The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Also known as : "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back"

It has the great visuals of the original but lacks the entertainment.


Considered the most morally and emotionally complex of the original Star Wars trilogy, THE EMPIRE STRIKE BACK continues creator George Lucasís epic saga where STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE left off. The Rebel Forces--which include young adventurer Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), rogue pilot Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and the beautiful but seemingly humorless Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)--have been successful in destroying the Evil Empireís Death Star. However, the Empireís top commander, the terrifying Lord Darth Vader (played by David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones), is scanning the galaxy for the Rebels' secret location. After a visually stunning showdown on the ice planet Hoth, the Rebels are forced to flee, and Luke separates from Han and Leia. Masterful storytelling weaves multiple, archetypal plotlines that pit Vader against Han and Leia as he desperately attempts to capture Luke for political--and, secretly, personal--reasons. Luke, meanwhile, finds himself under the tutelage of the tiny but powerful old Jedi Master Yoda, who teaches him the ways of the Force and warns the impatient but talented student against the threat of the Dark Side. Greek tragedy meets a philosophical heroís journey in EMPIRE, a remarkable sci-fi epic in which the performances are as powerful as the spectacular special effects.

In 1997 a special edition of the film was digitally remastered with enhanced visual and sound effects. Several scenes--including the one in which Luke Skywalker encounters a deadly Wampa on Hoth--were reedited with more detail while other scenes--such as the one on Cloud City--were added for the rerelease.


Mistake #1
When Captain Needa is killed by Darth Vader, because they lost track of the Millennium Falcon, if you watch in the background two guards come to take him away, you can clearly see the dead captain get up almost by himself.

Mistake #2
When the Falcon leaves Hoth and is being chased by the Empire, there is a scene where the ship gets rocked about. During the 'impact' C-3P0's arm becomes dislodged and you can clearly see human skin underneath.

Mistake #3
One of the Storm Troopers unties Solo before he is put into the carbonite, and watch his wardrobe - he has a disappearing / reappearing jacket on. This is fixed to an extent on the DVD - the jacket is now lightened to almost match his shirt, but it's still shiny like leather.

Mistake #4
When the Falcon gets hit by an asteroid, Leia falls and is caught by Han. She tells him that "being held by you isn't quite enough to get me excited". As she is saying this you can clearly see Harrison Ford mouthing her exact words.

Mistake #5
This mistake actually spans between this movie and The Return of the Jedi. When Han Solo is frozen in carbonite he is wearing an untucked, button down shirt. When Leia releases him from the carbonite in Jabba's Palace he is wearing a tucked in, double breasted shirt.

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"Beware of the Dark Side."--Yoda (Frank Oz) to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)

"The Force is with you, but you are not yet a Jedi Knight."--Darth Vader (played by David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones) to Luke

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