27 Incredible Pictures From The First "Star Wars"

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, we've brought together some of the best Star Wars pictures from the late '70s.

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Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Kenny Baker as R2-D2 are directed and filmed in Tunisia on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV in 1976.


Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in Stormtrooper gear between filming on the Death Star set.

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The Star Wars production crew films live explosions on a surface of a model Death Star.

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Left: Anthony Daniels in his C-3PO costume goes over the script with producer Ann Skinner. Right: A crew member makes adjustments to the Millennium Falcon model before filming.

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A makeup artist preps Carrie Fisher for her roll during the final scene of Star Wars: Episode IV.

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George Lucas directs Alec Guinness and Mark Hamill during filming.


Cast members take a quick break under an umbrella as they film the Mos Eisley scenes.

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Chief Modelmaker Lorne Peterson building a TIE fighter model for the film.


George Lucas directing a scene in which Peter Cushing confronts Carrie Fisher on the set of the Death Star.


Makeup artist Stuart Freeborn discusses Chewie's lines with actor Peter Mayhew.


Concept artist and effects technician Joe Johnston experiments with the attack patterns of an X-wing and TIE fighter.


Stunt coordinator Peter Diamond takes off his Tusken Raider mask during a break from filming.

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Costume Designer Doug Beswick working on the costumes for Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, also known as the Mos Eisley cantina band.

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Stuart Freeborn at his work station applying the fur to Chewbacca's mask.


A costume designer works on the mask of a Rodian, the same species as the character Greedo.

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George Lucas and his editing staff go over the film in post-production.

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Film editor Marica Lucas, then married to director George Lucas, edits Star Wars on the cutting-room floor.

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Queues of people outside of a London cinema wait to see Star Wars in 1977.

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Lines of moviegoers begin to stretch around the block as crowds gather for the 1977 premiere of Star Wars in London.

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R2-D2 and C-3PO make a guest appearance on the popular Donny & Marie television show on Sept. 23, 1977.

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Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford attend a press event promoting their film in 1977.

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A fan's van is painted with a Star Wars mural depicting the film's theatrical poster.

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A young boy plays with his new Star Wars action figures in 1977.

Left: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg hold their Best Director nomination plaques at the Directors Guild of America annual awards dinner on March 11, 1978. Lucas was nominated for his film Star Wars, and Spielberg for his film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Right: C-3PO attends the 50th Academy Awards in 1978. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won seven.

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Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, and Peter Mayhew take a break from filming a television special to be telecast during the holidays on Oct. 5, 1978.