Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
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Sex & Nudity

There are some romantic scenes between Han and Leia. Only kissing and nothing further.

There is a brief but passionate kiss between Han and Leia.

In a deleted scene, Han and Leia, alone, passionately kiss for a prolonged moment.

Violence & Gore

The violence is constant, but mostly mild and non-graphic.

Luke is attacked and held captive by a wild animal. He is seen in the creature's cave, hanging upside down with a bit of blood on his face. The creature is very briefly seen eating the gory remains of another dead creature. The creature then comes over to Luke to kill him, and he visibly cuts off its arm with his lightsaber. We very briefly see the creature crying out, and a bloody stump where it was injured.

There is a large battle scene near the beginning of the film, where several soldiers are killed on-screen, or are implied to have been killed. Three large "Imperial walkers" are brought down and explode into fireballs, killing its inhabitants.

Luke's wingman is shot dead by a laser blast from inside their fighter, he slumps forward, dead. When Luke's fighter is shot down and crashes, an Imperial AT-AT walker steps on the remains of the ship, including the dead wingman while Luke barley escapes before the walker crushes it.

Darth Vader chokes two men to death using the Force. No blood, but we see them moan and struggle to breath until they slump over and die. Intense.

A spirit of Vader is decapitated by Luke Skywalker. We do not see any blood or wounds, but the lightsaber clearly cuts the head off and falls to the floor, where we visibly see the mask explode and Luke's face in it. Could be disturbing for some.

Upon seeing Vader in the dining hall in Cloud City, Han takes his gun and shoots him, but Vader uses his power with the Force to deflect the energy shots and then take away his gun.

Han is tortured by Vader off-screen, though the very first bits of the treatment (him being placed face-first into a sparking electric device) are depicted. We hear audible screams from a distance.

Han Solo is frozen in carbonite. Not violent but intense.

Vader cuts off Luke's hand in an intense, prolonged duel, in which they are both generally battered and injured.

Some Stormtroopers are briefly shot with lasers. There is also a scene where Chewbacca knocks a few stormtroopers of a ledge.

Chewbacca chokes a character out of anger, we see him strangling and trying to breath. He eventually releases the character.


Han yells I'll see you in hell!" before he goes out to rescue Luke.

Very Mild.

Some implied alcohol use in the Cloud City sequences.

Some scenes can be intense or frightening for younger kids.

Several scenes on Yoda's planet (Dagobah) may be somewhat scary for younger kids. Some sort of creature lurks under the water and grabs R2-D2. Fortunately, he is spat out seconds later and lands on shore no worse for wear.

In another scene, Luke goes into a dark cave where strange animal sounds are heard. He then has a slow motion light saber encounter with Darth Vader where he chops off Vader's head and then sees his own face in the helmet, symbolizing his danger of being corrupted by the Dark Side of the Force.

Lando leads Han, Leia and Chewbacca to a dining hall, and are suddenly confronted by Darth Vader who was waiting for them. For young viewers unaware of the story, the sudden appearance of the tall menacing figure in black in the white room is a shocking image.

Han Solo is frozen in carbonite which may be scary for very young viewers.

The whole sequence of Luke confronting Vader is extremely intense considering it is quickly established that the boy is no match for the Sith Lord.

The scene where Luke chooses to fall to his apparent death rather than be corrupted by his father is frightening, but circumstances allow him to survive and be rescued.

Mynocks can be scary.

Intense but it still has an unrealistic sci-fi overtone to it.

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Rated PG for sci-fi action violence
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