Star Wars 5 - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Front Cover Actor
Mark Hamill Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford Han Solo
Carrie Fisher Princess Leia
James Earl Jones Darth Vader [Voice]
David Prowse Darth Vader
Billy Dee Williams Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels C-3PO
Peter Mayhew Chewbacca
Frank Oz Yoda [Voice]
Alec Guinness Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Sci-Fi
Director Irvin Kershner
Studio 20th Century Fox
Language English
Run Time 124 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
The second entry in George Lucas's 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. — Hal Erickson
Personal Details
Seen It No
Index 95
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1