PG | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
According to William Friedkin's autobiography, The Friedkin Connection, George Lucas, riding off the success of American Graffiti (1973), sent his script to The Directors Company, the short-lived shingle that his friend, Francis Ford Coppola, had founded with Friedkin and Peter Bogdanovich at Paramount Pictures. The film was budgeted at... ...
Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness.
At the end of the movie, many of the gathered soldiers are plainly cardboard cutouts.
When first released theatrically, prior to the film, a generic screen reading in green letters "A Lucasfilm Limited Production" appeared. In all versions from the Special Edition onward, this is replaced with a more elaborate Lucasfilm logo that shines and glows.
$35,906,661 (USA) (2 February 1997)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Back to the Future
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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