Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Lucasfilm Ltd. Released 1980




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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Movie Summary

Irvin Kershner

After the destruction of the Death Star, the rebels set up a secret base on the ice planet Hoth. They are discovered by the Empire and a great ground battle ensues. After the battle, Luke Skywalker journeys to Dagobah to find Master Yoda to begin his Jedi training. Meanwhile, Darth Vader and the Empire pursue Han Solo, Princess Leia and company across the galaxy. The gang manage to find some shelter with Solo's old friend, Lando Calrissian in Cloud City, only to be ambushed by Vader, who is momentarily in cahoots with the smuggler.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The best of three Star Wars films, and the most thought-provoking. After the space opera cheerfulness of the original film, this one plunges into darkness and even despair, and sur...

  • 80


    A worthy sequel to "Star Wars," equal in both technical mastery and characterization, suffering only from the familiarity with the effects generated in the original and imitated to...

  • 40

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    It's a big, expensive, time-consuming, essentially mechanical operation.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Leia: General Rieekan thinks it's dangerous for any ships to leave the system until we've activated the energy field.
      Han: That's a good story. I think you just can't bare to see a gorgeous guy like me out of your sight.
      Leia: I don't know where you get your delusions from, laser brain.
      Chewie: Hah ha ha.
      Han: Laugh it up fuzzball... but you didn't see us alone in the south passage. She expressed her true feelings for me.
      Leia: My--Why you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy looking nerf herder.
      Han: Who's scruffy lookin'.

    • C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.
      Han: Never tell me the odds.

    • Yoda: I am wondering... why are you here?
      Luke: I'm looking for someone.
      Yoda: Looking? Found someone you have, I would say, hmmm? Heheh.

    • The Emperor: He could destroy us.
      Vader: He's just a boy. Obi-Wan can no longer help him.
      The Emperor: The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.
      Vader: If he could be turned he would become a powerful ally.
      The Emperor: Yes. He would be a great asset. Can it be done?
      Vader.: He will join us or die, master.

    • Luke: I'm not afraid.
      Yoda: Oh. You will be. You will be.

    • Yoda: You must unlearn what you have learned.
      Luke: All right. I'll give it a try.
      Yoda: No! Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.

    • Luke: (Luke leaves Degobah to aid his friends against Yoda's wishes.) R2.
      R2-D2: [Blip Bleep]
      Luke: Fire up the converters.
      Obi-Wan: Luke! Don't give in to hate. That leads to the dark side.
      Yoda: Strong is Vader. Mind what you have learned. Save you it can.
      Luke: I will. And I'll return. I promise.

    • Vader: Obi-Wan has taught you well. You have controlled your fear. Now... release your anger. Only your hatred can destroy me.

    • Vader: Luke, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me... and I will complete your training. With our combined strength we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
      Luke: I'll never join you.
      Vader: If you only knew the power of the dark side. Obi-Wan never told you what happend to your father.
      Luke: He told me enough. He told me you killed him.
      Vader: No. I am your father.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Production Budget - $18,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $290,475,067 (1st)
      Worldwide Gross - $538,375,067 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $881,143,698
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,633,137,750

    • Other production companies:
      20th Century Fox (distributor)

    • Taglines:
      1. The battle continues...
      2. The Adventure Continues...
      3. The Star Wars saga continues.

    • Filming locations include:
      Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, California
      Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
      Hardangerjøkulen Glacier, Finse, Norway
      Lee International Studios, Wembley, London, England

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Sound

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Art Direction
      2. Original Score


More Info About This Movie


sequel, epic journey, epic adventure, high stake situations, good vs. evil