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!
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 few shots which force the stormtroopers to dive for safety. The pirate ship engines whine as Han hits the release button that slams the overhead entry shut.
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.
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.
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.
SPACE - PLANET TATOOINE: The Corellian pirate ship zooms from Tatooine into space.
MILLENNIUM FALCON - COCKPIT: Han frantically types information into the ship's computer.
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.
SPACE - PLANET TATOOINE: The Millennium Falcon pirateship races away from the yellow planet, Tatooine. It is followed by two huge Imperial stardestroyers.
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!
SPACE - PLANET TATOOINE: Imperial cruisers fire at the pirate ship.
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. The Millennium Falcon zooms into infinity in less than a second.
Alderaan looms behind the Death Star battlestation.
DEATH STAR - CONTROL ROOM: Admiral Motti enters the quiet control room and bows before Governor Tarkin, who stands before the huge wall screen displaying a small green planet.
MOTTI: We've entered the Alderaan system.
Vader and two stormtroopers enter with Princess Leia. Her hands are bound.
LEIA: Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding Vader's leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.
TARKIN: Charming to the last. You don't know how hard I found it signing the order to terminate your life!
LEIA: I surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself!
TARKIN: Princess Leia, before your execution I would like you to be my guest at a ceremony that will make this battle station operational. No star system will dare oppose the Emperor now.
LEIA: The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.
TARKIN: Not after we demonstrate the power of this station. In a way, you have determined the choice of the planet that'll be destroyed first. Since you are reluctant to provide us with the location of the Rebel base, I have chosen to test this station's destructive power... on your home planet of Alderaan.
LEIA: No! Alderaan is peaceful. We have no weapons. You can't possibly...
TARKIN: You would prefer another target? A military target? Then name the system!