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Star Wars: Episode VI
The Empire Strikes Back

Friday the 26th of April

The Star Wars Saga Continues... - original tagline

USA: 1980 -- Directed by Irvin Kershner

Written by George Lucas, Leigh Brackett & Lawrence Kasdan

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams & Frank Oz

"The force is with you young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet." --Darth Vader

The middle film in George Lucas's enormously popular Star Wars science fiction trilogy is a darker, more somber entry, considered by many fans as the best in the series. Gone is the jaunty swashbuckling of the first film; the rebellion led by Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) suffers before the superior forces of the Empire, young hero Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) faces his first defeats as he attempts to harness the Force under the tutelage of Jedi master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz), and cocky Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is betrayed by former ally Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams). In the tradition of the great serials, this film is left with a hefty cliffhanger. The leap in special effects technology in the three years since Star Wars results in an amazing array of effects, including a breathtaking chase through an asteroid field and a dazzling, utopian Cloud City, where Luke faces the black-clad villain Darth Vader (David Prowse, voice of James Earl Jones) in a futuristic sword fight and learns the secret of his Jedi father. Veteran director Irvin Kershner (The Eyes of Laura Mars, Never Say Never Again) took the directorial reins from creator and producer Lucas and invested the light-speed adventure with deeper characters and a more emphatic sense of danger. The special edition expands Luke's encounter with the Abominable Snowman-esque wampa and establishes the creature as a tangibly more terrifying beast, in addition to refining many of the existing effects.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and some carbonite!

Boba Fett Yoda


Won Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Irvin Kershner), Best Acotr (Mark Hamill), and Best Special Effects

Won Oscars for Best Sound and Special Achievement for Visual Effects

Nominated for Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Score (John Williams)

More awards

Memorable Quotes

Obi-wan Kenobi: Luke, don't give into hate. That leads to the dark side.

Yoda: You must unlearn what you have learned.

Emperor: The son of Skywalker must not become a Jedi.
Darth Vader: If he could be turned, he would be a powerful ally.
Emperor: Yes. Yes. He would be a great asset. Can it be done?
Darth Vader: He will join us or die, my master.

Luke Skywalker: Alright, I'll give it a try.
Yoda: No! Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try.

Princess Leia Organa: You make things so difficult sometimes.
Han Solo: I do, I really do. You could be a little nicer, though. Admit it, sometimes you think I'm all right.
Princess Leia Organa: Occasionally, maybe. When you aren't acting like a scoundrel.
Han Solo: "Scoundrel"? Scoundrel! I like the sound of that.

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Mark Hamill was involved in a minor car accident before shooting began, and many rumours exist regarding facial injuries and script rewrites. The magazine "Starlog" (#40) contains an interview with Hamill where he attempts to dispel the rumours.

In the asteroid scene, one of the asteroids is actually a potato. It appears just as the Millennium Falcon first enters the field. Two asteroids travel from the top left to the bottom right corner of the screen. Just after the second asteroid leaves the screen a third one appears in the top left corner. This is the potato.

Security surrounding this movie was so intense that George Lucas had regular reports about "leaks" from actors. Lucas was so determined that the ending be kept secret that he had actor David Prowse (Darth Vader) say "Obi Wan Kenobi is your father" ("Obi-Wan killed your father" by some reports), and dubbed it later to be "I am your father".

More trivia


Revealing mistakes: After Darth Vader tries to carbon freeze Luke Skywalker, Luke drops down from above Vader and a fight ensues. After the fight, Luke jumps off the carbon freezing machine and obviously lands on a trampoline. If you watch the bottom left hand corner of the screen you can clearly see (in the Special Edition at least) his head boing back into view and look toward the camera

Audio/visual unsynchronised: When Luke is leaving the Snow Creature's cave his light saber is heard turning off. The sound stops a second or two before he exits the cave, but the light saber is clearly still on.

More goofs

Yoda's Hut AT-AT