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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back [1980]

Director:Irvin Kershner
Writer:Lawrence Kasdan
Leigh Brackett
Composer:John Williams
Length:124 minutes
(2 hours 4 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:8.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:97%
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Synopsis: Luke sets out to learn more about the force while his friends fall into a trap.

Reaction: The love story is believeable even before Leia mentions the word "love", unlike her mother who couldn't convince us of her love no matter how "truly, deeply" she said she felt it.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Irvin Kershner => Director
Lawrence Kasdan => Writer
Leigh Brackett => Writer
John Williams => Composer
Gary Kurtz => Producer
George Lucas => Story
Alec Guinness => Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi
Anthony Daniels => C-3PO
Billy Dee Williams => Lando Calrissian
Bruce Boa => Rebel Force General Rieekan
Carrie Fisher => Princess Leia
Christopher Malcolm => Zev - Rogue 2
Clive Revill => Emperor
David Prowse => Darth Vader
Denis Lawson => Wedge - Rogue 3 (as Dennis Lawson)
Des Webb => Snow Creature
Frank Oz => Yoda (voice)
Harrison Ford => Han Solo
Ian Liston => Janson - Wedge's Gunner
Jack Purvis => Chief Ugnaught
James Earl Jones => Darth Vader (voice)
Jason Wingreen => Boba Fett (voice)
Jeremy Bulloch => Boba Fett
John Hollis => Lando's Aide
John Morton => Dak - Luke's Gunner
John Ratzenberger => Major Derlin
Julian Glover => General Veers
Kenneth Colley => Admiral Piett
Kenny Baker => R2-D2
Mark Hamill => Luke Skywalker
Michael Culver => Captain Needa
Michael Sheard => Admiral Ozzel
Peter Mayhew => Chewbacca
Richard Oldfield => Hobbie - Rogue 4

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Han Solo is the only non-Jedi/Sith in the entire trilogy to ever use a lightsaber when he cuts open the tauntaun's belly.
  • Security surrounding this movie was so intense that George Lucas had regular reports about "leaks" from actors. George Lucas was so determined that the ending be kept secret that he had David Prowse (Darth Vader) say "Obi-Wan killed your father", and dubbed it later to be "I am your father". In fact, only six people knew about the ending: George Lucas, director Irvin Kershner, writers Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan, Mark Hamill, and James Earl Jones.
  • Carrie Fisher stood on a box for many of her scenes with Harrison Ford in order to make up for the height difference and have her appear in the frame with him. Carrie Fisher is about a foot shorter than Harrison Ford.
  • Luke is upside-down at the beginning (Wampa cave), in the middle (training on Dagobah), and at the end (below Cloud City). He uses the Force each time.
  • The scenes where R2-D2 is submerged in the mud pool were shot in George Lucas' unfinished swimming pool. Most of the crew were hidden under the water and the entire sequence was shot by George Lucas himself.
  • The sound of Darth Vader's shuttle door opening is reportedly a recording of a whole block of Alcatraz cell doors slamming shut.
  • In the famous scene right when Han is frozen, he replies "I know" to her "I love you". Originally, the scene was shot with Han replying "I love you, too", however, Harrison Ford didn't think that it fit Han's personality. George Lucas agreed, and Ford ad-libbed his now famous line.
  • The scene where Solo was hit by the toolbox as well as hitting the control panels were improvised on the set. At first, the crew were afraid of shooting it, but Irvin Kershner finally persuaded them to do so, saying "Come on, that's fun. Let's do it!"
  • Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, re-dubbed Boba Fett's lines for the 2004 DVD.
  • 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.
  • The Dagobah set needed to be elevated to give Frank Oz and three other puppeteers room to control the Yoda puppet from below. For proper interaction, Mark Hamill was given an earpiece so he could hear Frank Oz doing Yoda's voice. Mark Hamill reportedly had a hard time concentrating on his dialogue, since his earpiece occasionally picked up a radio frequency playing the Rolling Stones.