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The Making of 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)



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Credited cast:
Irvin Kershner ... Himself
Gary Kurtz ... Himself
Mark Hamill ... Himself
Harrison Ford ... Himself
Carrie Fisher ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenny Baker ... Himself
Ben Burtt ... Himself
Anthony Daniels ... Himself
Stuart Freeborn ... Himself
Peter Mayhew ... Himself
Phil Tippett ... Himself
Des Webb Des Webb ... Himself
John Williams ... Himself


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22 September 1980 (USA) See more »

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Создание фильма 'Империя наносит ответный удар' See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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Long-lost treasure
3 October 2018 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

The closest we'll ever get to being a fly on the wall of Elstree Studios. This documentary is chock-full of behind-the-scenes footage, from carpenters actually constructing the sets, to the puppeteers behind the creatures (even Stuart Freeborn!). The interviews of the cast are informal and relaxed, which is a stark difference from most of the interviews we see today. This is an actual documentary, so the people working on the film don't feel the need to sell you on the movie as ticket-buyers. They're just casual conversations, even going so far as discussing pivotal plot points.

The bottom line is that this is the biggest assemblage of backstage footage seen on the making of "The Empire Strikes Back" (speaking for myself, at least), and it's like unearthing an honest-to-god time capsule. I've seen the movie countless times, but watching this documentary was like peeking at it from slightly different angles and witnessing the rough texture before getting smoothed out in the editing process.

Must-see for Star Wars fans and film fans alike.

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