Star Wars Episode V: the Empire Strikes Back

  • U
  • Irvin Kershner (1980)
  • US
  • 124 min
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Film Review
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5 out of 5

Director Irvin Kershner's imaginative supervision of George Lucas's brainchild gives this second part of the first Star Wars trilogy a truly epic dimension, adding a mature, philosophical aspect to the nonstop barrage of brilliant special effects. Events take place all over the universe - Darth Vader sends Imperial troops to crush the rebels on the ice planet Hoth, while Luke Skywalker searches out Jedi master Yoda for further instruction in the mysterious ways of "the Force" - and the much-loved characters are developed in intriguing ways. Kershner darkens the imagery of Lucas's vibrant, futuristic fairy tale and deepens its narrative with provocative plot strands, giving this sequel a cynical, harder edge that lifts it above the serial roots of its predecessor.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction epic starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, the second adventure in the original Star Wars saga. While the rebel forces renew their battle against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker seeks further instruction in the use of "the Force".

Cast and crew


Luke Skywalker
Mark Hamill
Han Solo
Harrison Ford
Princess Leia
Carrie Fisher
Lando Calrissian
Billy Dee Williams
Anthony Daniels
Darth Vader
Dave Prowse
Voice of Darth Vader
James Earl Jones
Peter Mayhew
Kenny Baker (2)
Frank Oz
General Veers
Julian Glover
Boba Fett
Jeremy Bulloch
Admiral Piett
Kenneth Colley
Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi
Alec Guinness


Irvin Kershner

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U