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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Luke Skywalker
... Han Solo
... Princess Leia
... Lando Calrissian
... C-3PO
... Darth Vader
... Chewbacca
... R2-D2
... Yoda (voice)
... Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
... Boba Fett
... Lando's Aide
... Chief Ugnaught
Des Webb ... Snow Creature
... 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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20 June 1980 (USA)  »

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Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back  »

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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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Trivia

Voted #8 in Total Film's 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time list (November 2005). See more »

Goofs

After C3PO says nobody knows where Luke is, right when Han shouts: "deck officer!", part of Anthony Daniels throat can be seen between the neck and the front pieces of the mask. 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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Yoda's Theme
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20 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

I cannot believe some people out there didn't like this film, yet claim to have enjoyed Episode One. No comparison whatsoever. "The Empire Strike Back" is George Lucas' best contribution to human history, and it will be remembered long after most other science fiction films have gone the way of the Do-Do Bird. The optical effects still stand the test of time, and the acting is superb. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher are all better than they we in the original Star Wars, having fully developed and grown into their characters, and the story just keeps going and going, from asteroid fields to swamp planets to cities in the sky, everything in this film works. So ignore anyone who claims to dislike it, and see it for yourself if you haven't already done so. 20 out of 10!!

Oh, and Han Solo shot first! =)


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