Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Year:    1980

Rating :    8.8/10

Genres :    Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Directors:    Irvin Kershner

Writers:    Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas

Stars:    Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford ,Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz , Alec Guinness

Producers:    Jim Bloom, Gary Kurtz, George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Robert Watts, Howard G. Kazanjian

Musicians:    John Williams

Cinematographers:    Peter Suschitzky

Editors:    T.M. Christopher, Paul Hirsch, George Lucas, Marcia Lucas

Release Date:    20 Jun 1980 (USA)

Tagline:  The Adventure Continues…

Runtime:    124 min

Top 250:    13

Language:    English

Country:    United States

Plot 

Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca face attack by the Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth. While Han and Leia escape in the Millennium Falcon, Luke travels to Dagobah in search of Yoda. Only with the Jedi master’s help will Luke survive when the dark side of the Force beckons him into the ultimate duel with Darth Vader.

Review

The second entry in George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy finds Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the green-as-grass hero from the first film, now a seasoned space warrior. Luke’s Star Wars cohorts Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) are likewise more experienced in the ways and means of battling the insidious Empire, as represented by the brooding Darth Vader (body of David Prowse, voice of James Earl Jones). And, of course, “The Force,” personified by the ghost of Luke’s mentor Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness), is with them all. Retreating from Vader’s minions, Luke ends up, at first, on the Ice Planet Hoth, and then the tropical Dagobah. Here he makes the acquaintance of the gnomish Yoda (voice of Frank Oz), whose all-encompassing wisdom comes in handy during the serial-like perils of the rest of the film. Before the film’s open-ended climax, we are introduced to the apparently duplicitous Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) and are let in on a secret that profoundly affects both Luke and his arch-enemy, Vader. Many viewers consider this award-winning film the best of the Star Wars movies, and its special-effects bonanza was pure gold at the box office.

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