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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) The story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and the others didn't end with the destruction of the Death Star - it continues in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Imperial forces have since driven the Rebels to hide on the ice world Hoth. But even on such an icy, backwater world, they cannot escape the wicked Darth Vader's eye for long, and he devastates the Rebel base in an assault with the horrible AT-AT walkers. Luke flees to Dagobah to begin Jedi Knight training with yoda, while Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO run the blockade of Imperial Star Destroyers in the Millenium Falcon. The Imperials pursue them across the galaxy and eventually catch up with them at Bespin. Now Darth Vader plans to use them as bait to lure Luke Skywalker to him, and turns Han Solo over to Boba Fett as a prize to be delivered to crime lord Jabba the Hutt. Luke learns a terrible family secret after losing a swordfight with Vader. Will he - and the others - escape the Empire's clutches?

Movie Tagline:
The Adventure Continues...

Also Known As:
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back

Title: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Release Date: May 21, 1980
Runtime: 124 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS, Dolby
IMDB Rating: 8.8
Brimstone Pit Rating: 9.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S

MPAA Rating: PG

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG for sci-fi action violence. (special edition, DVD version)

Director(s):
Irvin Kershner

Cast:
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)
Kenneth Colley ...Imperial Force Admiral Piett
Julian Glover ...Imperial Force General Veers
Michael Sheard ...Imperial Force Admiral Ozzel
Michael Culver ...Imperial Force Captain Needa
John Dicks ...Other Imperial Officer
Milton Johns ...Other Imperial Officer
Mark Jones ...Other Imperial Officer
Oliver Maguire ...Other Imperial Officer
Robin Scobey ...Other Imperial Officer
Bruce Boa ...Rebel Force General Rieekan
Christopher Malcolm ...Rebel Force Zev - Rogue 2
Denis Lawson ...Rebel Force Wedge - Rogue 3 (as Dennis Lawson)
Richard Oldfield ...Rebel Force Hobbie - Rogue 4
John Morton ...Rebel Force Dak - Luke's Gunner
Ian Liston ...Rebel Force Janson - Wedge's Gunner

» [more cast members]

Producer(s):
Jim Bloom
Gary Kurtz
George Lucas
Rick McCallum
Robert Watts

Writer(s):
Leigh Brackett
Lawrence Kasdan
George Lucas

Composer(s):
John Williams




Trailer(s):
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • The Adventure Continues...
  • The Star Wars saga continues
  • The battle continues...
Movie Quote(s):
  • Dak: Right now I feel like I could take on the whole Empire myself.
  • Yoda: Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.
  • Princess Leia: Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder. Han Solo: Who's scruffy-looking?
  • Admiral Piett: Lord Vader, our ships have completed their scan of the area and found nothing. If the Millennium Falcon went into light-speed, it'll be on the other side of the galaxy by now. Darth Vader: Alert all commands. Calculate every possible destination along their last known trajectory. Admiral Piett: Yes, my Lord. We'll find them. Darth Vader: Don't fail me again, Admiral.
  • Yoda: Stopped they must be; on this all depends. Only a fully trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally, will conquer Vader and his Emperor. If you end your training now - if you choose the quick and easy path as Vader did - you will become an agent of evil. Obi-Wan: Patience. Luke: And sacrifice Han and Leia? Yoda: If you honor what they fight for? Yes. Obi-Wan: If you choose to face Vader, you will do it alone. I cannot interfere. Luke: I understand. R2? Fire up the converters. Obi-Wan: Luke! Don't give in to hate. That leads to the Dark Side. Yoda: Strong is Vader. Mind what you have learned. Save you it can. Luke: I will. And I'll return, I promise.
Movie Trivia:
  • In the asteroid scene, one of the asteroids is actually a shoe. The rumor is that George Lucas asked the SFX people to redo the scene so many times that they got annoyed and one of them threw in their shoe.
  • Another of the asteroids is actually a potato. It appears just as the Millennium Falcon first enters the field. Two asteroids travel from the top left to the bottom right corner of the screen. Just after the second asteroid leaves the screen a third one appears in the top left corner. This is the potato.
  • Lighting for SFX was so strong that several models melted.
  • The AT-ATs were inspired by the walking machines in H.G. Wells's "War of the Worlds" and their appearance was based on gantry cranes which are used in most shipping ports in the USA. Walking patterns of elephants were studied to make the movements seem as realistic as possible.
  • Further scenes with the Wampa were shot, and later cut. R2-D2 encountered one within the Rebel base, where it was killed by troopers. Later, the beasts were lured into a prison within the complex. In the completed film, a medical droid is seen examining the wounds of a tauntaun killed by a Wampa, and Princess Leia mentions the "creatures" while discussing the Imperial probe droid. A scene filmed but cut had Han, Leia and C-3PO running through a corridor. Han went to take a short-cut through a door with a sign on it, but Leia warned him "that's where those creatures are kept". They run off, but not before C-3PO rips off the sign, hoping that the stormtroopers will enter the room. They did. A few seconds of this last scene can be seen in the theatrical trailer on the DVD.
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