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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.

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Irvin Kershner

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Leigh Brackett (screenplay by), Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back See more »

Filming Locations:

Banks, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,415,804, 21 May 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$290,475,067, 31 December 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$247,916,602
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lucasfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After the various increases in budget, the film became one of the most expensive of its day and after the bank threatened to pull his loan, George Lucas was forced to approach 20th Century Fox. Lucas made a deal with the studio to secure the loan in exchange for paying the studio more money, but without the loss of his sequel and merchandising rights. After the film's box office success, unhappiness at the studio over the deal's generosity to Lucas caused studio president Alan Ladd Jr. to quit. The departure of his longtime ally caused Lucas to take Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) to Paramount Pictures. See more »

Goofs

The Snow Speeder being able to destroy the AT after it is tripped is often said to be an error seen as the blasters are useless beforehand against the walkers. But from various sources (including Andrew Darling in the Q&A section in an early edition of the Official Star Wars Magazine) the explanation is that when the walker is tripped the armor is damaged and unable to deflect the power of the blasters. Also the pilots shoot at the much weaker neck area where no protection is offered. 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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Crazy Credits

In the section of the end credits cast list devoted to the Rebel Forces, there are no fewer than three misprints: Christopher Malcolm is credited as "Christopher Malcom"; Denis Lawson is "Dennis Lawson"; and the character Dack, whose spelling is attested in the script as well as in books and other media, in the credits is spelled "Dak". See more »

Alternate Versions

For the 2004 DVD release: Following their duel, Luke's yell (as he falls down and away from Vader into the exhaust shaft), that was added for the 1997 Special Edition; has now been omitted. See more »

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Yoda's Theme
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"Still is the best sequel of all time"
19 December 2013 | by inxsfettSee all my reviews

I remember to see this movie with my father(R.I.P)in theaters and in that time you don't know nothing about the movie is not like this times that you have magazinez and web to know everything about the movie so i was in 0 when i got to see it.

Of course i see STAR WARS about 7 u 8 times and i was amazing when i see this movie i was open mouth..so dark so mysterius so thriller so tragic i mean everything in this movie was perfect.

I can't believe that is almost 35 years of this movie and still looks great with new effects o not look's great!!!.

That's why all the fans of SW knows that this is the best movie of the saga and simply one of the best sequels ever make in movie story!!!.


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