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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett all over the galaxy.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writers:

Leigh Brackett (screenplay by), Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Hamill ... Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford ... Han Solo
Carrie Fisher ... Princess Leia
Billy Dee Williams ... Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO
David Prowse ... Darth Vader
Peter Mayhew ... Chewbacca
Kenny Baker ... R2-D2
Frank Oz ... Yoda (voice)
Alec Guinness ... Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Jeremy Bulloch ... Boba Fett
John Hollis ... Lobot, Lando's Aide
Jack Purvis ... Chief Ugnaught
Des Webb Des Webb ... Snow Creature
Clive Revill ... Emperor (voice)

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Storyline

Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca face attack by the Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth. While Han and Leia escape in the Millennium Falcon, Luke travels to Dagobah in search of Yoda. Only with the Jedi Master's help will Luke survive when the Dark Side of the Force beckons him into the ultimate duel with Darth Vader. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated PG for sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Darth Vader's name comes from the following: "Darth" is a variation of the word "Dark" and "Vader" is the Dutch and German word for "father". See more »

Goofs

In Cloud City when Chewbacca leaves the others to find C3PO, his foot crushes one of the steps on a small set of stairs. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Luke: Echo Three to Echo Seven. Han, old buddy, do you read me?
Han Solo: Loud and clear, kid. What's up?
Luke: Well, I finished my circle. I don't pick up any life readings.
Han Solo: There isn't enough life on this ice cube to fill a space cruiser. Sensors are placed. I'm going back.
Luke: Right. I'll see you shortly. There's a meteorite that hit the ground near here. I want to check it out. It won't take long.
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Alternate Versions

In the scene where C-3PO gets blasted by some "unseen assailant", when he enters the room he says "That sounds like an Artoo unit in there! i wonder if....hello? hello"? in the original version he only says hello once, in the Special Edition he says hello twice. See more »

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*The* Perfect Sequel
21 December 2019 | by Aaron_KyleSee all my reviews

Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980, three years after its overwhelmingly successful predecessor.

To say The Empire Strikes Back does justice to A New Hope is a massive understatement as this film ups the ante in every way possible. Longer and better battles (such as the immaculate Battle of Hoth), a much darker and more mature plot with one of the most memorable (and quoted) twists of all time, AT-AT walkers, the introduction of Yoda are some of the reasons why Empire Strikes Back is the perfect sequel.

Unlike A New Hope, this film was not directed by George Lucas but Irvin Kershner and to give credit where credit is due he did just as good of a job. Kershner also manages to get the best possible performances out of his cast, especially Hamill whose character changed drastically since the last film. We also see more of Vader and his deranged and almost animalistic character which is again perfectly displayed by James Earl Jones's vocals.

Empire Strikes Back truly is the perfect sequel as it flourishes on George Lucas's elements as well as bringing in many more of its own in great succession.

Final Grade - 9+/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,910,483, 25 May 1980

Gross USA:

$290,271,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$547,977,305
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Company Credits

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Lucasfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| Dolby Digital EX (DVD)| DTS-ES (6.1 channels) (Blu-ray)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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