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