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Star Wars Episode V: the Empire Strikes Back

  • War
  • Sci-fi
  • 1980
  • Irvin Kershner
  • 124 mins
  • PG

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".

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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Luke SkywalkerMark Hamill
Han SoloHarrison Ford
Princess LeiaCarrie Fisher
Lando CalrissianBilly Dee Williams
C-3POAnthony Daniels
Darth VaderDave Prowse
Voice of Darth VaderJames Earl Jones
ChewbaccaPeter Mayhew
R2-D2Kenny Baker (2)
YodaFrank Oz
General VeersJulian Glover
Boba FettJeremy Bulloch
Admiral PiettKenneth Colley
Obi-Wan "Ben" KenobiAlec Guinness
Boba FettJason Wingreen

Crew

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DirectorIrvin Kershner

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1980-05-21
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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