Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

1980
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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
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Title: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Original Title: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Year: 1980

Info

Release Dates

  • UK: May 21 1980
  • United States: June 20 1980

Plot

The fifth episode of the Star Wars saga, which came to theaters three years after revolutionary film 'A New Hope', continues the adventure of the Jedi apprentice, Luke Skywalker, the princess leader of the rebel movement, Leia and the smuggler, Han Solo; in a film that, didn't managed to surpass his predecessor as far as the box office is concerned, but got very flattering reviews.

Our heroes began this new adventure in 'The Empire Strikes Back' seeking refuge after the successful attack on the Death Star, because the imperial troops were chasing the rebels who finally managed to hide in the ice planet of Hoth. Luke (Mark Hamill), eager to learn the secrets of the Force and defeat the evil Darth Vader, travels to Dagobah accompanied by R2-D2 with the intention of finding the master Yoda. While Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Chewbacca and C-3PO manage to avoid the Imperial forces and asks the former owner of the Millennium Falcon, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), for help in the mining world of Bespin where a trap hatched by Vader awaits.

Irvin Kershner directed this film based on the story of George Lucas.

Awards

  • 1981 Academy Awards (Oscars): 3 1
  • 1981 Golden Globes: 1 1
  • 1981 BAFTA Awards: 3 1

Cast

Director:

Irvin Kershner Irvin Kershner

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Luke Skywalker

David Prowse

David Prowse

Darth Vader

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Han Solo

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Princesa Leia

Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams

Lando Calrissian

Frank Oz

Frank Oz

Yoda (voice)

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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Trivia

In the battle scene that takes place on the ice planet of Hoth, the soldiers were played by Norwegian mountain-rescue skiers. In exchange for their work, George Lucas made a donation to the Norwegian Red Cross.

The scene in which Luke used the Force to recover his lightsaber was achieved by filming Mark Hamill as he throw his weapon away and then running the film in reverse.

George Lucas spent thousands of dollars to promote Frank Oz so that this actor, who voiced Yoda, could win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Oz finally didn't win because the Academy considered that a puppeteer wasn't an actor.

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