Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

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

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


David Prowse

Darth Vader

Peter Mayhew


Kenny Baker


Frank Oz



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



The battle continues…

Release Date: 21 May 1980

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

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000


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

Gross: $538,375,067

Technical Specs


(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]

Echo Three to Echo Seven. Han, old buddy, do you read me?

Han Solo:
Loud and clear, kid. What's up?

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.

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.