George Lucas' Inspirations: George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, drew inspiration from various sources, including Akira Kurosawa's films, Joseph Campbell's "The Hero with a Thousand Faces," and Flash Gordon serials.
The Original Title: The original title for Star Wars was "The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, as taken from the Journal of the Whills, Saga I: The Star Wars."
The Opening Crawl: The iconic opening crawl was inspired by the Flash Gordon serials. It was added to provide context for audiences who might have been unfamiliar with the Star Wars universe.
R2-D2's Whistle: R2-D2's distinctive beeps and whistles were created by sound designer Ben Burtt, who recorded the sounds of a baby cooing and a howling mule to achieve the desired effect.
Influential Soundtrack: John Williams' score for Star Wars is one of the most recognizable and influential film soundtracks in history, earning him an Academy Award.
Darth Vader's Breathing: The sound of Darth Vader's breathing was created by recording scuba breathing apparatuses.
The Force: The concept of "the Force" in Star Wars was inspired by Lucas' interest in mythology and the idea of a universal energy that connects all living things.
The Cantina Band: The iconic music played in the Mos Eisley Cantina scene was composed by John Williams and is titled "Cantina Band." It's one of the most recognizable tunes in the franchise.
Hidden Mickey: In "The Phantom Menace," you can spot a hidden Mickey Mouse on the left engine of the podracer Anakin Skywalker pilots.
E.T.'s Cameo: In "The Phantom Menace," you can see E.T.'s species (the Asogians) in a Senate chamber scene, making a subtle reference to Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Jabba the Hutt's Appearance: Jabba the Hutt's appearance in "A New Hope" was added in the Special Edition re-release, as he didn't make his debut until "Return of the Jedi."
Language Creation: Linguist Marc Okrand developed the Klingon language for Star Trek and the Huttese language for Star Wars.
Hidden Millennium Falcon: In "The Empire Strikes Back," you can spot the Millennium Falcon briefly in the background when the Rebel fleet gathers.
Anakin Skywalker's Lightsaber: The lightsaber carried by Anakin Skywalker was originally owned by Count Dooku, who trained him as a Jedi.
The Wilhelm Scream: The Wilhelm Scream, a famous stock sound effect, can be heard in every Star Wars movie.
The Phantom Menace's Duel: The epic lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Darth Maul in "The Phantom Menace" was choreographed by Ray Park, who played Darth Maul.
The Death Star's Destruction: The iconic Death Star explosion sound was created by combining the sound of an explosion with a bear's roar.
Yoda's Species: Yoda's species and background have remained a closely guarded secret by Lucasfilm. Even his home planet is never revealed.
The Real R2-D2: R2-D2 was operated by Kenny Baker, an actor who was only 3 feet 8 inches tall.
Lightsaber Colors: Lightsabers come in various colors, each with different meanings. For example, blue is often associated with Jedi Guardians, while red represents Sith.
Practical Effects: The original Star Wars trilogy relied heavily on practical effects and miniature models, setting a standard for visual effects in the industry.
Star Wars Holiday Special: The "Star Wars Holiday Special" is considered one of the worst television specials ever made. George Lucas was reportedly unhappy with it.
The Force Awakens' Impractical Lightsaber: Kylo Ren's crossguard lightsaber in "The Force Awakens" was designed with exhaust vents to help release excess energy.
C-3PO's Suit: Actor Anthony Daniels had to endure hours in the C-3PO costume, which was known to be uncomfortable and restrictive.
James Earl Jones: James Earl Jones provided the iconic voice for Darth Vader, while David Prowse played the physical role.
Alec Guinness' Paycheck: Sir Alec Guinness, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi, negotiated a deal for 2.25% of the gross royalties, making him a wealthy man thanks to Star Wars.