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

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14

Avg. Rating:

3.39/4

# of Ratings:

1394

Genres:

Sci-Fi, Adventure

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

05/21/1980

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Actors:

Mark Hamill
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher
Billy Dee Williams
James Earl Jones
Anthony Daniels

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

While Luke's skills improve as he becomes closer to a Jedi, he meets a green friend to help him in his journey, while Leia and Han try to flee from Darth Vadar.

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Mark 08/27/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

THE Star Wars movie....hands down!

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Matthew Brady 01/26/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

While Luke's skills improve as he becomes closer to a Jedi, he meets a green friend to help him in his journey, while Leia and Han try to flee from Darth Vadar. "Don't make me Destroy You" and "Luke I am your father". Those two lines are the highlight of the movie because this movie is a living classic and I say it out loud. the visual effect's are great and the ending is shocking and it is a classic.

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Ryan Stephen M 08/04/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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My favorite movie of 1980, and probably my 2nd favorite Star Wars, behind Ep. 3.

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  memento_mori
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08/21/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Classic, fun sci-fi thrills.

Okay, where to begin about Star Wars?
Star Wars was a revolutionary contribution to the medium of film for its time, exceeded all expectations then, and still exceeds them today.
And honestly, it's hard for me not to like it. It has just about everything I want to see in a fun sci-fi movie, and I understand why it is so beloved.

The director Irvin Kershner was chosen to direct The Empire Strikes Back, an odd, yet extremely effective decision by George Lucas. That was back then when he was actually making good decisions and not altering every little iconic moment in the movies that he could.
This is one of those films that is perfectly cast. I love every single line of dialogue, especially the scenes between Yoda and Luke and Han and Leia. They are the most quotable.
'Why you stuck ...

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4/4 

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  Yojimbo
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01/24/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Empire Strikes Back" by Yojimbo

The second part of the ONLY Star Wars trilogy cannot match the original for sheer entertainment, but is a rather more sophisticated story with the more adult themes of torture, betrayal and self sacrifice. Han and Leia's "will they/won't they?" romance blossoms, Luke matures from fresh faced idealist into fledgling Jedi and most importantly of all, Darth Vader, surely the greatest movie villain ever, takes his rightful place centre stage (the fact that one of the great cinematic revelations is spoiled forever is yet another reason to hate those wretched prequels). The darker tone is highlighted by the fact that the good guys are roundly beaten on all fronts in a daring move that definitely had the desired effect; I literally could not wait find out how the story would continue. Add improv...

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  Daniel Corleone
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08/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back review

A cat and mouse chase ensues between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance since Darth Vader has sent droids and bounty hunters to capture Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and his friends. Luke is distraught after finding out that Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo’s (Harrison Ford) predicament; he abruptly decides to end his training with the sage Yoda. Lando Calrissian (Billie Dee Williams), Han’s friend who is responsible for Cloud City, has sided with Vader to capture Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO. Unfortunately, Han is still captured while Luke gets his hand cut off in a duel with Vader. Some striking quotes: Obi-Wan - “Don't give in to hate. That leads to the Dark Side.” Yoda - “Yes, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggre...

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