUKE
                       Maybe they know what happened.
                                   BEN
                       It’s an Imperial fighter.
             Chewbacca barks his concern. A huge explosion bursts outside 
             the cockpit window, shaking the ship violently. A tiny, finned 
             Imperial TIE fighter races past the cockpit window.
                                   LUKE
                       It followed us!
                                   BEN
                       No. It’s a short range fighter.
                                   HAN
                       There aren’t any bases around here. 
                       Where did it come from?
             EXT. SPACE
             The fighter races past the Corellian pirateship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
                                   LUKE
                       It sure is leaving in a big hurry. 
                       If they identify us, we’re in big 
                       trouble.
                                   HAN
                       Not if I can help it. Chewie…jam 
                       it’s transmissions.
                                   BEN
                       It’d be as well to let it go. It’s 
                       too far out of range.
                                   HAN
                       Not for long…
             EXT. SPACE
             The pirateship zooms over the camera and away into the 
             vastness of space after the Imperial TIE fighter.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             The tension mounts as the pirateship gains on the tiny 
             fighter. In the distance, one of the stars becomes brighter 
             until it is obvious that the TIE ship is heading for it. Ben 
             stands behind Chewbacca.
                                   BEN
                       A fighter that size couldn’t get 
                       this deep into space on its own.
                                   LUKE
                       It must have gotten lost, been part 
                       of a convoy or something.
                                   HAN
                       Well, he ain’t going to be around 
                       long enough to tell anyone about us.
             EXT. SPACE
             The TIE fighter is losing ground to the larger pirateship as 
             they race toward camera and disappear over head.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             The distant star can be distinguished as a small moon or 
             planet.
                                   LUKE
                       Look at him. He’s headed for that 
                       small moon.
                                   HAN
                       I think I can get him before he gets 
                       there… he’s almost in range.
             The small moon begins to take on the appearance of a monstrous 
             spherical battle station.
                                   BEN
                       That’s no moon! It’s a space station.
                                   HAN
                       It’s too big to be a space station.
                                   LUKE
                       I have a very bad feeling about this.
                                   HAN
                       Yeah, I think your right. Full 
                       reverse! Chewie, lock in the auxiliary 
                       power.
             The pirateship shudders and the TIE fighter accelerates away 
             toward the gargantuan battle station.
                                   LUKE
                       Why are we still moving towards it?
                                   HAN
                       We’re caught in a tractor beam! It’s 
                       pulling us in!
                                   LUKE
                       But there’s gotta be something you 
                       can do!
                                   HAN
                       There’s nothin’ I can do about it, 
                       kid. I’m in full power. I’m going to 
                       have to shut down. But they’re not 
                       going to get me without a fight!
             Ben Kenobi puts a hand on his shoulder.
                                   BEN
                       You can’t win. But there are 
                       alternatives to fighting.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - DEATH STAR
             As the battered pirate starship is towed closer to the awesome 
             metal moon, the immense size of the massive battle station 
             becomes staggering. Running along the equator of the gigantic 
             sphere is a mile-high band of huge docking ports into which 
             the helpless pirateship is dragged.
             EXT. DEATH STAR - HUGE PORT DOORS
             The helpless Millennium Falcon is pulled past a docking port 
             control room and huge laser turret cannons.
             VOICE OVER DEATH STAR INTERCOM
             Clear Bay twenty-three-seven. We are opening the magnetic 
             field.
             INT. DEATH STAR - DOCKING BAY 2037
             The pirateship is pulled in through port doors of the Death 
             Star, coming to rest in a huge hangar. Thirty stormtroopers 
             stand at attention in a central assembly area.
                                   OFFICER
                       To you stations!
                            (to another officer)
                       Come with me.
             INT. DEATH STAR - HALLWAY
             Stormtroopers run to their posts.
             INT. DEATH STAR - HANGAR 2037
             A line of stormtroopers march toward the pirateship in 
             readiness to board it, while other troopers stand with weapons 
             ready to fire.
                                   OFFICER
                       Close all outboard shields! Close 
                       all outboard shields!
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONFERENCE ROOM
             Tarkin pushes a button and responds to the intercom buzz.
                                   TARKIN
                       Yes.
                                   VOICE
                            (over intercom)
                       We’ve captured a freighter entering 
                       the remains of the Alderaan system. 
                       It’s markings match those of a ship 
                       that blasted its way out of Mos 
                       Eisley.
                                   VADER
                       They must be trying to return the 
                       stolen plans to the princess. She 
                       may yet be of some use to us.
             INT. DEATH STAR - DOCKING BAY 2037
             Vader and a commander approach the troops as an Officer and 
             several heavily armed troops exit the spacecraft.
                                   VOICE
                            (over intercom)
                       Unlock one-five-seven and nine. 
                       Release charges.
                                   OFFICER
                            (to Vader)
                       There’s no one on board, sir. 
                       According to the log, the crew 
                       abandoned ship right after takeoff. 
                       It must be a decoy, sir. Several of 
                       the escape pods have been jettisoned.
                                   VADER
                       Did you find any droids?
                                   OFFICER
                       No, sir. If there were any on board, 
                       they must also have jettisoned.
                                   VADER
                       Send a scanning crew on board. I 
                       want every part of this ship checked.
                                   OFFICER
                       Yes, sir.
                                   VADER
                       I sense something… a presence I 
                       haven’t felt since…
             Vader turns quickly and exits the hangar.
                                   OFFICER
                       Get me a scanning crew in here on 
                       the double. I want every part of 
                       this ship checked!
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - HALLWAY
             A trooper runs through the hallway heading for the exit. In 
             a few moments all is quiet. The muffled sounds of a distant 
             officer giving orders finally fade. Two floor panels suddenly 
             pop up revealing Han Solo and Luke. Ben Kenobi sticks his 
             head out of a third locker.
                                   LUKE
                       Boy, it’s lucky you had these 
                       compartments.
                                   HAN
                       I use them for smuggling. I never 
                       thought I’d be smuggling myself in 
                       them. This is ridiculous. Even if I 
                       could take off, I’d never get past 
                       the tractor beam.
                                   BEN
                       Leave that to me!
                                   HAN
                       Damn fool. I knew that you were going 
                       to say that!
                                   BEN
                       Who’s the more foolish… the fool 
                       or the fool who follows him?
             Han shakes his head, muttering to himself. Chewbacca agrees.
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY
             The crewmen carry a heavy box on board the ship, past the 
             two stormtroopers guarding either side of the ramp.
                                   TROOPER
                       The ship’s all yours. If the scanners 
                       pick up anything, report it 
                       immediately. All right, let’s go.
             The crewmen enter the pirateship and a loud crashing sound 
             is followed by a voice calling to the guard below.
                                   HAN’S VOICE
                       Hey down there, could you give us a 
                       hand with this?
             The stormtroopers enter the ship and a quick round of gunfire 
             is heard.
             INT. DEATH STAR - FORWARD BAY - COMMAND OFFICE
             In a very small command office near the entrance to the 
             pirateship, a Gantry Officer looks out his window and notices 
             the guards are missing. He speaks into the comlink.
                                   GANTRY OFFICER
                       TX-four-one-two. Why aren’t you at 
                       your post? TX-four-one-two, do you 
                       copy?
             A stormtrooper comes down the ramp of the pirateship and 
             waves to the gantry officer, pointing to his ear indicating 
             his comlink is not working. The gantry officer shakes his 
             head in disgust and heads for the door, giving his aide an 
             annoyed look.
                                   GANTRY OFFICER
                       Take over. We’ve got a bad 
                       transmitter. I’ll see what I can do.
             As the officer approaches the door, it slides open revealing 
             the towering Chewbacca. The gantry officer, in a momentary 
             state of shock, stumbles backward. With a bone- chilling 
             howl, the giant Wookiee flattens the officer with one blow. 
             The aide immediately reaches for his pistol, but is blasted 
             by Han, dressed as an Imperial stormtrooper. Ben and the 
             robots enter the room quickly followed by Luke, also dressed 
             as a stormtrooper. Luke quickly removes his helmet.
                                   LUKE
                       You know, between his howling and 
                       your blasting everything in sight, 
                       it’s a wonder the whole station 
                       doesn’t know we’re here.
                                   HAN
                       Bring them on! I prefer a straight 
                       fight to all this sneaking around.
                                   THREEPIO
                       We found the computer outlet, sir.
             Ben feeds some information into the computer and a 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 that makes him whistle wildly.
                                   BEN
                       Plug in. He should be able to 
                       interpret the entire Imperial computer 
                       network.
             Artoo punches his claw arm into the computer socket and the 
             vast Imperial brain network comes to life, feeding information 
             to the little robot. After a few moments, he beeps something.
                                   THREEPIO
                       He says he’s found the main computer 
                       to power the tractor beam that’s 
                       holding the ship here. He’ll try to 
                       make the precise location appear on 
                       the monitor.
             The computer monitor flashes readouts.
                                   THREEPIO
                       The tractor beam is coupled to the 
                       main reactor in seven locations. A 
                       power loss at one of the terminals 
                       will allow the ship to leave.
             Ben studies the data on the monitor readout.
                                   BEN
                       I don’t think you boys can help. I 
                       must go alone.
                                   HAN
                       Whatever you say. I’ve done more 
                       that I bargained for on this trip 
                       already.
                                   LUKE
                       I want to go with you.
                                   BEN
                       Be patient, Luke. Stay and watch 
                       over the droids.
                                   LUKE
                       But he can…
                                   BEN
                       They must be delivered safely or 
                       other star systems will suffer the 
                       same fate as Alderaan. Your destiny 
                       lies along a different path than 
                       mine. The Force will be with you… 
                       always!
             Ben adjusts the lightsaber on his belt and silently steps 
             out of the command office, then disappears down a long grey 
             hallway. Chewbacca barks a comment and Han shakes his head 
             in agreement.
                                   HAN
                       Boy you said it, Chewie.
             Han looks at Luke.
                                   HAN
                       Where did you dig up that old fossil?
                                   LUKE
                       Ben is a great man.
                                   HAN
                       Yeah, great at getting us into 
                       trouble.
                                   LUKE
                       I didn’t hear you give any ideas…
                                   HAN
                       Well, anything would be better than 
                       just hanging around waiting for him 
                       to pick us up…
                                   LUKE
                       Who do you think…
             Suddenly Artoo begins to whistle and beep a blue streak.  
             Luke goes over to him.
                                   LUKE
                       What is it?
                                   THREEPIO
                       I’m afraid I’m not quite sure, sir. 
                       He says "I found her", and keeps 
                       repeating, "She’s here."
                                   LUKE
                       Well, who… who has he found?
             Artoo whistles a frantic reply.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Princess Leia.
                                   LUKE
                       The princess? She’s here?
                                   HAN
                       Princess? What’s going on?
                                   THREEPIO
                       Level five. Detention block A A-twenty-
                       three. I’m afraid she’s scheduled to 
                       be terminated.
                                   LUKE
                       Oh, no! We’ve got to do something.
                                   HAN
                       What are you talking about?
                                   LUKE
                       The droid belongs to her. She’s the 
                       one in the message… We’ve got to 
                       help her.
                                   HAN
                       Now, look, don’t get any funny ideas. 
                       The old man wants us to wait right 
                       here.
                                   LUKE
                       But he didn’t know she was here. 
                       Look, will you just find a way back 
                       into the detention block?
                                   HAN
                       I’m not going anywhere.
                                   LUKE
                       They’re going to execute her. Look, 
                       a few minutes ago you said you didn’t 
                       want to just wait here to be captured. 
                       Now all you want to do is stay.
                                   HAN
                       Marching into the detention area is 
                       not what I had in mind.
                                   LUKE
                       But they’re going to kill her!
                                   HAN
                       Better her than me…
                                   LUKE
                       She’s rich.
             Chewbacca growls.
                                   HAN
                       Rich?
                                   LUKE
                       Yes. Rich, powerful! Listen, if you 
                       were to rescue her, the reward would 
                       be…
                                   HAN
                       What?
                                   LUKE
                       Well more wealth that you can imagine.
                                   HAN
                       I don’t know, I can imagine quite a 
                       bit!
                                   LUKE
                       You’ll get it!
                                   HAN
                       I better!
                                   LUKE
                       You will…
                                   HAN
                       All right, kid. But you’d better be 
                       right about this.
             Han looks at Chewie, who grunts a short grunt.
                                   LUKE
                       All right.
                                   HAN
                       What’s your plan?
                                   LUKE
                       Uh… Threepio, hand me those binders 
                       there will you?
             Luke moves toward Chewbacca with electronic cuffs.
                                   LUKE
                       Okay. Now, I’m going to put these on 
                       you.
             Chewie lets out a hideous growl.
                                   LUKE
                       Okay. Han, you put these on.
             Luke sheepishly hands the binders to Han.
                                   HAN
                       Don’t worry, Chewie. I think I know 
                       what he has in mind.
             The Wookiee has a worried and frightened look on his face as 
             Han binds him with the electronic cuffs.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Master Luke, sir! Pardon me for 
                       asking… but, ah… what should 
                       Artoo and I do if we’re discovered 
                       here?
                                   LUKE
                       Lock the door!
                                   HAN
                       And hope they don’t have blasters.
                                   THREEPIO
                       That isn’t very reassuring.
             Luke and Han put on their armored stormtrooper helmets and 
             start off into the giant Imperial Death Star.
             INT. DEATH STAR - DETENTION AREA - ELEVATOR TUBE
             Han and Luke try to look inconspicuous in their armored suits 
             as they wait for a vacuum elevator to arrive. Troops, 
             bureaucrats, and robots bustle about, ignoring the trio 
             completely. Only a few give the giant Wookiee a curious 
             glance.
             Finally a small elevator arrives and the trio enters.
                                   LUKE
                       I can’t see a thing in this helmet.
             A bureaucrat races to get aboard also, but is signaled away 
             by Han. The door to the pod-like vehicle slides closed and 
             the elevator car takes off through a vacuum tube.
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN HALLWAY
             Several Imperial officers walk through the wide main 
             passageway. They pass several stormtroopers and a robot 
             similar to Threepio but with an insect face. At the far end 
             of the hallway, a passing flash of Ben Kenobi appears, then 
             disappears down a small hallway. His appearance is so fleeting 
             that it is hard to tell if he is real or just an illusion. 
             No one in the hallway seems to notice him.
             INT. DEATH STAR - INTERIOR ELEVATOR - DETENTION SECURITY 
             AREA
             Luke and Han step forward to exit the elevator, but the door 
             slides open behind them. The giant Wookiee and his two guards 
             enter the old grey security station. Guards and laser gates 
             are everywhere. Han whispers to Luke under his breath.
                                   HAN
                       This is not going to work.
                                   LUKE
                       Why didn’t you say so before?
                                   HAN
                       I did say so before!
             INT. DETENTION AREA
             Elevator doors open. A tall, grim looking Officer approaches 
             the trio.
                                   OFFICER
                       Where are you taking this… thing?
             Chewie growls a bit at the remark but Han nudges him to shut 
             up.
                                   LUKE
                       Prisoner transfer from Block one-one-
                       three-eight.
                                   OFFICER
                       I wasn’t notified. I’ll have to clear 
                       it.
             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 eyes. Han unfastens one of 
             Chewbacca’s electronic cuffs and shrugs to Luke.
             Suddenly Chewbacca throws up his hands and lets out with one 
             of his ear-piercing howls. He grabs Han’s laser rifle.
                                   HAN
                       Look out! He’s loose!
                                   LUKE
                       He’s going to pull us all apart.
                                   HAN
                       Go get him!
             The startled guards are momentarily dumbfounded. Luke and 
             Han have already pulled out their laser pistols and are 
             blasting away at the terrifying Wookiee. Their barrage of 
             laserfire misses Chewbacca, but hits the camera eyes, laser 
             gate controls, and the Imperial guards. The officer is the 
             last of the guards to fall under the laserfire just as he is 
             about to push the alarm system. Han rushes to the comlink 
             system, which is screeching questions about what is going 
             on.  He quickly checks the computer readout.
                                   HAN
                       We’ve got to find out which cell 
                       this princess of yours is in. Here 
                       it is… cell twenty-one-eight-seven. 
                       You go get her. I’ll hold them here.
             Luke races down one of the cell corridors. Han speaks into 
             the buzzing comlink.
                                   HAN
                            (sounding official)
                       Everything is under control. Situation 
                       normal.
                                   INTERCOM VOICE
                       What happened?
                                   HAN
                            (getting nervous)
                       Uh… had a slight weapons 
                       malfunction. But, uh, everything’s 
                       perfectly all right now. We’re fine. 
                       We’re all fine here, now, thank you. 
                       How are you?
                                   INTERCOM VOICE
                       We’re sending a squad up.
                                   HAN
                       Uh, uh, negative. We had a reactor 
                       leak here now. Give us a few minutes 
                       to lock it down. Large leak… very 
                       dangerous.
                                   INTERCOM VOICE
                       Who is this? What’s your operating 
                       number?
             Han blasts the comlink and it explodes.
                                   HAN
                       Boring conversation anyway.
                            (yelling down the 
                            hall)
                       Luke! We’re going to have company!
             INT. DEATH STAR - CELL ROW
             Luke stops in front of one of the cells and blasts the door 
             away with a laser pistol. When the smoke clears, Luke sees 
             the dazzling young princess-senator. She had been sleeping 
             and is now looking at him with an uncomprehending look on 
             her face. Luke is stunned by her incredible beauty and stands 
             staring at her with his mouth hanging open.
                                   LEIA
                            (finally)
                       Aren’t you a little short to be a 
                       stormtrooper?
             Luke takes off his helmet, coming out of it.
                                   LUKE
                       What? Oh… the uniform. I’m Luke 
                       Skywalker. I’m here to rescue you.
                                   LEIA
                       You’re who?
                                   LUKE
                       I’m here to rescue you. I’ve got 
                       your R2 unit. I’m here with Ben 
                       Kenobi.
                                   LEIA
                       Ben Kenobi is here! Where is he?
                                   LUKE
                       Come on!
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONFERENCE ROOM
             Darth Vader paces the room as Governor Tarkin sits at the 
             far end of the conference table.
                                   VADER
                       He is here…
                                   TARKIN
                       Obi-Wan Kenobi! What makes you think 
                       so?
                                   VADER
                       A tremor in the Force. The last time 
                       I felt it was in the presence of my 
                       old master.
                                   TARKIN
                       Surely he must be dead by now.
                                   VADER
                       Don’t underestimate the power of the 
                       Force.
                                   TARKIN
                       The Jedi are extinct, their fire has 
                       gone out of the universe. You, my 
                       friend, are all that’s left of their 
                       religion.
             There is a quiet buzz on the comlink.
                                   TARKIN
                       Yes.
                                   INTERCOM VOICE
                       Governor Tarkin, we have an emergency 
                       alert in detention block A A-twenty-
                       three.
                                   TARKIN
                       The princess! Put all sections on 
                       alert!
                                   VADER
                       Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with 
                       him.
                                   TARKIN
                       If you’re right, he must not be 
                       allowed to escape.
                                   VADER
                       Escape is not his plan. I must face 
                       him alone.
             INT. DEATH STAR - DETENTION AREA - HALLWAY
             An ominous buzzing sound is heard on the other side of the 
             elevator door.
                                   HAN
                       Chewie!
             Chewbacca responds with a growling noise.
                                   HAN
                       Get behind me! Get behind me!
             A series of explosions knock a hole in the elevator door 
             through which several Imperial troops begin to emerge.
             Han and Chewie fire laser pistols at them through the smoke 
             and flame. They turn and run down the cell hallway, meeting 
             up with Luke and Leia rushing toward them.
                                   HAN
                       Can’t get out that way.
                                   LEIA
                       Looks like you managed to cut off 
                       our only escape route.
                                   HAN
                            (sarcastically)
                       Maybe you’d like it back in your 
                       cell, Your Highness.
             Luke takes a small comlink transmitter from his belt as they 
             continue to exchange fire with stormtroopers making their 
             way down the corridor.
                                   LUKE
                       See-Threepio! See-Threepio!
                                   THREEPIO
                            (over comlink)
                       Yes sir?
                                   LUKE
                       We’ve been cut off! Are there any 
                       other ways out of the cell bay?… 
                       What was that? I didn’t copy!
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN BAY GANTRY - CONTROL TOWER
             Threepio paces the control center as little Artoo beeps and 
             whistles a blue streak. Threepio yells into the small comlink 
             transmitter.
                                   THREEPIO
                       I said, all systems have been alerted 
                       to your presence, sir. The main 
                       entrance seems to be the only way in 
                       or out; all other information on 
                       your level is restricted.
             Someone begins banging on the door.
                                   TROOPER VOICE
                       Open up in there!
                                   THREEPIO
                       Oh, no!
             INT. DEATH STAR - DETENTION CORRIDOR
             Luke and Leia crouch together in an alcove for protection as 
             they continue to exchange fire with troops. Han and Chewbacca 
             are barely able to keep the stormtroopers at bay at the far 
             and of the hallway. The laserfire is very intense, and smoke 
             fills the narrow cell corridor.
                                   LUKE
                       There isn’t any other way out.
                                   HAN
                       I can’t hold them off forever! Now 
                       what?
                                   LEIA
                       This is some rescue. When you came 
                       in here, didn’t you have a plan for 
                       getting out?
                                   HAN
                            (pointing to Luke)
                       He’s the brains, sweetheart.
             Luke manages a sheepish grin and shrugs his shoulders.
                                   LUKE
                       Well, I didn’t…
             The princess grabs Luke’s gun and fires at a small grate in 
             the wall next to Han, almost frying him.
                                   HAN
                       What the hell are you doing?
                                   LEIA
                       Somebody has to save our skins. Into 
                       the garbage chute, wise guy.
             She jumps through the narrow opening as Han and Chewbacca 
             look on in amazement. Chewbacca sniffs the garbage chute and 
             says something.
                                   HAN
                       Get in there you big furry oaf! I 
                       don’t care what you smell! Get in 
                       there and don’t worry about it.
             Han gives him a kick and the Wookiee disappears into the 
             tiny opening. Luke and Han continue firing as they work their 
             way toward the opening.
                                   HAN
                       Wonderful girl! Either I’m going to 
                       kill her or I’m beginning to like 
                       her. Get in there!
             Luke ducks laserfire as he jumps into the darkness. Han fires 
             off a couple of quick blasts creating a smokey cover, then 
             slides into the chute himself and is gone.
             INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM
             Han tumbles into the large room filled with garbage and muck.  
             Luke is already stumbling around looking for an exit. He 
             finds a small hatchway and struggles to get it open. It won’t 
             budge.
                                   HAN
                            (sarcastically)
                       Oh! The garbage chute was a really 
                       wonderful idea. What an incredible 
                       smell you’ve discovered! Let’s get 
                       out of here! Get away from there…
                                   LUKE
                       No! wait!
             Han draws his laser pistol and fires at the hatch. The 
             laserbolt ricochets wildly around the small metal 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.
                                   LUKE
                       Will you forget it? I already tried 
                       it. It’s magnetically sealed!
                                   LEIA
                       Put that thing away! You’re going to 
                       get us all killed.
                                   HAN
                       Absolutely, Your Worship. Look, I 
                       had everything under control until 
                       you led us down here. You know, it’s 
                       not going to take them long to figure 
                       out what happened to us.
                                   LEIA
                       It could be worse…
             A loud, horrible, inhuman moan works its way up from the 
             murky depths. 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.
                                   HAN
                       It’s worse.
                                   LUKE
                       There’s something alive in here!
                                   HAN
                       That’s your imagination.
                                   LUKE
                       Something just moves past my leg! 
                       Look! Did you see that?
                                   HAN
                       What?
                                   LUKE
                       Help!
             Suddenly Luke is yanked under the garbage.
                                   HAN
                       Luke! Luke! Luke!
             Solo tries to get to Luke. Luke surfaces with a gasp of air 
             and thrashing of limbs. A membrane tentacle is wrapped around 
             his throat.
                                   LEIA
                       Luke!
             Leia extends a long pipe toward him.
                                   LEIA
                       Luke, Luke, grab a hold of this.
                                   LUKE
                       Blast it, will you! My gun’s jammed.
                                   HAN
                       Where?
                                   LUKE
                       Anywhere! Oh!!
             Solo fires his gun downward. Luke is pulled back into the 
             muck by the slimy tentacle.
                                   HAN
                       Luke! Luke!
             Suddenly the walls of the garbage receptacle shudder and 
             move in a couple of inches. Then everything is deathly quiet.  
             Han and Leia give each other a worried look as Chewbacca 
             howls in the corner. With a rush of bubbles and muck Luke 
             suddenly bobs to the surface.
                                   LEIA
                       Grab him!
             Luke seems to be released by the thing.
                                   LEIA
                       What happened?
                                   LUKE
                       I don’t know, it just let go of me 
                       and disappeared…
                                   HAN
                       I’ve got a very bad feeling about 
                       this.
             Before anyone can say anything the walls begin to rumble and 
             edge toward the Rebels.
                                   LUKE
                       The walls are moving!
                                   LEIA
                       Don’t just stand there. Try to brace 
                       it with something.
             They place poles and long metal beams between the closing 
             walls, but they are simply snapped and bent as the giant 
             trashmasher rumbles on. The situation doesn’t look too good.
                                   LUKE
                       Wait a minute!
             Luke pulls out his comlink.
                                   LUKE
                       Threepio! Come in Threepio! Threepio! 
                       Where could he be?
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN GANTRY - COMMAND OFFICE
             A soft buzzer and the muted voice of Luke calling out for 
             See-Threepio can be heard on Threepio’s hand comlink, which 
             is sitting on the deserted computer console. Artoo and 
             Threepio are nowhere in sight. Suddenly there is a great 
             explosion and the door of the control tower flies across the 
             floor. Four armed stormtroopers enter the chamber.
                                   FIRST TROOPER
                       Take over!
                            (pointing to the dead 
                            officer)
                       See to him! Look there!
             A trooper pushes a button and the supply cabinet door slides 
             open. See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo are inside. Artoo follows 
             his bronze companion out into the office.
                                   THREEPIO
                       They’re madmen! They’re heading for 
                       the prison level. If you hurry, you 
                       might catch them.
                                   FIRST OFFICER
                            (to his troops)
                       Follow me! You stand guard.
             The troops hustle off down the hallway, leaving a guard to 
             watch over the command office.
                                   THREEPIO
                            (to Artoo)
                       Come on!
             The guard aims a blaster at them.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Oh! All this excitement has overrun 
                       the circuits of my counterpart here. 
                       If you don’t mind, I’d like to take 
                       him down to maintenance.
                                   TROOPER
                       All right.
             The guard nods and Threepio, with little Artoo in tow, hurries 
             out the door.
             INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM
             As the walls rumble closed, the room gets smaller and smaller.  
             Chewie is whining and trying to hold a wall back with his 
             giant paws.
             Han is leaning back against the other wall. Garbage is 
             snapping and popping. Luke is trying to reach Threepio.
                                   LUKE
                       Threepio! Come in, Threepio! Threepio!
             Han and Leia try to brace the contracting walls with a pole. 
             Leia begins to sink into the trash.
                                   HAN
                       Get to the top!
                                   LEIA
                       I can’t
                                   LUKE
                       Where could he be? Threepio! Threepio, 
                       will you come in?
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL
                                   THREEPIO
                       They aren’t here! Something must 
                       have happened to them. See if they’ve 
                       been captured.
             Little Artoo carefully plugs his claw arm into a new wall 
             socket and a complex array of electronic sounds spew from 
             the tiny robot.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Hurry!
             INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM
             The walls are only feet apart. Leia and Han are braced against 
             the walls. The princess is frightened. They look at each 
             other. Leia reaches out and takes Han’s hand and she holds 
             it tightly. She’s terrified and suddenly groans as she feels 
             the first crushing pressure against her body.
                                   HAN
                       One thing’s for sure. We’re all going 
                       to be a lot thinner!
                            (to Leia)
                       Get on top of it!
                                   LEIA
                       I’m trying!
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL
                                   THREEPIO
                            (to Artoo)
                       Thank goodness, they haven’t found 
                       them! Where could they be?
             Artoo frantically beeps something to See-Threepio.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Use the comlink? Oh, my! I forgot I 
                       turned it off!
             INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM
             Meanwhile, Luke is lying on his side, trying to keep his 
             head above the rising ooze. Luke’s comlink begins to buzz 
             and he rips it off his belt.
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL
             Muffled sounds of Luke’s voice over the comlink can be heard, 
             but not distinctly.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Are you there, sir?
             INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM
                                   LUKE
                       Threepio!
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL
                                   THREEPIO
                       We’ve had some problems…
                                   LUKE
                            (over comlink)
                       Will you shut up and listen to me? 
                       Shut down all garbage mashers on the 
                       detention level, will you? Do you 
                       copy?
             INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM
                                   LUKE
                       Shut down all the garbage mashers on 
                       the detention level.
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL
                                   LUKE
                            (over comlink)
                       Shut down all the garbage mashers on 
                       the detention level.
                                   THREEPIO
                            (to Artoo)
                       No. Shut them all down! Hurry!
             Threepio holds his head in agony as he hears the incredible 
             screaming and hollering from Luke’s comlink.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Listen to them! They’re dying, Artoo! 
                       Curse my metal body! I wasn’t fast 
                       enough. It’s all my fault! My poor 
                       master!
                                   LUKE
                            (over comlink)
                       Threepio, we’re all right!
             INT. DEATH STAR - GARBAGE ROOM
             The screaming and hollering is the sound of joyous relief. 
             The walls have stopped moving. Han, Chewie and Leia embrace 
             in the background.
                                   LUKE
                       We’re all right. You did great.
             Luke moves to the pressure sensitive hatch, looking for a 
             number.
                                   LUKE
                       Hey… hey, open the pressure 
                       maintenance hatch on unit number… 
                       where are we?
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY - SERVICE PANEL
                                   HAN
                            (over comlink)
                       Three-two-six-eight-two-seven.
             INT. DEATH STAR - TRACTOR BEAM - POWER GENERATOR TRENCH
             Ben enters a humming service trench that powers the huge 
             tractor beam. The trench seems to be a hundred miles deep. 
             The clacking sound of huge switching devices can be heard. 
             The old Jedi edges his his way along a narrow ledge leading 
             to a control panel that connects two large cables. He 
             carefully makes several adjustments in the computer terminal, 
             and several lights on the board go from red to blue.
             INT. DEATH STAR - UNUSED HALLWAY
             The group exits the garbage room into a dusty, unused hallway.  
             Han and Luke remove the trooper suits and strap on the blaster 
             belts.
                                   HAN
                       If we can just avoid any more female 
                       advice, we ought to be able to get 
                       out of here.
             Luke smiles and scratches his head as he takes a blaster 
             from Solo.
                                   LUKE
                       Well, let’s get moving!
             Chewie begins growling and points to the hatch to the garbage 
             room, as he runs away and then stops howling.
                                   HAN
                            (to Chewie)
                       Where are you going?
             The Dia Nogu bangs against the hatch and a long, slimy 
             tentacle works its way out of the doorway searching for a 
             victim. Han aims his pistol.
                                   LEIA
                       No, wait. They’ll hear!
             Han fires at the doorway. The noise of the blast echoes 
             relentlessly throughout the empty passageway. Luke simply 
             shakes his head in disgust.
                                   HAN
                            (to Chewie)
                       Come here, you big coward!
             Chewie shakes his head "no."
                                   HAN
                       Chewie! Come here!
                                   LEIA
                       Listen. I don’t know who you are, or 
                       where you came from, but from now 
                       on, you do as I tell you. Okay?
             Han is stunned at the command of the petite young girl.
                                   HAN
                       Look, Your Worshipfulness, let’s get 
                       one thing straight! I take orders 
                       from one person! Me!
                                   LEIA
                       It’s a wonder you’re still alive.
                            (looking at Chewie)
                       Will somebody get this big walking 
                       carpet out of my way?
             Han watches her start away. He looks at Luke.
                                   HAN
                       No reward is worth this.
             They follow her, moving swiftly down the deserted corridor.
             INT. DEATH STAR - POWER TRENCH
             Suddenly a door behind Ben slides open and a detachment of 
             stormtroopers marches to the power trench. Ben instantly 
             slips into the shadows as an Officer moves to within a few 
             feet of him.
                                   OFFICER
                       Secure this area until the alert is 
                       canceled.
                                   FIRST TROOPER
                       Give me regular reports.
             All but two of the stormtroopers leave.
                                   FIRST TROOPER
                       Do you know what’s going on?
                                   SECOND TROOPER
                       Maybe it’s another drill.
             Ben moves around the tractor beam, watching the stormtroopers 
             as they turn their backs to him. Ben gestures with his hand 
             toward them, as the troops think they hear something in the 
             other hallway. With the help of the Force, Ben deftly slips 
             past the troopers and into the main hallway.
                                   SECOND TROOPER
                       What was that?
                                   FIRST TROOPER
                       Oh, it’s nothing. Don’t worry about 
                       it.
             INT. DEATH STAR - HALLWAY
             Luke, Han, Chewbacca, and Leia run down an empty hallway and 
             stop before a bay window overlooking the pirateship. Troopers 
             are milling about the ship. Luke takes out his pocket comlink.
                                   HAN
                            (looking at his ship)
                       There she is.
                                   LUKE
                       See-Threepio, do you copy?
                                   THREEPIO
                            (voice)
                       For the moment. Uh, we’re in the 
                       main hangar across from the ship.
                                   LUKE
                       We’re right above you. Stand by.
             Han is watching the dozen or so troops moving in and out of 
             the pirateship. Leia moves towards Han, touches his arm and 
             points out the window to the ship.
                                   LEIA
                       You came in that thing? You’re braver 
                       that I thought.
                                   HAN
                       Nice! Come on!
             Han gives her a dirty look, and they start off down the 
             hallway. They round a corner and run right into twenty 
             Imperial stormtroopers heading toward them. Both groups are 
             taken by surprise and stop in their tracks.
                                   FIRST TROOPER
                       It’s them! Blast them!
             Before even thinking, Han draws his laser pistol and charges 
             the troops, firing. His blaster knocks one of the 
             stormtroopers into the air. Chewie follows his captain down 
             the corridor, stepping over the fallen trooper on the floor.
                                   HAN
                            (to Luke and Leia)
                       Get back to the ship!
                                   LUKE
                       Where are you going? Come back!
             Han has already rounded a corner and does not hear.
                                   LEIA
                       He certainly has courage.
                                   LUKE
                       What good will it do us if he gets 
                       himself killed? Come on!
             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 Leia start off toward the starship hangar.
             INT. DEATH STAR - SUBHALLWAY
             Han chases the stormtroopers down a long subhallway. He is 
             yelling and brandishing his laser pistol. The troops reach a 
             dead end and are forced to turn and fight. Han stops a few 
             feet from them and assumes a defensive position. 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. Solo jumps backward as they fire at him.
             INT. DEATH STAR - SUBHALLWAY
             Chewbacca runs down the subhallway in a last-ditch attempt 
             to save his bold captain. Suddenly he hears the firing of 
             laser guns and yelling. Around the corner shoots Han, pirate 
             extraordinaire, running for his life, followed by a host of 
             furious stormtroopers. Chewbacca turns and starts running 
             the other way also.
             INT. DEATH STAR - SUBHALLWAY
             Luke fires his laser pistol wildly as he and Leia rush down 
             a narrow subhallway, chased by several stormtroopers. They 
             quickly reach the end of the subhallway and race through an 
             open hatchway.
             INT. DEATH STAR - CENTRAL CORE SHAFT
             Luke and Leia race through the hatch onto a narrow bridge 
             that spans a huge, deep shaft that seems to go into infinity. 
             The bridge has been retracted into the wall of the shaft, 
             and Luke almost rushes into the abyss. He loses his balance 
             off the end of the bridge as Leia, behind him, takes hold of 
             his arm and pulls him back.
                                   LUKE
                            (gasping)
                       I think we took a wrong turn.
             Blasts from the stormtroopers’ laser guns explode nearby 
             reminding them of the oncoming danger. Luke fires back at 
             the advancing troops. Leia reaches over and hits a switch 
             that pops the hatch door shut with a resounding boom, leaving 
             them precariously perched on a short piece of bridge overhang.  
             Laserfire from the troopers continues to hit the steel door.
                                   LEIA
                       There’s no lock!
             Luke blasts the controls with his laser pistol.
                                   LUKE
                       That oughta hold it for a while.
                                   LEIA
                       Quick, we’ve got to get across. Find 
                       the control that extends the bridge.
                                   LUKE
                       Oh, I think I just blasted it.
             Luke looks at the blasted bridge control while the 
             stormtroopers on the opposite side of the door begin making 
             ominous drilling and pounding sounds.
                                   LEIA
                       They’re coming through!
             Luke notices something on his stormtrooper belt, when 
             laserfire hits the wall behind him. Luke aims his laser pistol 
             at a stormtrooper perched on a higher bridge overhang across 
             the abyss from them. They exchange fire. Two more troops 
             appear on another overhang, also firing. A trooper is hit, 
             and grabs at his chest.
             Another trooper standing on the bridge overhang is hit by 
             Luke’s laserfire, and plummets down the shaft. Troopers move 
             back off the bridge; Luke hands the gun to Leia.
                                   LUKE
                       Here, hold this.
             Luke pulls a thin nylon cable from his trooper utility belt. 
             It has a grappler hook on it. A trooper appears on a bridge 
             overhang and fires at Luke and Leia. As Luke works with the 
             rope, Leia returns the laser volley. Another trooper appears 
             and fires at them, as Leia returns his fire as well.  
             Suddenly, the hatch door begins to open, revealing the feet 
             of more troops.
                                   LEIA
                       Here they come!
             Leia hits one of the stormtroopers on the bridge above, and 
             he falls into the abyss. Luke tosses the rope across the 
             gorge and it wraps itself around an outcropping of pipes. He 
             tugs on the rope to make sure it is secure, then grabs the 
             princess in his arms. Leia looks at Luke, then kisses him 
             quickly on the lips. Luke is very surprised.
                                   LEIA
                       For luck!
             Luke pushes off and they swing across the treacherous abyss 
             to the corresponding hatchway on the opposite side. Just as 
             Luke and Leia reach the far side of the canyon, the 
             stormtroopers break through the hatch and begin to fire at 
             the escaping duo. Luke returns the fire before ducking into 
             the tiny subhallway.
             INT. DEATH STAR - NARROW PASSAGEWAY
             Ben hides in the shadows of the narrow passageway as several 
             stormtroopers rush past him in the main hallway. He checks 
             to make sure they’re gone, then runs down the hallway in the 
             opposite direction. Darth Vader appears at the far end of 
             the hallway and starts after the old Jedi.
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY
             Threepio looks around at the troops milling about the 
             pirateship entry ramp.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Where could they be?
             Artoo, plugged into the computer socket, turns his dome left 
             and right, beeping a response.
             INT. DEATH STAR - CORRIDOR - BLAST SHIELDS DOOR
             Han and Chewbacca run down a long corridor with several 
             troopers hot on their trail.
                                   TROOPER
                       Close the blast doors!
             At the end of the hallway, blast doors begin to close in 
             front of them. The young starpilot and his furry companion 
             race past the huge doors just as they are closing, and manage 
             to get off a couple off laserblasts at the pursuing troops 
             before the doors slam shut.
                                   TROOPER
                       Open the blast doors! Open the blast 
                       doors!
             INT. DEATH STAR - HALLWAY LEADING TO MAIN FORWARD BAY
             Ben hurries along one of the tunnels leading to the hangar 
             where the pirateship waits. Just before he reaches the hangar, 
             Darth Vader steps into view at the end of the tunnel, not 
             ten feet away. Vader lights his saber. Ben also ignites his 
             and steps slowly forward.
                                   VADER
                       I’ve been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. 
                       We meet again, at last. The circle 
                       is now complete.
             Ben Kenobi moves with elegant ease into a classical offensive 
             position. The fearsome Dark Knight takes a defensive stance.
                                   VADER
                       When I left you, I was but the 
                       learner; now I am the master.
                                   BEN
                       Only a master of evil, Darth.
             The two Galactic warriors stand perfectly still for a few 
             moments, sizing each other up and waiting for the right 
             moment. 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.
             Ben makes a sudden lunge at the huge warrior but is checked 
             by a lightning movement of The Sith. A masterful slash stroke 
             by Vader is blocked by the old Jedi. Another of the Jedi’s 
             blows is blocked, then countered. Ben moves around the Dark 
             Lord and starts backing into the massive starship hangar. 
             The two powerful warriors stand motionless for a few moments 
             with laser swords locked in mid-air, creating a low buzzing 
             sound.
                                   VADER
                       Your powers are weak, old man.
                                   BEN
                       You can’t win, Darth. If you strike 
                       me down, I shall become more powerful 
                       than you can possibly imagine.
             Their lightsabers continue to meet in combat.
             INT. DEATH STAR - MAIN FORWARD BAY
             Han Solo and Chewbacca, their weapons in hand, lean back 
             against the wall surveying the forward bay, watching the 
             Imperial stormtroopers make their rounds of the hangar.
                                   HAN
                       Didn’t we just leave this party?
             Chewbacca growls a reply, as Luke and the princess join them.
                                   HAN
                       What kept you?
                                   LEIA
                       We ran into some old friends.
                                   LUKE
                       Is the ship all right?
                                   HAN
                       Seems okay, if we can get to it. 
                       Just hope the old man got the tractor 
                       beam out of commission.
             INT. DEATH STAR - HALLWAY
             Vader and Ben Kenobi continue their powerful duel. As they 
             hit their lightsabers together, lightning flashes on impact. 
             Troopers look on in interest as the old Jedi and Dark Lord 
             of The Sith fight. Suddenly Luke spots the battle from his 
             group’s vantage point.
                                   LUKE
                       Look!
             Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie look up and see Ben and Vader 
             emerging from the hallways on the far side of the docking 
             bay.
             INT. DEATH STAR - DOCKING BAY
             Threepio and Artoo-Detoo are in the center of the Death Star’s 
             Imperial docking bay.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Come on, Artoo, we’re going!
             Threepio ducks out of sight as the seven stormtroopers who 
             were guarding the starship rush past them heading towards 
             Ben and The Sith Knight. He pulls on Artoo.
             INT. DEATH STAR - HALLWAY
             Solo, Chewie, Luke, and Leia tensely watch the duel. The 
             troops rush toward the battling knights.
                                   HAN
                       Now’s our chance! Go!
             They start for the Millennium Falcon. Ben sees the troops 
             charging toward him and realizes that he is trapped. Vader 
             takes advantage of Ben’s momentary distraction and brings 
             his mighty lightsaber down on the old man. Ben manages to 
             deflect the blow and swiftly turns around.
             The old Jedi Knight looks over his shoulder at Luke, lifts 
             his sword from Vader’s then watches his opponent with a serene 
             look on his face.
             Vader brings his sword down, cutting old Ben in half. Ben’s 
             cloak falls to the floor in two parts, but Ben is not in it.  
             Vader is puzzled at Ben’s disappearance and pokes at the 
             empty cloak. As the guards are distracted, the adventurers 
             and the robots reach the starship. Luke sees Ben cut in two 
             and starts for him. Aghast, he yells out.
                                   LUKE
                       No!
             The stormtroopers turn toward Luke and begin firing at him.  
             The robots are already moving up the ramp into the Millennium 
             Falcon, while Luke, transfixed by anger and awe, returns 
             their fire. Solo joins in the laserfire. Vader looks up and 
             advances toward them, as one of his troopers is struck down.
                                   HAN
                            (to Luke)
                       Come on!
                                   LEIA
                       Come on! Luke, its too late!
                                   HAN
                       Blast the door! Kid!
             Luke fires his pistol at the door control panel, and it 
             explodes. The door begins to slide shut. Three troopers charge 
             forward firing laser bolts, as the door slides to a close 
             behind them, shutting Vader and the other troops out of the 
             docking bay. A stormtrooper lies dead at the feet of his 
             onrushing compatriots. Luke starts for the advancing troops, 
             as Solo and Leia move up the ramp into the pirateship. He 
             fires, hitting a stormtrooper, who crumbles to the floor.
                                   BEN’S VOICE
                       Run, Luke! Run!
             Luke looks around to see where the voice came from. He turns 
             toward the pirateship, ducking Imperial gunfire from the 
             troopers and races into the ship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             Han pulls back on the controls and the ship begins to move. 
             The dull thud of laser bolts bouncing off the outside of the 
             ship as Chewie adjusts his controls.
                                   HAN
                       I hope the old man got that tractor 
                       beam out if commission, or this is 
                       going to be a real short trip. Okay, 
                       hit it!
             Chewbacca growls in agreement.
             EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON
             The Millennium Falcon powers away from the Death Star docking 
             bay, makes a spectacular turn and disappears into the vastness 
             of space.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CENTRAL HOLD AREA
             Luke, saddened by the loss of Obi-Wan Kenobi, stares off 
             blankly as the robots look on. Leia puts a blanket around 
             him protectively, and Luke turns and looks up at her. She 
             sits down beside him.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             Solo spots approaching enemy ships.
                                   HAN
                            (to Chewie)
                       We’re coming up on the sentry ships. 
                       Hold ‘em off! Angle the deflector 
                       shields while I charge up the main 
                       guns!
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CENTRAL HOLD AREA
             Luke looks downward sadly, shaking his head back and forth, 
             as the princess smiles comfortingly at him.
                                   LUKE
                       I can’t believe he’s gone.
             Artoo-Detoo beeps a reply.
                                   LEIA
                       There wasn’t anything you could have 
                       done.
             Han rushes into the hold area where Luke is sitting with the 
             princess.
                                   HAN
                            (to Luke)
                       Come on, buddy, we’re not out of 
                       this yet!
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS - COCKPIT
             Solo climbs into his attack position in the topside gunport.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - HOLD AREA
             Luke gets up and moves out toward the gunports as Leia heads 
             for the cockpit.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS - COCKPIT
             Luke climbs down the ladder into the gunport cockpit, settling 
             into one of the two main laser cannons mounted in large 
             rotating turrets on either side of the ship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - SOLO’S GUNPORT
             Han adjusts his headset as he sits before the controls of 
             his laser cannon, then speaks into the attached microphone.
                                   HAN
                            (to Luke)
                       You in, kid? Okay, stay sharp!
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS - COCKPIT
             Chewbacca and Princess Leia search the heavens for attacking 
             TIE fighters. The Wookiee pulls back on the speed controls 
             as the ship bounces slightly.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - SOLO’S GUNPORT - COCKPIT
             Computer graphic readouts form on Solo’s target screen, as 
             Han reaches for controls.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORT - COCKPIT
             Luke sits in readiness for the attack, his hand on the laser 
             cannon’s control button.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT.
             Chewbacca spots the enemy ships and barks.
                                   LEIA
                            (into intercom)
                       Here they come!
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT - POV (POINT OF VIEW) - 
             SPACE
             The Imperial TIE fighters move towards the Millennium Falcon, 
             one each veering off to the left and right of the pirateship.
             INT. TIE FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             The stars whip past behind the Imperial pilot as he adjusts 
             his maneuvering joy stick.
             EXT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - IN SPACE
             The TIE fighter races past the Falcon, firing laser beams as 
             it passes.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - HOLD AREA
             Threepio is seated in the hold area, next to Artoo-Detoo. 
             The pirateship bounces and vibrates as the power goes out in 
             the room and then comes back on.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT - GUNPORTS
             A TIE fighter maneuvers in front of Han, who follows it and 
             fires at it with the laser cannon. Luke does likewise, as 
             the fighter streaks into view. The ship has suffered a minor 
             hit, and bounces slightly.
             EXT. SPACE
             Two TIE fighters dive down toward the pirateship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS
             Luke fires at an unseen fighter.
                                   LUKE
                       They’re coming in too fast!
             EXT. SPACE - MILLENNIUM FALCON/TIE FIGHTERS
             Pan with pirateship as two TIE fighters charge through the 
             background. Laserbolts streak from all the craft.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - CHEWBACCA
             The ship shudders as a laserbolt hits very close to the 
             cockpit. The Wookiee chatters something to Leia.
             EXT. TIE FIGHTER - SPACE
             Full shot of a TIE fighter as it moves fast through the frame, 
             firing on the pirate starship.
             EXT. SPACE - TIE FIGHTERS
             The two TIE fighters fire a barrage of laserbeams at the 
             pirateship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - MAIN PASSAGEWAY
             A laserbolt streaks into the side of the pirateship. The 
             ship lurches violently, throwing poor Threepio into a cabinet 
             fill of small computer chips.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Oooh!
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT - GUNPORTS
             Leia watches the computer readout as Chewbacca manipulates 
             the ship’s controls.
                                   LEIA
                       We’ve lost lateral controls.
                                   HAN
                       Don’t worry, she’ll hold together.
             An enemy laserbolt hits the pirateship’s control panel, 
             causing it to blow out in a shower of sparks.
                                   HAN
                            (to ship)
                       You hear me, baby? Hold together!
             Artoo-Detoo advances toward the smoking sparking control 
             panel, dousing the inferno by spraying it with fire retardant 
             beeping all the while.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORT
             Luke swivels in his gun mount, following the TIE fighter 
             with his laser cannon.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORT
             Solo aims his laser cannon at the enemy fighter.
             EXT. SPACE
             A TIE fighter streaks in front of the starship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             Leia watches the TIE fighter ship fly over.
             EXT. SPACE
             A TIE fighter heads right for the pirateship, then zooms 
             overhead.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS
             Luke follows the TIE fighter across his field of view, firing 
             laserbeams from his cannon.
             EXT. TIE FIGHTER
             A TIE fighter dives past the pirateship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS
             Luke fires at a TIE fighter. At his port, Han follows a 
             fighter in his sights, releasing a blast of laserfire. He 
             connects, and the fighter explodes into fiery dust. Han laughs 
             victoriously.
             EXT. SPACE
             Two TIE fighters move toward and over the Millennium Falcon, 
             unleashing a barrage of laserbolts at the ship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS
             Another TIE fighter moves in on the pirateship and Luke, 
             smiling, fires the laser cannon at it, scoring a spectacular 
             direct hit.
                                   LUKE
                       Got him! I got him!
             Han turns and gives Luke a victory wave which Luke gleefully 
             returns.
                                   HAN
                       Great kid! Don’t get cocky.
             Han turns back to his laser cannon.
             EXT. SPACE
             Two more TIE fighters cross in front of the pirateship.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             While Chewbacca manipulates the controls, Leia turns, looking 
             over her shoulder out the ports.
                                   LEIA
                       There are still two more of them out 
                       there!
             EXT. SPACE
             A TIE fighter moves up over the pirateship, firing laserblasts 
             at it.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS
             Luke and Han look into their respective projected target 
             screens. An Imperial fighter crosses Solo’s port, and Han 
             swivels in his chair, following it with blasts from his laser 
             cannon. Another fighter crosses Luke’s port, and he reacts 
             in a like manner, the glow of his target screen lighting his 
             face.
             EXT. SPACE
             The TIE fighter zooms toward the pirateship, firing 
             destructive blasts at it.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORTS
             Luke fires a laserblast at the approaching enemy fighter, 
             and it bursts into a spectacular explosion. Luke’s projected 
             screen gives a readout of the hit. The pirateship bounces 
             slightly as it is struck by the enemy fire.
             EXT. SPACE - TIE FIGHTER
             The last of the attacking Imperial TIE fighters looms in, 
             firing upon the Falcon.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - GUNPORT
             Solo swivels behind his cannon, his aim describing the arc 
             of the TIE fighter. The fighter comes closer, firing at the 
             pirateship, but a well-aimed blast from Solo’s laser cannon 
             hits the attacker, which blows up in a small atomic shower 
             of burning fragments.
                                   LUKE
                            (laughing)
                       That’s it! We did it!
             The princess jumps up and gives Chewie a congratulatory hug.
                                   LEIA
                       We did it!
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - PASSAGEWAY
             Threepio lies on the floor of the ship, completely tangled 
             in the smoking, sparking wires.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Help! I think I’m melting!
                            (to Artoo)
                       This is all your fault.
             Artoo turns his dome from side to side, beeping in response.
             EXT. SPACE - MILLENNIUM FALCON
             The victorious Millennium Falcon moves off majestically 
             through space.
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM
             Darth Vader strides into the control room, where Tarkin is 
             watching the huge view screen. A sea of stars is before him.
                                   TARKIN
                       Are they away?
                                   VADER
                       They have just made the jump into 
                       hyperspace.
                                   TARKIN
                       You’re sure the homing beacon is 
                       secure aboard their ship? I’m taking 
                       an awful risk, Vader. This had better 
                       work.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             Han, removes his gloves and smiling, is at the controls of 
             the ship. Chewie moves into the aft section to check the 
             damage. Leia is seated near Han.
                                   HAN
                       Not a bad bit of rescuing, huh? You 
                       know, sometimes I even amaze myself.
                                   LEIA
                       That doesn’t sound too hard. Besides, 
                       they let us go. It’s the only 
                       explanation for the ease of our 
                       escape.
                                   HAN
                       Easy… you call that easy?
                                   LEIA
                       Their tracking us!
                                   HAN
                       Not this ship, sister.
             Frustrated, Leia shakes her head.
                                   LEIA
                       At least the information in Artoo is 
                       still intact.
                                   HAN
                       What’s so important? What’s he 
                       carrying?
                                   LEIA
                       The technical readouts of that battle 
                       station. I only hope that when the 
                       data is analyzed, a weakness can be 
                       found. It’s not over yet!
                                   HAN
                       It is for me, sister! Look, I ain’t 
                       in this for your revolution, and I’m 
                       not in it for you, Princess. I expect 
                       to be well paid. I’m in it for the 
                       money!
                                   LEIA
                       You needn’t worry about your reward. 
                       If money is all that you love, then 
                       that’s what you’ll receive!
             She angrily turns, and as she starts out of the cockpit, 
             passes Luke coming in.
                                   LEIA
                       Your friend is quite a mercenary. I 
                       wonder if he really cares about 
                       anything… or anyone.
                                   LUKE
                       I care!
             Luke, shaking his head, sits in the copilot seat. He and Han 
             stare out at the vast blackness of space.
                                   LUKE
                       So… what do you think of her, Han?
                                   HAN
                       I’m trying not to, kid!
                                   LUKE
                            (under his breath)
                       Good…
                                   HAN
                       Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I 
                       don’t know, what do you think? Do 
                       you think a princess and a guy like 
                       me…
                                   LUKE
                       No!
             Luke says it with finality and looks away. Han smiles at 
             young Luke’s jealousy.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN
             The battered pirateship drifts into orbit around the planet 
             Yavin and proceeds to one of its tiny green moons.
             EXT. FOURTH MOON OF YAVIN
             The pirateship soars over the dense jungle.
             EXT. MASSASSI OUTPOST
             An alert guard, his laser gun in hand, scans the countryside.  
             He sets the gun down and looks toward the temple, barely 
             visible in the foliage.
             EXT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - JUNGLE TEMPLE
             Rotting in a forest of gargantuan trees, an ancient temple 
             lies shrouded in an eerie mist. The air is heavy with the 
             fantastic cries of unimaginable creatures. Han, Luke and the 
             others are greeted by the Rebel troops.
             Luke and the group ride into the massive temple on an armored 
             military speeder.
             INT. MASSASSI - MAIN HANGAR DECK
             The military speeder stops in a huge spaceship hangar, set 
             up in the interior of the crumbling temple. Willard, the 
             commander of the Rebel forces, rushes up to the group and 
             gives Leia a big hug. Every one is pleased to see her.
                                   WILLARD
                            (holding Leia)
                       You’re safe! We had feared the worst.
             Willard composes himself, steps back and bows formally.
                                   WILLARD
                       When we heard about Alderaan, we 
                       were afraid that you were… lost 
                       along with your father.
                                   LEIA
                       We don’t have time for our sorrows, 
                       Commander. The battle station has 
                       surely tracked us here.
                            (looking pointedly to 
                            Han)
                       It’s the only explanation for the 
                       ease of our escape. You must use the 
                       information in this R2 unit to plan 
                       the attack. It is our only hope.
             EXT. SPACE
             The surface of the Death Star ominously approaches the red 
             planet Yavin.
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM
             Grand Moff Tarkin and Lord Vader are interrupted in their 
             discussion by the buzz of the comlink. Tarkin moves to answer 
             the call.
                                   TARKIN
                       Yes.
             DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE
             We are approaching the planet Yavin. The Rebel base is on a 
             moon on the far side. We are preparing to orbit the planet.
             EXT. YAVIN - JUNGLE
             A lone guard stands in a tower high above the Yavin landscape, 
             surveying the countryside. A mist hangs over the jungle of 
             twisted green.
             INT. MASSASSI - WAR ROOM BRIEFING AREA
             Dodonna stands before a large electronic wall display. Leia 
             and several other senators are to one side of the giant 
             readout. The low-ceilinged room is filled with starpilots, 
             navigators, and a sprinkling of R2-type robots. Everyone is 
             listening intently to what Dodonna is saying. Han and 
             Chewbacca are standing near the back.
                                   DODONNA
                       The battle station is heavily shielded 
                       and carries a firepower greater than 
                       half the star fleet. It’s defenses 
                       are designed around a direct large-
                       scale assault. A small one-man fighter 
                       should be able to penetrate the outer 
                       defense.
             Gold Leader, a rough looking man in his early thirties, stands 
             and addresses Dodonna.
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       Pardon me for asking, sir, but what 
                       good are snub fighters going to be 
                       against that?
                                   DODONNA
                       Well, the Empire doesn’t consider a 
                       small one-man fighter to be any 
                       threat, or they’d have a tighter 
                       defense. An analysis of the plans 
                       provided by Princess Leia has 
                       demonstrated a weakness in the battle 
                       station.
             Artoo-Detoo stands next to a similar robot, makes beeping 
             sounds, and turns his head from right to left.
                                   DODONNA
                       The approach will not be easy. You 
                       are required to maneuver straight 
                       down this trench and skim the surface 
                       to this point. The target area is 
                       only two meters wide. It’s a small 
                       thermal exhaust port, right below 
                       the main port. The shaft leads 
                       directly to the reactor system. A 
                       precise hit will start a chain 
                       reaction which should destroy the 
                       station.
             A murmer of disbelief runs through the room.
                                   DODONNA
                       Only a precise hit will set up a 
                       chain reaction. The shaft is ray-
                       shielded, so you’ll have to use proton 
                       torpedoes.
             Luke is sitting next to Wedge Antilles, a hotshot pilot about 
             sixteen years old.
                                   WEDGE
                       That’s impossible, even for a 
                       computer.
                                   LUKE
                       It’s not impossible. I used to bull’s-
                       eye womp rats in my T-sixteen back 
                       home. They’re not much bigger than 
                       two meters.
                                   DODONNA
                       Man your ships! And may the Force be 
                       with you!
             The group rises and begins to leave.
             EXT. SPACE
             The Death Star begins to move around the planet toward the 
             tiny green moon.
             INT. DEATH STAR
             Tarkin and Vader watch the computer projected screen with 
             interest, as a circle of lights intertwines around one another 
             on the screen showing it’s position in relation to Yavin and 
             the forth moon.
             DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE
             Orbiting the planet at maximum velocity. The moon with the 
             Rebel base will be in range in thirty minutes.
                                   VADER
                       This will be a day long remembered. 
                       It has seen the end of Kenobi and it 
                       will soon see the end of the 
                       Rebellion.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - MAIN HANGAR DECK
             Luke, Threepio and little Artoo enter the huge spaceship 
             hangar and hurry along a long line of gleaming spacefighters.  
             Flight crews rush around loading last-minute armaments and 
             unlocking power couplings. In an area isolated from this 
             activity Luke finds Han and Chewbacca loading small boxes 
             onto an armored speeder.
                                   MAN’S VOICE
                            (over loudspeaker)
                       All flight trooper, man your stations. 
                       All flight troops, man your stations.
             Han is deliberately ignoring the activity of the fighter 
             pilots’ preparation. Luke is quite saddened at the sight of 
             his friend’s departure.
                                   LUKE
                       So… you got your reward and you’re 
                       just leaving then?
                                   HAN
                       That’s right, yeah! I got some old 
                       debts I’ve got to pay off with this 
                       stuff. Even if I didn’t, you don’t 
                       think I’d be fool enough to stick 
                       around here, do you? Why don’t you 
                       come with us? You’re pretty good in 
                       a fight. I could use you.
                                   LUKE
                            (getting angry)
                       Come on! Why don’t you take a look 
                       around? You know what’s about to 
                       happen, what they’re up against. 
                       They could use a good pilot like 
                       you. You’re turning your back on 
                       them.
                                   HAN
                       What good’s a reward if you ain’t 
                       around to use it? Besides, attacking 
                       that battle station ain’t my idea of 
                       courage. It’s more like suicide.
                                   LUKE
                       All right. Well, take care of 
                       yourself, Han. I guess that’s what 
                       you’re best at, isn’t it?
             Luke goes off and Han hesitates, then calls to him.
                                   HAN
                       Hey, Luke… may the Force be with 
                       you!
             Luke turns and sees Han wink at him. Luke lifts his hand in 
             a small wave and then goes off.
             Han turns to Chewie who growls at his captain,
                                   HAN
                       What’re you lookin’ at? I know what 
                       I’m doing.
             INT. MAIN HANGAR DECK - LUKE’S SHIP
             Luke, Leia, and Dodonna meet under a huge space fighter.
                                   LEIA
                       What’s wrong?
                                   LUKE
                       Oh, it’s Han! I don’t know, I really 
                       thought he’d change his mind.
                                   LEIA
                       He’s got to follow his own path. No 
                       one can choose it for him.
                                   LUKE
                       I only wish Ben were here.
             Leia gives Luke a little kiss, turns, and goes off. As Luke 
             heads for his ship, another pilot rushes up to him and grabs 
             his arm.
                                   BIGGS
                       Luke! I don’t believe it! How’d you 
                       get here… are you going out with 
                       us?!
                                   LUKE
                       Biggs! Of course, I’ll be up there 
                       with you! Listen, have I got some 
                       stories to tell…
             Red Leader, a rugged handsome man in his forties, comes up 
             behind Luke and Biggs. He has the confident smile of a born 
             leader.
                                   RED LEADER
                       Are you… Luke Skywalker? Have you 
                       been checked out on the Incom T-sixty-
                       five?
                                   BIGGS
                       Sir, Luke is the best bushpilot in 
                       the outer rim territories.
             Red Leader pats Luke on the back as they stop in front of 
             his fighter.
                                   RED LEADER
                       I met your father once when I was 
                       just a boy, he was a great pilot. 
                       You’ll do all right. If you’ve got 
                       half of your father’s skill, you’ll 
                       do better than all right.
                                   LUKE
                       Thank you, sir. I’ll try.
             Red Leader hurries to his own ship.
                                   BIGGS
                       I’ve got to get aboard. Listen, you’ll 
                       tell me your stories when we come 
                       back. All right?
                                   LUKE
                       I told you I’d make it someday, Biggs.
                                   BIGGS
                            (going off)
                       You did, all right. It’s going to be 
                       like old times, Luke. We’re a couple 
                       of shooting stars that’ll never be 
                       stopped!
             Luke laughs and shakes his head in agreement. He heads for 
             his ship.
             As Luke begins to climb up the ladder into his sleek, deadly 
             spaceship, the crew chief, who is working on the craft, points 
             to little Artoo, who is being hoisted into a socket on the 
             back of the fighter.
                                   CHIEF
                       This R2 unit of your seems a bit 
                       beat up. Do you want a new one?
                                   LUKE
                       Not on your life! That little droid 
                       and I have been through a lot 
                       together.
                            (to Artoo)
                       You okay, Artoo?
             The crewmen lower Artoo-Detoo into the craft. Now a part of 
             the exterior shell of the starship, the little droid beeps 
             that he is fine.
             Luke climbs up into the cockpit of his fighter and puts an 
             his helmet. Threepio looks on from the floor of the massive 
             hangar as the crewmen secure his little electronic partner 
             into Luke’s X-wing. It’s an emotional-filled moment as Artoo 
             beeps good-bye.
                                   CHIEF
                       Okay, easy she goes!
                                   THREEPIO
                       Hang on tight,Artoo, you’ve got to 
                       come back.
             Artoo beeps in agreement.
                                   THREEPIO
                       You wouldn’t want my life to get 
                       boring, would you?
             Artoo whistles his reply.
             All final preparations are made for the approaching battle.  
             The hangar is buzzing with the last minute activity as the 
             pilots and crewmen alike make their final adjustments. The 
             hum of activity is occasionally trespassed by the distorted 
             voice of the loudspeaker issuing commands. Coupling hoses 
             are disconnected from the ships as they are fueled. Cockpit 
             shields roll smoothly into place over each pilot. A signalman, 
             holding red guiding lights, directs the ships. Luke, a trace 
             of a smile gracing his lips, peers about through his goggles.
                                   BEN’S VOICE
                       Luke, the Force will be with you.
             Luke is confused at the voice and taps his headphones.
             EXT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - JUNGLE
             All that can be seen of the fortress is a lone guard standing 
             on a small pedestal jutting out above the dense jungle. The 
             muted gruesome crying sounds that naturally permeate this 
             eerie purgatory are overwhelmed by the thundering din of ion 
             rockets as four silver starships catapult from the foliage 
             in a tight formation and disappears into the morning cloud 
             cover.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             The princess, Threepio, and a field commander sit quietly 
             before the giant display showing the planet Yavin and its 
             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. A din of indistinct chatter fills 
             the war room.
                                   MASSASSI INTERCOM VOICE
                       Stand-by alert. Death Star 
                       approaching. Estimated time to firing 
                       range, fifteen minutes.
             EXT. SPACE
             The Death Star slowly moves behind the massive yellow surface 
             of Yavin in the foreground, as many X-wing fighters flying 
             in formation zoom toward us and out of the frame.
             EXT. SPACE - ANOTHER ANGLE
             Light from a distant sun creates an eerie atmospheric glow 
             around a huge planet, Yavin. Rebel fighters flying in 
             formation settle ominously in the foreground and very slowly 
             pull away.
             INT. RED LEADER STARSHIP - COCKPIT
             Red Leader lowers his visor and adjusts his gun sights, 
             looking to each side at his wing men.
                                   RED LEADER
                       All wings report in.
             INT. ANOTHER COCKPIT
             One of the Rebel fighters checks in through his mike.
                                   RED TEN
                       Red Ten standing by.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT
             Biggs checks his fighter’s controls, alert and ready for 
             combat.
                                   RED SEVEN
                            (over Biggs’ headset)
                       Red Seven standing by.
                                   BIGGS
                       Red Three standing by.
             INT. PORKINS’ COCKPIT
                                   PORKINS
                       Red Six standing by.
                                   RED NINE
                            (over headset)
                       Red Nine standing by.
             INT. WEDGE’S FIGHTER - COCKPIT
                                   WEDGE
                       Red Two standing by.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
                                   RED ELEVEN
                            (over headset)
                       Red Eleven standing by.
                                   LUKE
                       Red Five standing by.
             EXT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER
             Artoo-Detoo, in position outside of the fighter, turns his 
             head from side to side and makes beeping sounds.
             INT. RED LEADER’S FIGHTER - COCKPIT
                                   RED LEADER
                       Lock S-foils in attack position.
             EXT. SPACE
             The group of X-wing fighters move in formation toward the 
             Death Star, unfolding the wings and locking them in the "X" 
             position.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT
                                   READ LEADER
                            (over headset)
                       We’re passing through their magnetic 
                       field.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
                                   RED LEADER
                       Hold tight!
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke adjusts his controls as he concentrates on the 
             approaching Death Star. The ship begins to be buffeted 
             slightly.
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over headset)
                       Switch your deflectors on.
             INT. ANOTHER COCKPIT
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over headset)
                       Double front!
             EXT. SPACE
             The fighters, now X-shaped darts, move in formation. The 
             Death Star now appears to be a small moon growing rapidly in 
             size as the Rebel fighters approach. Complex patterns on the 
             metallic surface begin to become visible. A large dish antenna 
             is built into the surface on one side.
             INT. WEDGE’S COCKPIT
             Wedge is amazed and slightly frightened at the awesome 
             spectacle.
                                   WEDGE
                       Look at the size of that thing!
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over headset)
                       Cut the chatter, Red Two.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
                                   RED LEADER
                       Accelerate to attack speed. This is 
                       it, boys!
             EXT. SPACE
             As the fighters move closer to the Death Star, the awesome 
             size of the gargantuan Imperial fortress is revealed. Half 
             of the deadly space station is in shadow and this area 
             sparkles with thousands of small lights running in thin lines 
             and occasionally grouped in large clusters; somewhat like a 
             city at night as seen from a weather satellite.
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S COCKPIT
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       Red Leader, this is Gold Leader.
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over headset)
                       I copy, Gold Leader.
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       We’re starting for the target shaft 
                       now.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
             Red Leader looks around at his wingmen; the Death Star looming 
             in from behind. Two Y-wing fighters bob back and forth in 
             the background. He moves his computer targeting device into 
             position.
                                   RED LEADER
                       We’re in position. I’m going to cut 
                       across the axis and try and draw 
                       their fire.
             EXT. SPACE
             Two squads of Rebel fighters peel off. The X-wings dive 
             towards the Death Star surface. A thousand lights glow across 
             the dark grey expanse of the huge station.
             INT. DEATH STAR
             Alarm sirens scream as soldiers scramble to large turbo- 
             powered laser gun emplacements. Electronic drivers rotate 
             the huge guns into position as crew adjust their targeting 
             devices.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Laserbolts streak through the star-filled night. The Rebel X-
             wing fighters move in toward the Imperial base, as the Death 
             Star aims its massive laser guns at the Rebel forces and 
             fires.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Princess Leia listens to the battle over the intercom.  
             Threepio is at her side.
                                   WEDGE
                            (over war room speaker 
                            system)
                       Heavy fire, boss! Twenty-degrees.
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over speaker)
                       I see it. Stay low.
             EXT. SPACE
             An X-wing zooms across the surface of the Death Star.
             INT. DEATH STAR
             Technical crews scurry here and there loading last-minute 
             armaments and unlocking power cables.
             INT. WEDGE’S COCKPIT
             Wedge maneuvers his fighter toward the menacing Death Star.
             EXT. SPACE
             X-wings continue in their attack course on the Death Star.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke nosedives radically, starting his attack on the monstrous 
             fortress. The Death Star surface streaks past the cockpit 
             window.
                                   LUKE
                       This is Red Five; I’m going in!
             EXT. SPACE
             Luke’s X-wing races toward the Death Star. Laserbolts streak 
             from Luke’s weapons, creating a huge fireball explosion on 
             the dim surface.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Terror crosses Luke’s face as he realizes he won’t be able 
             to pull out in time to avoid the fireball.
                                   BIGGS
                            (over headset)
                       Luke, pull up!
             EXT. SURFACE OF DEATH STAR
             Luke’s ship emerges from the fireball, with the leading edges 
             of his wings slightly scorched.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT
                                   BIGGS
                       Are you all right?
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke adjusts his controls and breathes a sigh of relief. 
             Flak bursts outside the cockpit window.
                                   LUKE
                       I got a little cooked, but I’m okay.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Rebel fighters continue to strafe the Death Star’s surface 
             with laserbolts.
             INT. DEATH STAR
             Walls buckle and cave in. Troops and equipment are blown in 
             all directions. Stormtroopers stagger out of the rubble.  
             Standing in the middle of the chaos, a vision of calm and 
             foreboding, is Darth Vader. One of his Astro-Officers rushes 
             up to him.
                                   ASTRO-OFFICER
                       We count thirty Rebel ships, Lord 
                       Vader. But they’re so small they’re 
                       evading our turbo-lasers!
                                   VADER
                       We’ll have to destroy them ship to 
                       ship. Get the crews to their fighters.
             INT. DEATH STAR
             Smoke belches from the giant laser guns as they wind up their 
             turbine generators to create sufficient power. The crew rushes 
             about preparing for another blast. Even the troopers head 
             gear is not adequate to protect them from the overwhelming 
             noise of the monstrous weapon. One troopers bangs his helmet 
             with his hand in an attempt to stop the ringing.
             INT. READ LEADER’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             Red Leader flies through a heavy hail of flak.
                                   RED LEADER
                       Luke, let me know when you’re going 
                       in.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             The Red Leader’s X-wing flies past Luke as he puts his nose 
             down and starts his attack dive.
                                   LUKE
                       I’m on my way in now…
                                   RED LEADER
                       Watch yourself! There’s a lot of 
                       fire coming from the right side of 
                       that deflection tower.
                                   LUKE
                       I’m on it.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Luke flings his X-wing into a twisting dive across the horizon 
             and down onto the dim grey surface.
             EXT. LUKE’S X-WING TRAVELING
             A shot hurls from Luke’s guns. Laserbolts streak toward the 
             onrushing Death Star surface. Several small radar emplacements 
             erupt in flame. Laserfire erupts from a protruding tower on 
             the surface.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             The blurry Death Star surface races past the cockpit window 
             as a big smile sweeps across Luke’s face at the success of 
             his run. Flak thunders on all sides of him.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             The Death Star superstructure races past Luke as he maneuvers 
             his craft through a wall of laserfire and peels away from 
             the surface towards the heavens.
             INT. DEATH STAR
             The thunder and smoke of the big guns reverberate throughout 
             the massive structure. Many soldiers rush about in the smoke 
             and chaos, silhouetted by the almost continual flash of 
             explosions.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             Biggs dives through a forest of radar domes, antennae, and 
             gun towers as he shoots low across the Death Star surface. A 
             dense barrage of laserfire streaks by on all sides.
             INT. DEATH STAR
             Imperial star pilots dash in unison to a line of small 
             auxiliary hatches that lead to Imperial TIE fighters.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Princess Leia, surrounded by her generals and aides, paces 
             nervously before a lighted computer table. On all sides 
             technicians work in front of many lighted glass walls. Dodonna 
             watches quietly from one corner. One of the officers working 
             over a screen speaks into his headset.
                                   CONTROL OFFICER
                       Squad leaders, we’ve picked up a new 
                       group of signals. Enemy fighters 
                       coming your way.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             Luke looks around to see if he can spot the approaching 
             Imperial fighters.
                                   LUKE
                       My scope’s negative. I don’t see 
                       anything.
             INT. RED LEADER’S X-WING - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             The Death Star’s surface sweeps past as Red Leader searches 
             the sky for the Imperial fighters. Flak pounds at his ship.
                                   RED LEADER
                       Keep up your visual scanning. With 
                       all this jamming, they’ll be on top 
                       of you before your scope can pick 
                       them up.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Silhouetted against the rim lights of the Death Star horizon, 
             four ferocious Imperial TIE ships dive on the Rebel fighters.  
             Two of the TIE fighters peel off and drop out of frame. Pan 
             with the remaining two TIE ships.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             Biggs panics when he discovers a TIE ship on his tail. The 
             horizon in the background twists around as he peels off, 
             hoping to lose the Imperial fighter.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
                                   RED LEADER
                       Biggs! You’ve picked one up… watch 
                       it!
                                   BIGGS
                       I can’t see it! Where is he?!
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Biggs zooms off the surface and into space, closely followed 
             by an Imperial TIE fighter. The TIE ship fires several 
             laserbolts at Biggs, but misses.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             Biggs see the TIE ship behind him and swings around, trying 
             to avoid him.
                                   BIGGS
                       He’s on me tight, I can’t shake him… 
                       I can’t shake him.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Biggs, flying at high altitude, peels off and dives toward 
             the Death Star surface, but he is unable to lose the TIE 
             fighter, who sticks close to his tail.
             INT. X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             Luke is flying upside down. He rotates his ship around to 
             normal attitude as he comes out of his dive.
                                   LUKE
                       Hang on, Biggs, I’m coming in.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Biggs and the tailing TIE ship dive for the surface, now 
             followed by a fast-gaining Luke. After Biggs dives out of 
             sight, Luke chases the Imperial fighter.
             EXT. SURFACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             In the foreground, the Imperial fighter races across the 
             Death Star’s surface, closely followed by Luke in the 
             background.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             There is a shot from Luke’s X-wing of the TIE ship exploding 
             in a mass of flames.
                                   LUKE
                       Got him!
             INT. DEATH STAR
             Darth Vader strides purposefully down a Death Star corridor, 
             flanked by Imperial stormtroopers.
                                   VADER
                       Several fighters have broken off 
                       from the main group. Come with me!
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             A concerned Princess Leia, Threepio, Dodonna, and other 
             officers of the Rebellion stand around the huge round readout 
             screen, listening to the ship-to-ship communication on the 
             room’s loudspeaker.
                                   BIGGS
                            (over speaker)
                       Pull in! Luke… pull in!
                                   WEDGE
                            (over speaker)
                       Watch your back, Luke!
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
                                   WEDGE
                            (over headset)
                       Watch your back! Fighter’s above 
                       you, coming in!
             EXT. SPACE
             Luke’s ship soars away from the Death Star’s surface as he 
             spots the tailing TIE fighter.
             INT. TIE FIGHTER’S COCKPIT
             The TIE pilot takes aim at Luke’s X-wing.
             EXT. SPACE
             The Imperial TIE fighter pilot scores a hit on Luke’s ship.  
             Fire breaks out on the right side of the X-wing.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks out of his cockpit at the flames on his ship.
                                   LUKE
                       I’m hit, but not bad.
             EXT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER
             Smoke pours out from behind Artoo-Detoo.
                                   LUKE’S VOICE
                       Artoo, see what you can do with it. 
                       Hang on back there.
             Green laserfire moves past the beeping little robot as his 
             head turns.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
             Luke nervously works his controls.
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over headset)
                       Red Six…
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             In the war room, Leia stands frozen as she listens and worries 
             about Luke.
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over speaker)
                       Can you see Red Five?
                                   RED TEN
                            (over speaker)
                       There’s a heavy fire zone on this 
                       side. Red Five, where are you?
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
             Luke spots the TIE fighter behind him and soars away from 
             the Death Star surface.
                                   LUKE
                       I can’t shake him!
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Luke’s ship soars closer to the surface of the Death Star, 
             an Imperial TIE fighter closing in on him in hot pursuit.
             INT. WEDGE’S COCKPIT
             The Death Star whips below Wedge.
                                   WEDGE
                       I’m on him, Luke!
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
                                   WEDGE
                            (over headset)
                       Hold on!
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Wedge dives across the horizon toward Luke and the TIE 
             fighter.
             INT. WEDGE’S COCKPIT
             Wedge moves his X-wing in rapidly.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
             Luke reacts frantically.
                                   LUKE
                       Blast it! Wedge where are you?
             INT. TIE FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             The fighter pilot watches Wedge’s X-wing approach. Another X-
             wing joins him, and both unleash a volley of laserfire on 
             the Imperial fighter.
             EXT. SPACE
             The TIE fighter explodes, filling the screen with white light.  
             Luke’s ship can be seen far in the distance.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
             Luke looks about in relief.
                                   LUKE
                       Thanks, Wedge.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Leia, Threepio, Dodonna and other Rebel officers are listening 
             to the Rebel Fighter’s radio transmissions over the war room 
             intercom.
                                   BIGGS
                            (over speaker)
                       Good shooting, Wedge!
                                   GOLD LEADER
                            (over speaker)
                       Red Leader…
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             Gold Leader peels off and starts toward the long trenches at 
             the Death Star surface pole.
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       This is Gold Leader. We’re starting 
                       out attack run.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Three Y-wing fighters of the Gold group dive out of the stars 
             toward the Death Star surface.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Leia and the others are grouped around the screen, as 
             technicians move about attending to their duties.
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over speaker)
                       I copy, Gold Leader. Move into 
                       position.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Three Imperial TIE ships in precise formation dive toward 
             the Death Star surface.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Darth Vader calmly adjusts his control stick as the stars 
             whip past in the window above his head.
                                   VADER
                       Stay in attack formation!
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Technicians are seated at the computer readout table.
                                   GOLD LEADER
                            (over speaker)
                       The exhaust post is…
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       …marked and locked in!
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Gold Leader approaches the surface and pulls out to skim the 
             surface of the huge station. The ship moves into a deep 
             trench, firing laserbolts. The surface streaks past as 
             laserfire is returned by the Death Star.
             INT. GOLD FIVE’S Y-WING - COCKPIT - TRAVELING
             Gold Five is a pilot in his early fifties with a very battered 
             helmet that looks like it’s been through many battles. He 
             looks around to see if enemy ships are near. His fighter is 
             buffeted by Imperial flak.
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             Gold Leader races down the enormous trench that leads to the 
             exhaust port. Laserbolts blast toward him in increasing 
             numbers, occasionally exploding near the ship causing it to 
             bounce about.
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       Switch power to front deflector 
                       screens.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Three Y-wing skim the Death Star surface deep in the trench, 
             as laserbolts streak past on all sides.
             EXT. DEATH STAR SURFACE - GUN EMPLACEMENTS
             An exterior surface gun blazes away at the oncoming Rebel 
             fighters.
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       How many guns do you think, Gold 
                       Five.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
                                   GOLD FIVE
                            (over speaker)
                       I’d say about twenty guns. Some on 
                       the surface, some on the towers.
             Leia, Threepio, and the technicians view the projected target 
             screen, as red and blue target lights glow. The red target 
             near the center blinks on and off.
                                   MASSASSI INTERCOM VOICE
                            (over speaker)
                       Death Star will be in range in five 
                       minutes.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             The three Y-wing fighters race toward camera and zoom overhead 
             through a hail of laserfire.
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             Gold Leader pulls his computer targeting device down in front 
             of his eye. Laserbolts continue to batter the Rebel craft.
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       Switching to targeting computer.
             INT. GOLD TWO’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             Gold Two, a younger pilot about Luke’s age, pulls down his 
             targeting eye viewer and adjusts it. His ship shudders under 
             intense laser barrage.
                                   GOLD TWO
                       Computer’s locked. Getting a signal.
             As the fighters begin to approach the target area, suddenly 
             all the laserfire stops. An eerie clam clings over the trench 
             as the surface whips past in a blur.
                                   GOLD TWO
                       The guns… they’ve stopped!
             EXT. GOLD FIVE’S COCKPIT
             Gold Five looks behind him.
                                   GOLD FIVE
                       Stabilize your read deflectors. Watch 
                       for enemy fighters.
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       They’ve coming in! Three marks at 
                       two ten.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Three Imperial TIE ships, Darth Vader in the center flanked 
             by two wingmen, dive in precise formation almost vertically 
             toward the Death Star surface.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Darth Vader calmly adjusts his control stick as the stars 
             zoom by.
                                   VADER
                       I’ll take them myself! Cover me!
                                   WINGMAN’S VOICE
                            (over speaker)
                       Yes, sir.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Three TIE fighters zoom across the surface of the Death Star.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader lines up Gold Two in his targeting computer. Vader’s 
             hands grip the control stick as he presses the button.
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             The cockpit explodes around Gold Two. His head falls forward.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             As Gold Two’s ship explodes, debris is flung out into space.
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             Gold Leader looks over his shoulder at the scene.
             EXT. DEATH STAR TRENCH
             The three TIE fighters race along in the trench in a tight 
             formation.
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             Gold Leader panics.
                                   GOLD LEADER
                            (into mike)
                       I can’t maneuver!
             INT. GOLD FIVE’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             Gold Five, the old veteran, trys to calm Gold Leader.
                                   GOLD FIVE
                       Stay on target.
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             The Death Star races by outside the cockpit window as he 
             adjusts his targeting device.
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       We’re too close.
             INT. GOLD FIVE’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             The older pilot remains calm.
                                   GOLD FIVE
                       Stay on target!
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             Now he’s really panicked.
                                   GOLD LEADER
                       Loosen up!
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader calmly adjusts his targeting computer and pushes the 
             fire button.
             INT. GOLD LEADER’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             Gold Leader’s ship is hit by Vader’s laser.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Gold Leader explodes in a ball of flames, throwing debris in 
             all directions.
             INT. GOLD FIVE’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
             Gold Five moves in on the exhaust port.
                                   GOLD FIVE
                       Gold Five to Red Leader…
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks over his shoulder at the action outside of his 
             cockpit.
                                   GOLD FIVE
                            (over headset)
                       Lost Tiree, lost Dutch.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
                                   RED LEADER
                       I copy, Gold Five.
             INT. GOLD FIVE’S Y-WING - COCKPIT
                                   GOLD FIVE
                       They came from behind…
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             One of the engines explodes on Gold Five’s Y-wing fighter, 
             blazing out of control. He dives past the horizon toward the 
             Death Star’s surface, passing a TIE fighter during his 
             descent. Gold Five, a veteran of countless campaigns, spins 
             toward his death.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks nervously about him at the explosive battle.
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM
             Grant Moff Tarkin and a Chief Officer stand in the Death 
             Star’s control room.
                                   OFFICER
                       We’ve analyzed their attack, sir, 
                       and there is a danger. Should I have 
                       your ship standing by?
                                   TARKIN
                       Evacuate? In out moment of triumph? 
                       I think you overestimate their 
                       chances!
             Tarkin turns to the computer readout screen. Flames move 
             around the green disk at the center of the screen, as numbers 
             read across the bottom.
                                   VOICE
                            (over speaker)
                       Rebel base, three minutes and closing.
             INT. READ LEADER’S COCKPIT
             Red Leader looks over at his wingmen.
                                   RED LEADER
                       Red Group, this is Red Leader.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Dodonna moves to the intercom as he fiddles with the computer 
             keys.
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over speaker)
                       Rendezvous at mark six point one.
                                   WEDGE
                            (over speaker)
                       This is Red Two. Flying toward you.
                                   BIGGS
                            (over speaker)
                       Red Three, standing by.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
                                   DODONNA
                            (over headset)
                       Red Leader, this is Base One. Keep 
                       half your group out of range for the 
                       next run.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
                                   RED LEADER’S VOICE
                            (over headset)
                       Copy, Base One. Luke, take Red Two 
                       and Three. Hold up here and wait for 
                       my signal… to start your run.
             Luke nods his head.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             The X-wing fighters of Luke, Biggs, and Wedge fly in formation 
             high above the Death Star’s surface.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke peers out from his cockpit.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Two X-wings move across the surface of the Death Star. Red 
             Leader’s X-wing drops down to the surface leading to the 
             exhaust port.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
             Red Leader looks around to watch for the TIE fighters. He 
             begins to perspire.
                                   RED LEADER
                       This is it!
             EXT. SPACE
             Red Leader roams down the trench of the Death Star as lasers 
             streak across the black heavens.
             EXT. DEATH STAR SURFACE - GUN EMPLACEMENTS
             A huge remote-control laser cannon fires at the approaching 
             Rebel fighters.
             EXT. DEATH STAR TRENCH
             The Rebel fighters evade the Imperial laser blasts.
             INT. RED TEN’S COCKPIT
             Red Ten looks around for the Imperial fighters.
                                   RED TEN
                       We should be able to see it by now.
             EXT. DEATH STAR TRENCH
             From the cockpits of the Rebel pilots, the surface of the 
             Death Star streaks by, with Imperial laserfire shooting toward 
             them.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
                                   RED LEADER
                       Keep your eyes open for those 
                       fighters!
             INT. RED TEN’S COCKPIT
                                   RED TEN
                       There’s too much interference!
             EXT. SPACE - DEATH STAR TRENCH
             Three X-wing fighters move in formation down the Death Star 
             trench.
                                   RED TEN’S VOICE
                       Red Five, can you see them from where 
                       you are?
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks down at the Death Star surface below.
                                   LUKE
                       No sign of any… wait!
             INT. RED TEN’S COCKPIT
             Red Ten looks up and sees the Imperial fighters.
                                   LUKE
                            (over headset)
                       Coming in point three five.
                                   RED TEN
                       I see them.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Three TIE fighters, Vader flanked by two wingmen, dive in a 
             tight formation. The sun reflects off their dominate solar 
             fins as they loop toward the Death Star’s surface.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
             Red Leader pulls his targeting device in front of his eyes 
             and makes several adjustments.
                                   RED LEADER
                       I’m in range.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Red Leader’s X-wing moves up the Death Star trench.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
                                   RED LEADER
                       Target’s coming up!
             Red Leader looks at his computer target readout screen. He 
             then looks into his targeting device.
                                   RED LEADER
                       Just hold them off for a few seconds.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader adjusts his control lever and dives on the X-wing 
             fighters.
                                   VADER
                       Close up formation.
             EXT. DEATH STAR TRENCH
             The three TIE fighters move in formation across the Death 
             Star surface.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
             Red Leader lines up his target on the targeting device cross 
             hairs.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Vader and his wingmen zoom down the trench.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader rapidly approaches the two X-wings of Red Ten and Red 
             Twelve. Vader’s laser cannon flashes below the view of the 
             front porthole. the X-wings show in the center of Vader’s 
             computer screen.
             EXT. SPACE
             Red Twelve’s X-wing fighter is hit by Vader’s laserfire, and 
             it explodes into flames against the trench.
             INT. RED TEN’S COCKPIT
             Red Ten works at his controls furiously, trying to avoid 
             Vader’s fighter behind him.
             RED TEN: You’d better let her loose.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
             Red Leader is concentrating on his targeting device.
                                   RED LEADER
                       Almost there!
             INT. RED TEN’S COCKPIT.
             Red Ten panics.
                                   RED TEN
                       I can’t hold them!
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Vader and his wingmen whip through the trench in pursuit of 
             the Rebel fighters.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader cooly pushes the fire button on his control stick.
             INT. RED TEN’S COCKPIT
             Darth Vader’s well-aimed laserfire proves to be unavoidable, 
             and strikes Red Ten’s ship. Red Ten screams in anguish and 
             pain.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Red Ten’s ship explodes and bursts into flames.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
             Grimly, Red Leader takes careful aim and watches his computer 
             targeting device, which shows the target lined up in the 
             cross hairs, and fires.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
                                   RED LEADER
                       It’s away!
             INT. DEATH STAR
             An armed Imperial stormtrooper is knocked to the floor from 
             the attack explosion. Other troopers scurrying about the 
             corridors are knocked against the wall and lose their balance.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Leia and the others stare at the computer screen.
                                   RED NINE’S VOICE
                            (over speaker)
                       It’s a hit!
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over speaker)
                       Negative.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
             Red Leader looks back at the receding Death Star. Tiny 
             explosions are visible in the distance.
                                   RED LEADER
                       Negative! It didn’t go in. It just 
                       impacted on the surface.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR - TIE FIGHTER
             Darth Vader peels off in pursuit as Red Leader’s X-wing passes 
             the Death Star horizon.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader swings his ship around for the next kill.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
                                   LUKE
                            (over headset)
                       Red Leader, we’re right above you. 
                       Turn to point…
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke tries to spot Red Leader. He looks down at the Death 
             Star surface.
                                   LUKE
                       …oh-five; we’ll cover for you.
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over headset)
                       Stay there…
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
             A wary Red Leader looks about nervously.
                                   RED LEADER
                       …I just lost my starboard engine.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks excitedly toward Red Leader’s X-wing.
                                   RED LEADER
                            (over headset)
                       Get set to make your attack run.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader’s gloved hands make contact with the control sticks, 
             and he presses their firing buttons.
             INT. RED LEADER’S COCKPIT
             Red Leader fights to gain control of his ship.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Laserbolts are flung from Vader’s TIE fighter, connecting 
             with Red Leader’s Rebel X-wing fighter. Red Leader buys it, 
             creating a tremendous explosion far below. He screams and is 
             destroyed.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks out the window of his X-wing at the explosion far 
             below. For the first time, he feels the helplessness of his 
             situation.
             INT. DEATH STAR
             Grand Moff Tarkin casts a sinister eye at the computer screen.
                                   DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE
                       Rebel base, one minute and closing.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Dodonna and Princess Leia, with Threepio beside them, listen 
             intently to the talk between the pilots. The room is grim 
             after Red Leader’s death. Princess Leia nervously paces the 
             room.
                                   LUKE
                            (over speaker)
                       Biggs, Wedge, let’s close it up. 
                       We’re going in. We’re going in full 
                       throttle.
             INT. WEDGE’S COCKPIT
             The horizon twists as Wedge begins to pull out.
                                   WEDGE
                       Right with you, boss.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             The two X-wings peel off against a background of stars and 
             dive toward the Death Star.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT
                                   BIGGS
                       Luke, at that speed will you be able 
                       to pull out in time?
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
                                   LUKE
                       It’ll be just like Beggar’s Canyon 
                       back home.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             The three X-wings move in, unleashing a barrage of laserfire.  
             Laserbolts are returned from the Death Star.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT
             Luke’s lifelong friend struggles with his controls.
                                   BIGGS
                       We’ll stay back far enough to cover 
                       you.
             INT. LUKE’S COCKPIT
             Flak and laserbolts flash outside Luke’s cockpit window.
                                   WEDGE
                            (over headset)
                       My scope shows the tower, but I can’t 
                       see the exhaust port! Are you sure 
                       the computer can hit it?
             EXT. DEATH STAR - GUN EMPLACEMENTS
             The Death Star laser cannon slowly rotates as it shoots 
             laserbolts.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks around for the Imperial TIE fighters. He thinks 
             for a moment and then moves his targeting device into 
             position.
                                   LUKE
                       Watch yourself! Increase speed full 
                       throttle!
             INT. WEDGE’S COCKPIT
             Wedge looks excitedly about for any sign of the TIE fighters.
                                   WEDGE
                       What about the tower?
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
                                   LUKE
                       You worry about those fighters! I’ll 
                       worry about the tower!
             EXT. DEATH STAR SURFACE
             Luke’s X-wing streaks through the trench, firing lasers.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke breaks into a nervous sweat as the laserfire is returned, 
             knicking one of his wings close to the engine.
                                   LUKE
                            (to Artoo)
                       Artoo… that, that stabilizer’s 
                       broken loose again! See if you can’t 
                       lock it down!
             EXT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER
             Artoo works to repair the damages. The canyon wall rushes by 
             in the background, making his delicate task seem even more 
             precarious.
             EXT. DEATH STAR
             Two laser cannons are firing on the Rebel fighters.
             INT. WEDGE’S COCKPIT
             Wedge looks up and sees the TIE ships.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke’s targeting device marks off the distance to the target.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Vader and his wingmen zoom closer.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader adjusts his controls and fires laserbolts at two X-
             wings flying down the trench. He scores a direct hit on Wedge.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Leia and the others are grouped around the computer board.
                                   WEDGE
                            (over speaker)
                       I’m hit! I can’t stay with you.
                                   LUKE
                            (over speaker)
                       Get clear, Wedge.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
                                   LUKE
                       You can’t do any more good back there!
             INT. WEDGE’S COCKPIT
                                   WEDGE
                       Sorry!
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Wedge pulls his crippled X-wing back away from the battle.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader watches the escape but issues a command to his wingmen.
                                   VADER
                       Let him go! Stay on the leader!
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Luke’s X-wing speeds down the trench; the three TIE fighters, 
             still in perfect unbroken formation, tail close behind.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT
             Biggs looks around at the TIE fighters. He is worried.
                                   BIGGS
                       Hurry, Luke, they’re coming in much 
                       faster this time. I can’t hold them!
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             The three TIE fighters move ever closer, closing in on Luke 
             and Biggs.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks back anxiously at little Artoo.
                                   LUKE
                       Artoo, try and increase the power!
             EXT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER
             Ignoring the bumpy ride, flak, and lasers, a beeping Artoo-
             Detoo struggles to increase the power, his dome turning from 
             side to side.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Stealthily, the TIE formation creeps closer.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader adjusts his control stick.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT
             Biggs looks around at the TIE fighters.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER
             Luke looks into his targeting device. He moves it away for a 
             moment and ponders its use. He looks back into the computer 
             targeter.
                                   BIGGS
                            (over headset)
                       Hurry up, Luke!
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Vader and his wingmen race through the Death Star trench.  
             Biggs moves in to cover for Luke, but Vader gains on him.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT
             Biggs sees the TIE fighter aiming at him.
                                   BIGGS
                       Wait!
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader squeezes the fire button on his controls.
             INT. BIGGS’ COCKPIT
             Biggs’ cockpit explodes around him, lighting him in red.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Biggs’ ship bursts into a million flaming bits and scatters 
             across the surface.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Leia and the others stare at the computer board.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING COCKPIT
             Luke is stunned by Biggs’ death. His eyes are watering, but 
             his anger is also growing.
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM
             Grand Moff Tarkin watches the projected target screen with 
             satisfaction.
                                   DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE
                       Rebel base, thirty seconds and 
                       closing.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader takes aim on Luke and talks to the wingmen.
                                   VADER
                       I’m on the leader.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR - LUKE’S SHIP
             Luke’s ship streaks through the trench of the Death Star.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Princess Leia returns her general’s worried and doubtful 
             glances with solid, grim determination. Threepio seems 
             nervous.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Hang on, Artoo!
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
             Luke concentrates on his targeting device.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Three TIE fighters charge away down the trench toward Luke.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader’s finger’s curls around the control stick.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
             Luke adjusts the lens of his targeting device.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Luke’s ship charges down the trench.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
             Luke lines up the yellow cross-hair lines of the targeting 
             device’s screen. He looks into the targeting device, then 
             starts at a voice he hears.
                                   BEN’S VOICE
                       Use the Force, Luke.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             The Death Star trench zooms by.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
             Luke looks up, then starts to look back into the targeting 
             device. He has second thoughts.
                                   BEN’S VOICE
                       Let go, Luke.
             A grim determination sweeps across Luke’s face as he closes 
             his eyes and starts to mumble Ben’s training to himself.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Luke’s fighter streaks through the trench.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
                                   VADER
                       The Force is strong with this one!
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Vader follows Luke’s X-wing down the trench.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
             Luke looks to the targeting device, then away as he hears 
             Ben’s voice.
                                   BEN’S VOICE
                       Luke, trust me.
             Luke’s hand reaches for the control panel and presses the 
             button. The targeting device moves away.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Leia and the others stand watching the projected screen.
                                   BASE VOICE
                            (over speaker)
                       His computer’s off. Luke, you switched 
                       off your targeting computer. What’s 
                       wrong?
                                   LUKE
                            (over speaker)
                       Nothing. I’m all right.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Luke’s ship streaks ever close to the exhaust port.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING - COCKPIT
             Luke looks at the Death Star surface streaking by.
             EXT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER
             Artoo-Detoo turns his head from side to side, beeping in 
             anticipation.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             The three TIE fighters, manned by Vader and his two wingmen, 
             follow Luke’s X-wing down the trench.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader maneuvers his controls as he looks at his doomed target.  
             He presses the fire buttons on his control sticks. Laserfire 
             shoots toward Luke’s X-wing fighter.
             EXT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER
             A large burst of Vader’s laserfire engulfs Artoo. The arms 
             go limp on the smoking little droid as he makes a high-pitched 
             sound.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks frantically back over his shoulder at Artoo.
             EXT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER
             Smoke billows out around little Artoo and sparks begin to 
             fly.
                                   LUKE
                       I’ve lost Artoo!
             Artoo’s beeping sounds die out.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Leia and the others stare intently at the projected screen, 
             while Threepio watches the Princess. Lights representing the 
             Death Star and targets glow brightly.
                                   MASSASSI INTERCOM VOICE
                       The Death Star has cleared the planet. 
                       The Death Star has cleared the planet.
             INT. DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM
             Tarkin glares at the projected target screen.
                                   DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE
                       Rebel base, in range.
                                   TARKIN
                       You may fire when ready.
                                   DEATH STAR INTERCOM VOICE
                       Commence primary ignition.
             An officer reaches up and pushes buttons on the control panel, 
             as green lighted buttons turn to red.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             The three TIE fighters zoom down the Death Star trench in 
             pursuit of Luke, never breaking formation.
             INT. LUKE’S COCKPIT
             Luke looks anxiously at the exhaust port.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader adjusts his control sticks, checking his projected 
             targeting screen.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Luke’s ship barrels down the trench.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader’s targeting computer swings around into position. Vader 
             takes careful aim on Luke’s X-wing fighter.
                                   VADER
                       I have you now.
             He pushes the fire buttons.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             The three TIE fighters move in on Luke. As Vader’s center 
             fighter unleashes a volley of laserfire, one of the TIE ships 
             at his side is hit and explodes into flame. The two remaining 
             ships continue to move in.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks about, wondering whose laserfire destroyed Vader’s 
             wingman.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader is taken by surprise, and looks out from his cockpit.
                                   VADER
                       What?
             INT. DARTH VADER’S WINGMAN - COCKPIT
             Vader’s wingman searches around him trying to locate the 
             unknown attacker.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             Han and Chewbacca grin from ear to ear.
                                   HAN
                            (yelling)
                       Yahoo!
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             The Millennium Falcon heads right at the two TIE fighters.  
             It’s a collision course.
             INT. WINGMAN’S COCKPIT
             The wingman spots the pirateship coming at him and warns the 
             Dark Lord.
                                   WINGMAN
                       Look out!
             EXT. DEATH STAR TRENCH
             Vader’s wingman panics at the sight of the oncoming pirate 
             starship and veers radically to one side, colliding with 
             Vader’s TIE fighter in the process. Vader’s wingman crashes 
             into the side wall of the trench and explodes. Vader’s damaged 
             ship spins out of the trench with a damaged wing.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Vader’s ship spins out of control with a bent solar fin, 
             heading for deep space.
             INT. DARTH VADER’S COCKPIT
             Vader turns round and round in circles as his ship spins 
             into space.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Solo’s ship moves in toward the Death Star trench.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
             Solo, smiling, speaks to Luke over his headset mike.
                                   HAN
                            (into mike)
                       You’re all clear, kid.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - WAR ROOM
             Leia and the others listen to Solo’s transmission.
                                   HAN
                            (over speaker)
                       Now let’s blow this thing and go 
                       home!
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke looks up and smiles. He concentrates on the exhaust 
             port, then fires his laser torpedoes.
             EXT. SURFACE OF THE DEATH STAR
             Luke’s torpedoes shoot toward the port and seems to simply 
             disappear into the surface and not explode. But the shots do 
             find their mark and have gone into the exhaust port and are 
             heading for the main reactor.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke throws his head back in relief.
             INT. DEATH STAR
             An Imperial soldier runs to the control panel board and pulls 
             the attack lever as the board behind him lights up.
                                   INTERCOM VOICE
                       Stand by to fire at Rebel base.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             Two X-wings, a Y-wing, and the pirateship race toward Yavin 
             in the distance.
             INT. DEATH STAR
             Several Imperial soldiers, flanking a pensive Grand Moff 
             Tarkin, busily push control levers and buttons.
                                   INTERCOM VOICE
                       Standing by.
             The rumble of a distant explosion begins.
             EXT. SPACE AROUND THE DEATH STAR
             The Rebel ships race out of sight, leaving the moon-like 
             Death Star alone against a blanket of stars. Several small 
             flashes appear on the surface. The Death Star bursts into a 
             supernova, creating a spectacular heavenly display.
             INT. MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT
                                   HAN
                       Great shot, kid. That was one in a 
                       million.
             INT. LUKE’S X-WING FIGHTER - COCKPIT
             Luke is at ease, and his eyes are closed.
                                   BEN’S VOICE
                       Remember, the Force will be with 
                       you… always.
             The ship rocks back and forth.
             EXT. DARTH VADER’S TIE FIGHTER
             Vader’s ship spins off into space.
             EXT. SPACE
             The Rebel ships race toward the fourth moon of Yavin.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - MAIN HANGAR
             Luke climbs out of his starship fighter and is cheered by a 
             throng of ground crew and pilots. Luke climbs down the ladder 
             as they all welcome him with laughter, cheers, and shouting. 
             Princess Leia rushes toward him.
                                   LEIA
                       Luke! Luke! Luke!
             She throws her arms around Luke and hugs him as they dance 
             around in a circle. Solo runs in toward Luke and they embrace 
             one another, slapping each other on the back.
                                   HAN
                            (laughing)
                       Hey! Hey!
                                   LUKE
                            (laughing)
                       I knew you’d come back! I just knew 
                       it!
                                   HAN
                       Well, I wasn’t gonna let you get all 
                       the credit and take all the reward.
             Luke and Han look at one another, as Solo playfully shoves 
             at Luke’s face. Leia moves in between them.
                                   LEIA
                            (laughing)
                       Hey, I knew there was more to you 
                       than money.
             Luke looks toward the ship.
                                   LUKE
                       Oh, no!
             The fried little Artoo-Detoo is lifted off the back of the 
             fighter and carried off under the worried eyes of Threepio.
                                   THREEPIO
                       Oh, my! Artoo! Can you hear me? Say 
                       something!
                            (to mechanic)
                       You can repair him, can’t you?
                                   TECHNICIAN
                       We’ll get to work on him right away.
                                   THREEPIO
                       You must repair him! Sir, if any of 
                       my circuits or gears will help, I’ll gladly donate them.
                                   LUKE
                       He’ll be all right.
             INT. MASSASSI OUTPOST - MAIN THRONE ROOM
             Luke, Han, and Chewbacca enter the huge ruins of the main 
             temple. Hundreds of troops are lined up in neat rows. Banners 
             are flying and at the far end stands a vision in white, the 
             beautiful young Senator Leia. Luke and the others solemnly 
             march up the long aisle and kneel before Senator Leia. From 
             one side of the temple marches a shined-up and fully repaired 
             Artoo-Detoo. He waddles up to the group and stands next to 
             an equally pristine Threepio, who is rather awestruck by the 
             whole event. Chewbacca is confused. Dodonna and several other 
             dignitaries sit on the left of the Princess Leia. Leia is 
             dressed in a long white dress and is staggeringly beautiful.  
             She rises and places a gold medallion around Han’s neck. He 
             winks at her. She then repeats the ceremony with Luke, who 
             is moved by the event. They turn and face the assembled 
             troops, who all bow before them. Chewbacca growls and Artoo 
             beeps with happiness.

FADE OUT:

             END CREDITS OVER STARS
                                       THE END