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                          "THE STAR WARS"


                              From The
                    Adventures of Luke Starkiller

                                 By
                            George Lucas


Third Draft                                          Lucasfilm Limited
August 1, 1975

                    "... and in the time of greatest despair,
                    there shall come a savior, and he shall
                    be known as The Son of The Suns."

                                Journal of the Whills, 3:127

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