Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy


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After the rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

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17 December 2004 | Ithaqua1987
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| Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
An excellent sequel to Star Wars, this is easily the darkest and most serious out of all the Star Wars films, at least until Revenge of the Sith comes out. This movie benefits from the introduction of Yoda, a diminutive yet wise Jedi master who helps Luke prepare for his showdown with Darth Vader. It also introduces Lando Calrissian, Han's old gambling and smuggling buddy played very well by Billy Dee Williams. Empire is more character driven than the original and relies more on comic relief to help lighten the mood, but it doesn't go overboard with the humor. The story is more refined and the acting is better as well. Despite all of this I can't really say that I enjoyed Empire more than the original. The original Star Wars has a certain charm to it that none of the sequels (or prequels) have captured. I'd say that it is at least on par with the original though and is a fitting follow up in what is probably the greatest series of movies in the history of cinema.

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Trivia

The sound of Darth Vader's shuttle door opening is reportedly a recording of a whole block of Alcatraz cell doors slamming shut.


Quotes

Luke: Echo Three to Echo Seven. Han, old buddy, do you read me?
Han Solo: Loud and clear, kid. What's up?
Luke: 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 ...


Goofs

Chewbacca leaves their quarters on Cloud City with Han and Liea, leaving behind C3PO dismantled in a box. They are captured in the next scene and moved to a holding cell. The box of C3PO parts is now in the cell instead of the junk scrapheap where he was rescued from. It is entirely plausible that Lando arranged for this as he appears to be covertly helping his friends while pretending to go along with Vader's plans.


Crazy Credits

Opening crawl: "It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy. Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth. The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space..."


Alternate Versions

Yoda actually has no new dialogue for the Special Edition, except for the frightened scream when Luke points his gun at him. Other than that, all the seemingly new lines are lines that are louder in the soundtrack, which before had been obscured by other noises.


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Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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