In the script, Red Leader says, "Are you... Luke Skywalker? Have you been checked out on the Incom T-sixty-five?" to which Biggs replies, "Sir, Luke is the best bushpilot in the outer rim territories." Then follows the line from Red Leader that was partially edited in the Special Edition, "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 and Biggs say a few more words to each other, head to their ships and move on to destroy the Death Star.
To cover up the dialogue edit, they used an editing technique called a "wipe" which is used pretty heavily in the STAR WARS films. Right when Red Leader is about to mention Luke's father, a Rebel Technician moves across the screen from left to right allowing the editors to remove the desired frames from the scene without much notice. There are images below of this wipe courtesy of my friends Pablo Hidalgo and Fernando Rendon. (Note: The long one is really...long, so you might have to right click on it and save it to your PC to see the whole thing.)
Also take note of the pictures here from the Marvel comic book adaptation. Luke and Leia share a more passionate kiss instead of the little peck on the cheek he gets in the film. Gross...but what did we know then, right?
The clip at the bottom of the page (plus one image below) is courtesy Evan Reynolds. If you listen closely, you can hear part of the deleted dialogue. Interestingly enough, what you overhear in the clip is, "...a boy, he was a great pilot," which is different and shorter than what was scripted. They might have done numerous takes with different approaches to the dialogue. (Thanks to Dr. Dave for nagging me endlessly to post that!)
The comic images were scanned by myself from the Marvel adaptation. Pablo Hidalgo and Fernando Rendon provided the "wipe" shots. Greg Rossiter was the source of the wider shot of the hangar (which comes from the back of Topps Widevision trading card #85), Holger Bertsch sent in the nice black and white still of Luke and Biggs plus the shot with the X-wing nose in your face, and the others are from Starwars.com.
|Description: Clip of the filming of the hangar scene from The Making of Star Wars (Courtesy Evan Reynolds).|