Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes BackStill of Mark Hamill in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes BackHarrison Ford, George Lucas, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

While Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training from Yoda, his friends are relentlessly pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke.

Release Year: 1980

Rating: 8.8/10 (367,800 voted)

Critic's Score: 78/100

Director: Irvin Kershner

Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Fleeing the evil Galactic Empire, the Rebels abandon their new base on Hoth. Princess Leia, Han Solo and the droid C-3PO escape in the damaged Millennium Falcon, but are later captured by Darth Vader on Bespin. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker and the droid R2-D2 follows Obi-Wan Kenobi's posthumous command and receives Jedi training by Yoda on Dagobah. Will Skywalker manage to rescue his friends from the Dark Lord?

Writers: Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan

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 - Snow Creature
Clive Revill - Emperor (voice)

Taglines: The battle continues...

Release Date: 21 May 1980

Filming Locations: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,415,804 (USA) (26 May 1980) (126 Screens)

Gross: $538,375,067 (Worldwide) (1997)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (special edition)

Did You Know?

As Yoda and Obi-Wan urge Luke to stay on Dagobah to finish his training, Luke pulls a snake from his spaceship. Irvin Kershner assured Mark Hamill that the snake was harmless, though it did bite him during one take.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: One of Lando's lines don't match his jaw movements very well in the carbon-freezing chamber part.

[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.

User Review

The best film in the original trilogy.


The Empire Strikes Back is the best film in the original Star Wars trilogy. It has all the great qualities that the original Star Wars has: great effects (at the time of its release), appealing characters, and lots of spellbinding action. It also has eliminated some of the problems that plagued the first: the storyline is tighter, and goes much deeper into character development. The performances are terrific, especially by Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. George Lucas has also remembered to include a spellbinding battle sequence with the snowspeeder sequence near the beginning of the film. The conclusion, with a lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, is truly one of the most suspenseful and dramatic scenes in the entire series. This is a truly wondrous film, and serves as a constant reminder that just because a movie is expensive and a blockbuster doesn't mean that it has to be shallow and two dimensional. This film will undoubtedly entertain viewers of all ages from start to finish.


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