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
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
Billy Dee Williams
Ben 'Obi-wan' Kenobi
The battle continues…
Release Date: 21 May 1980
Filming Locations: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $6,415,804
(26 May 1980)
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.
One of Lando's lines don't match his jaw movements very well in the carbon-freezing chamber part.
Echo Three to Echo Seven. Han, old buddy, do you read me?
Loud and clear, kid. What's up?
Well, I finished my circle. I don't pick up any life readings.
There isn't enough life on this ice cube to fill a space cruiser. Sensors are placed. I'm going back.
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.
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.